Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Find out more about the new Bearcat wrestlers!

The BU wrestling team has restocked with a big recruiting class including 12 All-Americans, six state champions, and 18 state place winners.

Set to join the Bearcats in the 2014-2015 season are:

Connor Calkins HWT (Almond, NY/Alfred-Almond HS): Connor is a 2x NYS Qualifier.  He finished 5th as a junior and capped his senior year with a NYS title at heavyweight.  He finished 1st at the Flo Freakshow which is the toughest pre-season tournament in the country.

Vincent DePrez 157/165 (Hilton, NY/Hilton HS): Vincent is a 4x NYS place winner, finishing 4th, 2nd, 2nd, and 1st.  Vincent capped 46-0 record his senior season at Hilton with state championship at 145 pounds.  He is a Flo Nationals All-American and four-time All-Greater Rochester selection.

Anthony DePrez 165/174 (Hilton, NY/Hilton HS): Anthony will be joining his twin brother Vincent this year.  He finished 2nd in NYS this year at 152 lbs and became a Flo Nationals All-American.

Thierno Diallo 125 (Lanham, MD/Duval HS): Thierno transferred into Binghamton for the 2014 spring semester.  He is a 3x state place winner taking 2nd, 3rd, and 1st.  He is the first wrestler in Prince Georges County to win 4 county titles.  He is a Fargo All-American and a Flo Nationals All-American.

Jake Kocsis 165/174  (Phillipsburg, NJ/Phillipsburg HS): Jake is a 2x NYS qualifier.  Jake finished 2nd at the prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions during the 2013-2014 season.  He then finished 4th in the NJ State Championships at 170 lbs.  He will major in environmental studies.

Joe Nelson 125 (Oxford, NY/Oxford Academy): Joe is a 2x NYS Qualifier finishing 3rd in the state.  He was valedictorian at his high school and will be working towards an engineering degree at Binghamton.

Steven Schneider 174/184 (Levittown, NY/MacArthur HS): Steven is a 2x NYS qualifier.  He finished 2nd in the state as a junior and was a state champion this past season at 170 pounds.  He finished his high school career as a Senior National All-American and he will be majoring in engineering at Binghamton.

Ben Schroeder 157 (Eureka, MO/Eureka HS): Ben is a 2x Missouri state qualifier.  He received the Binghamton University Scholarship of Excellence award and will be enrolled in the Binghamton School of Management.

Mark Tracy 184/197 (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East HS): Mark won a NYS title at 182 lbs his senior season at Sachem East High.  He also finished as a Senior National All-American and Mark will be enrolling in the Binghamton School of Management. 

Reggie Williams 184/197 (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City HS): Reggie is a 4x NYS placewinner, finishing 2nd as a sophomore and winning a state title at 195 lbs this past season.  He is a 5x high school All-American and capped off his senior season as a Senior Nationals All-American.

EXPECT GREATNESS!

Post by Marissa Sarfati (msarfat1@binghamton.edu)

2014-2015 Schedule has been posted!

Check out the schedules tab and mark your calendars for the upcoming 2014-2015 season!  We will be beginning the season with the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open on Sunday, November 9th.  Last year, the athletic department hosted the event for the first time and it was easily the best tournament we have ever had on campus with over 420 wrestlers competing.  We hope this year will be even better!

We also have 5 home duals scheduled where we will be hosting Hofstra University, Columbia University, Drexel University,University of Pennsylvania, and University of Buffalo.

To close out the season, the NCAA Championships will be in St. Louis, Missouri this year on March 19 through March. We will consistently put in hard work to get as many wrestlers as possible into the tournament.

Post by Marissa Sarfati (msarfat1@binghamton.edu)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reed went 2-2 at the NCAA; 2013-2014 Season Final Thoughts

Senior 197-pound Cody Reed came up one win short of All-American honors in Friday evening’s session of the NCAA Championship at the Chesapeake Engery Arena.

After advancing to the quarterfinals with a pair of wins on Thursday, Reed, a red-shirt senior, fell in both his matches on Friday to end Binghamton’s run at the NCAA Championship. Reed fell to No. 1 Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket before losing to No. 3 Morgan McIntosh of Penn State in the wrestle-backs of the consolation bracket.

With an All-American spot on the line Reed fell to McIntosh by major decision, 13-4. McIntosh secured a pair of first-period take downs to take a 4-0 lead into the second frame. Reed was able to escape a McIntosh leg-lock to record his first point, but another takedown by the No. 3 seed gave McIntosh a 7-1 lead heading into the final three minutes. In the final period, Reed was again able escape McIntosh’s grasp but another takedown and riding time gave the Nittany Lion the victory and All-American status.

Reed, who went 2-2 at the NCAA Championship, finishes his career at Binghamton with a record of 94-62 and completes the 2013-14 season with a record of 29-12. Reed became just the second Binghamton wrestler to win his first two matches of the NCAA Championship and advance to the quarterfinals. The Walton, N.Y. native is a three-time NCAA qualifier and compiled a record of 4-6 at three NCAA Championships.

Read the full article and NCAA recap, brackets, videos, and more here.

Final Thoughts on the Season

This is the first year we competed in the EIWA Conference Championship.  We went from the smallest conference in the country, to the largest and second toughest conference.  This was a huge adjustment for our team.  We saw a different level of wrestling from the very start of the year to the very end.  With everything new, we had some growing pains.  But the coaching staff saw a marked and consistent improvement in our wrestlers from the beginning of the season to the end.

We were picked to finish 14th out of 18 teams that made up the EIWA.  We finished 7th, putting 5 guys on the stand.  We would have liked to get more guys out to the big dance, but not going to nationals has left an empty pit in stomachs of our wrestlers and I know they will use that as motivation to reach their goals during the 2014/2015 season.

#9, #8, #1, #3- That was the order of wrestlers that Cody Reed faced to get to the Round of 12 at this years NCAA Championships. He wrestled four seeded wrestlers and beat two of them.   Cody Reed was 18-16 last year and 0-2 at the NCAA Championships.  This year he finished 29-12. 

David White went 1-2 at this year's Championship.  Last year he wasn't a starter and went 17-7 during the year.  This year he went 27-13 and beat four kids he lost to last year- seeing huge improvement.

Other Notable Improvements

Jack Mckeever- His Division I record went from 2-18 during the 2013/2014 season to 18-14 and a national ranking before a serious injury sidelined him for the second half of the year.

Caleb Wallace- His last years record was 6-6.  This year he finished 17-15 and placed in the EIWA conference.

Vincent Grella- He tripled the number of wins he had the previous year and he placed in the EIWA conference.

Tyler Deuel- Tyler went from a .500 wrestler last year, to a record of 28-10 this year and he earned a
Top 20 ranking.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Reed and White to take on the NCAA Championship!



Senior 197-pound Cody Reed took home runnerup honors to pace Binghamton wrestling at the EIWA Championship, which concluded Sunday night at The Palestra on campus at University of Pennsylvania. The Bearcats had five placewinners in their inaugural appearance at the championship and finished in a tie for seventh out of 18 teams. Reed and junior 125-pound David White (4th place) earned berths to the upcoming NCAA Championship.
Read the full article about the EIWA results here.

The NCAA Championship will take place next weekend, March 20-22, in Oklahoma City.  The brackets have been released and you can view them here.  Cody Reed, making his 3rd consecutive NCAA appearance, will be facing ace ninth-seeded Christian Boley of Maryland in the opening round.

The pairing is a rematch of the 2012 NCAA Championship first round, when Reed posted a shocking 2-1 upset over then-No. 4 Boley. Last weekend, Reed made a strong showing at the EIWA Championship, winning three of four matches to earn an automatic bid. He posted a major decision in the first round and then recorded a dramatic pin in overtime over fellow NCAA qualifier James Fox of Harvard in the quarterfinals to seal his return trip to the national championship. Reed has four wins against the NCAA field. Boley (22-4) was the No. 1 seed at the ACC Championship but placed fourth.

White (26-11) will make his first NCAA Championship appearance and has drawn 12th-seeded Tim Lambert of Nebraska in the opening round. Lambert (22-11), a redshirt freshman, placed fifth at the Big Ten Championship. White went 4-2 at the EIWA Championship to finish fourth and claim an automatic berth.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

EIWA Championships This Weekend!

Binghamton wrestling is headed to Philadelphia for its first EIWA Championship this weekend. The 18-team event, which doubles as the NCAA qualifier, is being hosted by Penn Saturday and Sunday at The Palestra.

Head coach Matt Dernlan's 10-man squad will open competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday with 47 NCAA automatic bids on the line. The championship concludes with the finals beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Senior 197-pound Cody Reed, a two-time NCAA qualifier and reigning conference champion, begins his quest for a return to the national tournament. Reed (24-9) was ranked fourth in the latest EIWA poll and is 24th in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings. He has won 11 of his last 12 matches. There are seven spots allocated to EIWA wrestlers at 197 pounds.

Junior heavyweight Tyler Deuel (25-7) will also gain a top-four seed in his bracket. Deuel leads the Bearcats with 10 pins and five technical falls and is No. 23 in the latest NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings. He will be aiming for his first NCAA Championship berth. There are four qualifying berths allotted to EIWA heavyweights.

Junior 125-pound David White is also in the mix for a tournament seed. He was ranked sixth in the last EIWA poll and is No. 33 in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings. White (22-9) will be in the hunt for one of the six NCAA spots allocated to 125-pounders at the conference championship.

Sophomore 174-pound Jack McKeever returns to the lineup after missing five weeks with an injury. McKeever (19-10) was on the cusp of the national rankings when he went down. Junior 149-pound Joe Bonaldi, nationally-ranked for much of his sophomore season, is also expected to contend. Bonaldi (14-9) also missed considerable time this season.

The Bearcats have produced 21 NCAA qualifiers in the last four years, including four in 2012-13.