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Vestal, N.Y. - Binghamton University's wrestling team finished a record-setting regular season on February 23, where they closed out their dual schedule riding a program-high 10 match win streak, securing a 10-3 overall record with an 8-2 mark in conference.
" Having such a young team and being so open minded and doing things slightly differently has been such a big factor in how well we've done this year" said head coach Kyle Borshoff." "We keep building as a team, growing each day, each year. We're going to see big things from this program. I contribute that to these guys mindset and their willingness to overcome obstacles."
The team's success has been highlighted by redshirt freshman Lou DePrez at 184 pounds and junior Anthony Sparacio at 141 pounds. DePrez finished his regular season with a record of 24-4 and was undefeated in the dual season, where he went 11-0. Sparacio posted an overall record of 24-9 and 12-1 in dual matches.
"I've changed my attitude this year" said Sparacio. "I took it as, I'm excited to be able to wrestle for Binghamton after coming from a Division II program. I just want to go out and have fun every match and that's how I look at it."
The Bearcats historic season will continue on Friday, March 8 to Saturday, March 9 when the Binghamton wrestling team will host the 2019 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, in the Binghamton University Events Center. The 115th EIWA will be hosted by the Bearcats for the first time.
"I've never had it on my home turf. Not as an athlete or as a coach" said Borshoff. "I'm excited for it. It's the first time for me and it's the first time for Binghamton University. These guys are very lucky that we get to have this event here."
"A lot of these guys are pretty local and I anticipate many of their parents and family members will be here" Borshoff stated. "That's always special for the wrestlers. We're pretty much set up for it and it looks great."
The tournament will be a two day event, starting at 10 a.m. on March 8, in which sixteen teams from the conference will compete for a bid to the NCAA Championships. The EIWA, founded in 1904, has a makeup of 16 member schools. It is the oldest and largest wrestling conference in the nation.
"Our facility is beautiful. This is the nicest venue I've been to for this event" said Borshoff. The facility is beautiful. The best site on a basketball court for a wrestling team is wrestling mats. Excited to see that."
The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association earned a total of 47 spots for the NCAA Tournament, the third most among all eight DI leagues. Finding themselves behind the Big Ten and Big Twelve.
"These guys know what to do at this point in the season" said Borshoff. They know their strengths and what we need to do to win as individuals and from a team perspective. Their healthy and ready to go."
The EIWA gets four at 125 pounds, four at 133 pounds, three at 141 pounds, five at 149 pounds, six at 157 pounds, four at 165 pounds, six at 184 pounds, six at 197 pounds and four at heavyweight.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday March 8, 2019
10:00 AM - Doors open for Session I
11:00 AM - Session I begins
First Round & 1st Wrestle Backs @ 2:15 p,
5:00 PM - Doors open for Session II
6:00 PM - Session 2 Begins
Quarter-finals & 2nd Wrestle Backs @ 7:30 pm
Saturday March 9, 2019
9:15 AM - Doors open for Session III
Championship Semifinals/Wrestleback Quarterfinals @ 10 am
Wrestleback Semifinals @ 11:45 am
7th Place Matches @ 12:35 pm
2:00 PM - Doors open for Session IIII
2:30 PM - EIWA Hall of Fame Inductions
3:00 PM - Session IIII begins
1st, 3rd & 5th place matches