VESTAL, NY — Binghamton Wrestling dropped its season opener Saturday afternoon at the Events Center in northern Colorado. The Bearcats slowly lost six of their first seven fights before winning the last three. The Bearcats controlled the games in the upper division, highlighted by a 7-0 decision win for No. 23 Jacob Nolan at 184 pounds, a 14-2 major decision win for No.7 Lou DePrez at 197 pounds and a drop in 3:47 for Cory day at 285 pounds.
Michael Zarif prevailed in overtime with an exciting 11-9 decider at 149 pounds. Zarif defeated Chris Sandoval, a former NCAA qualifier, with an ankle pick to give the Bearcats their first win of the afternoon.
At 184 pounds, No. 23 Jacob Nolan scored a 7-0 decision win over Damen Pape. Nolan sealed the deal late in the third period after securing a takedown that led to four back points with a near-side cradle right before the final buzzer.
#7 Lou DePrez took control early on Xavier Vasquez and dazzled the crowd with multiple takedowns en route to a 14-2 major decision at 197lbs.
Cory day secured a 3:47 fall in his first career match at 285 pounds. Day was the 184-pound starter for the Bearcats last season.
“We talk about it all the time, bonus points win doubles and we lost a couple of games that I thought we could win,” said the head coach Kyle Borshoff. “We have been beaten in many operational situations. We’ve had delay calls and hands-to-the-face calls against us and our guys have to be better. We’ve lost three very close games and will we win games next weekend? We have a lot of areas to clean up this afternoon where we’ve struggled.”
Binghamton will host the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open tomorrow. The wrestling starts at 9:30 am. The Bearcats travel to North Dakota on November 18 at 7:00 p.m. for their next game
North Colorado 22, Binghamton 16
125 | No. 23 Stevo Poulin (UNZ) DEC. Michael Roes (BU), 4-0. UNC leads 3-0.
133 | No. 32 Jace Koelzer (UNC) DEC. Anthony Sobotker (BU), 3-2. UNC leads 6-0.
141 | #4 Andrew Alirez (UNC) TF Nate Lucier (BU), 21-6, 6:01. UNC leads, 11-0.
149 | Michael Zarif (BU) DEC. Chris Sandoval (UNC), 11-9. UNC leads, 11-3.
157 | Vincent Zerban (UNZ) TF Conner Decker (BU), 18-0, 6:36. UNC leads, 16-3.
165 | Baylor Fernandes (UNZ) DEC. Carter Bear (BU), 6-4. UNC leads, 19-3.
174 | Andrew Berreyesa (UNC) DEC. No. 26 Brevin CassellaUNC leads, 22-3.
184 | #23 Jacob Nolan (BU) DEC. Ladies Pape, UNC leads, 22-6.
197 | #7 Lou DePrez (BU) DEC. Xavier Vasquez, UNC leads, 22-10.
285 | Cory day (BU) CASE Xavier Doolin, 3:47. UNC wins, 22-16.