Immediate Release: June 17, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University head wrestling coach Tony Robie has signed his initial recruiting class for the 2005-06 season. Four reigning state champions highlight a group of seven high school athletes who have committed to compete for the Bearcats next winter.
Signing National Letters of Intent were Ed Bordas (Montgomery, N.Y.), Christopher Wade (Islip, N.Y.), Kevin Owen (Polson, Mont.), Nathan Paterson (Ontario, N.Y.), Tim Maroney (Bennington, Vt.) and Kevin Sincerbox (Goshen, N.Y.). Robie also received a commitment from Errick Cholewa (North Tonawanda, N.Y.).
"I'm very happy with the way recruiting went, especially considering the circumstances," Robie said. "Our goal was to bring in quality kids who can compete on a national level at some point in their careers and we've done that. These are good kids who will do well for us down the road."
Bordas, a two-time state placewinner, captured the 215-pound New York State title for Valley Central this year.
"I like his style of wrestling," Robie said. "He's dangerous from the top position, which will be an asset in college, especially wrestling at 197 or heavyweight. Ed comes from a very good high school program and has a good foundation of wrestling."
Wade was the 2005 state champion at 140 pounds for Islip High.
"Chris comes from very good high school program on Long Island," Robie said. "He is a hard working kid who will be extremely dedicated and a good team leader. I see him having a lot of success for us."
Owen is the third state champion of the group. He captured the 2005 Montana state title at 171 pounds. A four-time state placewinner, he also was a league MVP football player. Robie coached Kevin's older brother Pat at Michigan.
"I know the family very well," Robie said of the Owens. "Kevin is very good athlete. I definitely think he's the type of kid who will excel at Binghamton. He's an extremely hard worker and a quality person. I'm real happy to have him in our program."
Paterson was a standout 140-pound wrestler at Wayne High School. He took third at the state championshiop as a junior and also finished among the top-12 at the high school nationals.
"Nathan is a gifted wrestler with a tremendous feel for the sport," Robie said. He's another quality kid who is not only a good wrestler but a good person."
Maroney captured the 130-pound title at both the Vermont state and New England championships last year for Mount Anthony High.
"He's a tough kid with a lot of upside who can develop," Robie said. "Tim will definitely help out in the lower weights at 133 and 141."
Sincerbox was a sectional placewinner at 152 for Goshen High, and Cholewa captured the Section 6 130-pound championship and was a state placewinner for Starpoint High.
The Bearcats are slated to open their 2005-06 season on November 5 at the Slippery Rock Open.
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