Hofstra crowned four individual champions and captured its 10th CAA team title in its 11 years in the league at the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Championships at the Binghamton University Events Center Saturday night.
Seven-teams and 70 wrestlers competed for the CAA team crown and 23 individual berths to the 2012 NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 15-17.
Pride seniors P.J. Gillespie at 165 and Ben Clymer at 184, junior Steve Bonanno at 125 and sophomore Luke Vaith at 141 captured CAA individual titles. It was Gillespie’s second conference title after winning at 149 pounds in 2009. It was Clymer’s second CAA title after winning at 184 in 2011. Bonanno and Vaith recorded their first conference titles.
In the final team standings, the Pride edged the host Bearcats of Binghamton by two points, 80.5-78.5. It was Hofstra’s second consecutive CAA championship since Binghamton broke the Pride’s streak of eight straight CAA conference titles from 2002 through 2009.