All five Binghamton wrestlers stayed alive Thursday but each will have to work his way back through the consolation bracket when the NCAA Championship continues Friday morning from the Scottrade Center.
After going 3-2 in the afternoon session, BU went 3-3 in the evening session with heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski (two) and 149-pound Donnie Vinson posting wins. After winning their first-round matches, 157-pound Justin Lister, 184-pound Nate Schiedel and 197-pound Cody Reed each lost in the second round.
Gwiazdowski stayed alive with a strong 8-5 decision over unseeded Ernest James of Edinboro in the pigtail consolations. James entered the tournament with 30 wins and had a height and weight advantage, but Gwiazdowski produced a takedown at the buzzer of period one and turned a head lock into three back points in the second period. Holding an 8-2 lead and protecting on bottom, he was hit for three stall points in the closing minute but had enough on the board for the decision.
Gwiazdowski then renewed acquaintances with Kyle Frey in the first round of the consolations. The two had met twice previously with Gwiazdowski earning a 3-1 victory in the CAA final on March 3. In this bout, Gwiazdowski notched two first-period takedowns and built a 5-1 cushion. In the second he rode hard on top to accumulate the riding time and brought a 5-2 lead into the third. A takedown with 25 seconds left sealed the 8-2 decision.
Gwiazdowski will face unseeded Peter Capone of Ohio State on Friday morning.
Lister was in a 4-4 tie with eighth-seeded Frank Hickman of Bloomsburg before Hickman muscled his way to a reversal with 1:15 left and rode Lister the rest of the way for a 7-4 win. Lister’s lone takedown was a single-leg shot early in the third period that forged the 4-4 tie. Hickman had also beaten him 13-10 in a home dual in February.
Lister will face Matt Lester of Oklahoma in the second round of wrestlebacks Friday morning.
Schiedel ran into a nemesis, fourth-seeded Steve Bosak of Cornell, in the second round and dropped a 10-0 major. He will face Ryan Garringer of Ohio in Friday’s morning session.
Reed battled James Nakashima of Nebraska to the final whistle in a 7-5 second-round loss. He twice battled back to tie the match and then needing a takedown in the closing seconds, had position on the edge of the mat but ran short on time. He had tied the match on a takedown with 30 seconds left but was giving away riding time. Reed will face Derek Stanley of Army on Friday morning.
Vinson, the No. 4 seed, recovered after a disappointing 9-4 opening-round loss to post a dramatic first-period pin of Dan Osterman of Michigan State. Vinson was taken to his back in the first minute and had to avoid being pinned in the five-point flurry. Down 5-0, he notched a reversal and then hit a takedown with 58 seconds left. Restarting from the center after a stalemate, Vinson drove Osterman to his back with 23 seconds left and pinned him with five seconds left in the first period.
Vinson will meet Corey Jantzen of Harvard on Friday morning.