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Binghamton wrestling defeated Army and Ohio at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park on Dec. 12. The Bearcats posted a 22-13 victory over the Black Knights before holding off Ohio, 17-16. It was the first victory for Binghamton against both opponents, who each had won the previous four matches against the Bearcats.
Junior No. 17 Justin Lister looked strong in posting a pair of wins at 157, including a 17-2 tech fall against Ohio. Sophomore 149-pound Donnie Vinson and junior 165-pound Matt Kaylor also won twice, fortifying Binghamton’s strength in the middle of its lineup. Vinson and Kaylor remained unbeaten in duals (9-0). Sophomore John Paris was the unsung hero of the day, stepping into a starting role as BU juggled its lineup and winning both his matches.
The Bearcats won seven of 10 bouts against Army, highlighted by sophomore 10th-ranked Nate Schiedel’s major decision up at 197. The team score was knotted at 12-12 with three bouts remaining. Paris was inserted into the lineup at 184 and earned a 12-5 decision before Schiedel bumped up a weight and rolled to a 9-0 win to clinch the team victory - the first in five all-time matches against Army.
Against Ohio, Binghamton won four of the first six bouts and then held on for the narrow victory when sophomore Cody Reed, bumped up to heavyweight, wrestled a solid match and surrendered only a 6-4 decision. Ohio could’ve tied the match with a major decision or won it with a tech fall or pin. Paris earned a 6-5 decision at 184 to provide Binghamton’s final three points.
“We earned two very solid wins today,” head coach Pat Popolizio said. “Justin (Lister) is finally starting to look sharp. He was very aggressive, especially in the Ohio match, and is starting to come into his own again. John (Paris) had a huge day, stepping up at 184 and winning both matches. He’s a team player and that helped us a lot today. Now we will focus on getting healthy. Going into the break 7-2 is certainly one of our better starts to a season.”
Binghamton is off until Jan.2, when it will play host to Buffalo and Merchant Marine Academy at the West Gym.