Wrestling Falls to Penn, Princeton at Home
The Bears dropped a pair of home matches on Saturday afternoon, falling 21-15 against Princeton, followed by a 35-6 loss to a powerful Penn squad. Senior Branden Stearns led the way for Brown, notching a pair of wins, including one over #20 Micah Burak of Penn.
The Princeton match began at 285, where senior Larry Otsuka took an exciting 5-3 decision over the Tigers Bobby Grogan. Princeton then rolled off five consecutive victories, however, opening up a 15-3 lead. The highlight of the run was an overtime bout at 157, where senior Bryan Tracy narrowly fell in a 9-7 decision.
At 165, sophomore Jeff Lemmer took a big win to get Brown back on track. Lemmer turned in a dominating performance against Andy Lowy of the Tigers, earning a win by fall in just 3:36. That was followed by Brown wins at both 184 and 197 by seniors Bran Crudden and Stearns, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early Princeton lead, and the Tigers held on for a 21-15 win.
In the first match of the day, perennial powerhouse Penn rolled over the Bears, winning the first seven events to jump out to a 32-0 lead en route to a 35-6 final win. Senior Greg Einfrank opened the match at 125, dropping a 13-4 major decision to Mark Rappo, followed by a quick fall from Mike Piccirillo in 51 seconds.
After a Brown forfeit at 141, rookie Phil Marano wrestled an impressive match against ninth-ranked Cesar Grajales at 149. Marano was behind just 2-1 entering the third period, but was unable to consistently score against the Quaker, eventually falling 5-2. At 157, the Bears again held close, but #15 Mat Dragon knocked off freshman Gabe Brotzman with a 7-4 decision.
The next two weight classes again saw ranked Quakers take victories, Jeffrey Lemmer lost a 13-2 major decision at 165, followed by a fall by freshman Marcos Aranda at 174. Senior Bran Crudden snapped the skid for Brown at 184 though, taking an impressive 6-1 decision over Cory Beaver. Classmate Branden Stearns then followed with the highlight of the match for Brown, pulling an upset over nationally-ranked Micah Burak at 197. Stearns took a 7-4 decision in an exciting, back-and-forth match, picking up a big win for the Bears. The action then wrapped up with a 3-1 Penn decision at 285, for a 35-6 Quaker win.
The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they conclude their seven-match homestand by hosting Harvard at 12:00 p.m. and Lehigh at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13.
Princeton (P) 21 Brown (B) 15
285 Larry Otsuka (B) Dec Bobby Grogan 5-3
125 Garrett Frey (P) Dec Greg Einfrank 5-3
133 Tony Comunale (P) Dec T.J. Popolizio 6-2
141 Luis Ramos (P) Dec Cortlandt Choate 5-0
149 Daniel Kolodzik (P) Dec Phil Marano 12-7
157 Danny Scotton (P) Dec Bryan Tracy 9-7 (O.T./SV #2)
165 Jeff Lemmer (B) WBFall Andy Lowy 3:36
174 Travis Erdman (P) WBFall Ziad Kharbush 4:49
184 Bran Crudden (B) Dec Kurt Brendel 4-2
197 Branden Stearns (B) Dec Charles Fox 3-1
Official: Umberto Fasolino
Penn def. Brown, 35-6
125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Greg Einfrank (Brown), 13-4; Penn leads 4-0
133 - Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Mike Piccirillo (Brown), FALL 0:51; Penn leads 10-0
141 - Zack Kemmerer (Penn) wins via forfeit; Penn leads 16-0
149 - No. 9 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def. Philip Marano (Brown), 5-2; Penn leads 19-0
157 - No. 15 Mat Dragon (Penn) def. Gabriel Brotzman (Brown), 7-4; Penn leads 22-0
165 - No. 18 Gabriel Burak (Penn) def. Jeffrey Lemmer (Brown), 13-2; Penn leads 26-0
174 - No. 19 Scott Giffin (Penn) def. Marcos Aranda (Brown), FALL 5:30; Penn leads 32-0
184 - Bran Crudden (Brown) def. Cory Beaver (Penn), 6-1; Penn leads 32-3
197 - Branden Stearns (Brown) def. No. 20 Micah Burak (Penn), 7-4; Penn leads 32-6
285 - Tyler Blakely (Penn) def. Larry Otsuka (Brown), 3-1; Penn leads 35-6