Immediate Release: December 5, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Sophomore No. 14 Nate Schiedel won the 184-pound title to lead Binghamton wrestling at the Penn State Nittany Lion Open, held Sunday at PSU's Rec Hall and South Gym. More than 400 wrestlers competed in the open event.
Schiedel looked masterful, going 5-0 to capture his first title of the season after runnerup showings at the Binghamton Open and Cornell Body Bar Invitational. He posted two pins along the way and lifted his overall record to 16-3. Schiedel scored a pin over a Michigan State foe in the second round and then notched another fall in the semifinals in just 1:01. He was battling sixth-ranked Quentin Wright of Penn State in the second round of the title bout before Wright had to default with an injury.
Senior 174-pound Ryan McGarity was BU's other placewinner with a sixth-place finish. McGarity went 6-2 with a pin and a major decision and earned his second top-6 place of the season. After losing in the quarterfinals to the eventual runnerup, McGarity battled back with four decisions in the consolation draw. One of the wins was a 5-2 decision over 18th-ranked Ethan Headlee of Pitt.
"It was a pretty good tournament," head coach Pat Popliozio said. "Nate (Schiedel) and Ryan (McGarity) looked good. McGarity keeps getting better every week and he gained a lot of confidence today. Nate had a very good tournament and is wrestling at a very high level."
The only other BU wrestler to win more than two matches was sophomore 133-pound Dan Riggi, who went 3-2 with a pin.
Binghamton next takes on Army and Ohio University in a pair of duals next Sunday in Albany.
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