Release: October 12, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton has five wrestlers among the top-6 in their respective weights, according to the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Rankings, released by the conference. The Bearcats are fifth as a team with 21 points, behind Hofstra (41), Rider (36), Old Dominion (36) and Drexel (25).
"This is a sign that we're heading in the right direction," head coach Pat Popolizio said of the rankings. "The guys are looking to improve off last season and we are hoping to have a winning season this year, despite a much tougher schedule."
Leading the way for BU is sophomore 174-pound Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y), who is ranked No. 1 in the conference and No. 19 in the nation in the Amateur Wrestling News preseason poll. Patterson went 27-12 in an outstanding freshman season last winter. He placed third at the CAA Championship, earning a berth to the NCAA Championship.
"Josh is coming off a great season," Popolizio said. "His goal is to win a conference title and return to the NCAAs and he's prepared mentally and physically to achieve that goal."
Senior 149-pound Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) is ranked No. 2 at his weight. Fried went 26-13 in 2006-07, narrowly missing an NCAA berth. He won four of five matches at the CAA Championship and placed third.
"Kyle has wrestled all these guys and he believes he's good enough to win a conference title in his final season," Popolizio said.
Nate Patterson won 19 matches in 2006-07, and boasted a 15-5 dual record.
In addition, freshman Justin Lister (Rodman, N.Y.) was selected to the All-Freshman Team at 157 pounds. Lister was a five-year varisty letterwinner at South Jefferson High School. He was a three-time New York State runner-up.
"That's a good start for Justin," Popolizio said. "We're excited to see that other people believe he will be a high quality collegiate wrestler."
The Bearcats open their season on November 17 at the Cornell Body Bar Tournament. One day later, BU will host NCAA runnerup Iowa State at 11:30 at the West Gym.
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