For Immediate Release: November 23, 2008
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BU wrestling splits four matches at season-opening Sprawl & Brawl
Bearcats defeat AIC, Wagner, lose to No. 14 Penn State, North Carolina

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton wrestling opened its dual meet season by splitting four matches at the Journeymen/Brute Sprawl & Brawl, held Sunday at the West Gym. The 13-team event featured four nationally-ranked teams, including No. 14 Penn State, which toppled BU 36-8. Binghamton defeated Wagner (54-0) and AIC (38-3) and lost to North Carolina 27-10 in its other match.

"I thought it was a very productive day for our guys," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "They wrestled at a very high level and I can see our improvement from last year. It was exciting to wrestle those kind of teams in our home gym."

Junior 184-pound Josh Patterson, ranked No. 17 in the country, went 4-0 on the day. Patterson earned two pins, one technical fall and a major decision. His biggest triumph was a convincing 17-1 technical fall over No. 13 Phil Bomberger of Penn State. Patterson improved to 8-1 overall this season.

Sophomore 125-pound Tyler Malmberg won three of four matches, as did junior 197-pound Corey Waite and junior 133-pound Rob Slavin.

"I thought Rob Slavin had a great day," Popolizio added. "He was very impressive. And Josh Patterson dominated today. He made a big statement that he is ready to compete at the highest level."

Binghamton heads to Albany next Saturday for the Northeast Duals. The Bearcats will wrestle No. 1 Iowa along with Lehigh, UNC Greensboro and Brown.

Binghamton 54, Wagner 0
125 Tyler Malmberg (BU) WBF Jason Mandragona (W), 2:34
133 Rob Slavin (BU) dec. Nick Keshecki (W), 10-7
141 Anwar Goeres (BU) WBF Tyler Harmer (W), 2:24
149 Matt Kaylor (BU) WBF Nick Dalcero (W), 1:19
157 Nate Patterson (BU) major dec. Larry Peotteer (W), 12-3
165 Ryan McGarity (BU) WBF Sean Quinn (W), 2:51
174 Anthony Esposito (BU) WBF Ryan Malloy (W), 4:31
184 Josh Patterson (BU) WBF Vinny Tortorella (W), 1:40
197 Corey Waite (BU) WBF Mark Wagner (W), 1:54
Hwt. Dan Bittner (BU) TF Connor Hart (W), 22-5, 5:38

North Carolina 27, Binghamton 10
125 Tyler Malmberg (BU) dec. Nick Shields (UNC), 8-1
133 Rob Slavin (BU) dec. Jared Royer (UNC), 10-5
141 Vincent Ramirez (UNC) dec. Anwar Goeres (BU), 7-4
149 Nick Stabile (UNC) WBF Justin Lister (BU), 6:20
157 Thomas Scotton (UNC) dec. Nate Patterson (BU), 7-3
165 Keegan Mueller (UNC) major dec. Ryan McGarity (BU), 12-4
174 Ben Fiacco (UNC) dec. Anthony Esposito (BU), 4-2
184 Josh Patterson (BU) major dec. Kevin Owens (UNC), 13-3
197 Dennis Drury (UNC) major dec. Corey Waite (BU), 9-0
Hwt. Justin Dobies (UNC) major dec. Dan Bittner (BU), 13-5

No. 14 Penn State 36, Binghamton 8
125 Brad Pataky (PSU) TF Tyler Malmberg (BU), 17-0, 3:55
133 Tim Haas (PSU) TF Rob Slavin (BU), 18-1, 5:42
141 Frank Molinaro (PSU) WBF Anwar Goeres (BU), 2:12
149 Bubba Jenkins (PSU) dec. Matt Kaylor (BU), 10-3
157 Dan Vallimont (PSU) dec. Nate Patterson (BU), 7-6
165 Mark Friend (PSU) major dec. Ryan McGarity (BU), 11-1
174 Quentin Wright (PSU) major dec. Brett Nelson (BU), 13-5
184 Josh Patterson (BU) TF Phil Bomberger (PSU), 17-1, 6:42
197 Corey Waite (BU) dec. Nathan Andrews (PSU), 10-3
Hwt. Cameron Wade (PSU) WBF Art Garvey (BU), 1:28

Binghamton 38, AIC 3
125 Tyler Malmberg (BU) major dec. Carlos Este Lara (AIC), 8-0
133 Rob Slavin (BU) dec. Jeff Haddad (AIC), 8-3
141 Anwar Goeres (BU) dec. Robert Merchant (AIC), 9-4
149 Matt Kaylor (BU) TF Sam Gauvine (AIC), 21-3
157 Justin Lister (BU) TF Joshua Mayville (AIC), 17-0
165 Ryan McGarity (BU) TF Mike Rampsey (AIC), 16-0
174 Anthony Esposito (BU) dec. Jason Pagan (AIC), 3-2
184 Josh Patterson (BU) WBF Yaakov Bloch (AIC), 0:46
197 Corey Waite (BU) major dec. Wausa Ojigbanjo (AIC), 19-5
Hwt. Kelvin Valencia (AIC) dec. Art Garvey (BU), 6-2

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