21 CAA Wrestlers Set to Compete at NCAA Wrestling Championships
RICHMOND, Va. (March 19, 2013) - The CAA has 21 wrestlers scheduled to compete at this weekend's 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Old Dominion, Rider, and Binghamton lead the way with four wrestlers from each school receiving bids. 2013 CAA Champion Hofstra and Boston University will each send three wrestlers, while Drexel will have two representatives and George Mason will have one.
Three CAA wrestlers were seeded when the brackets were announced. The CAA Championship Most Outstanding Wrestler, Binghamton's Donnie Vinson (29-1), is the No. 3 seed at 149 pounds. Vinson's teammate Nathan Schiedel (26-2) earned the No. 7 seed at 197 while ODU's Chris Mecate (34-7) earned the No. 12 seed at 141.
Joining Vinson and Schiedel from Binghamton in the championship will be Derek Steeley (15-12) who will be competing for the title at 133 and Cody Reed (18-13), who will be competing for the title at 184. Also competing from ODU will be Rob Deutsch (26-9) at 125, Billy Curling (20-10) at 174, and freshman Alex Richardson (27-12) at 149.
Hofstra will be led by 2012 All-American Steve Bonanno (17-10), who will compete for the 125 title. Also representing the Pride will be Jamie Franco (18-13) at 133 and Luke Vaith (21-12) at 141. Wrestlers from Rider competing for championships will be Jimmy Morris (24-12) at 133, Zac Cibula (23-10) at 157, Ramon Santiago (29-7) at 165, and Donald McNeil (21-15) at 197.
Representing Boston University at the championship will be Dane Harlow (9-5) at 133, Nestor Taffur (33-5) at 157, and Kevin Innis (21-6) at heavyweight. Drexel will have Frank Cimato (30-9) competing at 141, and Brandon Palik (24-4) at 197. George Mason will have Jacob Kettler (22-17) wrestling at heavyweight.