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Wrestling occupies No. 19 spot in this week’s poll
Bearcats host Bloomsburg at 7 p.m. Thursday at West Gym
February 7, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton wrestling (12-4) traded spots again with Northwestern in this week’s NWCA/USA Today Poll and the Bearcats will hold down the No. 19 position heading into their home match Thursday night against Bloomsburg (7 p.m.).
The Bearcats suffered an 18-15 upset at the hands of American on Friday but due to the Eagles’ reputation and lineup strength, the loss only cost Binghamton one spot in the rankings. Sixth-year head coach Pat Popolizio knows his team needs to continue building momentum with the CAA Championship (March 3) and NCAA Championship (March 15-17) on the horizon.
“We have three remaining duals and all three will be very good tests for our individuals and our team,” Popolizio said. “Our goal is to win out the rest of the season and gain momentum for the postseason. Our ultimate goal is placing guys at the NCAA Championship and getting our first national champion.”
On Thursday, Binghamton will see a 15-6 Bloomsburg squad that has four ranked individuals, including ninth-ranked 157-pound Frank Hickman. That will set up a featured match between BU’s senior No. 12 Justin Lister (21-4, 13-2 duals) and Hickman in the middle of the match. Before that, junior 149-pound Donnie Vinson, still holding firm at No. 4 in the country, will put his 15-1 dual match record (27-4 overall) on the line against Bryce Busler (22-8). The Bearcats’ other ranked individuals in this week’s InterMat release are freshman Nick Gwiazdowski (20-6), No. 18 at heavyweight and junior 184-pound Nate Schiedel (24-6), who is positioned at No. 20.
Looming ahead is a bragging-rights away tilt Sunday at CAA rival Hofstra - in a battle between the last two CAA team champions. The Pride is ranked No. 22 in the poll and won the 2011 conference crown. A home encounter with fellow CAA member and No. 23 Old Dominion finishes off the dual season on February 17.