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McAveney finishes fifth in Bearcat Open
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Final place winners

Junior Jeff McAveney (New Fairfield, Conn.) placed fifth at the 174 weight class, as the Binghamton wrestling team got its season under at the Bearcat Open in West Gym. The meet, which featured over 250 wrestlers from 17 school, had no team scoring.

McAveney was one of four Bearcat wrestlers to advance to the quarterfinal round. He was joined by sophomore Joe Gartiser (Tuxedo, N.Y./ Monroe Woodbury) at 149, sophomore Josh Ruff (Bainbridge, N.Y./ Bainbridge-Guilford) at 141 and freshman heavyweight John Gregg (Johnsonville, N.Y./ Lasalle Academy).

"This was a good first meet," head coach Mike Fusilli said. "It let us know where we are at this point in the season. We would have liked to have had more placewinners but we had a handful of guys lose narrow matches which would have put them in the finals (for places 1-6). We have a lot of room for improvement but I am confident we will improve as the season progresses and be able to win those narrow matches."

McAveny went 4-2 on the day. His lone two losses came against Tyler Baier of Cornell, who defeated him 14-3 in the third-place match.

"Jeff wrestled in a tough weight class," Fusilli said. "He should be very pleased with how he did today."

Ruff won his first two matches and went 3-2 on the day.

"Josh faced some good competition today," Fusilli said. "His two losses were narrow defeats against pretty strong wrestlers."

Gregg, who had been have back trouble the previous couple of weeks, went 3-1 before losing by a medical forfeit in his final match of the day.

"John had a good day," Fusilli said. "He had back trouble last week and hadn't practiced that much since then but came out today and gave the number-one ranked Division II a great match. He also had three dominant wins before his medical forfeit."



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