VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Visiting Bucknell (9-8) won the first five bouts to build a 16-0 lead and the Bison posted a 23-10 wrestling win over Binghamton (5-12) Friday night at West Gym.
Before the match, graduating seniors John Paris and Cody Reed were honored.
The tribute to BU’s two seniors got the evening off to a rousing start. Paris was a two-year starter who battled his way through injuries to be a positive contributor. He was CAA Rookie of the Year in 2011 and will graduate with a dual degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law and also History. Reed, a two-time NCAA qualifier, entered the night with 88 career wins and is ranked No. 25 in the country. He will graduate with a double major of Environmental Studies and Economics and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.29.
Bucknell took control with five straight decisions to open the match. The match between No. 23 Paul Petrov and BU’s 32nd-ranked David White was a wild affair that went to a third sudden victory period. Petrov prevailed 10-8 and the Bison gained another toss-up match at 149 when Victor Lopez edged Joe Bonaldi 7-6. By the time sophomore 165-pound Vincent Grella earned a 6-4 decision, the Bearcats were in a big deficit.
Junior 184-pound Caleb Wallace gave BU its second win of the night and Reed followed with a 12-2 major decision at 197. The win extends Reed’s win streak to 11 matches and raises his record to 24-8 overall, 14-3 in duals. In a battle of ranked heavyweights, Bucknell’s Joe Stolfi shook off an early 2-0 disadvantage and posted a major decision over junior Tyler Deuel. The loss snapped Deuel’s 10-match win streak and was just his third dual defeat of the season (25-6, 14-3 duals).
Binghamton welcomes Bloomsburg for a 2 p.m. tilt on Saturday in the team’s final dual of the season. Before Saturday’s match, Binghamton will introduce and recognize their fellow athletes and friends from the Southern Tier Special Olympic Powerlifting club. Every week for the past year, the BU wrestling team has shared their time and expertise with these inspiring young men and women. A group of the weightlifters will be on hand to return the favor and help coach the Bearcats from their seats right next to the team bench.
Bucknell 23, Binghamton 10
125: No. 23 Paul Petrov (BUCK) dec. No. 32 David White (BING), 10-8 (SV3) (Bucknell leads 3-0)
133: Grimaldi Gonzalez (BUCK) dec. Mike Sardo (BING), 5-2 (Bucknell leads 6-0)
141: Bob Hauser (BUCK) major dec. Vlad Mordach (BING), 13-3 (Bucknell leads 10-0)
149: Victor Lopez (BUCK) dec. Joe Bonaldi (BING), 7-6 (Bucknell leads 13-0)
157: Ray Schlitt (BUCK) dec. Dylan Caruana (BING), 7-3 (Bucknell leads 16-0)
165: Vincent Grella (BING) dec. Jake Campana (BUCK), 6-4 (Bucknell leads 16-3)
174: Robert Schlitt (BUCK) dec. Ben Price (BING), 5-1 (Bucknell leads 19-3)
184: Caleb Wallace (BING) dec. Rory Bonner (BUCK),10-6 (Bucknell leads 19-6)
197: No. 25 Cody Reed (BING) major dec. Angelo Malvestuto (BUCK), 12-2 (Bucknell leads 19-10)
285: No. 19 Joe Stolfi (BUCK) major dec. No. 24 Tyler Deuel (BING) 12-2 (Bucknell wins 23-10)
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)