By Jim & Tony Nordland

     Hofstra (3-1) defeated Binghamton (5-5), 37-3, before 1,042 fans at The David S. Mack Sports Complex. The Pride, now ranked #19 in the nation won nine of the ten bouts and had an impressive showing as they posted five major decisions, one technical fall and a first period pin. Hofstra coach Tom Shifflet, now in his third season, stated, "I was very pleased with the way we wrestled, we change a few things at practice and worked on some new technique, and tonight it showed, they all looked sharp." The dual started at 184 pounds and the Bearcat's Josh Patterson (19-2) posted a 4-2 decision over freshman Ben Clymer, and gave the visitors a short lived 3-0 team lead. Hofstra would reel off nine consecutive victories, including four major decisions; Joe Fagiano (10-1) scored a 15-1 verdict at 197, Jordan Enck (9-8), had an 8-0 margin at 285, Steve Bonanno (12-6) posted a 17-3 score at 125, and Justin Accordino (10-4) used a first period cement mixer to coast to a 14-3 decision at 141 pounds and gave Hofstra a 22-3 lead. Junior Lou Ruggirello (10-1), now ranked # 8 in the nation, scored with a single and applied his bar arm/tight half and flattened Rob Slavin at the 1:11 mark in the 133-pound bout. P.J. Gillespie (12-6), a redshirt freshman used a snap/spin takedown for a 4-1 decision at 149, and junior Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (5-5) was relentless, as he used a barrage of ten takedowns, including double legs and high crotch change/overs en route to 26-10 technical fall at 157 pounds. At 165, Ryan Patrovich (9-3), now ranked #20th, scored the initial takedown off a scramble and later added a front headlock spin behind to record a solid 7-2 victory. Returning All-American, senior Alton Lucas (8-3) used a lightning quick single leg takedown and used a wrist tilt, along with 2:55 minutes of riding time for a 4-0 first period lead. Lucas later scored with a switch and incorporated another series of tilts for an impressive 18-4 major decision at 174 pounds and paced the Pride to their 37-3 team victory.

                           HOFSTRA 37  BINGHAMTON 3

Steve Bonanno (H) major dec. Tyler Malmberg, 17-3.
133-Lou Ruggirello (H) pinned Rob Slavin, 1: 11.
141-Justin Accordino (H) major dec. Anwar Goeres, 14-3.
149-P.J.Gillespie (H) dec. Matt Kaylor, 4-1.
157-Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (H) major dec. Jon Kaloust, 26-10.
165-Ryan Patrovich (H) dec. Ryan McGarity, 7-2.
174-Alton Lucas (H) major dec. Anthony Esposito, 18-4.
184-Josh Patterson (Bing) dec. Ben Clymer, 4-2.
197-Joe Fagiano (H) major dec. Carl Korpi, 15-1.
285-Jordan Enck (H) major dec. Corey Waite, 8-0.

Hofstra has three true freshmen as starters and all were state champions in their senior campaigns; Bonanno (Wantagh, NY), Clymer (NWestern Lehigh, PA) and Enck (Manheim Central, PA). One of Bonanno's losses was to former NCAA champion Paul Donahue (Nebraska/Edinboro). Lou Ruggirello who captured the Manuel Gorrarian Award (Most Falls) at the 2008 NCAA Championships is a perfect ten-for-ten in bonus point victories this season and has nine falls and one major decision this season. In a rematch at 149 pounds, Gillespie (Long Beach HS) had defeated Kaylor (Burnt Hills HS), in the 2007 NYS Championship semi-finals by a 5-2 margin. Hofstra's CAA Conference dual record in the past 61 matches is 60-0-1. Binghamton has two former New York State champions on their roster, Anwar Goeres (Phoenix) and Josh Patterson (Wayne). Patterson is currently ranked 11th in the nation at 184 pounds. Next up for The Pride is The Southern Scuffle (Greensboro, NC) on December 29th-30th...
Hofstra  37  Binghamton 3
The Pride now ranked #19
Hofstra's Steve Bonanno has a single leg on Binghamton's Tyler Malmberg.
Hofstra's Justin Accordino tries to defend a single leg by Binghamton's Anwar Goeres.
Hofstra's P.J. Gillespie rides Binghamton's Matt Kaylor.
Hofstra's Ryan Patrovich takes  Binghamton's Ryan McGarity to the mat.
Hofstra's Alton Lucas works to get behind Binghamton's Anthony Esposito.
Binghamton's Josh Patterson takesdown Hofstra's Ben Clymer for Binghamton's only win.
Hofstra's Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Ramapo HS) works to turn Binghamton's Jon Kaloust (Massapequa HS) in their 157 pound bout. Bonilla-Bowman won by a 26-10 technical fall as nationally ranked Hofstra over powered Binghamton 37-3.