CAA Wrestlers Wrap-Up Competition at NCAA Championships
RICHMOND, Va. (March 25, 2013) – Fourteen CAA wrestlers wrapped up competition on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. Binghamton’s Donnie Vinson earned two more victories in the 149 championship. Boston University’s Nestor Taffur added a victory in the 157 bracket while Hofstra’s Steve Bonanno and Jamie Franco earned wins in the 125 and 133 brackets.
The team standings consisted of Binghamton 32nd, Rider 40th, Hofstra 46th, Boston U. 51st, Drexel 57th, Old Dominion 60th and George Mason 66th.
Vinson finished the championship with a 4-2 record, coming up one win short in his bid for repeat All-America honors. Vinson advanced to the round of 12 in the 157 championship with a 12-0 major decision over 12th-seeded Eric Grajales of Michigan.
Needing a fourth straight win to gain All-America honors, Vinson surrendered a takedown with 15 seconds remaining and lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to seventh-ranked Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State in the fourth round consolation bracket. After a scoreless first period, Vinson escaped in the second to push ahead 1-0. But in a battle between reigning All-Americans, Sakaguchi prevailed in the closing seconds to take the win and eliminate Vinson from the championship.
Taffur picked up his second win of the championship by defeating Joshua Kreimier of Air Force 9-7 in the second round of the consolation bracket of the 157 championship. Taffur opened the match with two takedowns to take a 4-2 lead into the second period. Trailing 5-2 to begin the third, Kreimier got a reversal, but Taffur escaped and added a third takedown en route to the win.
Taffur wrestled 7th-seeded Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech in the third round of the consolation bracket and took a 2-0 lead after earning a late takedown in the first period. Starting on top in the second though, Dong recorded a two-point near fall and a three-point near fall. The Hokie would hold on for the 9-4 victory knocking Taffur out of the championship.
Bonanno, a four-time NCAA qualifier, two-time CAA champion and 2012 All-American, opened the day with a 7-5 victory over Cal State Bakersfield senior Tyler Iwamura in the second round of the consolations of the 125 championship. Bonanno trailed 5-4 at the end of the second period before posting an escape and a takedown in the third to record his 19th victory of the season. Bonanno bowed out of the championship after falling to Minnesota’s David Thorn 3-0 in the third consolation round.
Franco opened the day with a 3-1 victory in the first tie-breaker over Joseph Ward from North Carolina in the second consolation round of the 133. Franco was eliminated by fall in the third round of the consolations by Central Michigan’s 10th-seeded Scotti Sentes at the 2:25 mark.
Ten other CAA wrestlers finished their runs in the championship after suffering second-round losses in their respective weight classes. Binghamton’s seventh-seeded Nate Schiedel finished 2-2 in the 197 bracket after suffering a pin fall loss to Nikolas Brown of Chattanooga (6:12). The Bearcats’ Derek Steeley fell to Geoffrey Alexander 13-5 in the consolation round of the 133 bracket.
Boston University’s Dane Harlowe and Kevin Innis each suffered losses in the second round of the consolation brackets to be eliminated from the 133 and the heavyweight championships.
Drexel’s Frank Cimato and Brandon Palik each finished 1-2 at the championship after suffering consolation second round losses in the 141 and 197 championships. 12th-seeded Chris Mecate of Old Dominion suffered a pin fall loss to Michael Nevinger of Cornell to bow out of the 141 championship.
Hofstra’s Luke Vaith was eliminated with his second loss of the championship in the consolation second round of the 141 championship. Rider’s Zac Cibula and Ramon Santiago suffered their second losses of the championship to bow out of the 157 and 165 championships.