Release: March 19, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- Binghamton sophomore 157-pound Justin Lister came up short in his NCAA wrestling semifinal match against seventh-seeded Chase Pami of Cal Poly, losing 13-5 to the two-time Pac-10 champion and reigning senior All-American Friday night at the Qwest Center.
Lister, whose incredible run through the draw as an unseeded first-time competitor was noted repeatedly by the announcers on ESPNU's live broadcast. He became the first BU wrestler in program history to reach the national semifinals and will finish anywhere from third to sixth, which will also be the highest finish of any Bearcat wrestler at the Division I meet.
After pinning the No. 3 seed Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals, Lister, the CAA champion, had a tough match against a quick and strong Pami, who recorded two takedowns in each period and had riding time. Lister scored three escapes and added a third-period reversal for his points.
On Saturday, Lister will face the winner of a match between fourth-seeded Cyler Sanderson (Penn State) and unseeded Justin Gaethje of Northern Colorado. A win in that match would send Lister into the third-place bout and a loss would move him into the match for fifth place. Either way Lister will march in the annual Parade of All-Americans at 7 p.m. ET. He is currently 31-9 on the season.
In the quarterfinals, Lister took third-seeded Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech to his back early in the first period and notched his ninth pin of the season just 1:33 into the bout.
Eleventh-seeded senior 174-pound Josh Patterson, who became BU's first All-American with a seventh-place showing at last year's national meet, saw his stellar career come to an end in the fourth round of the consolations. Patterson began his Friday with a 12-6 decision over unseeded Nathan Lee of Boise State. Patterson had a takedown and back points in the first 20 seconds of the match and rode Lee for 3:37 en route to the win. But he then dropped a 9-3 decision to unseeded Philip Moricone of Edinboro. In that match, Patterson led 2-0 on a first-period takedown before Moricone earned three near-fall points in the second period and then recorded two takedowns in the third.
Patterson finishes his career as a four-time NCAA qualifier, two-time CAA champion, All-American and owner of a 123-32 overall record. He is the all-time wins leader in program history.
Binghamton's other three wrestlers were eliminated in their first consolation matches Friday afternoon.
Sophomore 165-pound Matt Kaylor fell to unseeded Kyle Bounds of Michigan State, 5-3. Kaylor went 1-2 in his first NCAA trip and finished with a 35-20 overall record.
Junior 141-pound Anwar Goeres absorbed an 11-6 loss to eighth-seeded Alex Krom from Maryland. Goeres, the CAA champion, went 36-10 this season.
Redshirt 149-pound freshman Donnie Vinson suffered a 4-2 sudden victory loss to Kyle Borshoff of American. Vinson, CAA runnerup, posted a 33-13 overall record in his first collegiate season.
Redshirt 184-pound freshman Nate Schiedel was eliminated after two close decisions on Thursday. Schiedel, the CAA champion, finished his first collegiate season with a stellar 29-9 record.
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