Early Lead Evaporates in Regular-Season Finale

Early Lead Evaporates in Regular-Season Finale


  • Cleveland State won the first three bouts, but Binghamton rallied to claim the victory
  • A quartet of Vikings collected wins on the day
  • True freshman Ben Smith notched a win by major decision at 197 pounds
  • Nico O'Dor picked up his 23rd win of the season at 157 pounds
  • Grant Turnmire tallied his first dual win of the season
  • Ryan Ford moved to 13-7 on the season with a win at 165 pounds
  • The program honored its three seniors—Armando Torres, John Vaughn and Jacob Worthington—before the dual


The Cleveland State University wrestling team won each of the first three bouts Saturday afternoon, but visiting Binghamton stormed back to claim a 22-13 victory in the Vikings' regular-season finale inside Woodling Gymnasium.

The dual began at 149 pounds, and redshirt junior Grant Turnmire got the Vikings off to a good start. Filling in for primary starter Brady Barnett, Turnmire built a 5-0 lead after two periods. His opponent broke the shutout with an escape in the third, but Turnmire would a point of riding time to claim a 6-1 victory.

After a scoreless first period at 157, redshirt sophomore Nico O'Dor found himself trailing after five minutes. However, after tying the bout with an escape, he secured a takedown and held on for a two-point win.

Redshirt sophomore Ryan Ford was tied, 1-1, in the third period at 165 with each wrestler having secured an escape. Like O'Dor, Ford secured the tiebreaking takedown and was able to claim a 3-2 victory.

The Vikings would drop the next two bouts but still held the team score lead halfway through the dual. Junior Chris Morrow had fought valiantly against a top-10 opponent at 184 pounds, trailing by a single point late in the bout, but his opponent held off the upset bid.

True freshman Ben Smith never trailed in collecting a bonus-point win at 197 pounds. He had a two-point lead after five minutes but really poured it on in the final frame. He used three takedowns and an escape in the third stanza before adding a point of riding time to claim the major decision.

Junior Collin Kelly held the lead after the first period at heavyweight but was unable to hang on.

Redshirt sophomore Cameron Lathem was tied, 2-2, with his foe in the third period, but this time the Bearcats got the final takedown to claim the win.

After trailing by as many as seven points in his match, redshirt senior Armando Torres had cut his deficit to just three points late in the bout. In the top position, Torres was fighting to earn back points, but the period expired before he was able to do so.

Senior Sam Matzek dropped a 9-5 decision at 141 pounds to conclude the dual.

Smith now has 17 wins in a CSU singlet this season, including seven of the bonus-point variety.

Cleveland State will return to action in two weeks when it contests the Eastern Wrestling League Championships at George Mason.

Binghamton 22, Cleveland State 13
149: Grant Turnmire (CSU) over Kevin Kelly (BU) - 6-1 dec. | CSU leads, 3-0
157: Nico O'Dor (CSU) over Chris Barker (BU) - 6-4 dec. | CSU leads, 6-0
165: Ryan Ford (CSU) over Matt Swanson (BU) - 3-2 dec. | CSU leads, 9-0
174: Vincent Deprez (BU) over Dimitri Williams (CSU) - 18-3 TF 7:00 | CSU leads, 9-5
184: Lou Deprez (BU) over Chris Morrow (CSU) - 9-5 dec. | CSU leads, 9-8
197: Ben Smith (CSU) over Alexander Melikian (BU) - 12-4 MD | CSU leads, 13-8
285: Joe Doyle (BU) over Collin Kelly (CSU) - Fall 4:09 | BU leads, 14-13
125: Audey Ashkar (BU) over Cameron Lathem (CSU) - 5-2 dec. | BU leads, 17-13
133: Zack Trampe (BU) over Armando Torres (CSU) - 11-8 dec. | BU leads, 20-13
1 team point deducted from Binghamton after 133-pound bout for unsportsmanlike conduct
141: Anthony Sparacio (BU) over Sam Matzek (CSU) - 9-5 dec. | BU wins, 22-13