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Binghamton's Bulzomi wins Freestyle and Greco titles at Northeast Regional

By Binghamton Athletics, 04/23/18, 1:15PM EDT

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EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - Four Binghamton wrestlers placed at the 2018 Phil Portuese Northeast Regional this weekend, competing unattached through the Bearcat Wrestling Club. Junior Steven Bulzomi earned his way to a first place finish in both the Freestyle (61 KG) and Greco-Roman (60 KG) portions of the tournament, while redshirt freshman Alex Melikian placed second at 86 KG, redshirt junior Joe Nelson finished third at 61 KG and true freshman Aidan Monteverdi took fourth at 74 KG, all in freestyle competition. 

Bulzomi's first place finish was fueled by three bonus point victories, winning his first match by tech over Alex Salas (10-0) before pinning his next two opponents. Bulzomi recorded falls over William Girard at 1:44 and Nelson at 1:24 to advance to the championship match. Bulzomi combined for five points over Brandon Paetzell, taking a 5-0 decision and the first place spot on the 61 KG podium to add to his Greco Roman championship the day prior. 

U23 61 KG - FR

  • Champ. Round 1 - Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Alexander Salas (Drexel - PRTC) (TF 10-0)
  • Quarterfinal - Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by fall over William Girard (Husky Elite Wrestling Club) (Fall 1:44)
  • Semifinal - Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by fall over Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) (Fall 1:24)
  • 1st Place Match - Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by decision over Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club) (Dec 5-0)


U23 60 KG - GR

  • Round 2 - Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Michael Muscatello (Hunterdon Hills Wrestling Club) (TF 10-2)
  • Round 3 - Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) won by decision over Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) (Dec 10-3)


Also competing in the 61 KG freestyle bracket, Nelson finished 3-1 after tearing his way through consolations to take a third place finish. Receiving a bye first round, the redshirt junior blanked Anthony Petril by a 10-0 tech fall to advance to the semi finals. Losing by fall at 1:44 to Bulzomi, Nelson bounced into wrestlebacks to fight his way back to the podium. He defeated Shane Metzler by a 10-6 decision to face Lukus Stricker of Boston RTC in the third place match, winning by tech 13-2 to secure his finish. 

U23 61 KG - FR

  • Champ. Round 1 - Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal - Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Anthony Petril (Kutztown Wrestling Club) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal - Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by fall over Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) (Fall 1:24)
  • Cons. Semi - Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) won by decision over Shane Metzler (SKWC) (Dec 10-6)
  • 3rd Place Match - Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Lukus Stricker (Boston RTC) (TF 13-2)


U23 60 KG - GR

  • Round 1 - Michael Muscatello (Hunterdon Hills Wrestling Club) won by decision over Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) (Dec 7-6)
  • Round 3 - Joseph Nelson (Bearcat wrestling club) won by decision over Steven Bulzomi (Bearcat wrestling club) (Dec 10-3)


In the 86 KG bracket, Melikian finished the day 2-1 at his respective weight. The redshirt sophomore took wins over Niko Cappello and Kyle Murphy to advance to the finals, ultimately falling to Joshua Llopez by tech (10-0) to claim runner-up at 86 KG.

U23 86KG - FR

  • Quarterfinal - Alexander Melikian (Binghamton) won by decision over Niko Cappello (unattached) (Dec 6-2)
  • Semifinal - Alexander Melikian (Binghamton) won by injury default over Kyle Murphy (Husky Elite Wrestling Club) (Inj. 5:17)
  • 1st Place Match - Joshua Llopez (Rampage Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Alexander Melikian (Binghamton) (TF 10-0)


In his first freestyle tournament, Monteverdi went 4-2, fighting his way back through consolations for a chance at placing. The freshman defeated Drexel's Trevor Elfvin first round, dominating with a 15-4 tech fall to advance to quarterfinals. He dropped a tough 12-9 decision in quarters to Alex Ladnier, falling into consolations. Monteverdi won his next three consecutive matches by tech fall, knocking off Eli Smith (11-0), Felix Belga (11-0) and Sammy Cokeley (12-2). In his third place match, Monteverdi fell 12-7 to Emmett LiCastri, securing fourth place at 74 KG. 

U23 74 KG - FR

  • Champ. Round 1 - Aidan Monteverdi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Trevor Elfvin (Drexel - PRTC) (TF 15-4)
  • Quarterfinal - Alexander (Hunter) Ladnier (Boston RTC) won by decision over Aidan Monteverdi (Bearcat wrestling club) (Dec 12-9)
  • Cons. Round 2 - Aidan Monteverdi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Eli Smith (Lancaster Alliance Wrestling C) (TF 11-0)
  • Cons. Round 3 - Aidan Monteverdi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Felix Belga (Drexel - PRTC) (TF 11-0)
  • Cons. Semi - Aidan Monteverdi (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Sammy Cokeley (FLWC Prep) (TF 12-2)
  • 3rd Place Match - Emmett LiCastri (Lancaster Alliance Wrestling C) won by decision over Aidan Monteverdi(Bearcat wrestling club) (Dec 12-7)


OVERALL RESULTS

Audey Ashkar
U23 61 KG - FR

  • Champ. Round 1 - Audey Ashkar (Bearcat wrestling club) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal - Lukus Stricker (Boston RTC) won by tech fall over Audey Ashkar (Bearcat wrestling club) (TF 12-1)
  • Cons. Round 2 - Audey Ashkar (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Jason Javier (Bearcats Wrestling Club) (TF 16-6)
  • Cons. Round 3 - Shane Metzler (SKWC) won by decision over Audey Ashkar (Bearcat wrestling club) (Dec 8-4)


Ian Lupole
U23 65 KG - FR

  • Champ. Round 1 - Ian Lupole (Bearcat wrestling club) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 - Shawn Orem (Husky Elite Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Ian Lupole (Bearcat wrestling club) (TF 10-0)
  • Cons. Round 2 - Ian Lupole (Bearcat wrestling club) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 3 - Ian Lupole (Bearcat wrestling club) won by tech fall over Jacob Luterman (Terrapin Wrestling Club) (TF 14-4)
  • Cons. Round 4 - Marlon Argueta (Team Connecticut) won by tech fall over Ian Lupole (Bearcat wrestling club) (TF 12-0)


U23 67 KG - GR

  • Round 2 - Marlon Argueta (KT KIDZ) won by tech fall over Ian Lupole (Bearcat wrestling club) (TF 10-1)
  • Round 3 - Jimmy Overhiser (FLWC) won by decision over Ian Lupole (Bearcat wrestling club) (Dec 11-7)