We had a great week last week as we finished our regular season on a high note. We beat Old Dominion 29-9 on Friday night. It was also our senior night and we honored Matt Kaylor, Justin Lister, and Mike McKeever. I will post more about the seniors and all the great things they have done at BU in the coming weeks. Here is a recap of the match…
125 – Derek Steeley wrestled one of his best matches this season. He beat #29 Robinson after giving up the first period takedown. Derek has been wrestling a little better of late and performing well in the wrestling room but he showed his ability Friday. It was a back and forth match that was wrestled mostly on the mat. Derek won 7-5.
133 – Partick Hunter was coming off a very good win over a ranked opponent in the Hofstra dual and we were hoping to carry that momentum into this match but he did not wrestle well. He looked flat and did not wrestle the match in the positions that he is good in. He let his opponent wrestle where he was best and it cost him the bout 9-4.
141 – Joe Bonaldi wrestled hard but not nearly his best. He took several half shots but did not move #26 LaValle enough to get in deep on his shots. He got caught out of position a few times as LaValle stayed in better position. He allowed LaValle to wrestle from his best positions (underhook) and not where Joe was best, much like Hunter did in the previous match. Joe dropped the bout 11-4.
149 – Donnie Vinson again put a lot of points on the board and dominated his opponent. He scored four takedowns and several sets of back points en route to a 15-5 major decision. He shut down a bit in the third period as his opponent just tried to hold him out. Donnie is working this week to get better when a guy is just trying to hold him out.
157 – Justin Lister picked up his 100 win in front of a boisterous home crowd. He made quick work of his opponent as he threw him to his back in the first twenty seconds. His opponent fought off his back hard but Lister turned him again and pinned him in just over a minute. It was a fitting way to wrestle his last home match and pick up his 100th win and his 36th pin.
165 – Matt Kaylor recorded win number 110 in exciting fashion. He picked apart his opponent, #21 Warner. He scored two takedowns, back points, and riding time to secure a 8-2 win over a higher ranked opponent. Matt is coming on strong at the right time and is looking to close his career on a high note. We were all excited for him to dominate a nationally ranked opponent on senior night.
174 – Caleb Wallace picked up a nice win. He scored the first takedown in the first ten seconds in the match and never looked back. He did a nice job controlling the pace and tempo of the match. He rode well on top and took his shots when they were there. The final score was 6-3 but he controlled the entire match and looks to start peaking at the right time.
184 – Nate Schiedel kept the momentum going and put the match away. He scored a takedown about a minute into the match. Not long after, he threw a half nelson in and ran his opponent over. It’s great to get a pin but Nate made it look easy Friday; it’s not like he had an easy match either as Curling has some good wins this year.
197 – Cody Reed did not do enough to win. He needed to wrestle at a higher pace and force more action in the match. He allowed his opponent to stand around as neither of them took any real shots till the last twenty-five seconds. In the last twenty-five seconds, Cody took a bad shot and got scored on. He immediately got out but it was too little too late. He will learn from the loss and improve because of it.
285 – Nick Gwiazdowski got scored on off of his shot as he let his hand up in the first period, but kept his composure and focus. At the end of the first period he was down 1-2 but broke his opponent. He ran up the score and put a takedown clinic on his opponent, scoring six takedowns in the final three and a half minutes, including four in the last forty-five seconds.
Next up for the Bearcats are the CAA Championships here at BU in two weeks. I hope that we can pack the gym and have a great crowd.