Bingahamton announces 2018-19 team captains
March 28, 2018


Vincent DePrez, Joe Nelson, Parker Kropman and Lou DePrez to lead Bearcats in preparation for year ahead

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton wrestling head coach Kyle Borshoff has officially announced captains for the 2018-19 year. Redshirt juniors Vincent DePrez and Joe Nelson, redshirt freshman Parker Kropman and freshman Lou DePrez will lead the Bearcats this off-season as they prepare for the year ahead.

"We're very excited to announce our decision to name these four guys as captains this year," Borshoff said. "It is important to have a leadership structure within the team, and I am thrilled with the team's decision for who they chose to be their leaders. Right now is an important time for us - a lot of work gets done during the off-season and I felt that it was valuable to have these guys in place as we continue to move forward and grow together as a program."

Vincent DePrez, a native of Hilton, N.Y., is coming off of a 24-10 overall season this year for the Bearcats. The redshirt junior posted a 14-3 dual record, notching six majors, one tech and three pins in dual competition for a team-high 60 points. Overall, DePrez recorded 17 bonus point wins, the second-highest on the team. Over the course of the 2017-18 season, DePrez was ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation in RPI and No. 29 in the NCAA Coaches Poll. For his career, the 165-pounder currently sits at No. 9 in Division I history with 85 career wins. His 14-3 dual record also ties him with redshirt junior Anthony Lombardo (2017-18) for a No. 8 spot in dual meet win percentage in a single season with .823 (2017-18).

Nelson, a native of Oxford, N.Y., is coming off a 25-11 overall season, marking a career-high 25 wins on his collegiate roster. The 25 wins is nearly triple his previous career-best. The 125-pounder went 10-5 in duals, registering eight bonus point wins and scoring 32 team-points for the Bearcats. Nelson placed fifth overall at the 2017-18 EIWA tournament, earning a spot on the podium at the conference tournament for the first time in his career. Over the course of the season, Nelson sat as high as No. 27 in the RPI rankings heading into postseason.

Kropman, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is coming off an exceptional redshirt season, going 20-5 competing in open tournaments for the 2017-18 year. The redshirt freshman recorded four pins, two techs and two majors, totaling a career-high eight bonus point wins. Kropman placed in three tournaments, taking third at both the Princeton Open and the NYS Intercollegiate Championships. He also finished sixth at the Kaloust Bearcat Open due to an NCAA match limitation rule. Last season, the 149-pounder contributed a team-high 45 points as a true freshman and placed 7th individually in his EIWA tournament debut. This past summer, Kropman competed in the Jewish Olympics for Team USA Wrestling, earning a silver medal finish in the 65 kg Freestyle and a bronze medal at 71 kg in Greco-Roman.

Lou DePrez, a native of Hilton, N.Y., is coming off a power season as a true freshman. The 184-pounder posted a 28-4 overall record, placing in five tournaments in 2017-18. DePrez earned a first place finish at the Edinboro Open and the Wilkes Open, and placed second in the Princeton Open, Kaloust Bearcat Open and the 2017 NYS Intercollegiate Championships. The 184-pounder recorded a team-high 18 bonus points wins overall, nine of which were pins (also a team-high). The true freshman's nine pins also slides him into the Division I single season records, tied for No. 6 with Nate Patterson (2007-08), Anwar Goeres (2009-10), Nate Schiedel (2012-13, 2009-10), and Donnie Vinson (2012-13) for most pins in a season.