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Gwiazdowski wins wrestling title at BU Open
November 14, 2011Tweet
Freshman heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski captured a title to highlight the achievements for Binghamton wrestling at the 16-team BU Open, held Nov. 13, at the Events Center. Gwiazdowski went 4-0 to capture the heavyweight crown in impressive fashion. Five other Bearcats were placewinners, including senior 157-pound Justin Lister (2nd), senior 165-pound Matt Kaylor (2nd), sophomore 197-pound Cody Reed (2nd), junior 184-pound Nate Schiedel (3rd) and redshirt freshman 174-pound Caleb Wallace (6th).
“Overall I thought the kids had a pretty good performance today,” head coach Pat Popolizio said. “But we have a lot of room to improve as we head into the next few weeks.”
Gwiazdowski, the nation’s No. 1 heavyweight recruit entering college, has picked up right where he left off in high school. After going undefeated and pinning all 43 opponents he faced as a senior, Gwiazdowski pinned his first college opponent in Saturday’s dual win over George Mason. On Nov. 13, he notched two more pins, including a thrilling fall in the final. Trailing Cornell’s Jace Bennett 5-0 early in the match, Gwiazdowski battled back to even the score and then put Bennett on his back and ended the bout in 3:58. Before that, he posted a first-round pin, major decision in the quarterfinals and 8-2 decision in the semifinals over Harvard’s David Ng.
“Nick showed a lot of composure after being down early,” Popolizio said of his title match. “Coming back to tie it up and then getting the pin made a big statement. He has high goals for this season and should find himself in the national rankings very soon.”
Lister also scored a big win—a 6-5 decision over the nation’s fifth-ranked wrestler, Walter Peppelman of Harvard. A 2010 All-American, Lister went 4-1 with three pins. He edged Peppelman in the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Kyle Dake of Cornell, 6-2, in the championship match.
“That was a big match for Justin,” Popolizio said of his win over Peppelman. “Beating a returning All-American will only boost his confidence.”
Kaylor went 4-1 as well, reaching the finals before losing 3-2 to fifth-ranked P.J. Gillespie of Hofstra. Reed won three of four matches to reach the finals. There he lost to the current No. 1, Cam Simaz of Cornell. Schiedel took third place after going 4-1. He dropped a 6-4 decision in the semifinals to CAA rival Ben Clymer of Hofstra before winning twice in the consolation draw. Wallace won three matches—including a pair of technical falls—to notch sixth place.
The Bearcats opened the season with a pair of dual wins Nov. 12, at the West Gym. The Bearcats won 14 of the 20 bouts and defeated fellow CAA member George Mason, 31-11, and then toppled Sacred Heart, 39-13.