Immediate Release: January 28, 2011
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Binghamton sophomore 149-pound Donnie Vinson made a big statement Friday night, knocking off defending NCAA champion and current No. 2 Kyle Dake in Binghamton's 35-3 loss to No. 2 Cornell (6-1) at the Friedman Wrestling Center. The Big Red won nine of the 10 bouts, though BU (11-4) kept five of them close with decisions, including three losses of one or two points.
Vinson, ranked No. 12 in the nation, shocked the Cornell faithful with a eye-opening 5-3 decision over Dake, who was the nation's Freshman of the Year last season after going 34-2 and winning an NCAA crown. Vinson trailed 3-1 after a Dake takedown (1st) and escape (2nd) before tying it on two stall points against Dake. Vinson then scored the pivotal takedown with 30 seconds left for the winning points. He improves to 18-2 overall and remains perfect with a 15-0 dual mark.
Senior 141-pound Anwar Goeres and juniors Justin Lister (165) and Matt Kaylor (157) lost narrow decisions. Goeres led Cornell's Mike Nevinger 5-4 before giving up an escape with just four seconds left in the match. Nevinger had riding time for the final margin. Kaylor led 2-1 in the second period but surrendered a takedown with three seconds left in the period and could only muster an escape in the third period. Lister battled fifth-ranked Justin Kerber tight in a 5-3 loss. He trailed 4-0 before an escape and a third-period reversal tightened the match. Kerber had riding time for the final margin.
Binghamton hosts No. 15 Iowa State at 6 p.m. Sunday.
2 Cornell 35, Binghamton 3
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