BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart wrestling team opened its 2014-15 season on Sunday at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open hosted by Binghamton.
Over 350 wrestlers competed in the tournament, including wrestlers from some of the nation's top ranked programs. Four Pioneers went 2-2 on the day. Sophomore Kyle Brady went 2-2 in the 141 bracket, defeating Jacob Trybus of Maryland 6-2 and Mason Miller of Harvard 11-2. At 174, Conan Schuster was also 2-2 on the day beating Cornell's Jake Taylor 5-2 and defeating Albert Schultz of Navy 11-0 for a major decision. Casey Mitchell was 2-2 at 157, beating Kyle Simaz by major decision and Tyler Oberg of Columbia in double overtime 5-4. Matt Fisher was also 2-2 at 157, beating Rider's Anthony Santi 9-7 in overtime and Colton Peppelman of Harvard 20-18.
Eight Sacred Heart newcomers earned their first collegiate victories on Sunday. At 125, Tim Johnson collected his first career win by defeating Cleveland State's Bobby Vedda 16-0 in a technical fall in the consolation round.
Jay Oakes won his first match at 141, beating Joel Rosko of Clarion 7-0. In his next match, he led Cleveland State's Jayce Carr 7-0 early in the first period but Carr used an escape, a takedown, and a two-point nearfall to get the score to 7-5 at the end of the period. Carr tied the match 7-7 in the third and gained the riding time point to win 8-7.
Austin Hulse, Joe Chimelski, and Johnny Vrasidas each had a pinfall on Sunday afternoon. Hulse pinned David Kampmeyer at 149 for his first career win and Joe Chimelski pinned Andrew Grella for his first win as well. Sasha Oliink and Elliott Antler each earned their first collegiate wins in the 184-pound weight class, as Matt Herbert had a win at 157.
"Today was a good starting point for the season," said head coach Andy Lausier. "This is a very tough tournament. As a young team, we need to focus on accelerating the developmental process as quickly as possible. Every time we compete, our young wrestlers have the opportunity to make major breakthoughs."
Sacred Heart will compete at the East Stroudsburg Open on Sunday, Nov. 16.