There is a lot to review this week with the CAA Awards for November, the CAA Rankings, Princeton dual meet, and the Penn State Open. We are currently 7-0 on the season with the most consecutive wins in school history. This weekend we will not be competing but will send some redshirts to the Nassau Long Island Open.
Justin Lister was awarded the CAA Wrestler of the Month for November. Lister sits at 11-1 on the season with his lone loss coming to 2X NCAA Champion Kyle Dake of Cornell. He is ranked #5 by theopenmat.com and WIN magazine. Intermatwrestle.com and wrestlingreport.com ranked Lister at #6 in the 157 pound weight class, while Armature Wrestling News and d1collegewrestling.net has him ranked at #7 in the country. He has six pins on the season and wins over returning All-American Peppelman of Harvard and returning National Qualifier Sulzer of Eastern Michigan. Lister finished in 2nd place at the Binghamton Open to start the season.
Nick Gwiazdowski was awarded the CAA Rookie of the Month award. Gwiazdowksi won the Binghamton Open and took 2nd place at the Body Bar Tournament. He is ranked #11 on theopenmat.com and #20 by d1collegewrestling.net. Gwiazdowksi is also ranked at #23 on wrestlingreport.com. Gwiazdowski is currently 11-2 on the season with five pins. The news release from the BU website can be found here.
The CAA Rankings came out with BU in second place behind Hofstra. We are certainly looking forward to our dual meet with Hofstra. In the rankings, we have seven wrestlers ranked in the top three in the conference with Justin Lister leading the way with a #1 ranking. Ranked at #2 are Donnie Vinson, Nate Schiedel, and Nick Gwaizdowski. Coming in ranked third in their respective weight classes are Patrick Hunter, Matt Kaylor, and Cody Reed.
We wrestled Princeton on Saturday afternoon. We started slow, dropping the first three matches of the dual and being down 0-15. Vinson got us on the board at 149 pounds with a technical fall. Vinson worked hard for a pin but his opponent did a good job of fighting off his back. Lister pinned Kolodzik, a very tough opponent, in about a minute and a half. Lister made a statement with the win as Kolodzik beat a top twenty opponent from Old Dominion later that day. Kaylor tied up the dual at 15 with a major decision that saw him score with a variety of leg attacks. Wallace put BU ahead for good with a fall in less than a minute and looks to be back to form after a disappointing outing the week before. Schiedel shut his opponent out and nearly got a major with a 7-0 victory. He started a little slow but improved as the match went on and wrestled very well in the third period. Reed scored a win by decision in a physical match that resulted in twelve stiches above Reed’s eye. Gwiazdowski closed out the match with a fall in the second period. We finished the first semester with a perfect 7-0 dual meet record.
We had most of our starting line-up off on Sunday. Only three starters and some other young wrestlers, including our redshirts, wrestled at the PSU Open. Vinson led the way for the team as he finished 2nd place in a huge fifty-six man bracket. He went 5-1 on the day with three majors and a pin to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals, Vinson beat Andrew Alton of Penn State, who finished in the top 12 at the NCAA Championship last season. He got pinned in the finals by #1 ranked returning National Runner-Up Frank Molinaro of Penn State. Donnie wrestled great up to the finals match but did not look like himself in the finals. Cody Reed picked up three wins to finish in 7th place out of 36 wrestlers. He picked-up wins against wrestlers from Rutgers, Ohio, and the Citadel before receiving a medical forfeit for 7th place. I do not think that he wrestled his best and lacked confidence in a few matches. Derak Heyman placed in his third tournament of the season with an 8th place finish. Heyman showed a lot of improvement but still needs to get better at creating scoring opportunities and pulling the trigger on his shots. He had four wins on the day including a win over a former nationally ranked wrestler from Penn State. Joe Bonaldi picked up two wins at 141 pounds and Joe Chamish picked up a victory at 157 pounds.