Immediate Release: November 18, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshman 174-pound Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) began his collegiate career with a bang, finishing second to highlight Binghamton's performance at the season-opening Navy Wrestling Classic Saturday. As a team, the Bearcats placed 11th out of 13 teams.
Patterson, a nationally-ranked scholastic wrestler and BU's top recruit, won three matches before falling to top-seeded Matthew Stolpinski of Navy, 11-6, in the title bout. Stolpinski was a 2006 NCAA qualifier and has been ranked in the top-20. Before that, the third-seeded Patterson dispatched Navy's Anthony Laurita, 10-4, in the first round, sixth-seeded Dillon Landy of Campbell, 6-2, in the quarterfinals, and second-seeded Andrew Jordan of Bloomsburg, 5-3, in the semifinals.
No other BU wrestlers finished among the top six, though freshman Kareem Naguib (Clifton Park, N.Y.) won two matches in the back draw at 133 pounds, and junior transfer Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) also won twice in the consolation bracket at 149 pounds. Third-seeded Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) dropped his opening match, 10-4, and recorded a pin in 1:09 over a Liberty wrestler in the first round of wrestlebacks before losing 5-3 in sudden death.
Binghamton next competes at the Northeast Duals in Albany on November 25.
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