Immediate Release: April 6, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton wrestlers John Paris and Cody Reed have been honored by the Colonial Athletic Association after outstanding freshman seasons. Paris, 184 pounds, was named the CAA Freshman of the Year and 197-pound Reed joined him on the All-Freshman Team.
"Both of these guys have shown how dedication and hard work can pay off," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "John and Cody showed huge improvements coming off their redshirt seasons last year and their results this season were proof of that. We hope that our other kids can learn from the example these two have shown ... that if you put the time in, the benefits will come."
Paris went 19-12 overall, 8-2 in duals in 2010-11. He placed fourth at the New York State Championship and then put on a strong showing at the CAA Championship, reaching the finals as the No. 3 seed. Paris knocked off the No. 2 seed from Drexel in the semifinals to advance to the championship bout, where he came up short in a bid to snare an NCAA berth in his freshman season. During the regular season, Paris posted key dual wins against Rider and Ohio and recorded three wins moving up a weight class.
"John produced a very impressive freshman season," Popolizio said. "To be voted Freshman of The Year is a good indicator for his future success. He improved week to week and that goes back to his tremendous work ethic. This should give him a lot of confidence going into next season and we will build off that this summer with off-season tournaments and training."
Reed, another gritty competitor, went 22-17 in 2010-11 and like Paris, peaked at the end of the season. At the CAA Championship, despite being the No. 6 seed and giving away lots of weight up a class at heavyweight, Reed battled for a takedown in the final 15 seconds to seal a 5-1 upset of the No. 3 seed from Boston in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he pushed the No. 2 seed to the closing seconds before succumbing 8-6. His showcase win, however, came in the regular season matchup with 15th-ranked Iowa State in the West Gym. In front of more than 800 roaring fans, Reed provided some heart-stopping drama, rallying from 6-1 down to win 9-7 in overtime.
"Cody put together a phenomenal season," Popolizio said. "He has a great work ethic and attitude, just like John (Paris). Winning 22 matches as a freshman is impressive. He improved considerably and became a very reliable starter for us at 197."
Bearcats (16-6) won their last five dual matches to break the
old record for wins in a season set by the Division III squad
in 1974-75. The season win percentage of 73 percent was the highest
in 30 years, since the 1979-80 team went 9-2 (82%). The team
earned runnerup honors at the CAA Championship and then sent
a program-best six individuals to the NCAA Championship.
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