Your BU Bearcats were in action yesterday at the prestigious North East Duals held in Troy, NY. This event attracts many of the best teams in all the land, and boasts to be “the best wrestling east of the Mississippi.”
I might as well get right to the big highlight, the Bearcats’ upset of ACC power, North Carolina. Jimmy Chase and Anwar Goeres helped start thing off right with decisions, allowing us to win 2/3 in the light weights. Things looked bleak , however, as the Tar Heels reeled off 4 straight wins making the score 16-6 going into 184. Josh Patterson got us back on track with a 6-0 win and Nate “Big Country” Schiedel stunned the 3000+ crowd with a first period pin of UNC #11 ranked Dennis Drury in the first period. Senior hwt Corey Waite completed the comeback with a dominant decision – making the final score 18-16 in favor of the BearCats.
Six short years ago the Bearcats had no program. Five years ago we were shut out in nearly every bout at this event. This landmark win against established, fully funded program is a testament to the hard work the boys have been putting in at all levels of the program.
We also faced off against #6 Nebraska, winning 3 of ten bouts off the Big 12 power and competing well in several others. All in all, the team went 3-1 on the day with dual victories over Appalachian State and Northern Colorado
Senior AA Patterson led the way going 4-0, while talented freshmen Schiedel and Vinson collected 3 wins a piece. Matt Kaylor continues to look great as he grows into 165, going 3-1 on the day. We were fortunate to get production from nearly every weight this weekend.
Wrestling four duals in a day this early in the season is a tall order, but we are confident it will pay off in the long run. It is extremely encouraging that we are now deep enough to overcome so-so performances at several weights and still defeat good teams. No one is close to wrestling their best yet, and they don’t have to yet. They have to wrestle their best in March and we will continue to train through these events with the goal of producing champions in 4 months.
We continue our ambitious schedule at the Penn State Open next Sunday, followed up by home duals against Liberty, Princeton and Merchant Marine on Dec 12 to wrap up the 1st semester. We hope to see some of you at these events.