The Bison wrestling team lost to Binghamton University (8-3, 8-2 EIWA) by a final score of 25-17 on Feb. 15 in Vestal, N.Y. The Binghamton Bearcats entered the night having won seven straight duals, but the Orange and Blue looked to end their hot streak. The Bearcats proved to be too overwhelming for the Bison, as bonus-point victories for the Bearcats at 174 and 184 pounds quickly turned a slight 16-14 lead to an insurmountable 25-14 lead.
Bison winners included Matthew Kolonia ’21 (149), Zach Hartman ’22 (157), D.J. Hollingshead ’19 (165), and Drew Phipps ’20 (197).
Kolonia was the first Bison wrestler to secure a victory on the day with a 26-10 technical fall. It was his third straight dual collecting bonus points, after pinning his two previous opponents.
Hartman got his team-leading ninth pin of the season, this time only needing 2:03 to bring his opponent’s shoulders to the mat. Hollingshead, one of the Bison’s most consistent wrestlers, won his decision 6-2 to bring the Bison within two points of Binghamton.
“It felt good to get a win for the team, but I’m not satisfied [with my performance],” Hollingshead said. “The goal is to be peaking in March.”
In the last dual of the night, Phipps extended his current winning streak to 10 bouts with a 7-3 decision over Binghamton.
“The main focus is just to look at the positives from the last couple of dual meets and build off of them throughout practice this week,” Phipps said. “This late in the season, it is hard to learn any new techniques or strategies, so it’s best to focus on what has been working for us in recent dual meets and try to perfect those skills.”
The Bison return home on Feb. 23 to host Columbia at 12 p.m. for Senior Day. Seniors Hollingshead, Christian Bassolino, Ben Bliss, Kyle Greene, Mike Macklin, Andrew Millsap, Frank Satriale, and Nick Stephani will be recognized before the dual.