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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – No. 19 Binghamton wrestling won six of 10 bouts to secure a 24-12 win over No. 22 Hofstra Sunday afternoon from the Mack Physical Education Center. In front of a contingent of alumni supporters, the Bearcats (14-4) used three major decisions and a clinching pin at 197 to beat the Pride (10-3) for the third straight year.
Back-to-back-to-back majors from the heart of BU’s lineup gave the Bearcats the lead for good. Junior 149-pound Donnie Vinson, ranked No. 4 in the country, got things going with a 9-1 win. Vinson (29-4, 17-1 duals) used an early takedown and three back points for forge a 7-1 lead after the first period. He cruised to the eight-point win to push BU ahead 7-6.
Senior 157-pound Justin Lister followed with a 9-1 major of his own. Lister, ranked No. 9 in the latest NCAA Coaches’ Ranking, scored a takedown 36 seconds into his match, added a second-period reversal and two more takedowns in the third plus considerable riding time. Lister improved to 22-5 overall, 14-3 in duals.
Senior 165-pound Matt Kaylor, ranked No. 25, expected to see 15th-ranked reigning All-American P.J. Gillespie but the Pride juggled their lineup and Kaylor took advantage of the matchup with a 17-5 major decision over Vince Varela. Kaylor (21-8, 13-5 duals) racked up four takedowns in the first period and seven for the match. His major gave Binghamton a 15-6 lead in the team scoring.
With Hofstra’s strategy in place, freshman 174-pound Caleb Wallace was left to battle Gillespie but held him to a 9-2 decision, giving BU the edge on the switch and making the team score 15-9.
Junior 184-pound Nate Schiedel, No. 20, suffered a 1-0 decision against No. 9 Ben Clymer with Clymer’s third-period escape the lone point of the match. Schiedel was battling in the closing 30 seconds and Clymer was hit with a stall warning but Schiedel couldn’t record the needed takedown and the Pride pulled to within three, 15-12.
At 197, sophomore Cody Reed clinched the win with a second-period pin. Reed (20-11, 10-6 duals) collected a first-period takedown and a second-period reversal before ending his match against Tim Murphy at 3:21. It was Reed’s first pin of the season.
Freshman heavyweight, No. 18 Nick Gwiazdowski capped the win with a 4-1 decision over Paul Snyder. Trailing 1-0 entering the third period, Gwiazdowski (22-6, 12-3 duals) recorded an escape to tie, a takedown with 1:25 left to forge ahead and added riding time for the final margin.
Junior 133-pound Patrick Hunter (16-13) gave the team three big points in the second bout of the afternoon. Hunter trailed No. 26 Jamie Franco 3-0 with just 1:09 left in the match but rallied for three third-period takedowns and came away with an 8-6 overtime win. Trailing 5-4 and giving away riding time, Hunter produced a tying takedown with just two seconds left in the match to force overtime. He then scored a takedown with 37 seconds left in the extra period for the win.
“I’m extremely pleased with our performance today,” head coach Pat Popolizio said. “It was one of our better matches of the year and beating a program like Hofstra, with their history and tradition, is great for our program and very rewarding for the guys. Individually, Patrick Hunter’s win was huge. He lost to that kid in November and reversed the decision this time, which will give Patrick a lot of confidence heading into the conference tournament. Cody (Reed) had the big match of the day, earning the pin to secure the dual for us. Now we’re excited to go into Senior Night on Friday and give Justin (Lister) and Matt (Kaylor) a good send-off. They have poured their hearts and souls into this program and they deserve a special celebration that night.”
The Bearcats host fellow CAA member and No. 23 Old Dominion in the regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Friday at West Gym.
No. 19 Binghamton 24, No. 22 Hofstra 12
125 No. 12 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) dec. Derek Steeley (Binghamton) 10-5
133 Patrick Hunter (Binghamton) dec. No. 26 Jamie Franco (Hofstra) 8-6 (ot)
141 No. 25 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) dec. Joe Bonaldi (Binghamton) 6-1
149 No. 4 Donald Vinson (Binghamton) major dec. No. 24 Justin Accordino (Hofstra) 9-1
157 No. 9 Justin Lister (Binghamton) major dec. Tyler Banks (Hofstra) 9-1
165 No. 25 Matt Kaylor (Binghamton) major dec. Vicente Varela (Hofstra) 17-5
174 *No. 15 Paul Gillespie (Hofstra) dec. Caleb Wallace (Binghamton) 9-2
184 No. 9 Ben Clymer (Hofstra) dec. No. 20 Nathan Schiedel (Binghamton) 1-0
197 No. 31 Cody Reed (Binghamton) pinned Tim Murphy (Hofstra) 3:21
285 No. 18 Nick Gwiazdowski (Binghamton) dec. Paul Snyder (Hofstra) 4-1
* ranked at 165 lbs.
** rankings are from the Feb. 7 NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings