Immediate Release: November 5, 2005
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Binghamton wrestling began its 2005-06 season Saturday at the Slippery Rock Open and several Bearcats enjoyed strong performances at the non-scoring meet.
"I was very pleased with the way the entire team wrestled," head coach Tony Robie said. "In particular I was impressed with the way Chris (Wade) and Eddy (Bordas) competed in their first college tournaments. For Chris to advance to the finals and beat some pretty good competition along the way hopefully is an indication of things to come for him. Overall, the team wrestled hard and won a lot of one-point matches, which is always a good sign. They exceeded my expectations."
Wade opened the tournament with a 20-2 technical fall over Vaughn Black from the host school. He then posted a 6-4 decision over Kyle Atrusio of Virginia and followed with a 1-0 decision against Tom Deantonio of Pitt Johnstown. In the quarterfinals, Wade scored a pin in 3:51 against Seth Martin of Lock Haven. He then decisioned Aric Furhman of Bloomsburg before falling 12-5 in the title match against Matt Kocher of Pitt.
Bordas went 4-2 with a pair of pins. He began with a 5-0 decision over Jeremy Pellott of Morrisville State and then recorded back-to-back pins against Joe Ostrowski of Lycoming (5:45) and Jon Andriac (6:40). In the quarterfinals, he earned a 6-2 decision against Dan Thoburn of Slippery Rock before coming up just short in a 4-3 loss to Jeff Parker of Buffalo. In the third-place match, Bordas was beaten 6-4 in overtime by Zach Majocha of Pitt-Johnstown.
Freshman co-captain Kevin Owen (Polson, Mont.) went 4-1 at 174, losing only to the eventual champion. Owen pinned Alex Fikaris of John Carroll in 5:18 to begin his tournament. He then was pinned by Adam Musisko of Pitt-Johnstown in the second round before rattling off three wins in the wrestlebacks. Owen scored a 6-4 decision against Eddie Siverman of Lehigh, a 6-5 decision over Mitch Costa of Thiel and an 8-4 decision against Nick Killan of John Carroll.
Sophomore Jim Tretter (Sanborn, N.Y.) won three matches at 174 and freshman Steven Gurien (North Bellmore, N.Y.) won two of his three matches at 125, as did classmate Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) at 149.
The Bearcats return to the mats with matches against James Madison and Drexel Sunday in Harrisonburg, Va.
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