Release: December 30, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Junior Nate Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) won three matches, including two by major decision, to place eighth at the Southern Scuffle, hosted by UNC Greensboro Saturday and Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Binghamton, which was hit by injuries to a pair of seeded wrestlers, placed 23rd out of 29 teams. There were five teams ranked in the NWCA Top-25 at the event, which was won by defending NCAA champion Minnesota.
"This performance puts Nate in the mix of things at the national level," head coach Pat Popolizio said of Patterson's performance. "It's a sign that he's good enough to compete against the top wrestlers in the country."
Patterson, unseeded at 157 pounds, knocked off the No. 6 seed from Hofstra, 12-4, in his opening match. He then posted a 3-2 decision over a wrestler from North Carolina before losing 8-3 to the eventual champion, C.P. Schlatter from Minnesota. He posted another major decision in the backdraw before losing 7-2 to the No. 8 seed from North Carolina.
Sophomore 174-pound Josh Patterson (Wayne, N.Y.) was seeded seventh in the draw but suffered an injury and had to pull out after one match. Senior 149-pound Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) was seeded fifth in his weight class but an injury forced his withdrawl.
Binghamton next faces Sacred Heart and Wagner on January 9 in Fairfield, Conn.
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