VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Visiting American (6-5) and Binghamton wrestling (3-10) split 10 bouts but the Eagles got a win in the final deciding match to edge the Bearcats 21-19 Saturday afternoon from West Gym. The see-saw match between the two EIWA members featured two pins and five lead changes and wasn’t decided until the final horn of the 10th match.
With Binghamton ahead 19-18, junior 149-pound Joe Bonaldi was locked into a tight battle with American’s Mark Cirello in the afternoon’s final match. Already giving away riding time, Bonaldi needed a takedown in the 1-1 match to win it. He had position in the final seconds but didn’t get the call on the edge of the mat as time expired and the Eagles came away with the narrow victory.
Senior 197-pound Cody Reed earned his biggest win of the season with a 3-1 decision over 12th-ranked Daniel Mitchell. Reed (20-8 overall, 10-3 duals) recorded the deciding points on a takedown with just three seconds left in the match.
Junior heavyweight Tyler Deuel followed Reed’s dramatic win with a first-period pin over Blake Herrin, who was ranked No. 3 in the EIWA - one spot above Deuel. The win, Deuel’s team-high 22nd of the season (22-5, 11-2 duals), brought the crowd to its feet and gave the Bearcats a 16-9 lead. It was his team-high eighth pin of the season, to go along with five tech falls - the most techs of any heavyweight in the nation. Deuel entered the bout ranked 31st in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel and Herrin was No. 23.
Also winning for BU were sophomore 165-pound Vincent Grella, junior 184-pound Caleb Wallace and freshman 141-pound Nick Tighe. Grella used a takedown at the second-period buzzer to propel him to a 4-0 decision and Wallace amassed more than five minutes of riding time in his 14-4 major decision. Tighe continued his strong rookie campaign with an 11-5 win, improving to 22-16 overall.
Junior 125-pound David White nearly pulled off an upset of No. 11 David Terao but surrendered riding time in a tight 3-2 loss. White, who had a nine-match win streak entering the day, was working for a match-clinching takedown in the waning seconds of a 2-2 bout but ran out of time.
Binghamton next hosts Boston University on February 2.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)