Sunday, February 1, 2015

Winter Break Updates

Here is a recap of some of the duals that happened towards the end of fall semester and during winter break!

12/12 Princeton

Facing Princeton's best team ever, we were able to win 5 matches, two by bonus points, to secure a
20-16 win.  Winning matches for the Bearcats were Thierno Diallo, David White, Vincent Deprez, Steven Schneider, and Tyler Deuel.  The biggest difference between this match and our prior competitions was the guys didn't just wrestle hard, they wrestled tough.  That is something we harped on over the last couple weeks.  Wrestling tough means we stay in position, we score when we get in and we finish periods.

Click here to watch the Princeton Highlights video!

12/29-12/30 Midlands Championship
For everyone on our team, this was the biggest and toughest tournament they have ever competed in.  The Midlands is a sneak preview of the NCAA Championships. Overall, I think we had a strong showing by our young team.  It was highlighted by David White who finished in 8th place after being unseeded. He is only the second Binghamton wrestler to ever place at the tournament, following Donald Vinson's 2nd place finish from two years ago.  It was the first time the program has ever had two wrestlers compete on the second day with Jack McKeever making the Round of 12.

It was a great experience for our young guys and they will get better from it.  Most of the team went 2-2 or 3-2, and a couple of guys had the opportunity to finish a little bit better than they did and they'll learn from the mistakes that were made. As the tournament progressed, we had a number of wins over seeded and ranked wrestlers.

1/9-1/11 Gardner-Webb & Appalachian State
The Bearcats won 20-15 over Gardner-Webb winning six out of the ten bouts.  Staying in North Carolina, the Bearcats faced Appalachian State.  The Bearcats lost 15-22, but Caruana, Perry, McKeever, and Wallace all picked up wins. Check out the dual results tab to see each of the individual wins!

1/16-1/17 Hofstra & Columbia
Thanks to all the fans that came to the NYAC to watch the Hofstra match!  We had a great turnout and great support during and after the match.  I think the crowd really fired up the team.  It was great that all 10 of our starters forced their style on Hofstra and we won 19-16. Unfortunately we did not wrestle the same way against Columbia on the 17th. In some matches we wrestled their style and we came up short in the end.  We had some great individual performances, but at the end it was not enough and we lost 19-18.

Click here to watch the Hofstra highlights or here to watch the Columbia highlights!

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