Release: October 26, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Two Binghamton University wrestlers have earned a top-20 national ranking. Senior 149-pound Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) and sophomore 174-pound Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) are both ranked 20th in the InterMat/NWMA/NWCA Preseason Division I Individual Wrestling Rankings.
Fried is coming off a 26-13 campaign that ended just shy of an NCAA Championship berth. He went 4-1 at the CAA Championship to place third, but wasn't afforded a wild-card selection. Fried was ranked as high as 17th last winter. Earlier this fall, Fried was ranked No. 2 in the CAA.
Patterson enjoyed an outstanding freshman season, going 27-12 and advancing to the NCAA Championship. He was 16-4 in duals, was runnerup at the Navy Classic, sixth at the Nittany Lion Open and finished third at the CAA Championship. Patterson is the top-ranked 174-pound wrestler in the CAA heading into this season.
It is the first time that Binghamton has had two nationally-ranked wrestlers at the Division I level.
The Bearcats open their season at the Cornell Body Bar Tournament on November 17. One day later, BU will host 2007 NCAA runnerup Iowa State at 11:30 at the West Gym.
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