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BU wrestling opens season with win at Binghamton

The Boston University wrestling team opened its 2012–13 season at the Binghamton Open on Sunday. Redshirt junior Nestor Taffur and sophomore Mitchell Wightman were BU’s top performers.

Taffur led all collegiate players in his bracket, winning four matches and advancing to the championship match. The Bound Brook, N.J., native lost the final match to Brian Realbuto of the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club, coming up short in a 7–4 decision. Taffur placed second overall at 157.

After losing his second-round matchup, Wightman could only earn a spot in the third-place match, at best. The 165-pound sophomore bounced back from the loss and emerged victorious in three consecutive matches to make the third-place bout. Wightman won the match by medical forfeit and placed third overall at 165.

The next best finisher for BU was junior Eric Des Lauriers, who won three matches at 165. He was followed by senior Kyle Czarenecki and junior Nick Tourville, who both won two matches at 174 and 157, respectively.

Women’s Tennis

The Boston University women’s tennis team concluded its fall season at the Harvard Invitational on Sunday. It had four players finish in the top three in their respective singles Flight, while freshman Kim McCallum brought home a title victory.

McCallum won her first match in straight sets, 6–0 6–3, over Hannelore MacDonald of New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The Toronto, Ontario, came up with another straight-set victory against Boston College’s Sarah Dalton, 6–4 6–1, to advance to the finals. Her opponent was Harvard freshman Crystal Yen.

Yen had a strong season that got off to a quick start with a victory in the D Flight at the Columbia Invitational. She is ranked 34th nationally by TennisRecruiting.net and she has an RPI of 20.

The first set of the finals match was a nail-biter. The players went to a tiebreaker and McCallum maintained her composure. She took the tiebreaker 7–5 and thus, the first set.

McCallum then won the second set, 6–3, to achieve her title victory. She did not lose a single set in her three matches.

Freshman Madison Craft and senior Vivien Laszloffy were the other two BU players to make it to the finals of their respective Flights.

Craft defeated Nicole Blosser of Harvard, 7–5 6–4, to make the finals. She then lost to Crimson’s Amanda Lin, 6–3 6–3, to come up just short of the title.

Laszloffy was playing well, losing just two games in a 6–0 6–2 defeat of Harvard’s Amy He. She went up against Katya Vasilyev of Boston College in the finals match. After winning the opening set, 7–5, Laszloffy had to retire due to injury.

Freshman Lauren Davis also had a good performance for the Terriers. She defeated Alex Kelleher of BC, 7–5 6–3, to advance to the semifinals of the Blue Flight.

Davis lost her next match in a rout against Harvard’s All-Ivy League First Team honoree Hideko Tachibana. She only won three games in the match.

However, the Mitchville, Md., native bounced back from the loss with a 6–2 6–1 defeat of three-time Finnish National Open champion Heini Salonen of BC.

The BU women’s tennis team will not return to the courts again until Jan. 20, when they host St. John’s University.

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