DePrez becomes first Binghamton All-American since 2012
April 18, 2020


Lou DePrez of the Binghamton University wrestling team has just become the first All-American the program has seen since 2012. The 184-pound redshirt sophomore received first team honors by the NWCA following a 26-5 season and a No. 4 seed selection at NCAA's before the season was shortened.

"Lou is the first All-American that our program has had since the 2012 season," head coach Kyle Borshoff said. "It is a huge accomplishment that will have a positive impact on our program and I couldn't be more excited to have him back for two more seasons."

The NWCA determined All-America honors based on each wrestler's overall body of work through the conference tournaments and up to the national championships.

Although the criteria differ from the NCAA's usual standard, he becomes the fifth Bearcat in Division l history to become an All-American. He is the first since Donnie Vinson took third at 149 pounds and heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski took eighth at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

His All-America selection comes after a strong season that saw him defeat several of the top wrestlers in the country. Some of his biggest victories were over the likes of No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NC State), No. 5 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pitt), No. 10 Taylor Venz (Nebraska), No. 12 Zach Carlson (SDSU) and current No. 5 at 197 pounds Ben Darmstadt (Cornell).

DePrez also had tournament wins at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, Southern Scuffle and EIWA Championships, the latter being the second individual victory in program history at a conference tournament.