Binghamton wrestling is headed to Philadelphia for its first EIWA Championship this weekend. The 18-team event, which doubles as the NCAA qualifier, is being hosted by Penn Saturday and Sunday at The Palestra.
Head coach Matt Dernlan's
10-man squad will open competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday with 47 NCAA
automatic bids on the line. The championship concludes with the finals
beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Senior 197-pound Cody Reed,
a two-time NCAA qualifier and reigning conference champion, begins his
quest for a return to the national tournament. Reed (24-9) was ranked
fourth in the latest EIWA poll and is 24th in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel
Rankings. He has won 11 of his last 12 matches. There are seven spots
allocated to EIWA wrestlers at 197 pounds.
Junior heavyweight Tyler Deuel
(25-7) will also gain a top-four seed in his bracket. Deuel leads the
Bearcats with 10 pins and five technical falls and is No. 23 in the
latest NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings. He will be aiming for his first
NCAA Championship berth. There are four qualifying berths allotted to
Junior 125-pound David White
is also in the mix for a tournament seed. He was ranked sixth in the
last EIWA poll and is No. 33 in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings. White
(22-9) will be in the hunt for one of the six NCAA spots allocated to
125-pounders at the conference championship.
Sophomore 174-pound Jack McKeever
returns to the lineup after missing five weeks with an injury. McKeever
(19-10) was on the cusp of the national rankings when he went down.
Junior 149-pound Joe Bonaldi,
nationally-ranked for much of his sophomore season, is also expected to
contend. Bonaldi (14-9) also missed considerable time this season.
The Bearcats have produced 21 NCAA qualifiers in the last four years, including four in 2012-13.