Bears Drop Two Matches to Columbia, Cornell
The Bears dropped a pair of Ivy matches over the weekend, losing 46-6 against Cornell on Friday before Columbia took a tough 25-12 victory on Saturday evening. Brown utilized a balanced attack for the pair of competitions, as four different wrestlers won one bout apiece, but it wasn't enough to overcome the two tough opponents.
On Friday, Brown faced off against a powerful Cornell squad, which had won 41 consecutive Ivy matches heading into the evening. The action began at 125 pounds, where senior Greg Einfrank put forth a strong effort, but was pinned in 4:04 by #2 Troy Nickerson of the Big Red. Cornell kept things rolling in the next two classes, as sophomore T.J. Popolizio was pinned in 1:56 at 133, followed by a Brown forfeit at 141.
At 149 rookie Phil Marano kept things close for much of the bout, but was unable to pick up any further points after an escape in the third period pulled him to within 5-2, and eventually lost a 6-2 decision. Senior Bryan Tracy then turned in an impressive performance at 157, entering the third period tied at 2-2 before Cornell's Corey Manson was able to escape with a 6-3 win.
At 165 Lemmer had the best showing of the day for Brown, earning an 18-4 major decision over Cornell's Cody Hutcheson. Lemmer grabbed control of the bout early, jumping out to a 7-2 lead after the first period, highlighted by a takedown and a near fall. After a quiet second, Lemmer exploded in the third, with another near fall and two takedowns, pulling away for the major decision and earning six points for the Bears.
The Big Red wasted little time in regaining the momentum though, as #1 Mack Lewnes pinned Brown freshman Jack Roberts in 6:30, followed by another win by forfeit at 184. Cornell then closed out the match with a 20-6 major decision over Branden Stearns at 197 and a pin of Larry Otsuka at 285, for a final margin of 46-6.
On Saturday, Brown continued its road trip in New York against Columbia. After the Lions struck the first blow with a 4-1 decision at 125 pounds, Brown's Cort Choate came back to tie the action at three apiece with a hard-fought 4-2 win at 133. Zach Kulzycki then gave the Bears their only lead of the match at 141, where he pinned Columbia's Ryan Doyle in 2:57 for six points.
Beginning at 149, the Lions then took the next four weight classes, beginning with a major decision against rookie Phil Marano. That was then followed by Columbia decisions at 157, 165, and 174 against Bryan Tracy, Jeff Lemmer, and Jack Roberts respectively.
At 184, senior Bran Crudden got some momentum back in favor of the Bears, taking an impressive 6-2 decision over Cary Aldrich of the Lions. Columbia closed out the match with a decision at 197 and a pin at 285 though, securing a 25-12 win over the Bears.
Brown at Cornell
125: No.2 Troy Nickerson (Cornell) Win By Fall, Greg Einfrank (Brown), 4:04
133: No.10 Mike Grey (Cornell) Win By Fall, T.J. Popolizio (Brown), 1:56
141: Cody Kelly (Cornell) Win by Forfeit
149: Corey Manson (Cornell) dec. Phil Marano (Brown), 6-2
157: Derek Schreiner (Cornell) dec. Brian Tracy (Brown), 6-3
165: Jeff Lemmer (Brown) Maj. Dec. Cody Hutcheson (Cornell), 18-4
174: No.1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) Win By Fall, Jack Roberts (Brown), 6:30
184: Nate Holley (Cornell) Win By Forfeit
197: No.5 Cam Simaz (Cornell) Maj. Dec. Branden Stearns (Brown), 20-6
HWT: Josh Arnone (Cornell) Win By Fall, Larry Otsuka (Brown), 5:50
Brown at Columbia
125 - Kyle Gilchrist (Columbia) dec. Greg Einfrank, 4-1
133 - Cort Choate (Brown) dec. Andrew Grabfelder, 4-2
141 - Zack Kulzycki (Brown) pinned Ryan Doyle, 2:57
149 - Steve Santos (Columbia) major dec. Phil Marano, 8-0
157 - Jake O'Hara (Columbia) dec. Bryan Tracy, 4-0
165 - Eren Civan (Columbia) dec. Jeff Lemmer, 7-6
174 - Stephen West (Columbia) dec. Jack Roberts, 9-3
184 - Bran Crudden (Brown) dec. Cary Aldrich, 6-2
197 - Lou Miller (Columbia) dec. Branden Strearns, 5-4
Hwt. - Kevin Lester (Columbia) pinned Larry Otsuka, 2:17
Two exhibition matches:
197 - Chris Manna (Columbia) dec. Brandon Shull, 8-6
125 - Beau Martino (Brown) dec. Robert Dyar, 4-0