The highlight of the week was the wrestle-offs that were held on Saturday. In conjunction with wrestle-offs, World Wide Sport Supply hosted a free coaches clinic. There were several high school, junior high school, and elementary school coaches in attendance, as well as friends and family of BU Wrestling. We had a good crowd and a great social afterwards. I was able to meet a lot of parents, friends, and family of the wrestlers which was a great experience for me. I want to say thank you to everyone that helped make the social a great event, especially Colleen Schiedel for organizing everything.
Now on to wrestle-offs. Dan Riggi (133 lbs. redshirt sophomore) coached the black team and Nate Schiedel (184 pounds redshirt junior) coached the grey team. Schiedel definitely out-dressed Riggi but Riggi got the team win.
The first match was 125 pounds between Mike Sardo and Brian St. James. The two traded escapes but it was Sardo with the takedown late in the third period that sealed the win 3-1. Sardo did a nice job keeping steady pressure and staying on the attack. Sardo got the black team ahead 3-0.
Patrick Hunter beat Tyler Pendergast at 133 pounds. Hunter controlled most of the match and was in on several shots but only scored two takedowns. Pendergast scored a takedown late in the match to tie the score but Hunter already had riding time locked up to get the win 5-4. Hunter had some very nice shots but needs to finish more of them. The black team moved to 6-0.
At 141 pounds, two true freshmen squared off: Joe Bonaldi and Derak Heyman. Bonaldi scored the first takedown on the edge of the mat. Heyman quickly escaped. Second period, Heyman scored an escape and tied the score up 2-2. The third period was still deadlocked at two before Bonaldi scored an escape. Bonaldi scored two late takedowns in the match (the last was off a desperation headlock attempt by Heyman). Bonaldi won 7-4 and the black team moved ahead 9-0.
Donnie Vinson was on the attack from the opening whistle against Joe Chamish at 149 pounds. Vinson looked outstanding and dominated the match by 21-5 technical fall in the second period. Vinson was constantly attacking and scoring on top. He looked like he can beat anyone in the country with his intensity and attacks. Vinson go the grey team on the board but black kept their lead 9-5.
Justin Lister looked like he was ready to win a national title after technical falling Angelo Bortoluzzi in the first period. Lister was dominating on top with one turn after another. Brotoluzzi fought off his back hard but was unable to do anything with the former All-American. Lister moved the black score to 14-5.
At 165 pounds, Matt Kaylor tech falled Adam Morris. Kaylor looked very good and is in a position to have a great senior year. His far side shots looked unstoppable and his hand fighting is very good. The Vinson, Lister, and Kaylor combination right in the middle weights will be hard for any team to compete with. Kaylor’s technical fall put the grey team within four points 10-14.
At 174 pounds, Caleb Wallace beat John Paris. Paris shot a double with his arms out and Wallace threw him by for a takedown in the beginning of the match. Wallace scored two more takedowns on short offense. Wallace won 8-3 and the black team went ahead 17-10.
At 197 pounds, Tyler Deuel came out strong and scored the first takedown with funk. However, Cody Reed scored a takedown right at the end of the first period to go ahead 3-2. Reed scored with a couple of singles and a couple of double leg takedowns to win 11-3. The major gave the black team a 21-10 lead.
Gwiazdowski was absolutely dominating in his match with Mike McKeever. McKeever bumped up to heavyweight for the match and fought hard but had no answer for Gwiazdowski. Gwiazdowksi scored in nearly every position and will be a great heavyweight closer for dual meets. Gwiazdowski eventually got the technical fall in the third period. The black team pulled ahead for good 26-10.
Derek Steeley won the last match of the afternoon with a technical fall in the first period over Mike Sardo. Steeley scored his takedown about ten seconds into the match. He wrestled very well on top and scored several turns out of legs. The final team score was 26-15 black.
Watch for several of our guys to compete at the Buffalo Open on Sunday, which I will discuss later this week.