Ryan Fox Moves Closer to Division I Goal with Commitment to Binghamton

Some of the top Empire State wrestlers from the Class of 2012 committed to colleges before or during the early signing period in November of 2011, including Brian Realbuto (Cornell), Quinton Murphy (Indiana), Chris Nevinger (Buffalo) and Tony Lock (Buffalo), among others.  However, in the past month, several more standouts have chosen where they will continue both their education and wrestling career next fall.   New York Wrestling News spoke to some of these grapplers and will post the articles throughout the week.  Today, we share the story of Ryan Fox.

By Betsy Veysman

Ryan Fox’s dream was to wrestle at the highest level in college, but when his career at Huntington High School concluded in February of 2010, he wasn’t recruited by Division I teams.

Now, almost two years later, the Nassau Community College grappler has moved a step closer to his goal, committing to Binghamton University for the fall of 2012.

Fox’s first exposure to wrestling was in the summer before ninth grade when he attended a camp in his hometown.  He said up until that point he “had no idea what wrestling was all about.” He was discouraged after not winning a single match in the camp’s tournament.  However, he decided to try out for the team once school started, largely because of the support he had received from Huntington’s head coach at the time, Lou Giani, at the camp.

“His words and encouragement stuck with me from then through high school,” he said.  “He mentored me through a lot of adversity.”

According to Fox, his first year on the mats wasn’t too promising.  He struggled to a losing record as a member of the junior varsity.

“It was an uphill battle,” he said.  “It took me a long time to get anywhere.  My freshman year, I got beaten on so badly on JV that at first I didn’t come back to the team sophomore year.  Some teammates encouraged me to return and I did, but sophomore year wasn’t that much better.”

Yet he persisted, and as a junior, things really started moving in the right direction.  Fox started working more intensely with assistant coach Stephan Sair, a former national champion for Cortland. He fell in love with the sport and committed to doing whatever it took to get better.

“I felt that I had the athleticism but not the wrestling skill set,” he said.  “I started studying, watching matches and learning from everyone I could.  I decided I would put 100% into it because I really wanted to succeed.”

His objective that season was to win the Suffolk County title.  However, he needed a top three finish in his league to go to the county event, and he placed fourth.

In his senior campaign, Fox demonstrated how far he had come with a 37-2 record at 171 pounds.  His two losses came to the two New York state champions that year, Billy Coggins (Division I) and Tyler Beckwith (Division II).  However, Fox’s year ended abruptly when his 9-6 setback against Coggins in the County title match ended his season since he did not have enough wildcard points to qualify for a trip to the state tournament.

“I would sum up my high school career as huge improvement but extreme disappointment,” he said.  “It was heartbreaking to end my high school career with that loss to Coggins without even going to states.”

Fox’s success in his final high school season, despite the painful conclusion, convinced him that he only wanted to wrestle at the Division I level.  That desire was one of the main reasons he decided to attend Nassau as a part-time student for 2010-11.

“Nassau has a lot of advantages,” he said. “It’s close to home and I knew junior college was the best way for me to get to Division I.  I also was so focused on wrestling at the end of high school, I put aside my schoolwork and my grades weren’t where they needed to be.”

The Huntington native refocused both on the mat and in the classroom, spending significant time working with Vougar Oroudjov at his club in Syosset as well as taking courses.

During this time, Fox believes he made huge strides; the most important ones mental.

“A problem with me was my mental attitude and my anxiety,” he said.  “In high school, I put so much pressure on myself to get better, I sometimes froze up in big matches.  Vougar helped me focus on myself and my mental toughness and having confidence in the things I could control on the mat.  The technique comes, but the level of mental toughness you need to do well is a big difference I see from high school to college.”

During that first “greyshirt” year at Nassau, Fox had some impressive victories, including a win over Penn State’s James Vollrath.

Now in his first official campaign with the Lions, Fox has continued to see success, taking second at the recent New York State championships held at Cornell University, third at the Wilkes Open and second at the TCNJ Open.  He has registered triumphs over Columbia’s national qualifier Eren Civan and Nick Visicaro of Rutgers (who also beat Fox this year).

“Visicaro and I were the same graduating class in high school,” he said.  “He was a top ranked recruit and I wasn’t on anyone’s radar.  I wasn’t on his level in high school but I feel like I’ve been catching up to guys who were way ahead of me.”

Fox attributes a large portion of that development to Nassau head coach Paul Schmidt.

“I think the support Coach Schmidt gives is so important,” Fox said.  “He believes I can be a national champ and having someone else believe it is the encouragement I need to keep improving.”

After taking a visit to Binghamton in early January, Fox knew where he wanted to spend the next several years.  He plans to study Engineering and he expects to spend his three seasons of eligibility (plus a possible redshirt year) at 165 pounds.

“I am so excited about going to Binghamton,” he said. “The coaching staff is great and it’s a place where everyone has the same mindset of getting better every day.  I liked that it’s close to home and that it’s an up and coming program.  Coach [Pat] Popolizio has brought the program from not even close to being ranked to a really tough team. I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

Fox’s ultimate goal is to be an NCAA champion at the Division I level.  But he would like to earn a national crown for Nassau this February first.

“I think I’m progressing at the right pace this year, but I haven’t been wrestling to my potential yet,” he said.  “I’ve had some good wins and a couple of tough losses, but I expect to peak at the right time and turn it up for nationals. I don’t want to just be a national champion this year, I want to win while dominating.”

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Brian Realbuto Selected to the USA All-Star Team for the Dapper Dan Classic

By Betsy Veysman

Brian Realbuto was recognized as the nation’s best last July when he won a 145-pound bracket full of highly regarded wrestlers at the Asics/Vaughan Junior Freestyle Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Somers High School star was once again honored this week when he was named the 152-pound representative on the USA All-Star team for the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic on March 25th at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh.

“I was really happy to be invited,” Realbuto said.  “It’s a really cool event and it means I can roll with the best in the country.  I have no idea who I’ll be facing, but I’m sure it will be someone very tough.”

The Dapper Dan, in its 38th year, matches the best wrestler in the wrestling-rich state of Pennsylvania against the top grappler from the rest of the country.

The last New York participant in the event was in 2006 when JP O’Connor (Oxford Academy) defeated Matt Dunn of Reynolds High School at 145 pounds.  O’Connor went on to win an NCAA title for Harvard.  In 2007, Michael Chaires (Christian Brothers) was named to the squad at 160 pounds but did not compete.

Before Realbuto takes the mat for the USA team in March of 2012, there is plenty left to accomplish.  The Cornell-bound wrestler said his most important goal is to capture a third state title.

“I’ve gotten a lot better technique wise and I’ve really had the chance to fix some of my flaws,” he said of his season to date. “I’m not happy about my loss [in the Eastern States championship bout to Dylan Palacio] but come state tournament time, I’ll be ready.  I’m training hard and I expect to win in the finals this time.”

Intermat’s #23 overall recruit also wants to earn gold in freestyle again this summer.   He said his first priority is to try to make the Junior World team, but if that doesn’t work out, he will attempt to earn his second straight Fargo crown.

“This is only my second year doing freestyle,” he said.  “I didn’t place my first year, but I really focused on it when the high school season ended.  I felt that I had a great tournament in Fargo; probably the best tournament I ever wrestled.  Getting a win over Jake Sueflohn [Nebraska freshman currently ranked 5th at 141 pounds by Intermat] was great and getting the pin in the finals against Brian Murphy [2010 Cadet Freestyle National Champion from Illinois] was huge.”

Realbuto believes that his work with 2010 NCAA champion Max Askren, now an assistant coach at Somers, has vaulted him to greater success both in freestyle and folkstyle.

“Max has given me a different perspective on the sport,” he said.  “He breaks it down so well and I feel like I understand wrestling so much better now.  He’s improved my positioning and I’m so happy he introduced me to freestyle.”

After summer competition, Realbuto plans to move to Ithaca to begin the next chapter of his career.  He said he chose the Big Red for a number of reasons.

“The coaching staff is amazing,” he said.  “I really like all of the coaches; they know a ton about wrestling.  I also really like the team and how they function as a unit.  I went up there a couple of times and also visited other schools and Cornell was the closest team.  The education is great and I think I’ll have the chance to be part of a national championship team in the future.”

A stellar group of incoming recruits, ranked the country’s #1 class by WIN Magazine, will join him in the quest for an NCAA team title.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s a bunch of great guys. I went on my visit with [Blair Academy’s] Mark Grey and I met some of the other guys like [three-time California State Champion] Alex Cisneros and [Michigan State Champion] Gabe Dean.  When you add this class on top of the great guys who are there right now, the team is just going to keep growing and becoming more dominant.”

To see the USA Team roster for the Dapper Dan Classic, go to:

http://wrestlingclassic.com/2012/USA_2012_Team.pdf

No. 4 Cornell Beats No. 14 Iowa State, 28-11

AMES, Iowa—The No. 4 Big Red wrestling team won seven out of 10 bouts on its way to a 28-11 victory over No.14 Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. No. 1 Cam Simaz (197) and No. 3 Steve Bosak (184) pinned their opponents in their respective weight classes, while Mike Nevinger upset No. 14 Luke Goettl at 141 pounds. Also picking up wins for the Big Red were Frank Perrelli (125), Nick Arujau (133), Chris Villalonga (149) and Kyle Dake (157).

With Simaz’s pin at 197 pounds, the Big Red senior breaks the Cornell career record for wins by bonus points with 92. He takes over the top spot from Mack Lewnes ’11 who totaled 91 during his stellar career for Cornell. Bosak is tied for ninth in career bonus wins with 60.

The dual started at 174 pounds with Billy George facing off against Mikey England. England scored the only points of the first period with a takedown. England quickly escaped from his opening down position in the second and notched another takedown before the period was over. George escaped to open the third, but with 2:43 in riding time, England won a 6-1 decision.

At 184 pounds, No. 3 ranked Bosak quickly attacked Boaz Beard off the whistle. Bosak muscled his way to a takedown with less than 30 seconds off the clock. The Big Red wrestler immediately started to work to turn his opponent and won by fall in 1:07.

No. 1 Simaz took on Trevor Voelker at 197 pounds. Simaz grabbed his first takedown with only five seconds off the clock. He would add three more along with two three-point nearfalls to take a 14-3 lead after the first period. Voelker chose neutral to start the second. With only seven seconds off the clock, Simaz took him down once again and turned him to win by fall in 3:37. Cornell held a 12-3 advantage after three bouts.

At heavyweight, Maciej Jochym faced No. 14 Matt Gibson. Gibson held a 2-1 lead after the first period with a takedown from which Jochym escaped. Gibson grabbed two more points to start the second after reversing Jochym from his opening down position. Gibson led 12-1 after the second after adding eight back points. Jochym chose to start the third at neutral. Midway through the period, Gibson grabbed another takedown, but Jochym would escape. With 2:46 in riding time, Gibson won a 15-2 major decision.

No. 6 ranked Perrelli took on No. 11 Ryak Finch at 125 pounds. Perrelli worked his way to a takedown with 1:17 left in the first period and added three points with a nearfall before the three minutes were over. Perrelli chose down to start the second and escaped 55 seconds into the period. With 14 seconds left on the clock, Perrelli grabbed another takedown to take an 8-0 advantage. Finch chose to start the third period on top and after a minute Perrelli escaped to win a 9-0 major decision.

At 133 pounds, Nick Arujau made his debut in a Cornell singlet after transferring from American University. The Big Red sophomore took on Shayden Terukina and led 5-0 after the first period with a takedown and three back points. Arujau chose neutral to start the second period and increased his advantage to 7-0 with another takedown. Terukina chose to start the third period at neutral. With only two seconds left in the bout, Terukina notched a takedown to keep Arujau from the major. With 4:01 in riding time, Arujau won an 8-2 decision.

Nevinger took on No. 14 Luke Goettl at 141 pounds. With 42 seconds left in the first, Nevinger notched a takedown immediately flipping his opponent on to his back. Nevinger was looking for the fall, when Goettl flipped out for a reversal. With one second left in the period, Nevinger would escape to hold a 5-2 advantage after the first. Goettl chose to start the second at neutral but neither wrestler was able to score. Nevinger escaped from his opening down position to start the third. Goettl would notch his first takedown midway through the third. Nevinger escaped and sealed the win with a takedown with 23 seconds left on the clock to win a 9-4 decision.

At 149 pounds, No. 19 Villalonga and Joey Cozart were scoreless after the first period. Cozart scored the only point of the second with a takedown from his opening down position. Villalonga tied the bout at 1-1 with an escape of his own to start the third. With 37 seconds left on the clock, Villalonga took down his opponent and added three back points before time ran out to win a 6-1 decision.

No. 1 ranked Kyle Dake faced Mike Moreno at 157 pounds. Moreno made various shot attempts at the Big Red wrestler, but Dake countered each one to keep the bout scoreless. With 14 seconds left in the period, Dake countered again for a takedown to take a 2-0 lead. Moreno chose to start the second at neutral but neither wrestler was able to score. Dake reversed Moreno from his opening down position to start the third. Moreno would escape, but Dake took him down once again to win a 6-1 decision.

In the last bout of the day, Marshall Peppelman faced No. 4 Andrew Sorenson. The Cyclone senior led 3-1 after the first period. Sorenson reversed Peppelman from his opening down position to start the second and the Big Red sophomore was hit with his third stalling call to give Sorenson another point. Sorenson added six more takedowns in the third period to win 21-6 with riding time. Sorenson only added four points for his team because he did not earn any nearfall points.

Cornell will return home next weekend to wrap up its Ivy League slate. The Big Red will face Columbia at 1 p.m. on Saturday before taking on Hofstra at 3 p.m. All action will take place at the Friedman Wrestling Center.

No. 4 Cornell 28, No. 14 Iowa State 11
174: Mikey England (ISU) dec. Billy George (CU), 6-1 (Iowa State, 3-0)
184: #3 Steve Bosak (CU) pinned #16 Boaz Beard (ISU), 1:07 (Cornell, 6-3)
197: #1 Cam Simaz (CU) pinned Trevor Voelker (ISU), 3:37 (Cornell, 12-3)
285: #14 Matt Gibson (ISU) Mdec. Maciej Jochym (CU), 15-2 (Cornell , 12-7)
125: #6 Frank Perrelli (CU) Mdec. #11 Ryak Finch (ISU), 9-0 (Cornell, 16-7)
133: Nick Arujua (CU) dec. Shayden Terukina (ISU), 8-2 (Cornell, 19-7)
141: Mike Nevinger (CU) dec. #14 Luke Goettl (ISU), 9-4 (Cornell, 22-7)
149: #19 Chris Villalonga (CU) dec. Joe Cozart (ISU), 6-1 (Cornell, 25-7)
157: #1 Kyle Dake (CU) dec. Michael Moreno (ISU), 6-1 (Cornell, 28-7)
165: #4 Andrew Sorenson (ISU) tech fall. (4pts) Marshall Peppelman (CU), 21-6* (Cornell, 28-11)
Sorenson was only awarded four team points because he did not have any nearfall points

No. 19 Binghamton Falls to No. 1 Oklahoma State, Beats Bucknell

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

STILLWATER, Okla. – Top-ranked Oklahoma State (11-0) showed the strength of its lineup with a 35-3 win over No. 19 Binghamton Sunday afternoon from Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Bearcats (12-3) finished out the triangular with a 36-6 win over Bucknell.

Against the No. 1 team in the nation and the program with the most all-time dual wins of any school in the country, BU managed just one victory – a 2-0 decision from junior No. 20 Nate Schiedel at 184 pounds. Schiedel broke a scoreless tie with a second-period escape and then rode his opponent, Chris McNeil, the entire third period to gain the riding point.

Two anticipated matches between high-ranking opponents both went to the Cowboys by identical 5-3 counts. At 149, junior Donnie Vinson, ranked No. 4, battled unbeaten No. 2 Jamal Parks tight in a two-point loss. A Vinson escape to end the second period tied the match at 2-2. Parks got the decisive takedown, however, with one minute remaining in the match and after a Vinson escape, Parks withstood a stall warning and fended off Vinson for the 5-3 decision. It was Vinson’s first dual loss of the season.

At 157, senior No. 6  Justin Lister took on No. 13 Albert White and came up on the short end of a 5-3 decision. Lister recorded a takedown at the end of the first period and after an escape to start the third, led 3-1. But White got a tying takedown with 1:02 left and turned it into the decisive back points as time expired.

The Cowboys’ starting lineup featured eight wrestlers ranked in the top 14, including five in the nation’s top-10. The match was a homecoming for sixth-year head coach Pat Popolizio, who was an NCAA qualifier and scholar-athlete for Oklahoma State.

Against the Bison, BU won eight of 10 bouts, including pins by Vinson and freshman 174-pound Caleb Wallace. Schiedel scored a 9-1 major decision to go 2-0 on the day. He is 23-6 overall, 11-2 in duals.

Binghamton next hosts American on Friday at West Gym.
No. 1 Oklahoma State 35, No. 19 Binghamton 3
125: No. 12 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. Derek Steeley (BU); 8-3
133: No. 2 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Patrick Hunter (BU); 5:36
141: No. 13 Josh Kindig (OSU) MD Joe Bonaldi (BU); 14-4
149: No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. No. 4 Donnie Vinson (BU); 5-3
157: No. 13 Albert White (OSU) dec. No. 6 Justin Lister (BU); 5-3
165: Dallas Bailey (OSU) MD Matt Kaylor (BU); 10-2
174: No. 3 Chris Perry (OSU) MD Caleb Wallace (BU); 21-8
184: No. 20 Nate Schiedel (BU) dec. Chris McNeil (OSU); 2-0
197: No. 7 Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Cody Reed (BU); 8-3
285: No. 2 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) TF5 No. 17 Nick Gwiazdowski (BU); 20-3;6:07

No. 19 Binghamton 36, Bucknell 6
125: Austin Miller (Bucknell) dec. Derek Steeley (Binghamton); 5-4
133: Patrick Hunter (Binghamton) dec. Shawn Armato (Bucknell); 11-5
141: Joe Bonaldi (Binghamton) dec. Derrik Russell (Bucknell); 6-4
149: No. 4 Donnie Vinson (Binghamton) fall Alex Pellicciotti (Bucknell); 2:25
157: No. 6 Justin Lister (Binghamton) MD John Regan (Bucknell); 10-1
165: Corey Lear (Bucknell) dec. Matt Kaylor (Binghamton); 1-0
174: Caleb Wallace (Binghamton) fall Stephen McPeek (Bucknell); 2:15
184: No.20 Nate Schiedel (Binghamton) MD Jamie Westwood (Bucknell); 9-1
197: Cody Reed (Binghamton) MD Tyler Lyster (Bucknell); 13-4
285: No. 17 Nick Gwiazdowski (Binghamton) won by forfeit

No. 24 Hofstra Remains Undefeated, Downs Penn

Hempstead, NY – Red-shirt junior Justin Accordino recorded a pin and junior Steve Bonanno added a tech fall to lead #24 Hofstra to a 23-13 victory over the University of Pennsylvania at the Mack Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. 

The Pride remained undefeated this season and are now 10-0 as they recorded their 15th consecutive dual match victory. Penn fell to 4-5 on the season. 

Hofstra captured six of the 10 matches as Accordino posted his fourth pin of the season while Bonanno tallied his sixth tech fall of the year. Redshirt sophomore Luke Vaith posted the biggest victory of the day as he upset 10th-ranked Zach Kemmerer in overtime, 2-1 at 141 pounds. 

Opening the match at 125 pounds, the Pride jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind Bonanno, who collected 11-first period points. Bonanno, who won his eighth consecutive match, is 21-5 on the season. Penn senior Bryan Ortenzio, ranked 15th at 133, closed the gap with a 4-2 victory over red-shirt sophomore Jamie Franco on a second period escape and the riding time point. Franco, who is now 15-9, lost for just the second time in the last seven matches. 

At 141, Kemmerer and Vaith, who has won five straight matches, each recorded an escape to send the match into overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Vaith (15-7) posted an escape in the OT for the victory. It was the start of four consecutive Pride victories that blew the match open. Accordino then followed with his fourth pin of the season, on Penn’s Steve Robertson, in 4:49 at 149 pounds. Accordino, who is now 18-8 on the year after his eighth consecutive win, gave the Pride a 14-3 lead. Junior Tyler Banks won his fourth consecutive match at 157 pounds with a 4-0 victory over Penn junior Troy Hernandez. Banks tallied an escape and a takedown in the second period to improve to 10-8 on the year. Senior P.J. Gillespie picked up his 21st win of the season at 165 pounds with a 2-1 decision over Quaker freshman Lorenzo Thomas on a third period reversal. The 19th-ranked senior improved to 21-5 on the year and gave the Pride a 20-3 lead in the contest. 

Penn freshman Ian Korb stopped the Hofstra run at 174 pounds with a 4-0 decision over Pride freshman Jermaine John. John slipped to 7-12 this season. But Hofstra senior Ben Clymer, ranked 11th at 184, gave the Pride a 23-6 advantage with a 4-1 victory over senior Erich Smith. Clymer, who tallied three second period points, leads the Pride with a 22-5 mark. The Quakers closed out the match with with two victories as senior Micah Burak, ranked ninth at 197 pounds, posted an 11-2 major decision over Hofstra sophomore Tim Murphy (10-15) while Penn sophomore Steven Graziano defeated Pride junior Paul Snyder (15-8), 7-2 at 285. 

Hofstra returns to action next Saturday, February 4 when the Pride travels to Ithaca, New York to face the fourth-ranked Big Red of Cornell at 3 p.m. 

#24 Hofstra 23, Pennsylvania  13 
125 – #13 Steve Bonanno (HU) tech fall Karim Shafi (UP), 18-0 (3:57)
133 – #15 Bryan Ortenzio (UP) dec. Jamie Franco (HU), 4-2
141 – Luke Vaith (HU) dec. #10 Zack Kemmerer (UP) 2-1 in OT
149 – Justin Accordino (HU) WBF Stephen Robertson (UP), 4:49
157 – Tyler Banks (HU) dec. Troy Hernandez (UP), 4-0
165 – #19 P.J. Gillespie (HU) dec. Lorenzo Thomas (UP),  2-1
174 – Ian Korb (UP) dec. Jermaine John (HU), 4-0
184 – #11 Ben Clymer (HU) dec. Erich Smith (UP), 4-1
197 – #9 Micah Burak (UP) maj dec. Tim Murphy (HU),11-2
285 – Steven Graziano (UP) dec. Paul Snyder (HU), 7-2

Bulls Raise Over $20K at Takedown Cancer Dual; Fall to Ohio

BUFFALO, NY – Despite taking a tough 22-18 loss against the Ohio Bobcats (3-5, 2-3 MAC) Sunday afternoon, the Buffalo wrestling team (5-12, 0-2 MAC) scored a big victory off the mat, raising $21,500 for its third annual Takedown Cancer fundraiser. While the team’s split the matches five apiece, the Bobcats scored two pins and a major decision. It was also senior day for UB, with the team honoring seniorsTyler PeterTaylor Golba, and Kevin Smith.

The Bulls dug a large hole in the first half of the match, losing four of the first five bouts to trail 16-3. Freshman 197 pounder Justin Heiserman scored the team’s lone first-half win after rallying from an early 2-0 deficit. Not to be discouraged, the Bulls rallied back for four wins in the final five matches of the day.

Kevin Smith got things started in the second half with a 4-0 shutout of Darrin Boing. Wrestling in front of a home crowd at Alumni Arena for the final time in his exemplary career, Smith felt out his opponent in a scoreless first period before riding Boing out for the entire two minutes of the second period. In the final period, the senior from Mexico, NY earned an escape and got a takedown to seal the win. Blake Roulo followed with a 7-1 win over Andrew Romanchik, just missing a major decision when he was unable to secure a takedown in the waning seconds of the bout.

“It was important for me to put up points for the team. It would have been nice to come out with a victory but I thought our guys wrestled tough and we just have to keep going forward,” Smith said. “Takedown Cancer is such a great cause and it’s great to see all these fans supporting us and supporting Jeff Parker. It’s just tremendous to be part of such an event.”

“You can’t say enough about the guy (Smith),” head coach Jim Beichner said. “We hope to get him on the (All-American) stand at the national championships because that would cap off a great career for him.”

Now trailing 16-9, the Bulls needed to keep on cutting into the deficit, but in the 157-pound match, the Bobcats’ Harrison Hightower managed to get control of Wally Maziarzand scored a critical pin that put the Ohio lead at 13, out of reach of the Bulls. Despite this, Mark Lewandowski and Jake Waste dominated in the matches, winning by a combined score of 30-3 to end the day on a high note.

Lewandowski went up 5-0 on a quick takedown and three-point near fall. While riding out his opponent, Lewandowski wrenched his knee and was forced to take major injury time and put his status for the rest of the match in doubt. Despite the injury, the Depew, NY junior rallied and earned a technical fall just 11 seconds into the final period for a 15-0 win.

“He’s had a bad knee and today he dinged it up, but instead of quitting, he went out and got a tech fall with a knee that was pretty bad,” Beichner said. “That’s a huge mental toughness check and he passed that in a big way. There’s not too many guys who could have gone back out there.”

Jake Waste capped off the match with a 15-3 major decision over Mike Duckworth. The true freshman maintained control throughout the match and used two takedowns and three back points in the final period to cap the major decision and bring the score to a final of 22-18 in favor of the Bobcats.

The Bulls will now hit the road for the rest of the season, starting on Friday against Kent State. The two teams previously met at the Virginia Duals, with the Golden Flashes taking a 22-12 win. Match time is set for 7 pm.