Release: November 15, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton wrestling opened its season at home Sunday and produced a champion, runnerup and six placewinners at the WWSport.com/BU Open at the Events Center.
Freshman 149-pound Donnie Vinson went 5-0 to capture the weight class. Vinson, ranked 13th in the country in the Intermat preseason poll, defeated Columbia's Steve Santos 6-4 in the championship match. Earlier he scored a 2-0 decision over Walter Peppelman of Harvard in the semifinals. Vinson surrendered only 13 points in his five matches.
Junior 141-pound Anwar Goeres also reached the finals before falling to Kyle Dake of Cornell, 3-0. Goeres, the top-ranked wrestler in the CAA, went 4-1 with two pins. He knocked off Harvard's Tony Buxton 6-4 in the semifinals.
Senior 184-pound Josh Patterson won five matches to place third. His road to the title was derailed by Cornell's Nate Holley, 10-6, in the quarterfinals. The five victories give Patterson 100 career wins. He is just the second BU wrestler in 40 years to reach the century mark. Patterson, ranked sixth in the nation, is now just 13 wins away from becoming the program's all-time wins leader.
Sophomore 157-pound Justin Lister went 4-1 to place third. After losing to eventual champion J.P. O'Connor of Harvard in the semifinals, Lister rolled to an 8-0 win over Cornell's Derek Schreiner in the third-place bout.
Sophomore 165-pound Matt Kaylor won six matches to place fifth. After being knocked into the consolation bracket by the eventual champion, Kaylor roared back with six straight wins, including a pin in 1:51 over Adam Hogue in the fifth-place match. He also scored another pin, a technical fall and a major decision in the tournament.
Senior heavyweight Corey Waite went 4-2 with a pin and a major decision to place sixth.
Binghamton has two events next weekend - the Cornell Body Bar on Saturday and the Sprawl & Brawl at the West Gym on Sunday.
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