HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The Hofstra University wrestling team won seven of 10 weights and picked up two major decision victories and one tech fall as the Pride defeated Binghamton, 25-11, in their Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association opener Sunday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
The win, Hofstra's second consecutive, improved Hofstra's record to 3-4 on the season and 1-0 in the EIWA. Binghamton slipped the 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in league action with its third consecutive loss.
Starting at 174 pounds, the teams alternated victories over the first four weights. Sage Heller picked up a 10-3 decision over Alex Melikian to get things going. Lou DePrez, a consensus top six wrestler in the nation, gave Binghamton a 4-3 lead with a 12-0 major decision over Charles Small at 184 pounds. Trey Rogers answered for the Pride with a major decision (12-3) of his own, over Sam DePrez, at 197 pounds to give Hofstra a 7-4 advantage. But Joe Doyle put the Bearcats back on top, 8-7 with his 12-2 major over Zachary Knighton-Ward at 285. That would be the last lead Binghamton would have in the match.
Dylan Ryder notched a tech fall (16-0, 4:48) over Carson Sauriol at 125 pounds to put the Pride on top to stay, 12-8, and Justin Hoyle followed with his second win in as many matches, a 6-2 decision against Tomasso Frezza at 133 pounds. After Anthony Sparacio gave Binghamton some hope with a 9-3 win over Vinny Vespa at 141 pounds, the Pride slammed the door by winning the final three weights. Reece Heller had a major decision (12-2) over Matt Swanson at 149 and Holden Heller posted a 4-2 win over Chris Barker at 157, scoring a take down with less than 20 seconds to go in the match to break a 2-2 tie. Ricky Stamm closed things out at 165 with a 6-1 win over Jacob Nolan.
Hofstra will return to action next Saturday (Jan. 18) when it hosts sixth ranked North Carolina State at 4 p.m.
-Hofstra snapped a 5-match losing streak to Binghamton and improved to 11-8 all-time versus the Bearcats.
-Ryder's tech fall was his first of the season and stretched his win streak to four matches.
-Sage Heller has won three consecutive matches and four of his last five.
-Reece Heller won his team-leading 14th match of the season.
174: Sage Heller (HU) dec. Alex Melikian (B), 10-3 3-0
184: Lou DePrez (B) maj. dec. Charles Small (HU), 12-0 3-4
197: Trey Rogers (HU) maj. dec Sam DePrez (B), 12-3 7-4
285: Joe Doyle (B) maj. dec. Zachary Knighton-Ward (HU), 12-2 7-8
125: Dylan Ryder (HU) tech fall Carson Sauriol (B), 16-0 (4:48) 12-8
133: Justin Hoyle (HU) dec. Tomasso Frezza (B), 6-2 15-8
141: Anthony Sparacio (B) dec. Vinny Vespa (HU), 9-3 15-11
149: Reece Heller (HU) maj. dec. Matt Swanson (B), 12-2 19-11
157: Holden Heller (HU) dec. Christopher Barker (B), 4-2 22-11
165: Ricky Stamm (HU) dec. Jacob Nolan (B), 6-1 25-11