Wrestling falls to two ranked opponents

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By Andrew Arnao

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The wrestling team opened last weekend with a 27-9 win over George Mason but faltered in its matches against nationally-ranked Oklahoma State and Binghamton by scores of 35-6 and 36-6, respectively. The Orange and Blue are now 3-13 on the year.

The Bison were slow out of the gate against George Mason, starting the meet behind by six after dropping their first two bouts to the Patriots. Derrik Russell ’13 gave the Bison their first points of the meet with a 3-1 overtime decision, and Alex Pellicciotti ’14 followed the win with a technical fall to give the Orange and the Blue an 8-6 lead.

From there, the Bison went on to win five of their next six decisions, including a decisive 16-2 decision by Stephen McPeek ’14 and a pin by Tyler Lyster ’15 in 3:22.

After snapping its six-match losing streak at George Mason, the Bison traveled to Stillwater, Okla. to face a pair of ranked opponents in No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 22 Binghamton. Against the Cowboys, John Regan ’12 scored the only points for the Bison with a pin against Alex Munoz.

The Orange and Blue fared no better against Binghamton with Austin Miller ’15 and Corey Lear ’13 recording victories. Miller’s 5-4 decision marked his fifth win in seven bouts and gave the Bison a short-lived lead.

The Bison will return home on Sunday for the first time since December and host American at noon in Davis Gym.

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