2021 NCAA All-American Louie DePrez (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
â€œOur goal is to compete with the best teams in the country. We believe we can put more guys on the NCAA podium, especially after seeing Lou Deprez achieve this last season. He continues to motivate the team with his leadership and hard work. We are looking forward to a snowball effect from this.â€ â€“ Head Coach Kyle Borshoff
The Bearcats have four main key returners from last year, all of whom saw action at the NCAA Tournament last season.
Lou Deprez (NCAA All-American, 2x EIWA Champion)
Joe Doyle (NCAA Qualifier, 3x EIWA Placer)
Micah Roes (NCAA Qualifier, 1x EIWA Placer)
Jacob Nolan (NCAA Qualifier, 1x EIWA Placer)
There was one main departure that the Bearcats had last season. Zach Trampe was a multiple-time EIWA place finisher and NCAA Qualifier and is no longer at Binghamton. Besides this, the remainder of the starters who competed at the EIWA Championships from last season are returning. They will be a dangerous team in March.
Two transfers during the summer lead the way for new faces in the potential starting line-ups. Ryan Anderson is bringing his talents to Binghamton. Previously, an unstoppable force at the Division 3 level, Anderson will look to be competitive right away at the 141lb weight class. In high school, Anderson was a two-time Pennsylvania AAA State Champion, who finished ranked at the top of his weight class.
Secondly, Nick Lombard was a spot starter in a heavily talented University of Michigan line-up. Coach Borshoff mentioned Nick's Big Ten work ethic is rubbing off on other athletes around his weight. His experience and competitiveness in the room will add tremendous depth to the heart of the line-up.
WRESTLER TO WATCH
Coach Borshoff listed Lou Deprez as a wrestler to watch. As mentioned, he was an All-American in St. Louis last season. With his NWCA All-American status at the end of the 2020 season, he is the first two-time All-American in school history. Also, a two-time EIWA Champion, he will be the leader on and off the mat for the Bearcats. He is quickly approaching 100 career wins, and will look to add to his already impressive resume.
The second wrestler to watch is Micah Roes. The 125lb wrestler was an NCAA qualifier last season and will be looking to keep that momentum rolling into this year's campaign. The coaching staff is most impressed with his conditioning. He is looking to surprise a few people this year now that he has had time to figure out the weight control aspect of college wrestling. It will be exciting to have him for an entire season.
125: Micah Roes (So)
133: Anthony Sobotker (Sr)/ Ivan Garcia (So)
141: Ryan Anderson (So)/ Mike Zarif (Jr)
149: Nick Lombard (Sr)
157: J.R. Kazalas (So)/Alex Strashinsky (So)
165: Brevin Cassella (So)
174: Jacob Nolan (Jr)
184: Lou Deprez (Sr)
197: Cory Day (So)
285: Joe Doyle (Sr)