Hempstead, NY - Hofstra junior Steve Bonanno has been named the GoHofstra.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending January 9.


Bonanno, a native of Wantagh, New York, gave the Pride a leg up in their CAA opening match against Drexel at the Mack Sports Complex last Sunday. The Wantagh High School graduate opened the contest with 16-0 tech fall victory at 125 pounds to give Hofstra an early 5-0 lead. Bonanno led 7-0 after the first period and ended the match just one minute into the second period following an escape, a takedown, two near-falls and the riding time point.


Bonanno, who is off to the best start of a season in his career, is now 14-5 and ranked 13th in the nation at 125 pounds by InterMat. He is also the top-ranked wrestler in the CAA. Bonanno opened the new year with a sixth place finish at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 1-2. Earlier this season, he placed third at the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational and second at the Binghamton Open in November.


Bonanno and the Pride, who continue to be ranked 25th in this week's NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, return to action this Sunday, January 15 when they host the Golden Bears of Kutztown University on Youth Wrestling Day at the Mack Sports Complex. Match time is 1 p.m. All youth 12 and under will receive a FREE match ticket. Regular price tickets are $15 for premium seats and $10 for reserved seats. To purchase your match tickets in advance, contact the Hofstra Athletic Ticket Office at 516-HOF-TIXX or online by clicking here.