HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Binghamton crowned three placewinners and placed eighth out of 11 teams at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, Friday and Saturday at Hofstra University. The Bearcats also earned an NCAA qualifier, as sophomore 141-pound Josh Ruff (Bainbridge, N.Y./Bainbridge-Guilford) placed second and received a berth into the upcoming NCAA Championship.
"I'm pleased with our performance," head coach Mike Fusilli said. "We finished higher than last year and had more placewinners. But almost as important, two of our three placewinners will be back in the lineup next year."
One of those key returnees will be Ruff, who capped an outstanding season with runner-up honors at 141 pounds. Ruff, now 28-7 on the season, took the second seed into the tournament, and posted a quarterfinal pin (in 2:24) and a 2-0 semifinal decision to earn a top-2 spot and NCAA entry.
"Josh wrestled real well," Fusilli said. "He had a good semifinal match against a past NCAA qualifier. The kid was ready for him, but Josh had a great match."
Two other BU wrestlers placed fourth - senior 157-pound Joe Privitere (Johnson City, N.Y.) and sophomore 165-pound Ryan Jantzen (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River). Privitere, the No. 4 seed, lost his final match, 3-2, against the No. 3 seed. A win would've meant an NCAA trip, and as it was, Privitere was awarded first alternate status at the coaches wild card meeting.
Jantzen, the No. 5 seed, lost his first match before roaring back with three straight wins in the consolation bracket. He finally ran into the third seed from Drexel in the third-place match, losing 10-1.
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