Week in Review
We beat Buffalo on Monday and followed that up with a good week of some hard training. In our dual meet against Buffalo, we out-wrestled, out-worked, and out-hustled them. We started out at 174 pounds, where Caleb Wallace lost to Waste. Wallace did not get on his attacks and did not wrestle well. At 184 pounds, Schiedel majored Ward. Schiedel scored with several double leg shots but had difficulty turning his opponent. Cody Reed won by seven points against Peter, just missing out on the major. Reed started slow but got better as the match went on and had a great third period that saw him score several takedowns. Gwiazdowski picked up a fall over Mason, which earned him CAA Freshman of the Week honors. He was on the attack early and often before securing the fall in the second period. Derek Steeley had an exciting match against Walton but lost 7-11. He was too focused on big moves and did not stay basic enough to win. At 133 pounds, Patrick Hunter wrestled well beating Farmer 7-4. Hunter is coming on strong and looked very good getting to his shots and getting off bottom quickly. Joe Bonaldi dropped a tight match to two-time national qualifier and nationally ranked Smith of Buffalo. The score was tied 1-1 late in the third period with each wrestler trading escapes. Toward the end of the match, Smith scored off of Bonaldi shot a takedown and back points to make it 5-1. Donnie Vinson technical falled Conti at 149 pounds in the first period. Vinson showed a wide arsenal of attacks as he secured back points off of almost all of his takedowns. Justin Lister made quick work of Montesanti at 157 pounds with a pin in 31 seconds. He got a takedown right off the bat and then ran him over to his back for the fall. The final match was a heartbreaker as Matt Kaylor dropped a 2-3 decision to Lewandowski (top 12 at 2011 NCAA Nationals). Kaylor was much more aggressive throughout the match as he forced almost all of the action. He took numerous shots but Lewandoski scored a takedown by hitting a funk roll off of one of Kaylor’s shot which was the difference. The final score of the match was 27-12, bringing the Bearcats' undefeated win streak to 8 on the year.
Tomorrow night at 7PM we take on the #11 Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma is led by Binghamton native and 2011 NWCA National Coach of the Year, Mark Cody. Several rankings have them between 8th and 9th overall. They are currently 4-2 on the season after just beating Navy 26-10 on Saturday. They have competed in two tournaments taking 1st at the Oklahoma Gold Classic and 3rd at the strong Midlands Championships. Here is a brief look at their potential line-up…
125 – Jarrod Patterson (redshirt sophomore) is a returning All-American and two-time national qualifier. He is currently ranked eighth in the country. He won the Oklahoma Gold Classic this season and took 5th at the Midlands Championships. Currently he is 13-3 on the season. He is good on top and on his feet. He rides legs on top. On his feet, he is effective with both short offense and leg attacks.
133 – Jordan Keller (senior) is ranked eleventh in the country. He won the Oklahoma Gold Classic and finished in the top 12 at Midlands. Keller is 12-3 right now. He is a veteran that knows how to win. He is solid all-around and keeps good position. He can create scrambles if he gets in danger. He likes to ride legs on top.
141- Kendrick Maple (redshirt sophomore) is having an unbelievable season. He is ranked 1st in the country and is 15-0 so far this year after qualifying for nationals last year. He picked-up tournament championships this year at both the Midlands and the Oklahoma Gold Classic. He is very athletic and quick. He can ride on top but is best on his feet with explosive shots. He likes to run up the score on his opponents and he leads the Sooners in technical falls and pins.
149 – Nick Lester (redshirt sophomore) is ranked 10th in the country. He finished 2nd at the Oklahoma Gold Championships and 4th at Midlands. Lester saw time in the Sooner line-up last year and has wins over multiple ranked wrestlers. He is 13-4 on the season. He rides legs on top and that is his best position. He is not super active on his feet but has a solid high crotch and a single.
157 – Matt Lester (redshirt sophomore) is ranked 12th in the country. He won the Oklahoma Gold Classic and took 5th at the Midlands. He is a returning national qualifier with a record of 11-4. He wrestlers a lot like his twin brother Nick but is slightly more aggressive on his feet and also excels on top. He has good scrambling ability as well.
165 – Bubby Graham (redshirt junior) is ranked 20th in the country. He finished 4th in a strong weight class at the Oklahoma Gold Classic and 5th at Midlands. He is a returning national qualifier who wrestled at American the last three years. He has eight wins on the season. He is solid all-around and aggressive on his feet with a duck under and a single leg. He rides well on top.
174 – Nolan McBryde (redshirt sophomore) is the starter for the Sooners. He has won 18 matches in the last two years. He placed at the Oklahoma Gold Classic and also picked up a pair of wins at the Midlands Championships. He moves well and shoots a lot.
184 – Erich Schmidtke (redshirt junior) is a two-time national qualifier. Last year at the NCAA Championships, he edged Schiedel in a close match. He won the Oklahoma Gold Classic and took 5th at the Midlands. He is currently 10-6. Schmidtke is very powerful and shoots straight on shots. He likes to use short offense and underhooks.
197 – Keldrick Hall (redshirt junior) is nationally ranked in some of the publications but not in others. He is 10-6 so far this year with a top twelve finish at the Midlands Championships. He is tall and lanky. He uses his athleticism and likes to shoot double legs.
285 – Kyle Colling (redshirt freshman) is coming off of a pair of major decisions in the last two matches. He finished in 2nd place at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament after knocking off a returning All-American to reach the finals. He has eight wins on the year. In his only ever meeting with Gwiazdowski, he beat Gwiazdoiwski 1-0 at the Eastern States Tournament Finals in 2010. He is solid in all positions and wrestles pretty basic.
Please come out and support the Bearcats tomorrow night as they look to improve to 9-0 on the year!
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