Wrestling is conference runner up, advances four to NCAAs
Binghamton wrestling won two individual titles, advanced four to the NCAA Championship and tied for second as a team at the CAA Championship, contested at Boston University’s Case Gym. Hofstra won the team crown with 67.5 points, ahead of the Bearcats (54.0) and Rider (54.0). Boston was fourth with 51.5 points in a very close four-team race.
Graduate student Donnie Vinson defended his crown at 149 pounds and was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for a second straight year. Joining him on the top level of the podium was junior 184-pound Cody Reed, who punched his ticket to a second-straight NCAA
Championship with a riveting overtime win. Senior 133-pound Derek Steeley completed an improbable journey to the NCAAs with a runner-up finish. Steeley overcame a serious leg injury that forced him out of the lineup for weeks and his participation in the CAA tournament was still in doubt just days before the event. Graduate student Nate Schiedel placed second at 197 pounds and sophomore heavyweight Tyler Deuel gave Binghamton its fifth place-winner with a fourth-place showing.