VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton wrestling (2-2, 2-1 EIWA) team defeated Columbia (0-5, 0-1 EIWA), 32-8, Sunday afternoon at the West Gym. Steven Bulzomi, Dylan Caruana, Tristan Rifanburg, Vincent DePrez, Anthony DePrez, Steve Schneider and Mark Tracy all won for BU in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) dual match.
BU came out strong with a quick 3-2 win by 125-pound sophomore Steven Bulzomi. The Lions answered back, winning by tech-fall in the 133 division. From there, the Bearcats picked up the next seven matches to clinch the dual.
Trailing by a team score of 3-5 going into the 141 round, Dylan Caruana was aggressive from the start. He pinned his opponent, Jacob Macalolooy, 2:37 into his match. At 149, Kropman followed up suit getting a takedown in the second period to earn a tight 3-2 win over Dan Reed.
Redshirt-freshman Tristan Rifanburg took the gloves off against Columbia's Brock Morgan. After earning a takedown in the first period, Morgan came back with a quick two points for a reverse takedown. Firing Rifanburg up, he racked on four back points and another takedown to win by a 10-2 major decision, and putting the Bearcats up 16-5.
Binghamton didn't stop there however, as brothers Vincent DePrez and Anthony DePrez combined for back to back wins and another 6 team points. At 165, Vincent DePrez won by decision 5-3 against Columbia's Tyrel White. White placed fourth at last year's EIWA Championships and is a two-time veteran at the NCAA's. Anthony DePrez also had an impressive win, earning six takedowns and missing a major decision by just one point against his opponent, Austin Coniker, at 174.
The dagger came in the 184-pound match for BU, with Schneider dominating his opponent and earning multiple points leading up to a pin with 8 seconds to go in the first period. Mark Tracy then twisted the knife, earning a huge major decision win against Columbia's Matt Doggett. At 197 pounds, the redshirt-sophomore posted for three takedowns in a 10-2 match win pushing the Bearcats to their overall 32-8 dual win.
Coach Matt Dernlan's squad is now 2-2 overall and has improved their EIWA record to 2-1 on the season. Next up, Binghamton travels to Pittsburgh, PA this Saturday, January 14th to wrestle in the Pitt Duals.
125: Steven Bulzomi (BU) (11-6) dec. Johnson Mai (C) (0-3), 3-2
133: Alec Kelly (C) (7-7) TF Joe Nelson (BU) (1-5), 21-5
141: Dylan Caruana (BU) (8-7) PIN Jacob Macalolooy (C) (10-8), 2:37
149: Parker Kropman (BU) (6-7) dec. Dan Reed (C) (6-8), 3-2
157: Tristan Rifanburg (BU) (9-5) major dec. Brock Morgan (C) (3-6), 10-2
165: Vincent DePrez (BU) (13-4) dec. Tyrel White (C) (10-9), 5-3
174: Anthony DePrez (BU) (8-6) dec. Austin Coniker (C) (5-8), 15-8
184: No. 12 Steve Schneider (BU) (18-3) PIN Donny Donnelly (4-3), 2:52
197 : Mark Tracy (BU) (8-8) major dec. Matt Doggett (0-10), 10-2
Hwt: Garrett Ryan (14-4) dec. Connor Calkins (BU) (10-6), 5-2