VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Binghamton wrestling used four straight wins to rally past fellow EIWA member Boston University (3-8) 23-18 Sunday at West Gym. The Bearcats (4-10) trailed 15-4 halfway through the match before two pins and a major decision fueled the comeback.
Four of Binghamton’s five match wins produced bonus points.
“The guys really stepped up today,” head coach Matt Dernlan said. “We’ve been in similar situations lately but have come up short. We knew it was looking like a 5-5 match split so bonus points were going to be critical. It was a great effort and the guys have earned this by believing and pushing forward. Now we want to keep building this momentum.”
Junior 184-pound Caleb Wallace (12-11, 6-8 duals) got things going with a third-period pin. Wallace was in control and racking up points toward a major decision when he threw Aaron Conrad to his back and ended the bout at 5:58.
Senior 197-pound Cody Reed (21-8 overall, 11-3 duals) followed with a commanding 21-9 major decision that featured back points in the third period. Reed’s win extended his win streak to eight and brought the Bearcats to within one, 15-14.
Junior heavyweight Tyler Deuel kept the momentum going with his team-high ninth pin of the season. He led 3-1 toward the end of the second period when he locked up a cradle on Kevin Innis near the edge of the mat and ended the bout with six seconds left in the period.
“Tyler has put in the work and is now reaping the benefits,” Dernlan said of his heavyweight, who has ended 14 bouts this season by tech fall or fall. His five tech falls is the most of any 285-pounder in the country.
Deuel, ranked 31st in the first NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, won his 11th straight dual match and raised his record to 23-5 overall, 12-2 in duals.
Those six points gave Binghamton a 20-15 lead and junior 125-pound David White (20-7 overall, 10-4 duals) clinched the win with a hard-fought 9-6 decision over Tyler McGinley. White, ranked No. 32, was knotted at 6-6 and giving up riding time before escaping to start the third. He then scored the deciding takedown with 36 seconds left and finished on top to erase riding time.
Binghamton’s other winner was junior 149-pound Joe Bonaldi (12-7 overall, 4-5 duals), who racked up eight takedowns in a 19-8 major decision.
The Bearcats next wrestle at Hofstra on Friday.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)