Immediate Release: November 17, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton wrestling will continue its rebuilding process under first year head coach Pat Popolizio when the team opens its 2006-07 season at the Navy Classic on Saturday. Popolizio has a young lineup that is also a bit thin in terms of depth, but BU does return three starters and several accomplished newcomers.
"With such a young team, we are looking to improve every practice and competition," Popolizio said. "We have a lot of young talent who are eager to show their abilities on the national level."
Heading that list are the brothers Patterson - Nate, Josh and Michael. Nate is a sophomore and returning starter at 149 pounds. Josh, the program's top recruit, will begin a promising collegiate career at 174 pounds, and Michael has returned to Binghamton after two years away and wrestle at heavyweight.
Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) enjoyed a solid freshman season last winter, winning 19 matches and placing fourth at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. He won seven dual matches and reached the round of 16 at the East Stroudsburg Open.
"Nate is coming off a successful true freshman season and we are looking forward to him improving that this year. We think he can become our first Division I All-American."
Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) enjoyed a decorated high school career at Wayne Central, where he won a state championship and a senior national championship. Patterson earned six letters and was a two-time state champion. He was selected to the CAA All-Freshman Team.
"Josh has a legitimate shot to become a Division I All-American this year," Popolizio said. "We expect very big things from him in his collegiate career."
Michael Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.), the oldest of the Patterson brothers, is getting back his form after two years away from the mat. He will occupy the wrestling weight class beginning in the spring semester, and will be competitive at the CAA Championship.
Sam Sirota (Tully, N.Y.) returns as
the starter at 165 pounds, where his experience will benefit
the young team.
will face a lot of competitive opponents this year and we are
looking to upset a lot of teams that won't see us coming,"
Popolizio said. "We will be heavy underdogs in most of our
matches, but with the hard work we have been putting in, we will
be ready for the challenge. Our goal is to have our best performance
at the CAA tournament, and have guys wrestling Saturday at the
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