Release: December 30, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Binghamton junior 184-pound Josh Patterson, ranked No. 6 in the country by Amateur Wrestling News, continued his stellar season with runnerup honors at the UNC Greensboro Southern Scuffle. Patterson's finish highlighted a 14th place showing by the Bearcats, who sent 13 wrestlers to the two-day event held at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.
Patterson went 4-1 with two pins and a major decision. He posted back-to-back pins in the second round and quarterfinals before earning a 10-0 major decision over Edinboro's Chris Honeycutt, who was ranked No. 10 by Intermat (Patterson is No. 14 in the same poll). In the final, Patterson was defeated 10-4 by Kent State's Dustin Kilgore, ranked No. 6 by Intermat.
Patterson raised his overall record to 26-3 this season with 15 pins. He is closing in on the school record for pins in a season (17), set by Greg Geisenhof during the 1987-88 season.
Freshman Donnie Vinson, who is redshirting the 2008-09 season, competed unattached and placed third at 149 pounds. Vinson went 8-1 with two pins. Along the way, he pinned 15th-ranked Torsten Gillespie of Edinboro (in 1:47) and earned a 1-0 decision over 16th-ranked Mike Roberts of CAA foe Boston University.
The other Bearcat who enjoyed a successful tournament was sophomore Matt Kaylor, who went 4-2 with a major decision at 149. Kaylor fell one win short of placing in the top-8. He improved to 20-10 this season.
Binghamton next hosts Bloomsburg in a dual match on January 11.
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