Release: March 6, 2008
CAA Championship Information
"We're looking to get as many individuals as we can to the national tournament this year and I think we have a great shot," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "Kyle (Fried), Josh (Patterson) and Nate (Patterson) have all put together good enough seasons where they deserve it, but now they have to show the conference they deserve it.
"As a team, I think we are peaking at the right time. The guys are mentally prepared and they have physically trained all year and put in the time. We'd like to come out with three champions and a bunch of placewinners. I feel confident our guys are ready to compete this weekend."
The top two placewinners at each weight class gain automatic berths to the NCAA Championship, held March 20-22 in St. Louis. In addition, four wild card berths will be awarded.
The championship begins Friday at 1 p.m. from Hofstra's David S. Mack Sports Complex. Wrestling will continue through Friday night with the first round consolations and begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with the second round consolations. The championship bouts are slated for 5 p.m. Saturday with true second matches and the coaches' wild card meeting immediately following.
The Bearcats have three strong contenders for NCAA Championship berths in senior 149-pound Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.), sophomore 174-pound Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) and junior 157-pound Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.).
Fried, currently ranked 16th in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, boasts a 17-1 record this season. He is second in the lastest CAA rankings with a 6-1 conference mark, and his only blemish on the season was a 7-2 setback to top-seeded Don Fisch of Rider. He finished third at last year's CAA Championship after going 4-1, narrowly missing an NCAA wild-card bid.
Josh Patterson is BU's reigning NCAA participant, and he put together another outstanding season, despite battling an injury. Patterson, ranked third in the CAA, is 18-3 this season. Two of those defeats came to ... Last year, Patterson placed third at 174, losing a pair of two-point decisions but gaining one of the three wild card spots. His 4-2 upset of top-seeded Alton Lucas of Hofstra, then ranked No. 9 in the nation, was the springboard to the NCAAs. Lucas (No. 6 nationally) and Old Dominion's Randy Oates are the only wrestlers to beat Patterson in duals this season. Both are ranked ahead of him in the latest CAA poll.
Nate Patterson quietly put together an outstanding season, with a school Division I-record 19 dual wins, including nine by pin. He is 24-11 overall, including a 7-1 mark against CAA foes. Patterson, ranked third in the latest CAA release, has already knocked off nationally 11th-ranked Ryan Hlushak of Drexel, the No. 2 CAA wrestler. His only defeat was a 9-5 decision to top-ranked Jon Bonilla-Bowman of Hofstra.
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