Immediate Release: March 5, 2011
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Binghamton wrestling crowned three individual champions (out of its six finalists) but fell short of defending its team title at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, held Friday and Saturday at Rider University's Alumni Gym. The Bearcats compiled 78.5 points, second only to Hofstra (94) at the seven-team event.
With automatic NCAA berths on the line, BU was 3-for-6 in the title bouts. Senior 141-pound Anwar Goeres, junior 157-pound Matt Kaylor and junior 165-pound Justin Lister won their respective weights to gain return trips to the NCAA Championship. Nationally-ranked sophomore Donnie Vinson (149) qualified with his runnerup performance and nationally-ranked sophomore Nate Schiedel (184) was also a runnerup and will await a probable at-large berth when the NCAA reveals those 48 bids on Wednesday.
Goeres, the #2 seed, posted an 8-6 decision over top-seeded Vincente Varela of Hofstra to repeat as CAA champion.
Kaylor (28-9), the top-seed at 157, captured his first CAA crown with a 9-5 decision over third-seeded Ramon Santiago of Rider.
Lister (22-6), a relative underdog as the fourth-seed despite being a reigning All-American, won his second straight title with a 3-1 decision over second-seeded Paul Gillespie of Hofstra. Lister merited consideration for Most Outstanding Wrestler after dispatching the top two seeds and racking up two pins en route to his title.
Vinson, who had been equally dominant in his advancement to the finals, stumbled against second-seeded Zac Cibula of Rider, losing to the comparably inactive freshman, 5-4 in triple overtime. Vinson will return to the NCAAs however, as the top two at 149 pounds advance.
Needing help as a wild card is top-seeded Schiedel, who lost to second-seeded Ben Clymer of Hofstra, 4-3, in the finals. It was a rematch of last year's final, when Schiedel prevailed 4-3.
The CAA has been afforded 17 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Championship, held March 17-19 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The CAA champion at five weight classes (141, 157, 184, 197, Hwt.), the top two finishers at three weights (125, 149, 174) and the top three at 133 and 165 will all advance. Additionally, the NCAA will announce 48 at-large qualifiers on March 9. A total of 33 wrestlers will compete at each weight class at the NCAA Championship.
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