Hecox Paces Brown at Keystone Classic

Philadelphia, Pa. – Brown wrestling competed at the annual Keystone Classic hosted by Penn in the historic Palestra on Sunday and finished night overall against Penn, American, Appalachian State, Boston University, Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Princeton, Rider and Virginia Military Institute. Freshman Sterling Hecox (Loves Park, Ill.) led the Bears with a second-place finish.

Hecox opened the 197 lbs bracket as the number three seed and defeated Rider's Donald McNeil 3-2 to advance to the semifinals against No. 2 seed John Schoen of Northwestern. Hecox pulled off the upset, 5-3, advancing to the finals.

The match was highly contested between Hecox and No. 1 overall seed John Hall of Boston University, but ultimately, Hall was able to capture the victory 9-5.

Rookie Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) was the No. 5 seed in the 184 lbs bracket and defeated American's Tom Barreiro, the No. 4 seed in the quarterfinals, 7-0, before falling to the No. 1 overall seed and eventual champion from Appalachian State, Austin Trotman. Bernstein then pinned Erich Smith of Penn in 2:13 to advance to the third place match where he took down Princeton's Daniel Santoro in 2:30.

Sophomore Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam, N.Y.) took fourth overall at the 157 lbs division. Lanzi defeated Northwestern's Dylan Marriott, 5-0, In his first match before being topped by Appalachian State's John Blakely. Lanzi was able to work his way back however, defeating Marriott a second time, 4-0) to advance to the third-place match. Lanzi battled ASU's Chip Powell, but was pinned in 4:39.

Freshman Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) picked up Brown's final points, placing sixth overall at the 174 lbs division. McDonald defeated American's Phil Barreiro, 5-2 and then Duke's Randy Roden, 6-2, before falling to Penn's Ian Korb, 3-1. Brown's rookie then had a heated battle against Princeton's Andrew Lowy, and despite being topped, 10-4, he came away with team points for the Bears. 

Brown will have two weeks off before traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Cliff Keen Invitational on December 2 and 3.