For Immediate Release: November 29, 2006
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Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton wrestling signs two New York State recruits

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton head wrestling coach Pat Popolizio signed two scholastic standouts to National Letters of Intent for the 2007-08 season. Set to join the Bearcats are local athlete Leigh Tobias (Binghamton, N.Y.) and Jake Villaret (Staten Island, N.Y.).

Tobias is a standout for Johnson City High School, where he went 36-4 at 119 pounds as a junior. He captured the Section 4 championship and placed fourth at the state tournament, leading the Wildcats to the New York State Sports Writers Association state large-school team title.

"It is important to our program to keep high profile athletes like Leigh right at home," Popolizio said. "He is a great addition to our light weights and should make an immediate impact."

Villaret went 35-4 at 140 pounds for Curtis High School, and is currently ranked 13th in the country at his weight by Wrestling USA. Last season, he was 11-0 in duals and won the Bayonne Wrestling Invitational, Mayors Cup and PSAL City Championship, earning a berth to the state championship.

"Jake has worked extremely hard over the last several years and is looking to have an outstanding senior season. He will be a great addition to our room in the middle weights."


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