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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekend Updates: Regular Season is Over! Results from Bucknell and Bloomsburg

2/21 Bucknell Dual
Friday night brought a full house to the West Gym as we honored our two seniors, Cody Reed and John Paris.  Despite the 10-23 loss, our wrestlers got experience wrestling top ranked wrestlers.

Bucknell took control with five straight decisions to open the match. The match between No. 23 Paul Petrov and BU’s 32nd-ranked David White was a wild affair that went to a third sudden victory period. Petrov prevailed 10-8 and the Bison gained another toss-up match at 149 when Victor Lopez edged Joe Bonaldi 7-6. By the time sophomore 165-pound Vincent Grella earned a 6-4 decision, the Bearcats were in a big deficit.

Junior 184-pound Caleb Wallace gave BU its second win of the night and Reed followed with a 12-2 major decision at 197. The win extends Reed’s win streak to 11 matches and raises his record to 24-8 overall, 14-3 in duals. In a battle of ranked heavyweights, Bucknell’s Joe Stolfi shook off an early 2-0 disadvantage and posted a major decision over junior Tyler Deuel. The loss snapped Deuel’s 10-match win streak and was just his third dual defeat of the season.

Highlights from Bucknell:

2/22 Bloomsburg Dual 
Once again, despite the 12-28 loss, the boys got a lot of experience against ranked wrestlers at the Bloomsburg dual.

The highlight win for BU was junior 149-pound Joe Bonaldi, who worked into a second sudden victory period to edge No. 19 Bryce Busler.

Junior 184-pound Caleb Wallace (pictured to the left) earned a 6-4 decision and junior 125-pound David White got the team’s other win with a forfeit.

Senior 197-pound Cody Reed had a strong match against No. 6 Richard Perry, battling to the final whistle in a 3-2 loss. The defeat snapped Reed’s 11-match win streak.

These matches wrapped up the regular season for the Bearcats and they will now be preparing for postseason EIWA Championship and the NCAA's! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Video: Highlights from Buffalo dual and HOME DUALS THIS WEEKEND!

Come join us TOMORROW and SATURDAY as we finish the regular season with two dual meets at home! We are wrestling Bucknell on Friday night at 7 PM and we will be honoring our two seniors, John Paris and Cody Reed.  On Saturday, we are wrestling Bloomsburg at 2 PM and we are proud to have the Southern Tier Special Olympics Weightlifters sit with the boys and help coach. See you there!!

Now check out some highlights from our Buffalo win last Friday: