The future of Binghamton wrestling will be getting a little stronger this upcoming season. In order to compete in the rugged conference that is the EIWA, teams need depth and that starts with solid freshman classes each and every year.
As the season approaches, Head Coach Kyle Borshoff enters his 3rd season at the helm. Of the eight incoming freshman, four are from NY, three of which won state titles in 2019 while the fourth is a 2x NYS Place Finisher. Full article is here.
Below is a recap of the four NYS wrestlers joining the Bearcats in 2019-20.
Hilton's Sam Deprez capped off an undefeated senior season with a New York State title at 195lbs. His 52 wins were astounding but even more impressive is only four matches in total went the entire 6 minutes including his state finals 4-2 win over West Hampton Beach's Liam McIntyre. Sam's career achievements are noteworthy but lets not take away the fact that Deprez has been an integral part of the success at Hilton as the team. His performances in big matches cannot be duplicated. It was a near guarantee 6 points every time he stepped on the mat.
Sam's transition to the collegiate level should be more smooth than your average freshman. His three older brothers, Vincent, Anthony and Lou all have dawned the green and white BU singlet. Having another Deprez enter the room at Binghamton will only enhance the culture that Coach Borshoff is establishing. Sam's presence will be felt right away. His wrestling style will suit him well as he looks continue his dominance on the mat.
Saranac's Jacob Nolan is no stranger to the big stage. Before Jacob heads to Binghamton in the fall, he just concluded arguably one of the best careers in Section 7 history. In his senior season, Nolan would break Peru's Troy Seymour's career wins record by a Section 7 wrestler. Jacob won six Section 7 titles during his tenure at Saranac and was a 5x NYS Place Finisher (1-2-4-D-2-6). In his six trips to Albany, Nolan would make the finals three times including his first as an 8th grader at 106lbs. After a two year hiatus, Jacob would return to the state finals in consecutive seasons culminating in a state title this past February.
The third NYS Champion joining the Bearcats is Iroquois's Cory Day. Cory's state championship run in 2019 was well earned as he took out four solid wrestlers starting Brock Conaway of Perry (8-5, followed by 2x NYS finalist Jack Chesman of Pearl River in the second round. The semi-final match with the always tough Charlie Grygas of Duanesburg ended with victory in the ultimate tie-breaker. Day's foe in the state finals was Jacob Null of Dolgeville. Null would defeat Day at the Eastern States Classic in January however this time would be different as Day would stay on the offense and cruised to an 8-3 victory and a NYS Championship.
Horace Greeley's Matthew Schreiber was a 2x Section 1 Champion and a 2x NYS Place Finsher. More impressively is that Schreiber accomplished those feats at two of the toughest and deepest weights in the state, 5th at 106lbs in 2019 and 4th at 99lbs in 2018. Along the way, Schreiber established himself as a force and stability for a Greeley team that is up and coming in Section 1. In his career, Matt would defeat a number of state place finishers in his career including Rocco Camillaci of Hilton, Jared Weinhaus of Sachem East and Zach Levey of Horseheads.