NEW YORK – A Saturday trip to Sacred Heart arrives before the second home dual of the season on Sunday for the Columbia wrestling team, when Binghamton visits University Gymnasium on the Ivy League Network.
The Lions are coming off a 1-2 weekend, earning their first dual win of the season this past Sunday against Clarion.
Last weekend opened with a home dual against Buffalo on Saturday. Although Columbia took a 9-4 lead after three consecutive wins in the middle weights, the Bulls were able to prevail, taking the final three matches in for a 25-13 victory. The middle weights were strong on Sunday as well, when Columbia posted five straight wins from 149 to 184 to lead to a 25-13 win over Clarion, before four more victories from 149 to 174 paced the Lions in a 24-12 loss to Hofstra.
Markus Scheidel (157), Laurence Kosoy (165), and Tyrel White (174) all went 3-0 in the opening weekend of duals, with Scheidel picking up a major decision in the defeat of Clarion. Heavyweight Garrett Ryan still leads the team in wins at 17-4, as he came in at No. 17 in the latest InterMat rankings, while Scheidel was slotted at No. 14 in his weight class.
ABOUT THE PIONEERS: Sacred Heart enters the weekend with a 1-4 record, most recently picking up a 46-8 victory against American International College on Dec. 8, before claiming ninth place at the Wilkes Open. This will be the second competition of the new year for the Pioneers, who took the mats at the David H. Lehman Open at Franklin & Marshall last Saturday. The Lions are 6-1 all-time against Sacred Heart, including a 38-0 victory in the 2015-16 season.
ABOUT THE BEARCATS: Binghamton comes to the Blue Gym with a 4-4 record in duals, having dropped three of four matches at the South Beach Duals last time out. Columbia holds a 6-3 edge in duals against Binghamton, with the last win coming on Jan. 16, 2015 by an 18-15 tally.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: The Lions only have one match to prepare for next weekend, when Drexel takes to the mats in the Blue Gym in a 7 p.m. dual on Saturday, Jan. 20.