Release: August 27, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Coming off a stellar 13-win season that featured two NCAA qualifiers, Binghamton wrestling has ramped up its schedule even more for the 2008-09 season. One year after wrestling two of the top three teams in the country, third-year head coach Pat Popolizio has his Bearcats facing four of the top 10 teams from a year ago, including defending NCAA champion Iowa.
We have put together a schedule that allows our team to compete with the top programs and wrestlers in the country," Popolizio said. "This type of exposure will allow us to continue to build on our recent small successes and keep moving toward our goal of establishing a perennial top 25 program."
Binghamton will open by hosting the Brute/BU Open on November 15. The unattached tournament will take place in the Events Center - the first wrestling event to ever be scheduled in the four-year-old building. On week later, BU will host the Sprawl & Brawl at West Gym, where Penn State and North Carolina highlight the field.
The Bearcats will continue their participation in the Northeast Duals one week later in Albany. There, BU will meet the defending national champion Hawkeyes, along with Lehigh, Brown and UNC-Greensboro.
In December, BU will host East Stroudsburg (Dec. 4) and face defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Hofstra (Dec. 12) with the Penn State Open (Dec. 7) sandwiched in-between.
The January slate features a home match with Bloomsburg (Jan. 11) and a trip to Ann Arbor (Jan. 24), where the Bearcats will meet Michigan and Virginia Tech.
In February, BU will fly to Stillwater, Okla. to meet Oklahoma State and Wyoming (Feb. 15) before returning to host longtime SUNY rival Buffalo (Feb. 22) in the final dual before the CAA Championship on March 6-7. The NCAA Championship will return to St. Louis on March 19-21.
Binghamton returns eight starters and 16 letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-12, placed sixth in the CAA and advanced two wrestlers (Josh Patterson and Kyle Fried) to the NCAA Championship.
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