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Junior Nate Schiedel posted victories over opponents from Oklahoma State and Bucknell on Jan. 29. The Bearcats lost to No. 1 Oklahoma State, but rebounded to rout the Bison.
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Top-ranked Oklahoma State (11-0) showed the strength of its lineup with a 35-3 victory over No. 19 Binghamton on Jan. 29, from Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. The Bearcats (12-3) finished out the triangular with a 36-6 victory over Bucknell.
Against the No. 1 team in the nation and the program with the most all-time dual wins of any school in the country, Binghamton managed just one victory – a 2-0 decision from junior No. 20 Nate Schiedel at 184 pounds. Schiedel broke a scoreless tie with a second-period escape and then rode his opponent, Chris McNeil, the entire third period to gain the riding point.
Two anticipated matches between high-ranking opponents both went to the Cowboys by identical 5-3 counts. At 149, junior Donnie Vinson, ranked No. 4, battled unbeaten No. 2 Jamal Parks tight in a two-point loss. A Vinson escape to end the second period tied the match at 2-2. Parks got the decisive takedown, however, with one minute remaining in the match and after a Vinson escape, Parks withstood a stall warning and fended off Vinson for the 5-3 decision. It was Vinson’s first dual loss of the season.
At 157, senior No. 6 Justin Lister took on No. 13 Albert White and came up on the short end of a 5-3 decision. Lister recorded a takedown at the end of the first period and after an escape to start the third, led 3-1. But White got a tying takedown with 1:02 left and turned it into the decisive back points as time expired.
The Cowboys’ starting lineup featured eight wrestlers ranked in the top 14, including five in the nation’s top-10. The match was a homecoming for sixth-year head coach Pat Popolizio, who was an NCAA qualifier and scholar-athlete for Oklahoma State.
“It’s a humbling experience to wrestle the No. 1 team in the country in their home gym,” Popolizio said. “We wish we could have had a better showing but Oklahoma State is obviously a very good team. We didn’t win the matches we wanted and that was disappointing, but we know what we have to do to get to that next level. On the positive, it was nice to see us rebound and wrestle tough and score a lot of bonus points against Bucknell. That was nice to see the guys respond ... to take a hard loss and then turn around and wrestle strong in the next. We are looking forward to coming home for our next two duals.”
Against the Bison, Binghamton won eight of 10 bouts, including pins by Vinson and freshman 174-pound Caleb Wallace. Schiedel scored a 9-1 major decision to go 2-0 on the day. He is 23-6 overall, 11-2 in duals.
Binghamton next hosts American on Feb. 3 at the West Gym.
No. 1 Oklahoma State 35, No. 19 Binghamton 3
125: No. 12 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. Derek Steeley (BU); 8-3
133: No. 2 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Patrick Hunter (BU); 5:36
141: No. 13 Josh Kindig (OSU) MD Joe Bonaldi (BU); 14-4
149: No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. No. 4 Donnie Vinson (BU); 5-3
157: No. 13 Albert White (OSU) dec. No. 6 Justin Lister (BU); 5-3
165: Dallas Bailey (OSU) MD Matt Kaylor (BU); 10-2
174: No. 3 Chris Perry (OSU) MD Caleb Wallace (BU); 21-8
184: No. 20 Nate Schiedel (BU) dec. Chris McNeil (OSU); 2-0
197: No. 7 Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Cody Reed (BU); 8-3
285: No. 2 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) TF5 No. 17 Nick Gwiazdowski (BU); 20-3;6:07
No. 19 Binghamton 36, Bucknell 6
125: Austin Miller (Bucknell) dec. Derek Steeley (Binghamton); 5-4
133: Patrick Hunter (Binghamton) dec. Shawn Armato (Bucknell); 11-5
141: Joe Bonaldi (Binghamton) dec. Derrik Russell (Bucknell); 6-4
149: No. 4 Donnie Vinson (Binghamton) fall Alex Pellicciotti (Bucknell); 2:25
157: No. 6 Justin Lister (Binghamton) MD John Regan (Bucknell); 10-1
165: Corey Lear (Bucknell) dec. Matt Kaylor (Binghamton); 1-0
174: Caleb Wallace (Binghamton) fall Stephen McPeek (Bucknell); 2:15
184: No.20 Nate Schiedel (Binghamton) MD Jamie Westwood (Bucknell); 9-1
197: Cody Reed (Binghamton) MD Tyler Lyster (Bucknell); 13-4
285: No. 17 Nick Gwiazdowski (Binghamton) won by forfeit