Immediate Release: March 2, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton wrestling is headed to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship this weekend. The two-day tournament, which serves as the NCAA qualifier, is being hosted by Drexel University on March 3-4 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Headed by four-time defending conference champion Hofstra, the CAA is comprised of Drexel, George Mason, James Madison and Old Dominion and associate members Binghamton, Boston University, Campbell, Rider, Sacred Heart and Wagner.
The top-two finishers at each of the 10 weight classes plus three wild cards will advance to the NCAA Championship.
"We're looking for our guys to go out and compete hard," head coach Tony Robie said of his young team. "We feel they all have progressed steadily all year and are wrestling the best they have the entire season right now. We want them to compete and wrestle to the best of their ability."
Freshman 149-pound Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) will likely be the only seeded wrestler from Binghamton. Patterson, who compiled 16 overall wins, is pre-seeded No. 5.
Freshman 157-pound Chris Wade (Islip, N.Y.), who returned from injury to post a 16-8 overall record with a team-best six pins, should also be one of the team's top performers.
"Nate has a good chance to place high or even get to the finals," Robie said. "I also think given the right draw, Chris can have a great tournament. Although he won't be seeded, he's had some very close matches against the top guys. Other guys who can do well include 125-pound Steve Gurien (North Bellmore, N.Y.) and 133-pound Errick Cholewa (North Tonawanda, N.Y.). They both have made huge gains in their wrestling throughout the year."
After registration and seeding on Thursday, the teams begin first round matches Friday at 1 p.m. The quarterfinals begin at 4 p.m. and consolation matches begin at 8 p.m. Saturday's action gets started at 10 a.m. and the championship finals close out the schedule at 6 p.m.
The CAA Championship will feature eight wrestlers ranked in the top 20 by either the Amateur Wrestling News or the NWCA.
The highest Binghamton has finished in three years of CAA competition is eighth place.
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