Release: March 15, 2010
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BU wrestling holds Media Day before departing for NCAA Championship
Binghamton wrestling team held its postseason media day today
just prior to departing for Omaha and the upcoming NCAA Championship,
March 18-20. On the heels of the team's historic first conference
championship, six Bearcat wrestlers - the most in school history
- will compete at the national meet.
head coach Pat Popolizio and the six NCAA qualifiers spoke to
Head Wrestling Coach Pat Popolizio
the success of this year's team...
"It's been pretty exciting. We have good group of kids and
they have been working hard all year. The guys take a lot of
pride in what they are doing. It's been a lot of hard work. Having
the right kids in the program, it's easy to work with them because
they want to be here and put the time in. They motivate me, they
motivate each other, they do whatever we ask and it has been
an unbelievable year."
the team's goals for the NCAA Championship...
"The ultimate goal for us is to win an individual national
title; every guy that is going has been training all year for
this. We have our work cut out for us but it's what we have trained
for. We are prepared and have been looking through the brackets
all week and are ready! Many of the guys have competed in world
tournaments, high school and college tournaments. Obviously there
are 33 guys in each bracket and we are just going to take one
match at a time."
senior All-American Josh Patterson and his final return to the
"I think Josh has learned from his experience going to the
national tournament before. I think he knows better then anyone
that you need to be prepared as soon as you set foot on the mat
and not look back but at who you have in front of you. His ultimate
goal which he is very capable of doing is winning a national
tournament. He did it in high school and he placed last year,
and he has learned from his loses this year."
174-pound Josh Patterson
having five teammates with him at the 2010 NCAA Championship...
"It's awesome to have my teammates here working out with
me, and it will be nice having them at the tournament and being
able to support one another. I havent' really been mentoring
the guys too much, but when we get out there I might give them
some words of wisdom."
his draw in the bracket and his chances of advancing...
"I like where I am in the bracket. I know there are going
to be some tough kids in every weight and I know that in 174
there will be a lot of tough kids, so I am just going to wrestle
my best and hope to be where I want to be at the end."
his mid-year weight drop from 184 to 174...
"I feel I was a little outsized in 184 but I feel better
being 174 and I have my weight under control. I'm just ready
to have a good tournament."
the team's first CAA Championship and the program's rise during
"It was nice going out my senior year winning a conference
tournament, considering where we started four years ago. It's
nice that all our hard work these past four years is paying off."
freshman 149-pound Donnie Vinson
the team's success this year...
a part of this program and having it succeed like this is pretty
cool. I kind of knew we were going to come around and start making
our way to the top. Overall the experience is awesome!"
his personal goals for the NCAA Championship...
"For a satisfactory weekend I would like to make some upsets.
I'm really hoping to make it to the round of 12 and become an
All-American and top six finisher."
141-pound Anwar Goeres
the team's CAA title...
"It was pretty special winning the conference. My parents
were there and a few former players came. It was pretty fun and
felt amazing jumping up after winning. It was a great feeling."
the rapid rise of the program...
"It's great knowing that myself and everyone else is putting
this team on the map. When I transferred here the coaches said
'We are moving fast and are not slowing down for anything' and
we all support each other and want to win."
the NCAA Championship and his opening match against the #3 seed...
"I'm not looking at my first match as a tough match. I am
looking at it as just another step I have to take. No one said
it was going to be easy to compete in the national tournament.
I'd rather have a tough competitor off the bat. Going down there,
it's good having someone else go with you. I don't know how Josh
(Patterson) did it all by himself, but I'm glad that we can join
him this year."
157-pound Justin Lister
winning the CAA individual and team titles and advancing to NCAAs...
"Coach has been preparing us for this all year. For once
I can say out of my entire wrestling career everything clicked
for me and everyone stepped up to the plate. Coach couldn't have
been more proud of us."
the challenge and pressure of competing for the first time at
"It's not so much the pressure but in believing, and knowing
that you can. Everyone is so good out there it comes down to
who has the right mind set. It's more of the mental aspect than
the new heights the wrestling program has achieved...
"At first I thought this was just the average Division I
wrestling program, but now we are breaking top-20 and showing
up in magazines next to Iowa and Michigan State whose programs
have been around for decades."
184-pound Nate Schiedel
qualifying for his first NCAA Championship as a freshman...
"It's been exciting getting ready this week. We've been
training all year for this. I'm glad to see so many of our teammates
going and competing."
the team's success of qualifying six wrestlers for the NCAAs...
It's nice to see the work pay off and we are on the map. We put
in a lot of hard work and I hope we get some new guys willing
to work just as hard to keep the program going."
the impact of teammate and All-American Josh Patterson...
"Its nice to have man there who has gone already and placed.
I look up to him a lot and I hope I can follow his footsteps
and be an All-American."
when during the season he starting believing he could be an NCAA
"After the second part of the season and I beat a lot of
the CAA guys I started to realize I have the potential to go
to the national tournament and do big things."
165-pound Matt Kaylor
awaiting word of his NCAA at-large selection...
"It was pretty nerve racking waiting to see the brackets,
but I was excited after I found out. It's definitely nice to
know all our preparation this season has paid off. I'm really
excited to see how I do against the best guys in the country."
the team's success this year...
"Its really exciting to see how far our team has come. After
all the work we have put in, its just a really good feeling."