Binghamton Redshirt Sophomore Lou DePrez may have put the entire country on notice at this year's Bearcat Open hosted by the University of Binghamton. Currently ranked #9 in the country, Lou ran through the competition en route to his finals bout against #2 Ben Darmstadt of Cornell. It is very rare that a top 10 matchup occurs this early in the season. Once these two giants took the mat rankings meant nothing. DePrez would down the stud from Cornell 7-2 and win the 184lb weight class.
According to Binghamton Head Coach Kyle Borshoff, Lou DePrez has really honed his skills and mindset this off-season. After finishing 1 round away from All-American in 2019, DePrez has committed himself to fine tuning all of the small details of his repertoire in order to obtain that elusive spot on the podium at the NCAA tournament. Coach Borshoff undoubtedly feels that DePrez is one of the top 184lbers in the country.
2nd - Audey Ashkar (Binghamton)
3rd - Dominic Lajoie (Cornell)
6th - Carson Sauriol (Binghamton)
Champion - Zack Trampe (Binghamton)
2nd - Andrew Wert (Army)
Champion - Noah Baughman (Cornell)
2nd - Anthony Sparacio (Binghamton)
5th - Ryan Moore (Cornell)
Champion - Hunter Richard (Cornell)
4th - Chris Schoenherr (Cornell)
Champion - Colton Yapoujian (Cornell)
3rd - Markus Hartman (Army)
2nd - Adam Santoro (Cornell)
4th - Jakob Brindley (Cornell)
6th - Andrew Merola (Cornell)
2nd - Brad Laughlin (Army)
4th - Sam Williams (Army)
5th - Alex Melikian (Binghamton)
6th - Jacob Nolan (Binghamton)
Champion - Lou DePrez (Binghamton)
2nd - Ben Darmstadt (Cornell)
3rd - Jed Smith (Army)
4th - Kendall Elfstrum (NJRTC)
5th - Jonah Barley (Cornell)
2nd - Jon Loew (Cornell)
3rd - JT Brown (Army)
4th - Bennett Paulson (Army)
5th - Nico Manzonelli (Army)
6th - Gunnar Larson (Army)
3rd - Brendan Furman (Cornell)
4th - Joe Doyle (Binghamton)
5th - Paul Robinson (Army)
6th - Brandon Phillips (Army)
Derek Spann (Adirondack-3) and Troy Keller (North Tonawanda-6) led the Bulls to a 1-1 record at the Journeymen Duals. Both wrestlers finished 2-0 records, Spann with two technical falls and Keller one decision and one technical fall. Buffalo defeated Long Island U. 37-3 with many Bulls picking up their first wins of the season.
Many were looking forward to the in-state matchup between numerous NY natives. Spann methodically defeated NYS PF Michael Blando (Massapequa-8). The Bulls have the luxury of having three NYS Champions in their lineup. Each one, John Arceri (141), Hunter Shaut (157) & Will Leonard (285), won convincingly.
Long Island's James Ryan was the lone victor for the Sharks. The 2019 NYS Champion from the CHSAA took out Chris Meloni (Shoreham-Wading River-11) 12-8.
125 – Jimmy Ryan (LIU) won by decision over Chris Meloni (UB), 12-8
133 - #20 Derek Spann (UB) won by technical fall over Michael Blando (LIU), 2:43
141 - John Arceri (UB) won by decision over Anthony Dushaj (LIU), 8-1
149 - Kevin Meloni (UB) won by decision over Rhise Royscer (LIU), 6-3
157 – Hunter Shaut (UB) won by major decision over Dominick Demarco (LIU), 8-0
165 – Troy Keller (UB) won by technical fall over Nick Provenzano (LIU), 4:09
174 – Jake Lanning (UB) won by fall over Mike Parrish (LIU), 1:41
184 – Pete Acciardi (UB) won by major decision over Dan McClure (LIU), 13-3
197 – Sam Schuyler (UB) won by major decision over Mark Malico (LIU), 13-1
285 – Will Leonard (UB) won by decision over Tim Nagosky (LIU), 6-0
Buffalo had their hands full with the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue showed why they are nationally ranked as they handed Buffalo a 32-8 loss. Spann and Keller would win their individual bouts, via technical fall and decision respectively. Both wrestlers continue to be the bright spots in the Bulls lineup. Section 11 standouts John Arceri (Huntington-11) and Sam Schuyler (Kings Park-11) lost close decisions to the Boilermakers.
125 - #11 Devin Schroder (PU) won by technical fall over Kevin Meloni (UB), 2:37
133 - #20 Derek Spann (UB) won by technical fall over Marshall Craig (PU), 5:56
141 - Parker Filius (PU) won by decision over John Arceri (UB), 5-2
149 - #13 Griffin Parriott (PU) won by major decision over Kyle Todrank (UB), 12-4
157 - #8 Kendall Coleman (PU) won by major decision over Hunter Shaut (UB), 13-4
165 - Troy Keller (UB) won by decision over Emil Soehnlen (PU), 5-2
174 - #9 Dylan Lydy (PU) won by major decision over Jake Lannings (UB), 12-3
184 - Max Lyon (PU) won by fall over Pete Acciardi (UB), 5:36
197 - Thomas Penola (PU) won by decision over Sam Schuyler (UB), 8-6
285 - David Eli (PU) won by decision over Nolan Terrance (UB), 6-4
125: Patrick McCormick (Virginia) dec. Jimmy Ryan (LIU), 7-3
133: Louie Hayes (Virginia) FALL Jacob Zuller (LIU), 1:27
141: Brian Courtney (Virginia) FALL Anthony Dushaj (LIU), 4:31
149: Denton Spencer (Virginia) FALL Chris Gomez (LIU), 1:02
157: Justin McCoy (Virginia) FALL Daniel Espineira (LIU), 3:49
165: Sam Martino (Virginia) dec. Mike Parrish (LIU), 11-2
174: Vic Marcelli (Virginia) dec. James Langan (LIU), 6-3
184: Tyler Love (Virginia) dec. Dan McClure (LIU), 7-2
197: Jay Aiello (Virginia) FALL Dan Shafran (LIU), 2:47
285: Quinn Miller (Virginia) FALL Maguire Horl (LIU), 1:47
125: James Ryan (LIU) dec Kyle Randall (Sacred Heart), 5-2
133: Michael Blando (LIU) FALL Rafael Lievano (Sacred Heart), 2:29
141: Gerard Daly (Sacred Heart) dec Anthony Dushaj (LIU), 17-10
149: Nicholas Palumbo (Sacred Heart) dec Chris Gomez (LIU), 3-1 SV
157: Dominick Demarco (LIU) DEC Tristen Calas (Sacred Heart), 4-0
165: Brandon Levesque (Sacred Heart) FALL Nicholas Provenzano (LIU), 1:18
174: Joe Accousti (Sacred Heart) dec Michael Parrish (LIU), 8-4
184: Kyle Davis (Sacred Heart) FALL Dan Mcclure (LIU), 2:51
197: Robert Hetherman (Sacred Heart) dec Mark Malico (LIU), 11-5
285: Connor Fredericks (Sacred Heart) decTimothy Nagosky (LIU), 3-2
125 - Michael Cullen (UW) over Kevin Meloni (UB) by dec. 6-2
133 - No. 1 Seth Gross (UW) over No. 13 Derek Spann (UB) by dec. 7-2
141 - No. 11 Tristan Moran (UW) over John Arceri (UB) by maj. dec. 11-2
149 - No. 13 Cole Martin (UW) over Kyle Todrank (UB) by maj dec. 10-2
157 - Garrett Model (UW) over Hunter Shaut (UB) by. tech. fall 18-1
165 - No. 3 Evan Wick (UW) over No. 21 Troy Keller (UB) by maj. dec. 8-0
174 - Jared Krattiger (UW) over Jake Lanning (UB) by dec. 6-3
184 - Tyler Dow (UW) over Pete Acciardi (UB) by dec. 2-0
197 - Sam Schuyler (UB) over Taylor Watkins (UW) by dec. 5-1
285 - No. 7 Trent Hillger (UW) over Nolan Terrance (UB) by maj. dec. 15-3
Last night the Wisconsin Badgers proved as to why they are ranked in the top 5 in the country with their convincing 33-3 win over Buffalo. 2018 NCAA Champion Seth Gross squared off against Buffalo's Derek Spann (Adirondack-3) in a ranked vs ranked matchup. Gross, whom is a transfer from South Dakota St, proved too much for the Redshirt Junior as downed Spann 7-2 to remain undefeated on the season. The other ranked versus ranked matchup took place at 165lbs. NCAA All-American Evan Wick took it right to 2019 MAC Champion Troy Keller (North Tonawanda-6). Wick's victory extended Wisconsin's lead to 23-0 before the 174lbers took the mat.
The Bulls lone win came at 197lbs when NY native Sam Schuyler (Kings Park-11) defeated Taylor Watkins. Schuyler's two takedowns and one escape was good enough to secure the 5-1 win.
Next up for the Bulls: Journeymen Classic - Dual meets against Purdue & Long Island University
The Army Black Knights finished up their trip out west with a 1-1 record. They would drop a heart breaker to Wisconsin 16-15. NCAA Champion Seth Gross (Wisconsin) would be the deciding factor as his major decision at 133lbs gave the badgers a one point advantage. At 149lbs, PJ Ogunsanya electrified the crowd as he executed a perfect cement mixer in dramatic fashion to upend #11 Cole Martin 6-3. There was one bout that features two ranked wresters. Evan Wick (#3) handed #12 Cael McCormick his first loss of the season 9-2.
Wisconsin 16, Army 15
125: Michael Cullen (Wisconsin) over Trey Chalifoux (Army) (Dec 3-1)
133: Seth Gross (Wisconsin) over Lane Peters (Army) (MD 12-0)
141: Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) over Corey Shie (Army) (Dec 5-0)
149: PJ Ogunsanya (Army) over Cole Martin (Wisconsin) (Dec 6-3 TB1)
157: Lucas Weiland (Army) over Garrett Model (Wisconsin) (Dec 5-2)
165: Evan Wick (Wisconsin) over Cael McCormick (Army) (Dec 9-2)
174: Ben Harvey (Army) over Tyler Dow (Wisconsin) (Dec 4-2)
184: Noah Stewart (Army) over Johnny Sebastian (Wisconsin) (Dec 3-1)
197: JT Brown (Army) over Taylor Watkins (Wisconsin) (Dec 8-2)
285: Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) over Ben Sullivan (Army) (Dec 7-0)
Army would rebound after the loss to Wisconsin and win handily over Fresno St. With losses to Ogunsanya and #23 Lucas Weiland, Fresno St. had things notted a 9 going into the 157lbs bout. Army would rally from there winning the final 5 matches and securing the 29-9 victory.
Army 29, Fresno State 9
125: Trey Chalifoux (Army West Point) over Jeremy Trinh (Fresno State) (Fall 4:13)
133: Gary Joint (Fresno State) over Cole Wyman (Army West Point) (MD 10-2)
141: Corey Shie (Army West Point) over DJ (Durbin) Lloren (Fresno State) (Dec 7-1)
149: Greg Gaxiola (Fresno State) over PJ Ogunsanya (Army West Point) (Dec 1-0)
157: Jacob Wright (Fresno State) over Luke Weiland (Army West Point) (Dec 7-2)
165: Cael McCormick (Army West Point) over Adam Kemp (Fresno State) (SV-1 3-1)
174: Ben Harvey (Army West Point) over Jackson Hemauer (Fresno State) (Dec 3-1)
184: Noah Stewart (Army West Point) over Hunter Cruz (Fresno State) (DQ)
197: Alex Hopkins (Army West Point) over Ryan Reyes (Fresno State) (MD 8-0)
285: Robert Heald (Army West Point) over Randy Gonzalez (Fresno State) (MD 16-5)
Next up for the Cadets - Tennessee Chattanooga & Illinois on Sunday November 10th.
The Buffalo Bulls program is heading in the right direction. This past weekend at the MSU Open in East Lansing, MI the Bulls placed four wrestlers in the freshman/sophomore division and two wrestlers in the open division.
Freshman Sam Mitchell (Marshfield, WI) finished as the runner-up at 197lbs. Mitchell cruised to the finals in convincing fashion defeating his opponents via fall in 42 seconds and major decision 11-3. Indiana's Nick Willham would prevent Mitchell from claiming his first collegiate championship 8-4. Hunter Shaut (Central Valley-3) started his collegiate career off with a bang. The 2x NYS Champion opened his tournament with a 25-10 technical fall over Tiffin's Sam Lofaso. After losing to eventual champion Cameron Connor (Penn), Shaut won three straight matches that landed him in the bronze medal bout. Tyler Griffiths of Edinboro would go on to defeat Shaut 11-7 ending his tournament in 4th place. Freshman Bryson Alsteen (Kaukauna, WI) and Lars Schaefle (Germany) also made the pdoium for the Bulls in 4th and 5th place respectively.
In the open division, two Bulls finished in 6th place in the weight class. Redshirt junior Derek Spann (Adirondack-3) would go 3-3 on the day ending with a MFF for 6th place. Teammate Sam Schuyler (Kings Park-11) had some momentum at 197lbs. Two solid wins to open the tournament (6-3 & 3-2) landed Schuyler into the semi-finals. Unfortunately a Medical Forfeit ended Schuyler's day dropping him to 6th. Many would have loved to see Sam finish out his day strong and potentially a match-up against 2019 NCAA finalist Kollin Moore of Ohio St. Shout out to Taylor Cahill (Berlin, PA) for collecting 3 victories and making the blood round at 184lbs.
On Thursday, The Bulls welcome the Wisconsin Badgers to town. The dual meet starts at 7pm. This weekend the Bulls travel to Albany for the Journeymen Classic.
The transition to Division 1 will be an adjustment and not something that is adapted to overnight. The LIU Sharks started that transformation this past weekend at Rutgers U. They would wrestle the host in match 1 and it wasn't pretty. The Scarlet Knights won 43-3 with their lone win coming from Mark Malico (Harborfields-11).
The #1 ranked D2 team in the country was next on the slate. The University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown took it right to the Sharks winning 33-6. LIU's two wins came from Dominik DeMarco (9-4) and James Langan (Wantagh-8) (8-4).
LIU would finish off their day with a convincing win over Centenary 33-9. Both teams would trade forfeits at 149lbs and 184lbs. The Sharks would win seven of the eight remaining matches to wrap up the victory. 2019 NYS Champion James Ryan (Mon. Farrell-C), Michael Blando (Massapequa-8) and Anthony Dushaj (HHH West) got the Sharks rolling to a 10-0 lead before the forfeit at 149lbs. Junior Mark Malico finished 2-0 on the day.
The Journeymen Classic is on tap this weekend with three duals scheduled including an inner state battle with the University of Buffalo.
Joe Manchio (Columbia) - 5-1 - 5th Place
Mark Montgomery (Army) - 3-2 - 6th Place
Ryan Hetrick (Army) - 3-1 - 3rd Place
Matt Kazimir (Columbia) - 4-0 - Champion
Logan Brown (Army) - 3-1 - Runner-Up
Mike D'Angelo (Princeton) - 4-0 - Champion
Reece Heller (Hofstra) - 5-2 - 6th Place
Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider) - 5-0 - Champion
David Berkovich (Columbia) - 3-1 - 3rd Place
Riley Jacops (Columbia) - 4-2 - 6th Place
Ricky Stamm (Hofstra) - 5-0 - Champion
Kyle Mosher (Columbia) - 4-1 - 3rd Place
Grant Cuomo (Princeton) - 6-1 - 5th Place
Sage Heller (Hofstra) - 3-1 - Runner-Up
Sam Williams (Army) - 2-2 - 6th Place
Jacob Logan (Lehigh) - 3-2 - 4th Place
Bennet Paulson (Army) - 4-1 - 5th Place
Sam Wustefeld (Army) - 4-2 - 6th Place
Zach Knighton-Ward (Hofstra) - 4-1 - Runner-Up
Daniel Herman (Columbia) - 3-1 - 3rd Place
Jeremiah Imonode (Army) - 5-1 - 5th Place