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Andrew Hirai got things going for Princeton with a 6-2 win at 133.
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18th-Ranked Binghamton Holds Off Upset Attempt In Wrestling Home Opener

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/07/2012
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A dramatic comeback victory at 184 ignited the 18th-ranked Binghamton wrestling team to a 23-12 victory over an upset-minded Princeton squad during Friday night's home opener at Dillon Gym.

Princeton grabbed four victories on the evening, including a wild 6-2 win for senior Andrew Hirai at 133, but three straight victories late for the Bobcats helped Binghamton to the team win.

Patrick Hunter gave Binghamton a 3-0 lead at 125 after scoring on a series of takedowns against freshman Max Rogers, who stayed aggressive throughout his match but couldn't manage a takedown.

Senior Andrew Hirai got the crowd fired up at 133 with a pair of first-period takedowns against Dan Riggi. After riding Riggi for the entire second period, he escaped early in the third for a 5-2 edge. After a hard-fought scramble late in the period, Hirai ended with a 6-2 victory.

Kevin Moylan tried to build on the momentum with a quick takedown at 141 against Tyler Pendergast, though the Binghamton wrestler would escape and score a takedown of his own for a 3-3 tie at the end of one period. Pendergast took bottom to open the second, and Moylan took full advantage. He scored a quick two back points, and then hit a near fall three points later in the period to open an 8-3 edge.

Pendergast got an early takedown in the third to cut the deficit to 9-6, but Moylan scored a reversal to assume control in the final period and earn an 11-6 win.

Binghamton senior Donnie Vinson took the mat as the third-ranked wrestler in the nation against Princeton tri-captain Zach Bintliff at 149 pounds. While Bintliff fought hard, Vinson showed his All-America abilities with a 17-5 major decision.

At 157, Princeton junior Seth Hazleton brought momentum backed to Princeton's side with a quick takedown and ride out in the first period. An escape early in the second opened a 3-0 lead, though Binghamton's Jack McKeever scored a takedown late in the second to cut the deficit to one point. McKeever chose neutral in the third, but Hazleton remained the aggressor and scored on a double to pull out a 6-2 win.

Binghamton freshman Vincent Grella drew first blood at 165 with a late takedown, but Tiger freshman Judd Ziegler raised his level with a quick reversal in the second. Grella assumed control in the third with multiple takedowns and closed the match with an 11-5 win.

Junior Ryan Callahan scored first for Princeton at 174 with a takedown, and after an escape in the second, held a 3-1 lead over John Paris. Callahan rode long enough to grab more than a minute of riding time, and then he forced a stall point from Paris to open a 4-1 lead. He never let Paris escape and walked off the mat with a 5-1 victory.

Freshman Scott Gibbons brought his team-best 11 victories to the mat at 184 pounds against Cody Reed, and after a scoreless first period, he hit three near-fall points in the second to open a 3-1 edge. A quick escape and then an impressive scramble out of a double left Gibbons up 4-1 midway through the third.

Reed responded for Binghamton with two quick takedowns to force overtime, and then he fought through a scramble to score a stunning 7-5 victory.

Binghamton had total control from that point, as sixth-ranked Nate Schiedel scored a 15-0 technical fall over Dan Santoro, the junior co-captain who was making his season debut. Schiedel overpowered Santoro and grabbed several near falls to build his way to a tech fall early in the third.

In a battle of freshmen heavyweights, Binghamton's Tyler Deuel posted a 19-2 technical fall in the first period to complete a 23-12 Bobcats' victory.

Princeton will return to the mat Saturday evening when it heads to the host

125 Patrick Hunter (B) d. Max Rogers 10-5
133 Andrew Hirai (P) d. Dan Riggi 6-2
141 Kevin Moylan (P) d. Tyler Pendergast 11-6
149 Donald Vinson (B) md. Zach Bintliff 17-5
157 Seth Hazleton (P) d. Jack McKeever 6-2
165 Vincent Grella (B) d. Judson Ziegler 11-5
174 Ryan Callahan (P) d. John Paris 5-1
184 Cody Reed (B) d. Scott Gibbons 7-5, OT
197 Nate Schiedel (B) tf. Dan Santoro 16-0
285 Tyler Deuel (B) tf. Cole Lampman (P) 19-2

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