For Immediate Release: November 15, 2003
Contact: David Berman (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Bearcats open season at Empire State Open

CORTLAND, N.Y.--Members of the Binghamton wrestling squad opened the 2003-2004 schedule by competing in the non-scoring Empire State Open on Saturday at Cortland. Senior Justin Hoch (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and freshman Andy Scolaro (Cooper Plains, N.Y.) each recorded a pair of wins to lead the Bearcats.

Wrestling at 157, Hoch opened up the tournament with a 10-1 major decision over an opponent from Army, and then went on to secure a pin in 5:33 against a Boston University foe. However, with the field narrowed to eight wrestlers, he was defeated 11-5 by the #2 seed from Cornell and was eventually eliminated by a Drexel opponent 11-8 in the consolation bracket.

Scolaro, wrestling at 165, began his collegiate career by pinning his Cortland opponent in 3:17. He then secured a 4-2 decision over an unattached wrestler before being defeated 18-8 by the #2 seed from Boston University. Scolaro was eventually defeated 9-3 in the consolation bracket.

Empire State Open

Justin Hoch (Bing.) maj. dec. Doug Reynolds (Army) 10-1
Justin Hoch (Bing.) wbf Jason Bakinowski (Boston Univ.), 5:33
#2 Scott Roth (Cornell) dec. Justin Hoch (Bing.) 11-5

Consolation Bracket
Ray Lamb (Drexel) dec. Justin Hoch (Bing.) 11-8

Joe Gartiser (Bing.) dec. Roy Gecelosky (Kutztown) 10-5
#1 Ralph Everett (Unattached) wbf Joe Gartiser (Bing.), 3:29
Andy Scolaro (Bing.) wbf Matt Root (Cortland), 3:17
Andy Scolaro (BIng.) dec. Dwayne Hash (Unattached) 4-2
#2 Leighton Brady (Boston Univ.) maj. dec. Andy Scolaro (Bing.) 18-8

Consolation Bracket
Nick Detweiler (Kutztown) wbf Joe Gartiser (Bing.), 4:51
Sherwood Fendryk (Sacred Heart) dec. Andy Scolaro (Bing.) 903

Kevin Bush (Bing.) dec. Chris McElrath (Army) 12-8
#1 Noel Thompson (Unattached) wbf Kevin Bush (Bing.), 0:54

Consolation Bracket
Doran Heist (Brown) maj. dec. Kevin Bush (Bing.) 15-1

Tom Vail (Bing.) wbf Jason Leckey (Springfield), 2:51
#1 Brad Christie (Unattached) wbf Tom Vail (Bing.), 1:06

Consolation Bracket
CJ Macnaught (Unattached) dec. Tom Vail (Bing.) 3-2

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