The Week in Review today comes from Coach Borshoff.
This was a long week for the Binghamton Bearcats. After the Nittany Lion Open, the team has a two-week break until the Reno Tournament of Champions. This past week was intended to break the guys down. Next week will be used to build the team back up, with a lot of rest.
Practice started Monday for everyone except the three place winners from Sunday. The team drilled and got a lift on Monday. Tuesdays and Wednesday’s practices were a real grind. After going over technique, the team spent most of the practices drilling and going live. One of the live drills that we used this week was shark-bait, which has one wrestler in the middle for 9 minutes straight, facing a new fresh wrestler every minute.
Thursdays practiced involved just a hard drill, which most guys on the team will agree is harder than any live match. The practice started with the hustle drill, which involves both wrestlers starting in the middle of the mat, with one wrestler pushing the other to the edge of the mat and either shooting him out of bounds or scoring, and then hustling back to the center. Other drills involved hand fighting until the sound of the whistle and taking your best shot, as well as escaping off bottom and taking the other wrestler down immediately.
On Friday, the team did some technique, followed by a short drill, and three live matches before conditioning. The guys had off on both Saturday and Sunday. When we get back in the room on Monday, practice will be individualized for each wrestler. The whole week will be spent of technique and making minor adjustments in order to be ready for Reno!
Also, we had seven wrestlers compete at the Long Island Open at Nassau Community College on Saturday. Adam Morris led the way for the young group of Bearcats. Morris went 4-0 on the day to pick up the tournament championship at 157 pounds. In the finals, Morris techfalled Roddy of Princeton. Last year this same weekend, Roddy beat Morris 9-0 at the Ironman Tournament, so Morris is taking big steps forward and getting much better. Morris also notched wins against wrestlers from Bloomsburg, Drexel, and Nassau. Angelo Bortoluzzi placed 2nd at 165 pounds. Bortoluzzi went 3-1 on the day with victories over wrestlers from Merchant Marine Academy, Nassau, and Middlesex. Dan Riggi finished 3rd at 133 pounds and picked up a team high five victories along the way. Riggi lost an early match to Abidin, the eventual champion, but picked up two wins over Lyman of Bloomsburg, including in the third place bout. Riggi also had wins over wrestlers from Nassau, Drexel, and teammate Colton Perry. Vin Grella, Ben Price, and Tyler Deuel all finished in 4th place. At 149 pounds, Grella won three matches and dropped bouts to wrestlers from Bloomsburg and Princeton. At 141 pounds, Price dropped his first match, won his next two, and lost his third place bout with the wrestler that beat him first round. Deuel wrestled up at heavyweight and won two bouts. Colton Perry competed at 133 pounds, picked up a win and finished in the top six but his loss to Riggi kept him from a top four finish.
Next up, we have Reno this weekend. Coach Beasley will do a Reno preview later this week