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Wrestling rolls over Princeton 33-15 to extend win streak

No. 25 Bearcats (7-0) set record for consecutive wins to start season

December 3, 2011

Wrestling rolls over Princeton 33-15 to extend win streak

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PRINCETON, N.J.—No. 25 Binghamton wrestling dropped the first three bouts before storming back to topple host Princeton 33-15 Saturday afternoon at Dillon Gym. With the win, the Bearcats (7-0) set a school record for consecutive victories to open a season, breaking the mark set by the Division III 1979-80 squad. After getting off to a slow start in the light weights, BU rattled off seven straight wins, including three pins, a technical fall and a major decision.

Ninth-ranked junior Donnie Vinson got things started at 149 pounds with a commanding 16-0 technical fall win.  Vinson improved to 10-1 overall, 7-0 in duals. Sixth-ranked senior 157-pound Justin Lister then notched his team-high seventh pin of the season, ending his match with Daniel Kolodzik in 1:23. Lister lifted his record to 11-1, 7-0 in duals. Senior 165-pound Matt Kaylor piled on the points in his 18-6 major decision that tied the team score at 15-15. Kaylor improved to 10-2 overall. Redshirt freshman Caleb Wallace then earned his first pin of the season at 174, needing just 56 seconds to give BU the lead for good. After decisions by junior 184-pound Nate Schiedel and sophomore 197-pound Cody Reed, freshman heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski put the exclamation point on the team victory with a second-period pin. Gwiazdowski raised his record to 11-2 overall, 4-1 in duals.

“We started very slowly and dug ourselves a hole but I was impressed with the way our middle and upper weights fought back one match at a time,” head coach Pat Popolizio said. “It was tough coming off a big weekend last weekend and getting ready for today but I was pleased with how our guys approached this dual meet. To go undefeated in duals during the first semester was one of our goals and we were able to accomplish that. Our biggest concern now is getting everyone healthy and we will look to do that with a lot of rest and then gear up for the Reno Tournament of Champions, which will be a very competitive event (Dec. 18).

Binghamton will rest most of its starters but will put 14 wrestlers into the brackets at the Penn State Open on Sunday.

Binghamton 33, Princeton 15
125 – Garrett Frey (P) pinned Derek Steeley (BU), 1:20
133 – Chris Perez (P) dec. Patrick Hunter (BU), 7-2
141 – Adam Krop (P) pinned Mike Sardo (BU), 1:15
149 – No. 9 Donnie Vinson (BU) tech fall Luis Ramos (P), 16-0, 5:45
157 – No. 6 Justin Lister (BU) pinned Daniel Kolodzik (P), 1:23
165 – Matt Kaylor (BU) maj. dec. Rich Eva (P), 18-6
174 – Caleb Wallace (BU) pinned Andrew Lowy (P), 0:56
184 – Nate Schiedel (BU) dec. Dan Santoro (P), 7-0
197 – Cody Reed (BU) dec. Kurt Brendel (P), 3-2
Hwt – Nick Gwiazdowski (BU) pinned Bobby Grogan (P), 3:16

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