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Junior Donnie Vinson finished second in the Penn State Nittany Lion Open, which featured 10 ranked teams. Vinson lost in the finals to the top-ranked 149-pound wrestler in the nation.
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Wrestling team climbs to No. 22 in national poll
December 6, 2011Tweet
Undefeated Binghamton wrestling (7-0) bumped up to No. 22 in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, released on Dec. 6. The Bearcats are tied with Virginia in the rankings, and sit ahead of No. 24 Penn and No. 25 Edinboro to round out the top 25.
In the weekly individual rankings, WIN Magazine has given Binghamton two top-5 ranked wrestlers for the first time in program history. Junior 149-pound Donnie Vinson is No. 4 and senior 157-pound Justin Lister is No. 5. Vinson (15-2) is coming off a runnerup showing at the Penn State Nittany Lion Open on Dec. 4 and is Binghamton’s Athlete of the Week for the second straight week. Vinson is No. 7 in this week’s Intermat poll. Lister is 11-1 with a team-high seven pins. He is No. 6 in the Intermat rankings. Both wrestlers are a perfect 7-0 in duals.
Binghamton wrestling produced three placewinners at the Penn State Nittany Lion Open, held Dec. 4 at Rec Hall. The non-scoring Open featured wrestlers from 10 ranked teams, including No. 5 Penn State, No. 8 Pittsburgh, No. 10 Lehigh, No. 13 Maryland, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Rutgers, No. 19 Central Michigan, No. 20 Kent State, No. 23 Virginia and the No. 25 Bearcats.
Vinson won five matches to reach the finals. There he was pinned by Penn State’s Frank Molinaro, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation. Vinson notched three major decisions and a pin on the day. In the semifinals, he decisioned Andrew Alton of Penn State, 8-6.
Sophomore 197-pound Cody Reed went 4-2 to place seventh. He scored two major decisions to improve to 12-3 on the season.
Freshman 141-pound Derak Heyman won four matches to place eighth. Heyman, who is redshirting this season, won three straight decisions to reach the quarterfinals. He then added another decision in the wrestlebacks.
Freshman 141-pound Joe Bonaldi won a pair of matches and nearly put together a very good day before a pair of narrow losses ended his tournament. Bonaldi lost 4-2 in sudden victory to the eventual runnerup and then was eliminated with a 3-2 setback in the consolation bracket.
The Bearcats only entered three starters in the event, resting most before the entire team heads to Nevada for the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18.