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Bearcats will host season-opening event on November 10 in Events Center
August 30, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton wrestling will begin its 2013-14 season with a special tribute to former team member Jonathan Kaloust ‘10 and some four months later, the Bearcats will look to celebrate in a different way at the NCAA Championship in Oklahoma City. In-between, BU will wrestle a busy schedule that includes 18 dual matches and three in-season tournaments leading up to the program’s inaugural participation in the EIWA Championship.
“We’re excited about the new challenges that being in the EIWA brings,” head coach Matt Dernlan said. “Our schedule allows us to start creating new rivalries within the conference and along the East Coast. We’re also eager to engage our loyal Binghamton community with seven home dual matches this year.”
Binghamton will host the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on November 10 in the Events Center. The Open, which Binghamton has hosted for many years, will be renamed in honor of the former student-athlete and Navy SEAL who was killed in May while participating in a Navy training exercise.
“This will be a special event commemorating Jonathan and we are proud to have such a showcase event to honor him,” Dernlan said. The Open, which annually draws several hundred wrestlers from the top programs in the Northeast, will include a ceremony and presentation to honor Kaloust, who wrestled at Binghamton from 2007-10 and graduated with a degree in political science.
“By moving the Open back to the Events Center, our goal is to grow the tournament into a highly-competitive event - one of the best in the Northeast,” Dernlan said.
After the Open, Binghamton returns to the mat for a dual against perennial national power Cornell on November 23. Staying in Ithaca, BU will compete in the New York State Intercollegiate Championship on November 24.
The Bearcats head to Albany the next weekend for three matches at the Journeymen Duals. The event, hosted by Hudson Valley CC, pits BU against North Carolina, NC State and George Mason.
“The Journeymen Duals is a great event and allows us to support one of the most influential wrestling organizations in New York State,” Dernlan said.
On December 7, BU welcomes Princeton (1 p.m.) and Rider (7 p.m.) to the West Gym for its home-opening duals. A trip to Northwestern for the prestigious Midlands Championship (Dec. 29-30) closes out the calendar year.
The dual-heavy second semester begins with a January 10 away match at Columbia - a match that will likely draw a heavy dose of BU downstate alumni. Two days later, the Bearcats will compete in the Boston University Duals, where they will square off against Harvard and Brown.
The remainder of the schedule includes duals against six current EIWA members and a bout against longtime SUNY rival Buffalo (Feb. 14). Binghamton will host Bucknell (Feb. 21) and Bloomsburg (Feb. 22) on successive days to conclude the regular season.
Binghamton will then head to Penn on March 8-9 for the 18-team EIWA Championship, where the Bearcats will look to qualify individuals for the NCAA Championship, held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City. Binghamton has generated 21 NCAA qualifiers in the last four years.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the EIWA Championship for the first time,” Dernlan said.