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For Immediate Release: February 16, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton wrestling wins fifth straight match, 24-15 over Franklin & Marshall
Bearcats win 10th dual of season, most victories in 23 years

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Binghamton wrestling (10-9) rallied from nine points down to topple host Franklin & Marshall (7-7) 24-15 Friday night. The victory was BU's fifth straight and put the Bearcats over the .500 mark for the first time this season and first time since the program was reinstated prior to the 2005-06 campaign. The 10 dual match victories is the most of any BU wrestling team in 23 years, since the 1982-83 nationally-ranked Division III squad won 11.

Binghamton dropped the first three matches of the evening and trailed 9-0 before the team's talented middle weights sparked the rally. Junior 149-pound Kyle Fried scored a 14-2 major decision to put BU on the board, and sophomore 157-pound Nate Patterson pinned his opponent in 3:48 to give BU a 10-9 lead. Fried raised his record to 21-12 overall, 11-6 in duals. Patterson recorded his team-high ninth pin of the season, and improved to 17-11 overall, 14-5 in duals.

Sophomore Sam Sirota (Tully, N.Y.) gave the Bearcats a big lift with an 8-6 sudden victory at 165 pounds. After back-to-back losses at 197 and heavyweight (the match sequence was altered due to Binghamton's late arrival), freshman 174-pound Josh Patterson took the mat with Binghamton trailing 15-13. Patterson rolled to a 20-3 technical fall and freshman 184-pound Corey Waite (Nichols, N.Y.) was given a forfeit for the final margin.

Josh Patterson is now 25-7 overall, 16-3 in duals.

The Bearcats conclude their dual meet season by hosting University of Buffalo Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the West Gym.

Binghamton 24, Franklin & Marshall 15
125 - Jake Bucha (F&M) dec. Mike Kleeman (BU), 10-3
133 - Austin Reed (F&M) dec. Rob Slavin (BU), 8-5
141 - Al Gianforti (F&M) dec. Brandon Toro-Segarra (BU), 5-2
149 - Kyle Fried (BU) maj. dec. Steve Gregory (F&M), 14-2
157 - Nate Patterson (BU) pinned Andres Smith (F&M), 3:48
165 - Sam Sirotta (BU) dec. Justin Herbert (F&M), 8-6 SV
174 - Josh Patterson (BU) tech. fall James Schulz (F&M), 20-3, 5:25
184 - Corey Waite (BU) wins by forfeit
197 - Shawn Logue (F&M) dec. Ed Backus (BU), 7-5
285 - Nico Somers (F&M) dec. Mike Patterson (BU), 8-3

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