Release: December 7, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Binghamton junior 184-pound Josh Patterson, ranked No. 9 in the country by WrestlingReport.com, continued his dominating early season with a title at the Penn State Nittany Lion Open, held Sunday at Rec Hall. Patterson was one of six BU placewinners at the event.
Patterson went 6-0 to claim the title. He posted four pins, a 17-0 technical fall and a 7-0 decision, and didn't surrender a single point in the tournament. Along the way, he pinned 16th-ranked Phil Bomberger of Penn State (second round) and ended the championship match against 17th-ranked Chris Daggett of Liberty in just 22 seconds. Patterson is 18-2 overall with 11 pins.
"Josh had a great tournament," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "He continues to dominate a lot of the top guys in the country and is gaining more and more confidence."
Senior 157-pound Nate Patterson went 4-1 to place third. Patterson, ranked No. 3 in the CAA, defeated the No. 2 wrestler and two-time NCAA qualifier, Mike Kessler of Rider, 3-2, in the quarterfinals.
Redshirt freshman Justin Lister was fourth at 149, going 4-2 with a major decision. Lister was defeated in the semifinals by eventual champion and nationally No. 2 ranked Bubba Jenkins of Penn State.
"We had six guys place, which is a big improvement over the last time we were here," Popolizio said. "The guys are competing at a higher level every time they take the mat."
Binghamton travels to Long Island to face fellow CAA member Hofstra on Friday.
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