Binghamton, NY -- Pride junior Luke Vaith recorded a tech fall victory and three other grapplers posted major decision wins to lead Hofstra to a 23-19 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Bearcats of Binghamton University at West Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.
The Pride, who have won six of their last eight dual matches, improved to 6-13 overall and 4-2 in the CAA. Binghamton fell to 5-12 overall and 3-3 in conference action.
Hofstra grabbed the first three matches of the day as 17th-ranked senior Steve Bonanno opened up with a 12-2 major decision over Bearcat freshman Mike Sardo at 125 pounds. Bonanno, who recorded his 98th career victory, improved to 14-8 on the season. Pride junior Jamie Franco improved to 13-12 on the season with a 6-1 decision over freshman Dylan Cohen at 133. Luke Vaith, ranked 17th at 141 pounds, then gave the Pride a 12-0 lead in the match with a 21-6 tech fall victory over junior Dan Riggi. Vaith has now won five consecutive matches and seven of the last eight to improve to 18-10 on the season.
Binghamton senior Donnie Vinson, ranked fourth in the nation at 149, put the Bearcats on the board with a pin of Pride sophomore Cody Ruggirello (3-13) at the 1:45 mark of the match. Vinson improved to 27-1 on the season.
But the Pride won the next three matches to take a commanding lead. Senior Tyler Banks (6-3) won his fifth consecutive match with a 10-2 major decision over freshman Jack McKeever at 157 before sophomore Nick Terdick (5-19) posted a 13-4 major decision over freshman Brian Conrad at 165. Sophomore Jermaine John then tallied a 5-1 victory over John Paris at 174 to boost the match lead to 23-6. John has won seven of his last eight matches and is now 17-10 on the season.
Binghamton won the final three matches of the contest. Junior Cody Reed tallied a 15-5 major decision over red-shirt freshman David Heitman (1-3), who was making his Pride dual match debut, at 184. Fifth-ranked senior Nate Schiedel (24-2) pinned Hofstra senior Tim Murphy (5-15) at the 1:15 mark of their 197-pound contest. Sophomore Tyler Deuel (17-14) topped sophomore Zeal McGrew (15-6) at 285 but the Bearcats came up a little short in the match. Heitman was filling in for senior Taras Luzhnyy, who was hurt in practice this week while McGrew is stepping into the 285 spot after an injury to senior Paul Snyder on February 2 against Cornell.
The Pride will return to action next Sunday, February 17 when they compete in the NWCA-Cliff Keen Division I National Dual Championship Regional at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Hofstra is in the same regional with the 10th-ranked Big Red, 11th-ranked Virginia and 13th-ranked Nebraska. Pairings will be announced by the NWCA on Monday.
125 - Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) maj. dec. Mike Sardo (BU), 12-2
133 - Jamie Franco (Hofstra) dec. Dylan Cohen (BU), 6-1
141 - Luke Vaith (Hofstra) tech fall Dan Riggi (BU), 21-6
149 - #4 Donnie Vinson (BU) WBF Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra), 1:45
157 - Tyler Banks (Hofstra) maj. dec. Jack McKeever (BU), 10-2
165 - Nick Terdick (Hofstra) maj. dec. Brian Conrad (BU), 13-4
174 - Jermaine John (Hofstra) dec. John Paris (BU), 5-1
184 - Cody Reed (BU) maj. dec. David Heitman (Hofstra), 15-5
197 - #5 Nate Schiedel (BU) WBF Tim Murphy (Hofstra), 1:15
285 - Tyler Deuel (BU) dec. Zeal McGrew (Hofstra), 12-8