Release: December 6, 2009
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Binghamton wrestling earned five placewinners at the Penn State Nittany Open, held Sunday at PSU's Rec Hall.
Junior 141-pound Anwar Goeres had the most success, going 4-1 to place third. Goeres advanced to the semifinals with a pin and a major decision and his only loss was a 4-3 decision to eventual champion and 18th-ranked Todd Schavrien of Missouri. He improved to 16-5 on the season.
Senior 10th-ranked Josh Patterson went 2-2 to place fourth at 184 pounds. Patterson picked up a technical fall and a major decision but was beaten 5-2 by Penn State's Dave Erwin in the semifinals and then was pinned by another Nittany Lion wrestler in the third-place match.
Redshirt freshman 149-pound Donnie Vinson went 6-1 to finish fifth. Vinson recorded a pin and two technical falls and his only defeat was a 3-2 decision to the eventual runnerup. Vinson raised his overall average to 19-4 this season.
"Overall this tournament was a success for our program," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "We gained valuable experience here and will continue to improve on our weaknesses. Placing five guys in this tough tournament is a great sign of where our athletes stand nationally in the early part of the season."
Binghamton returns home to host a quadrangular with Liberty, Princeton and Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday afternoon at the West Gym.
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