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For Immediate Release: March 8, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU wrestlers Fried, Josh Patterson qualify for NCAA Championship
Fried wins five matches on Saturday to claim runnerup honors

CAA Championship Results

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Binghamton wrestling advanced two individuals to the NCAA Championship and finished sixth out of nine teams at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, held Friday and Saturday at Hofstra's David S. Mack Sports Complex.

Senior 149-pound Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) and sophomore 174-pound Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) earned berths, with Fried taking second place and its automatic entry and Patterson receiving one of four wild card spots alloted to the CAA. They will wrestle at the NCAA Championships on March 20-22 in St. Louis.

"The tournament had a lot of highs and lows, but coming away with two national qualifiers was great for our program," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "Kyle (Fried) showed a lot of character by coming back like that.

"Our next goal is to get our first Division I All-American and that's what we'll be shooting for in the next two weeks. Both Kyle and Josh (Patterson) are nationally-ranked and if they wrestle to their potential, they can become All-Americans."

Fried, the No. 2 seed, battled back with a commanding showing on Saturday, winning five straight matches to claim second place and an automatic NCAA berth. Shrugging off the disappointment of dropping his opening match of the tournament on Friday, Fried, ranked 16th in the nation, roared back first with a pin, then a 3-1 sudden victory over fourth-seeded Kaylan Baxter (ODU). He then gained revenge with a 6-1 decision over the wrestler who beat him in Friday's first match. After a 5-2 decision over fifth-seeded Mitch Smith (Hofstra), Fried capped his NCAA run with a 5-2 tiebreaker win over third-seeded and defending champion Mike Roberts (Boston).

Fried will carry a 22-2 overall record into the national meet.

Patterson went 4-1 to claim third place and then gained a wild card spot for the second straight season, stamping his return ticket to the NCAA Championship. After getting pinnned in his semifinal bout by second-seeded Randy Oates, Patterson scored a 6-0 decision over fourth-seeded C.J. Inglin (Boston) and then pinned fifth-seeded Nick PUllano (PDU) in just 41 seconds.

His 22-4 overall record and No. 18 national ranking were key factors in earning the wild card vote.

Junior 157-pound Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) went 3-1 to place third, and narrowly missed an NCAA wild card berth. Patterson was pinned in the semifinals by Ryan Hlushak (Drexel) but fought back with a 3-0 decision voer fifth-seeded Dan Rivera (ODU) and a 5-0 decision over Carlo Ferrandino (Boston) to place third. He finished his season with a 27-12 record.

The other Bearcat placewinner was fourth-seeded freshman 141-pound Anwar Goeres (Holley, N.Y.), who went 2-2 to place fourth. After dropping his opening bout on Friday, Goeres two straight matches in the consolation draw - by pin and major decision - before bowing to fifth-seeded Joey Whitaker (Boston) for the second time in the tournament.

Hofstra won the team title with 104.5 points. Old Dominion was second (87), followed by Rider (73), George Mason (51), Drexel (38.5) and Binghamton (36) in the top six. Boston University (29.5), Sacred Heart (10.5) and Campbell (4) rounded out the standings.

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