Wrestling splits pair of matches at Journeymen Sprawl & BrawlTweet
Binghamton wrestling split its two matches at the Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl, held Sunday at the West Gym. The Bearcats, who are “receiving votes” in the latest NWCA/USA Today national poll, defeated Eastern Michigan, 29-6, in the opener before falling to Michigan State, 19-15. The event featured 10 teams and 14 bouts and drew big crowds.
Senior 174-pound Ryan McGarity won both his matches - a pin in 5:34 against Michigan State and a major decision over Eastern Michigan. Junior 165-pound Matt Kaylor, 19th in the latest Intermat national rankings, also won twice - a major decision vs. Eastern Michigan and a decision over Michigan State.. Kaylor improved to a team-best 8-3 this season. Sophomore 149-pound Donnie Vinson earned a tech fall and a decision, raising his overall record to 5-2. Junior 133-pound Anthony Jerome also scored two decisions.
After handling Eastern Michigan, Binghamton built a 15-12 lead over Michigan State before the Spartans won the final three bouts to seize the narrow win. The Bearcats lost four matches by one or two points and had three of its nationally-ranked wrestlers defeated, including junior No. 3 Justin Lister, who went 1-1 in his first competition of the season.
“A lot of our guys were impressive,” head coach Pat Popolizio said. “I thought Ryan (Gerondel) wrestled very well for a freshman. Ryan (McGarity) also stood out. He wrestles with a lot of heart. But I’m disappointed in the Michigan State match. There were three or four matches that could’ve gone either way and our guys didn’t battle back and have the confidence to win. We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities.”