Immediate Release: January 15, 2011
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Binghamton wrestling (11-3) knocked off nationally-ranked Hofstra 23-15 and went on to win all three matches at the Colonial Athletic Association Duals, held Saturday at George Mason. The Bearcats began the day with a victory over No. 25 Hofstra - the program's second straight win over the Pride after nine consecutive losses in the all-time series. Binghamton then defeated Rider (18-17) and Drexel (22-12) to wrap up the event, which serves as a measuring stick and seeding tool before the CAA Championship in early March.
The win over Hofstra was special as the Pride entered the event having lost just twice in 30 all-time matches at the Duals and Hofstra had been defeated by a conference foe just four times in 73 matches. The defending CAA champion Bearcats won six of the 10 bouts.
"It was a great team performance," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "The guys responded well and came together as a team, which will go a long way building our confidence. Individually, we had a few letdowns but we will keep working and moving forward. To beat a Hofstra team that was nationally ranked, to beat Rider for the first time and to go 3-0 at the Duals for the first time is special."
Sophomore 149-pound Donnie Vinson, ranked 18th in the country, went 3-0 with a technical fall, major decision and decision. He improved to 17-2 and remained perfect at 14-0 in duals. Ninth-ranked sophomore Nate Schiedel also went 3-0 with two pins and a decision. Schiedel moved up two weights to heavyweight against Drexel and scored a pin that sealed the team victory. He is 22-4 overall, 11-2 in duals.
In the match, sophomore 125-pound newcomer Derek Steeley showed his mettle with an 11-8 decision over 16th-ranked Steve Bonnano. The second-semester transfer from Noesho CC in Kansas trailed 6-1 in the first period before roaring back with two takedowns in the second period and another in the third to post the upset win over the No. 2 wrestler in the CAA.
Vinson earned important bonus points with a 16-0 technical fall. Vinson racked up 12 near-fall points before ending the bout early in the second period.
In the much-anticipated 165-pound battle between junior No. 19 Justin Lister (8-2) and 11th-ranked P.J. Gillespie, the wrestlers entered the third period knotted at 2-2 before Gillespie produced two takedowns to win 6-3.
After Schiedel delivered a 2-0 decision at 184, sophomore 197-pound Cody Reed clinched the win with an 8-5 decision. Tied 4-4 early in the third period, Reed scored a takedown and added another late in the period.
Against Rider, BU fell behind 14-9 before winning two of the final three bouts to rally for the win. Critical in the comeback was Schiedel's 18-second pin at 184 pounds. Sophomore John Paris stepped into the lineup at 197 and earned a 7-3 decision. The teams won five matches apiece.
Binghamton hosts the 42nd Annual New York State Intercollegiate Championships next Saturday and Sunday at West Gym.
23, No. 25 Hofstra 15
18, Rider 17
22, Drexel 12
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