In separate conversations, Vincent and Anthony DePrez were asked why they chose to commit to Binghamton. As often happens with twins, they provided very similar answers.
“The coaches are great,” Vincent said. “I really liked their attitude and the way they run the wrestling program. The facilities are nice. There are just a lot of good people there.”
“I really liked the coaches,” Anthony responded. “They are really good people. I liked the way they support the team in wrestling and with their education. I also liked the wrestling room and the facilities.”
While the pair ended up choosing the same path for college, that wasn’t always a certainty.
“At first, we were looking at different places,” Anthony said. “But I’m really happy that we both wanted Binghamton and we’ll be going to the same school together.”
According to Vincent, Anthony looked at Bucknell while he considered Army. But a trip to the Binghamton campus in July had a strong impact on both brothers.
“I knew it was a great place for me right away,” Vincent said. “The visit made me want to make a final choice pretty quickly.”
The DePrez brothers did that, and now they can focus fully on their senior years.
“The pressure is off now,” Anthony said. “No more stress. Now, I can just think about school and wrestling.”
The two have done plenty of wrestling in the offseason, competing at events such as the FloNationals in Pennsylvania, the Athens Duals, Ragin Raisins Duals and NUWAY Summer Championships in New Jersey.
According to Anthony DePrez, the brothers also wrestle during the week at the G2 World Wrestling Academy and at “The Garage” (at the house of teammate and state champion Yianni Diakomihalis). In addition, they’ve been lifting and doing other training.
All the work is aimed toward a senior year to remember after both Vincent and Anthony (along with younger brother Lou) earned spots at the state tournament in 2013.
Vincent collected his third All-State honor, taking second place for the second year in a row (at 113 and 138 pounds as a sophomore and junior, respectively). He also nabbed fourth as a freshman at 103 pounds. Anthony won a bout in Albany in his first appearance at the event, as did then-eighth grader Lou DePrez at 120 pounds.
“It was really nice to have all three of us wrestling there last year,” Vincent said. “Having more people there with you, to be there for you, is pretty cool.”
What would also be “pretty cool” is the one thing Vincent said is missing from his resume.
“This year, my goal is to win a state title,” he said, mentioning that he will likely compete at 145 pounds. “It’s just about the state title. That’s what I want.”
Anthony aims to join him on the medal stand, at 152 pounds.
“Last year at states was a cool experience, but it was kind of nerve wracking,” he said. “I think I could have done better and this year, I won’t be nervous. I’ll relax and wrestle the way I know how. My goal is to place at least top three.”
In addition to individual achievements, there are high hopes for the Hilton squad. With four returning state qualifiers and a number of other strong grapplers, the brothers were excited about the team outlook for 2013-14. (The fourth DePrez brother, Sam, will join the squad as a seventh grader as well).
“I think we can be really good as a dual meet team, maybe ranked close to the top in the state,” Vincent said.
“We have a lot of good wrestlers coming back,” Anthony added. “I think we could have at least six guys go to states this year.”
And then it will be off to the EIWA conference, where the brothers said they expect to compete somewhere between 157 and 174 pounds for the Bearcats.
“I know Binghamton is the right place,” Vincent said. “We’re both really excited.”
Vincent and Anthony DePrez wished to thank their parents, family and all their coaches, including Adam Burgos, Craig Gross and Ilias Diakomihalis.