Sophomore Nate Schiedel, seen here earlier this season against Eastern Michigan, won the 184-pound title at the Penn State Nittany Lion Open.
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Sophomore Nate Schiedel won the 184-pound title to lead Binghamton wrestling at the Penn State Nittany Lion Open, held Dec. 5 at Penn State’s Rec Hall and South Gym. More than 400 wrestlers competed in the open event.
The 14th-ranked Schiedel went 5-0 to capture his first title of the season after runner-up showings at the Binghamton Open and Cornell Body Bar Invitational. He posted two pins along the way and lifted his overall record to 16-3. Schiedel scored a pin over a Michigan State foe in the second round and then notched another fall in the semifinals in just 1:01. He was battling sixth-ranked Quentin Wright of Penn State in the second round of the title bout before Wright had to default with an injury.
Senior 174-pound Ryan McGarity was Binghamton’s other placewinner with a sixth-place finish. McGarity went 6-2 with a pin and a major decision and earned his second top-6 place of the season. After losing in the quarterfinals to the eventual runner-up, McGarity battled back with four decisions in the consolation draw. One of the wins was a 5-2 decision over 18th-ranked Ethan Headlee of Pitt.
“It was a pretty good tournament,” head coach Pat Popliozio said. “Nate (Schiedel) and Ryan (McGarity) looked good. McGarity keeps getting better every week and he gained a lot of confidence today. Nate had a very good tournament and is wrestling at a very high level.”
The only other Binghamton wrestler to win more than two matches was sophomore 133-pound Dan Riggi, who went 3-2 with a pin.
The Bearcats rested several starters, including 14th-ranked Justin Lister and reigning NCAA qualifiers Anwar Goeres and Donnie Vinson.