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Wrestling Program Announces 2014-15 Campaign
Bearcats slated for 19 dual matches; begin second-year as member of EIWA
September 3, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton wrestling program and head coach Matt Dernlan announced the Bearcats’ 2014-15 schedule, Wednesday afternoon. The second-year members of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) will host four dual meets and the annual Jonathon Kaloust Bearcat Open to commence the season.
The Bearcats will wrestle a demanding schedule that includes 19 dual matches and three in-season tournaments sending Binghamton to seven different states and the nation’s capital. BU will face eight EIWA opponents in its 19 duals.
“I think we have a pretty balanced schedule,” Dernlan said. “We tried to incorporate more EIWA schools, but that’s a work in progress. Our schedule will test our guys against some of the top programs in the country.”
Binghamton will kick-off the season by hosting the Jonathon Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 9 in the Events Center. The Open, which Binghamton has hosted the past five years, was renamed in honor of the former Binghamton student-athlete and Navy SEAL who was killed in a training exercise in May of 2013.
“The Jonathon Kaloust Open is significant on a couple different levels,” Dernlan said. “One, we are honoring former wrestler Jonathon Kaloust who passed away two years ago. We also want to honor our armed services for all they do for this country. The Open is among the most competitive tournaments in country and we will be tested right away. It also gives us a chance to showcase Binghamton University, the Events Center and everything our athletics department has to offer.”
Following the Open, Binghamton begins its dual match season against Pac-12 member Arizona State on Nov. 15 in Albany. The Bearcats defeated the Sun Devils in the two programs lone meeting at the Journeyman Duals in 2011. Binghamton will then make the short trip to Ithaca for the New York State Intercollegiate Championship on Nov. 23 hosted by Cornell.
A week later, Binghamton returns to Albany for the Asics Journeyman Duals hosted by Hudson Valley CC where they will face Purdue, Northern Illinois, C.W. Post and Wyoming. The Bearcats travel to Princeton for a dual on Dec. 12 before heading to Northwestern for the highly competitive Midlands Championship (Dec. 29-30) to close out the year.
“The Midlands will be a litmus test for us,” Dernlan said. “It will be a good barometer to see where our program is midway through the season. It’s historically been considered the best in-season tournament in the country, so it will give us a good idea what we need to work on heading towards March.”
Binghamton begins the New Year with a trip to North Carolina to face Gardner Webb on Jan. 9. The Bearcats then make the two-hour trip to Appalachian State for a pair of duals against the Mountaineers and Campbell on Jan. 11.
Binghamton will wrestle in its first official home match in a special off-site dual against Hofstra at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. The former Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) members renew their rivalry in the EIWA at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16. The wrestling program will hold an alumnus social following the match.
“It’s a good carry over effect with Hofstra,” Dernlan noted. “We’re excited to go down to New York and be the home team in a unique dual with an old CAA rival. We have a strong alumni base in New York and we plan on seeing a lot of support from them.”
The Bearcats return to campus to host three consecutive EIWA opponents in Columbia (Jan. 18), Drexel (Jan. 23) and Penn (Jan. 25).
Dernlan will again take his team on the road wrestling at Sacred Heart and Brown on Jan. 31 before traveling to George Mason (Feb. 6) and American (Feb. 8).
Binghamton returns to Vestal for a Friday night match against longtime SUNY rival Buffalo on Feb. 13. The Bearcats will honor its four graduating seniors prior to the match.
The Bearcats conclude their season with a pair of road duals on back-to-back days against Bucknell (Feb. 20) and Bloomsburg (Feb. 21).
Binghamton will then head to Lehigh on March 6-7 for the 16-team EIWA Championship, where the Bearcats will look to qualify individuals for the NCAA Championship, held March 19-21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Binghamton has generated 23 NCAA qualifiers in the last five years.
“During the last month of the season we are getting into our peaking phase,” Dernlan described. “We are fine tuning some things at that point, but gearing up for EIWAs at the same time. It was a lot of fun being part of the EIWA Championships last season for the first time and we are looking to improve upon our performance from a year ago.”