& Marshall edges BU 21-16
Binghamton (7-11) trailed 18-16 entering the match at 149 pounds between sophomore Joe Gartiser (Tuxedo, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) and F & M freshman Michael Parziale. Gartiser led 4-3 before Parziale took control in the third period, outscoring his BU foe 10-3 the rest of the way.
"We were evenly matched tonight," BU head coach Mike Fusilli said. "Giving up the forfeit at 125 really hurt us. I'm also disappointed Jeff lost his match at the end. Then we gave up a pin at heavyweight. You can't give up bonus points like that when you're down in the team score."
Fusilli was referring to F&M's 6-5 decision at 165 - a match BU junior Jeff McAveney (New Fairfield, Conn.) led until the closing seconds. Then three bouts later, Franklin & Marshall junior Cornelius George recorded a pin at heavyweight, and an injury to freshman Kyle Willard forced BU to hand over the six-point forfeit at 125. Those back-to-back six points swung a 9-6 BU lead into an 18-9 deficit that the team ultimately couldn't overcome.
In the opening match of the night, senior 157-pound Joe Privitere (Johnson City, N.Y.) scored a 2-0 decision to move into second place on the program's all-time wins list. The victory was his 95th, leaving Privitere only trailing former NCAA Division III national champion and BU head coach Mark Gumble (1984-88), who won 112. Privitere raised his season mark to 13-4, 9-3 in duals.
The evening's most entertaining match was at 184, where BU sophomore Jerome Joe (Wheatley Heights, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) scored a 3-2 come-from-behind decision. Joe, who trailed 2-1 and needed injury time to tend to a twisted knee, engineered a dramatic takedown with just five seconds left in the match. Joe is 11-4 overall, 8-3 in duals.
Other winners for the Bearcats included sophomore 141-pound Josh Ruff (Bainbridge, N.Y./Bainbridge-Guilford), who rolled to a 12-1 major decision. Ruff is now 23-5 overall, and a perfect 13-0 in dual matches. With four duals remaining, Ruff is chasing both an undefeated season as well as the school record for dual match wins in a season (15), which is held by four others, including teammate Joe Privitere.
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