NEW YORK – The Columbia wrestling team will host its first of five home dual matches on Friday, Jan. 10 when it welcomes Binghamton to the University Gym. The first bout of the match will commence at 7 p.m.
Friday's match against the Bearcats can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network with a subscription. Fans can follow live play-by-play of tonight's event via trackwrestling.com.
The Lions are coming off a close loss at Rutgers last Friday, falling 18-15 when Rutgers scored a fall in the final bout of the match. After falling behind 12-0 to the Scarlet Knights, Columbia stormed back with wins via decision in five straight bouts to take a 15-12 lead, but No. 19 Billy Smith (HWT) posted the pin for the extra points to give Rutgers the edge. With the loss, the Lions fell to 1-3 in dual action.
Binghamton enters Friday’s competition with a 1-5 dual record, with its lone victory coming at the Journeyman Duals in Albany, N.Y. on Nov. 30 against George Mason, 21-14. The Bearcats lasted competed at the F&M Open, earning three placewinners, headlined by heavyweight Tyler Deuel’s runner-up finish. Nick Tighe (133, third place) and Nick Kelly (141, fourth place) also found a spot on the podium.
Penn Gottfried, 11-7 (Columbia) vs. David White, 13-6 (Binghamton)
Gottfried began the 2014 calendar year with a tough loss to Rutgers’ Sean McCabe on Jan. 3. McCabe used an escape and a takedown in the second period of their bout to open a 5-1 advantage and held on for the 6-2 victory. Of his 11 wins this season, Gottfried has recorded two pins and two major decisions. White earned top medalist honors at the Lock Haven Cradle Gear Invitational on Dec. 29 after going 3-0 at the event. He used a 1-0 decision to get past Mike Soria from Buffalo in the semifinals and then posted a 7-1 mark against Bloomsburg’s Sean Boylan in the finals.
Angelo Amenta, 8-8 (Columbia) vs. Mike Sardo, 5-7 (Binghamton)
Amenta will look to get back on the positive side of .500 Friday after dropping a tough match to Rutgers’ Vincent Dellefave. Dellefave entered the match ranked No. 20 (InterMat), but faced a difficult challenge in Amenta who trailed by just one point, 2-1, heading into the final minute of the bout, before a takedown brought the final score to 4-1. Sardo reached the semifinals of the wrestlebacks at the Lock Haven Invite with three victories after losing his opening round bout to Cody Wheeler from the host school. Each of Sardo’s wins came via decision, including a 3-1 victory against teammate Nick Tighe.
Matt Bystol, 12-5 (Columbia) vs. Nick Tighe, 19-12 (Binghamton)
Bystol will look to bounce back against Tighe after dropping a 3-0 decision to Rutgers’ Tyson Dippery. Dippery registered an escape and takedown in the second period for the bout’s only scoring. Wrestling at 133 pounds, Tighe earned third-place honors at the F&M Open on Jan. 4. Tighe used three wins, including a technical fall and major decision to reach the semifinals before being forced to the wrestlebacks.In his first wrestleback, Tighe pinned Esteban Gomez-Rivera from American in 3:23 before downing Ryan Flynn from York with a 13-7 decision.
Connor Sutton, 5-9 (Columbia) vs. Dylan Caruana, 13-11 (Binghamton)
Sutton fell behind Rutgers’ Ken Theobold 4-0 in the opening period last Friday and was unable to mount a comeback, falling 5-0. Caruana dropped both of his bouts at the F&M Open to fall to 13-11 on the year. Lock Haven’s RJ Brydon knocked Caruana out of the championship bracket and Brown’s Steven Galiardo eliminated him from the tournament in the wrestlebacks, each lose coming via decision.
Markus Scheidel, 15-7 (Columbia) vs. Brian Conrad, 0-0/Ben Price, 2-7 (Binghamton)
Scheidel put together a nice win that jumpstarted the Lions resurgence against Rutgers. Columbia’s first-year grappler built a 6-2 lead in the opening period against Corey Stasenko and maintained the four-point advantage through the second period, carrying a 9-5 lead into the final period. Stasenko used an escape and takedown to come within one, but Scheidel was able to score an escape with 16 seconds remaining and added the riding time point for an 11-8 decision. Conrad is yet to compete this season and is just 1-9 in his career. Price fell to 2-7 on the season after dropping both of his bouts at the Lock Haven Invite.
No. 18 Josh Houldsworth, 14-7 (Columbia) vs. Vincent Grella, 4-6 (Binghamton)
Houldsworth came up just one point shy of his first major decision of the season, putting up an 11-4 decision against Rutgers’ Nick Visicaro. With a takedown in the final second of period one, Houldsworth went ahead 4-1 and never looked back. His 14 wins are second on the team, trailing only Sheidel with 15. Grella is coming off a 1-2 showing at the Lack Haven Invite. He advanced from the first round with a 6-3 decision against F&M’s Andrew Francos, but was ousted from the tournament with losses in the next two rounds.
Shane Hughes, 10-6 (Columbia) vs. Jack McKeever, 19-7 (Binghamton)
Coming off his runner-up finish at Midlands, the highest ever placewinner for a Columbia wrestler at that event, Hughes picked up a 7-2 decision versus Rutgers’ Phil Bakuckas. Hughes has now won six of his last seven bouts and has two falls and two major decisions this season. McKeever claimed third at the Lock Haven Invite, posting a 5-1 record. The sophomore began the tournament with a win over George Mason’s Seth Robertson, 9-3, but was beat in the next round by Bucknell’s Vincent Favia. In the wrestlebacks, McKeever reeled off three wins before capping the event with a 6-4 decision over Gardner-Webb’s Brett Stein in the third-place bout.
Zack Hernandez, 12-6 (Columbia) vs. Caleb Wallace, 9-6 (Binghamton)
Hernandez notched his 12th victory of the season in a gritty 3-1 decision against Rutgers Dan Seidenberg. A takedown in the first period for Hernandez was the only scoring until he was docked for stalling with 17 seconds remaining in the bout, but he held on and added the riding time for the win. Wallace reached the quarterfinals of the F&M Open with a pair of wins that included a 14-4 major decision over Army’s Nathan Dow, but was topped by champion Brett Harner from Princeton, 10-4, and Pittsburgh’s Travis McKillop, 11-1, to come up short of placing.
Matt Idelson, 5-6 (Columbia) vs. Cody Reed, 13-8 (Binghamton)
Idelson won a thrilling match last Friday, using a reversal with just four seconds in the final period to defeat Hayden Hrymack, 4-3. The win was the fifth straight bout that went in the Lions’ favor and gave them a 15-12 lead, their first lead of the match against the Scarlet Knights. Reed entered the Lock Haven Invite as the third seed, but after an opening round loss he was forced to the wrestlebacks. He picked up his lone win of the event with a 24-8 technical fall over F&M’s Charles Kerkesner in his first wrestleback match, but was then downed by Michigan State’s Luke Jones in the next round, 8-5.
Wyatt Baker, 6-9 (Columbia) vs. Tyler Deuel, 15-5 (Binghamton)
Baker will look to get back in the win column after suffering a disheartening defeat to No. 19 Billy Smith from Rutgers last Friday. Deuel placed for the third time this season when he took runner-up accolades at the F&M Open on Jan. 4. The junior posted two falls and a technical fall to reach the finals before losing to Oklahoma’s Zach Merrill in the finals, 16-2.