For Immediate Release: May 22, 2007
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Binghamton wrestling announces team award winners from 2006-07
Freshman Patterson is Most Valuable; Fried is Most Dedicated

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University wrestling coach Pat Popolizio announced his team award winners for 2006-07. The athletes spearheaded BU's best season in two decades, complete with 10 dual victories, two conference placewinners and an NCAA qualifier. The Bearcats won five of their last six matches, placed seventh at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and demonstrated a strong freshman class with two CAA All-Rookie selections. The 10 dual match victories is the most of any BU wrestling team in 23 years, since the 1982-83 nationally-ranked Division III squad won 11.

Freshman 174-pound Josh Patterson highlighted the winners with the Most Valuable Player honor. Patterson went 27-12, including a 16-4 mark in duals, and qualified for the NCAA Championship. He was runnerup at the Navy Classic, sixth at the Nittany Lion Open and placed third at the CAA Championship to receive a berth to the national meet. Patterson was also selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team.

Junior 149-pound Kyle Fried, who was nationally ranked for much of the season, was selected as Most Dedicated and Most Improved. Fried, who transferred from SUNY Brockport before the season, went 26-13 overall (12-6 in duals) and narrowly missed an NCAA bid. He went 4-1 at the CAA Championship, placing third. Fried also took fifth place at the Southern Scuffle after winning seven of nine matches. He was ranked as high at No. 17 by W.I.N.-Magazine.

Fried and junior-to-be Nate Patterson were selected as co-captains for the 2007-08 season.

The complete list of award winners is below.

Student-Athlete of the Year
Robert Slavin

Best Redshirt
Brett Nelson

Most Improved
Kyle Fried

Most Dedicated
Kyle Fried

Most Valuable
Josh Patterson

2007-08 Captains
Nate Patterson
Kyle Fried

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