For Immediate Release: November 15, 2008
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BU wrestlers shine at season-opening Brute/Binghamton Open
Vinson wins 149-pound class; seven other Bearcats place in top 6

Complete Results

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Freshman 149-pound Donnie Vinson captured a title to highlight Binghamton's contingent at the season-opening Brute/Binghamton Open Saturday at the Events Center. The Bearcats competed unattached in the 18-team event, and had eight placewinners.

Vinson won five straight bouts, including a commanding 14-1 win over Harvard's Walter Peppelman in the final. Vinson, who collected two major decisions and a technical fall, also beat former NCAA qualifier and 20th-ranked Mike Roberts of Boston University in the quarterfinals.

"Donnie wrestled extremely well and beat several very good athletes," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "He wrestled at a level that we are starting to compete at as
a team and plan on continuing in the future."

Sophomore Ryan McGarity placed second at 165 after winning four of five bouts, including one by pin. Junior 184-pound Josh Patterson went 4-1 to place third. He recorded a pin and a major decision and also moved up a spot to 17th in the latest Intermat rankings. Senior 157-pound Nate Patterson was fourth (3-2), as were junior 141-pound Anwar Goeres (3-2) and freshman 149-pound Justin Lister. Lister went 4-2 with three major decisions.

"Overall the team showed some very big signs of improvement, and our
guys are starting to learn how to compete at a higher level," Popolizio said. "This
tournament was a great measuring stick of where we are and what we still
need to work on for the future."

Binghamton hosts the Sprawl & Brawl on Saturday at the West Gym, when the Bearcats will wrestle No. 14 Penn State, North Carolina, American International and Wagner.

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