Des Moines, IA (WBNG Binghamton)
Binghamton wrestling had mixed results on the opening day of the NCAA Championship with three of four entries staying alive but each in the consolation draw. The Bearcats went 4-5 on Thursday and saw their two top-10 wrestlers knocked out of the championship bracket in front of a capacity crowd at the Wells Fargo Arena (16,131). Binghamton is tied for 26th place in the team standings.
Senior 149-pound Donnie Vinson, seeded third, will need another remarkable run to repeat as an All-American after a heartbreaking first-round loss. Vinson opened his tournament with a 9-5 win in a pigtail match but couldn’t get his offense going against unseeded Kevin Tao of American, suffering a 3-2 overtime loss. He rallied with a 13-1 major decision in the first round of consolations Friday night but will now have to win three straight bouts on Friday to secure All-America honors (top-8) for the second straight year. Vinson can still finish as high as third, a feat he accomplished last year after winning seven straight matches in St. Louis.
Senior 197-pound Nate Schiedel, seeded No. 7, advanced to the second round with a dominating 10-1 major decision but then dropped a 9-5 decision to 10th-seeded Scott Schiller of Minnesota in his next match. Schiedel will face unseeded Nikolas Brown of Chattanooga in Friday morning’s consolation second round.
Unseeded senior 133-pound Derek Steeley won in his NCAA debut match - an 11-6 decision. Steeley then ran into a buzzsaw in fourth-seeded A.J. Scopp of Edinboro and was beaten with a first-period tech fall.
Junior 184-pound Cody Reed dropped a 4-0 decision to the No. 4 seed and then was eliminated with a 13-1 loss in the backdraw.
Friday’s action begins at 11 a.m. ET.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)