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Tighe wins title at NYS Championship
November 26, 2014Tweet
The Binghamton wrestling program sent a limited number of competitors to the New York State Intercollegiate Championship, but still managed a sixth-place finish Nov. 23 at Cornell’s Barton Hall. Sophomore Nick Tighe captured a title at 141 lbs. in the B bracket while Dylan Caruana (141 lbs.) and Zack Zupan (165 lbs.) each placed third in the A bracket.
Binghamton made the quick trip to Ithaca with sixth starters and eight reserves finishing the open tournament with 148 team points. Army won the single-day championship with 194.0 points holding off Hofstra, Cornell and Columbia.
Tighe, who split time as the 133 and 141 starter last season, went a perfect 5-0 en route to his title. The Phoenix, N.Y., native recorded a pin and a pair of technical falls before winning in sudden victory over Brandon Lapi of Buffalo in the semifinals, 3-1. Tighe cruised to his title in the final handling Matthew Kelly of Army 11-4.
After dropping his opening match to Logan David of Cornell 3-2, Caruana rattled off six straight victories in the wrestle backs to capture third place. The redshirt sophomore recorded four consecutive pins following the loss to David before an injury forfeit sent Caruana to the finals. Three of Caruana’s four pins came in the first periods of each match. In the finals, the Kenmore, N.Y., native edged out a victory over Hunter College’s Cary Palmer, 3-2.
Zupan won his first three matches of the championship before falling to Chandler Smith of Army in the quarterfinals, 8-3. The redshirt freshman bounced back to pin Jesse Bader of Hunter College before beating Tyrel White of Colubmia, 7-5, in the third place bout.
Four other starters competed on Sunday afternoon including Thierno Diallo (125 lbs.), David White (133 lbs.), Vincent DePrez (157 lbs.) and Steve Schneider (174 lbs.). Reserves and redshirts competing for the Bearcats included Kyle Kelly, Joe Nelson, Vlad Mordach, Brian Conrad, Joe Mastro, Anthony Lombardo and Anthony DePrez.
Binghamton heads to the Journeymen Duals to face Purdue, Northern Illinois, LIU Post and No. 24 Wyoming on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y.