Immediate Release: January 30, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton wrestling (11-5) split the 10 bouts with No. 15 Iowa State but a pin, tech fall and two major decisions pushed the Cyclones (7-8) past BU 22-18 Sunday night at West Gym.
Sophomore 125-pound Derek Steeley trailed 4-3 in the third but rallied to score a dramatic 7-6 decision over Brandon Jones to even the team score at 18-18 heading into the final bout at 133. But Iowa State's Ben Cash earned a 14-3 decision over Dan Riggi to clinch the win.
"It was an outstanding team performance," head coach Pat Popolizio said of the narrow defeat. "We're disappointed not to win but it I'm pleased we were able to compete like this and respond after a tough match on Friday (the 35-3 loss to No. 2 Cornell). Guys stepped up tonight. Some of our younger guys did well but some of our more experienced guys had letdowns. It was a good atmosphere though."
The Bearcats opened up a 12-6 lead after junior 165-pound Justin Lister earned a 4-2 upset decision over No. 9 Andrew Sorenson. Lister, who advanced to the NCAA semifinals at 157 last season but is still adjusting to the bump up to 165, looked strong in his biggest win of the season. Two days after battling No. 5 Justin Kerber of Cornell close in a 5-3 loss, Lister had a first-period takedown and added a pair of escapes for his points.
Iowa State came back with a tech fall at 174 and a decision at 184 to take a 14-12 lead. At 197, sophomore Cody Reed provided some heart-stopping drama that had the crowd of 800+ screaming. Reed trailed 6-1 before storming back. He shot for two takedowns in the third period - the last tied it at 7-7 with 18 seconds remaining. With his opponent tiring, Reed shot immediately in overtime and earned the 9-7 decision.
Sophomore 149-pound Donnie Vinson, ranked 12th in the nation, kept his dual win streak alive at 16 straight to start the season. Vinson recorded an 11-5 decision over Max Mayfield. Vinson, fresh from his stunning 5-3 upset of reigning NCAA champion and No. 2 Kyle Dake of Cornell, was in control from the onset. He scored a takedown midway through the first period and rode Mayfield the rest of the period. He hit a reversal to start the second and added another takedown in the middle period. Vinson added two more takedowns in the third. He raised his record to 19-2 overall.
The Bearcats were given a forfeit win at 141 but suffered disappointing losses at 157 and 184, where 12th-ranked Nate Schiedel was controlled in a 9-2 loss - just his sixth defeat of the season (27-6).
Binghamton next competes at No. 14 American with George Mason next Saturday.
15 Iowa State 22, Binghamton 18
*match started at 141
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