The first two weeks of the season brought many success for the Bearcats. It also showed growing pains associated with having a young lineup.
As a team, we ran a very successful open in the Events Center on 10 mats. The funds we raised will go a long way to assisting our guys off season freestyle and Greco program. We also finished 5th at the ultra tough Body Bar Invitational, and split duals…losing to #24 Michigan State 20-12 and blanking Davidson 50-0.
125- Jimmy Chase made his debut in the MSU dual and dropped a heartbreaker in OT to NCAA qualifier Eric Olanowski. He rebounded with a convincing win vs. Davidson. Jimmy looked a little nervous at first, but wrestled hard before falling in OT. He knows he has a lot to work on, especially finishing one of the many shots we has in on. Still, a nice debut.
133- We are still looking for an identity here. Rob Slavin had a nice event at the Body Bar…but made himself unavailable for the Sunday duals. Mike Kleeman has been filling in nicely and had a close win vs. Davidson. The contenders here know that if we are going to reach our goals, someone needs to step up and perform at this weight. RS fr Garret Morabito should make his debut at the NE duals.
141 – Anwar Goeres is off to a nice start. He placed 2nd at the Open, and stormed back to 5th after being upset in the 1/4s at the Body Bar. He followed that up with a dominant victory over MSU’s Colin Dozier. Our expectations are very for Anwar and he is responding thus far.
149 – RS FR followed up a great performance at the Open with a couple of inconsistent days this weekend. He captured his 2nd Binghamton Open title by grinding out 5 matches against DI competition. He drew his finals opponent from Columbia early at the Body Bar and got out wrestled. He wrestled back well, but the disappointment carried over a bit to the MSU dual where he looked flat. No question he has the talent worthy of his top 15 ranking, but he’ll have to put this weekend behind him to accomplish his goals.
157 – The story of the season thus far has been the emergence of Justin Lister. He is currently sporting a 11-1 record with the lone loss being to a 2x AA. He placed 3rd at the Open , and then won the Body Bar in dominant fashion. Along the way he beat Clarion NCAAQ Hadley Harrison, and then strong-armed two highly regarded wrestlers- Mallie Shuster from Kent state and pinning Drexel’s Joe Booth. He also added a win vs. MSU qualifier Anthony Jones. It’s early, but Justin is showing some promise.
165– Matt Kaylor is a true warrior, and has been the king of the wrestle backs as he adjusts to the 165 weight classes. After suffering early losses in both events he has stormed back to place, racking up a lot of wins in the process. Jumping two weights is never easy, but he expect him to have a huge advantage in a few months when the weight cutters are worn out from making it all season.
174 – Anthony Esposito continued to be a consistent presence. His work ethic paid off as he won by major in the Davidson dual after taking the Body Bar off.
184 – From the looks of things, the Bearcats are strong here. In addition to returning AA Josh Patterson, RS FR Nate Scheidel made a strong debut with two easy dual victories.
Josh has had some hiccups early which is typical of a wrestler with his level of aggressiveness. He will peak when he needs to. Being selected, and participating in the All Star classic is a milestone for the program. Remember, it was a short time ago when there was no program. Every coach knows that no one ever won an NCAA title in November, and getting out to California and wrestling Askren is part of the process for josh to accomplish his goals.
197 – like 133, the Bearcats will need someone to step up here. Matt Berretta bumped up and had a win vs. Davidson. Mike McKeever kept it close vs. MSU. We need to find a way to get production here.
HWT – 4 year starter Corey Waite continues to impress, placing 6th in the Open and 4th at Body Bar and going 2-0 on Sunday. The move up is going to require some adjustments for Corey as he will be outsized in nearly every match. Judging by the early results, he is starting to make the transition.
a big thanks to www.wwsport.com for sponsoring the Open and being a tremendous local resource. Next up is the NEduals in Albany, where the Bearcats will take on UNC, #7 Nebraska, Appalachian State and Northern Colorado
Next home date is Dec 12th against Princeton and Liberty