Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals

Last week, Lighthouse Wrestling was proud to promote the Sprawl & Brawl Duals, organized by the Journeymen Wrestling Club, under the leadership of Frankie Popolizio. However, as deep in talent as that event is, the 2010 Northeast Duals, also sponsored by the JWC, might just be the best accumulation of talent in one place at one time this early into the 2010/2011 season…With a field consisting of seven of the nation’s top 25 teams (13 of the top 50), LHW and Journeymen have one suggestion for you, MAKE IT A DOUBLE, by being in attendance for both of the JWC’s premier events. Continue reading “Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals”

Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season

Scott Green, the legendary New York State Junior Coach, as well a former assistant coach at Binghamton University and the current head coach at prep powerhouse Wyoming Seminary, recently made the comment on his facebook profile that it is starting to “smell like wrestling season.” For many enthusiasts, with matches officially kicking off this past weekend, this is a statement that is abundant with veritas and intensity. However, while I acknowledge the importance of all matches, for me, the start of the college season is always marked by the first of Frankie Popolizio and Journeymen Wrestling Club’s two mega-events; 2010/2011 is no different as I, along with a plethora of fans located in the Northeast, anxiously await the calendar hitting November 21st, the date of the JWC’s annual Sprawl and Brawl Duals….Hosted by the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, Binghamton University, this year’s field is highlighted by the participation of teams such as Penn State University, Harvard University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, and West Virginia, as well as the aforementioned Bearcats. Continue reading “Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season”

Beary Beary Good Day for Binghamton: Top Recruit in NYS Verbals to Bearcats

If you ask the best coaches in the country, a lot of them will tell you that the key to any successful DI wrestling program, is the ability to keep the instate talent home. In recent times, no body in the Empire State has been better at that than Binghamton Head Coach, Pat Popolizio. Today marked a continuation of this trend when it was announced that for the second consecutive year, the #1 ranked recruit in the New York State had elected to make that upstate based school his college destination. In 2010, it was Greene High School’s 2x NYS DII Champion Tyler Beckwith signing with the Bearcats; 2011 will forever be known as the “year of the Gwiz” as the defending 215-pound DII State Champion from Duanesburg High School, Nick Gwiazdowski, revealed on his facebook that he would be heading to Binghamton next Fall….Gwiazdowski, the #19 recruit in the nation according to the InterMat top-100, becomes the third member of the current senior class to formally commit to Popolizio and staff. He is joined by Colton Perry (Windsor High School) and 2009 NYS DII Champion Derak Heyman (Tioga), both of whom made gave verbals to the SUNY school last month. Continue reading “Beary Beary Good Day for Binghamton: Top Recruit in NYS Verbals to Bearcats”

A Bear(cat) of A Good Recruit: 2x NYS DII Finalist/2009 Champion To Stay In-State; Verbals to Binghamton

Derek Heyman

Earlier this morning, Tioga High School rising senior, Derak Heyman, a 2x NYS DII finalist and 2009 State Champion, was named as one of the top-10 members of NYS’ class of 2011 as a part of the InterMat Wrestling-49 series. This was only the start of the good news for this immensely talented young man and his family as several hours later, he revealed to Lighthouse Wrestling that after weighing all of his options, he had elected to give a verbal commitment to reigning Colonial Athletic Association champions, the Bearcats of Binghamton University. In doing so, Heyman becomes the second blue-chip recruit in less than a week from the Empire State to officially break the news of his college plans; He joins fellow 2x state finalist (albeit different divisions) Grant Greene, who on the 25th of this month, broke the news that he would be continuing his academic and athletic pursuits at Northwestern University. Heyman is the first elite wrestler to announce his intentions to compete for Coach Pat Popolizio and staff. Continue reading “A Bear(cat) of A Good Recruit: 2x NYS DII Finalist/2009 Champion To Stay In-State; Verbals to Binghamton”

2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:

Coaches around the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) circled 2010 on their calendar as the year Hofstra’s eight-year run as conference champions could be ending. Barring a monster tournament by the Pride, this will be the year the championship trophy goes somewhere other than Hempstead, N.Y.

But which university snatches up that team championship is still in doubt. Three teams have legitimate shots at winning the conference tournament: Old Dominion, Binghamton, and Rider. The tournament will be held on Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville, N.J., March 5-6 Continue reading “2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:”

Scott Casber of TDR Interviews Coaches before Conference Championships

Scott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

tdrScott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

Continue reading “Scott Casber of TDR Interviews Coaches before Conference Championships”

Bearcat Brief – Quadrangular

Great day of duals for the B-cats yesterday, as we went 3-0 to extend our record to 7-2. The guys have all shown flashes of brilliance 1st semester, and it was nice to be able to showcase our skills in front of former Coach Steve Erber as well as prominent alumnus Billy Baldwin. 7-2 with our lone dual losses coming against traditional powers Nebraska and Michigan State is no small feat- and we still feel that our best wrestling is ahead of us this year.

BinghamtonGreat day of duals for the B-cats yesterday, as we went 3-0 to extend our record to 7-2. The guys have all shown flashes of brilliance 1st semester, and it was nice to be able to showcase our skills in front of former Coach Steve Erber as well as prominent alumnus Billy Baldwin. 7-2 with our lone dual losses coming against traditional powers Nebraska and Michigan State is no small feat- and we still feel that our best wrestling is ahead of us this year. Continue reading “Bearcat Brief – Quadrangular”

The Big (Bear)Cat: Johnson City Heavyweight, Lance Moore, Commits to Binghamton

It has been said that Lance Moore was a NYer before he was officially a NYer….A pupil of Scott Green at the famed Shamrock Wrestling Club, Moore has honed his skills by working out with some of the finest talent that the Empire State has to offer…And on Thursday, all of that hard work and dedication paid off when he announced his intentions to continue his academic and athletic career at rising Colonial Athletic Association contender, Binghamton University….By virtue of making this decision, Moore, who kicked off November by finishing 5th at the prestigious Super-32 tournament, ensured that the relationship with Green (who is an Assistant on Coach Pat Popolizio’s staff) will be extended for at least the four or five years. Continue reading “The Big (Bear)Cat: Johnson City Heavyweight, Lance Moore, Commits to Binghamton”

Journeymen Wrestling Presents Mega Events: Sprawl & Brawl (Nov. 22); Northeast Duals (Nov. 28th)

As the calendar hits mid-November, three certainties await the fanatical wrestling fan…First, the college season is now underway and will absorb the majority of your free time for the next five months; Second, Thanksgiving will probably be the last time you are allowed to hit as much as you want without feeling guilty about hunger pains to your friend, child, neighbor, etc. (yes wrestlers, we see the dirty looks you give us when we pig out in front of you); and finally, we are only weeks away from two of the premier early season collegiate events, the Sprawl and Brawl and Northeast Duals, both presented by Frank Popolizio and the Journeymen Wrestling Club. Continue reading “Journeymen Wrestling Presents Mega Events: Sprawl & Brawl (Nov. 22); Northeast Duals (Nov. 28th)”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach

Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes. What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach? Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them? What difference can a coach make? What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes?

JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard
JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard

LHW: Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes.   What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach?  Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them?  What difference can a coach make?  What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 2: The Man

Most people only know you through the Shamrock AC. Tell us about your wrestling experience and accomplishments. How did you get started in wrestling? Where do you get the inspiration and drive from?

Shamrock Most Improved Wrestler 2008
Shamrock Most Improved Wrestler 2008

LHW: Most people only know you through the Shamrock AC.  Tell us about your wrestling experience and accomplishments. How did you get started in wrestling? Where do you get the inspiration and drive from? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 2: The Man”

Bodacious Bearcat: #11 Recruit, Tyler Beckwith, Binghamton Bound

Less than 72 hours after concluding his 2009 campaign by earning double All-American honors at the Asics/Vaughan Junior National Tournament, the #11 recruit in the class of 2010, Tyler Beckwith, officially announced that he is off of the market, verbally committing to the State University of New York-Binghamton….He becomes the first rising senior to align himself with Coach Pat Popolizio’s quickly emerging Bearcat program. Continue reading “Bodacious Bearcat: #11 Recruit, Tyler Beckwith, Binghamton Bound”