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Wrestling positioned at No. 2 in CAA Preseason Rankings

Bearcats land four on Preseason All-Freshman Team

October 12, 2011


Wrestling positioned at No. 2 in CAA Preseason Rankings

CAA Release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton wrestling is positioned second out of seven schools in the CAA Preseason Rankings, the conference released today.  The Bearcats have eight ranked conference wrestlers and the team’s 19 points are only behind 2011 champion Hofstra (24 pts.).  Rounding out the rankings are Boston (16 pts.), Drexel (15), Rider (12), ODU (11) and George Mason (3).

Holding down the top spot at 157 pounds is senior Justin Lister, a two-time CAA champion and 2010 All-American.  Two reigning NCAA qualifiers will open the season at No. 2 - 149-pound junior Donnie Vinson and 184-pound Nate Schiedel.  Senior 165-pound Matt Kaylor is slotted No. 3 after winning the 157-pound title a year ago and advancing to the NCAA tournament.  He and Lister will switch weights for the 2011-12 season after each won a CAA title at the other’s weight class last season.  Also positioned at No. 3 are second-year competitors Derek Steeley (125 lbs.), John Paris (174) and Cody Reed (197).  Junior college transfer and national champion at Iowa Central CC Patrick Hunter (133) will start the season at No. 4.  The rankings didn’t include true freshmen, meaning members of BU’s elite recruiting class, including two likely starters, weren’t considered for preseason spots. 

“These rankings are a great starting point for our team,” head coach Pat Popolizio said.  “Our ultimate goal is to produce national champions and All-Americans. With continued hard work and dedication we look forward to improving our rankings.”

Four members of that recruiting class were recognized on the CAA Preseason All-Freshman Team: Derak Heyman (141), Adam Morris (165), Tyler Deuel (197) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Hwt). 

“Having four student-athletes named to the All-Freshman Team is a reflection of their outstanding high school careers,” Popolizio said.  “Their motivation is contagious and we are excited to watch them excel at the Division I level. They will have a tremendous impact on the future of our program.”

The Bearcats open their season with their annual Wrestle-Offs on October 29 and then BU hosts CAA member George Mason in its season-opener on November 12.  Both events will be held at West Gym.

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