Brown Wrestling Heads To Princeton for the EIWA Championships

Brown Wrestling Heads To Princeton for the EIWA Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown wrestling team faces its largest challenge of the season this weekend, when they head to Princeton, N.J., for the EIWA Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The Bears will take on Cornell, Princeton, Harvard, Penn, American, Bucknell, Rutgers, Army, Navy, Lehigh, Sacred Heart and Franklin & Marshall. The action kicks off at 8 a.m. on March 3 at Jadwin Gym.

Brown has two top-eight preseeds heading into the tournament. Sophomore Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) is slotted at number three in the 125 pound division, while rookie Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) is ranked fourth at 184.


March 3 (all times approximate)

8 a.m.

Doors Open

9 a.m.

Session I begins (round of 16)

11 a.m.

Quarterfinals and consolations

1:15 p.m.



Session II begins (semifinals)

March 4 (all times approximate)

9 a.m.

Doors Open

10 a.m.

Session III begins (semi-consolations)

11 a.m.

Place finals

1 p.m.

Jadwin cleared and reset

2 p.m.

Doors re-open

2:45 p.m.

EIWA Hall of Fame Introductions

3 p.m.

Session IV begins (championships)


All-Ivy Wrestlers

The Ivy League has announced the 2011-12 All-Conference teams for wrestling and four Brown student-athletes have garnered All-Ivy recognition. Watterson and senior Dave Foxen (Garden City, N.Y.) were named to the All-Ivy Second Team, while rookies Bernstein and Sterling Hecox (Loves Park, Ill.) earned Honorable Mention distinctions.

Watterson has been dominant for the Bears at 125 pounds, going 26-7 overall while losing just one bout in Ivy competition and posting four wins. Foxen has been a stabilizing force for Brown, providing senior leadership with a 3-2 record in league bouts at 174. He is 13-12 overall in 2011-12. Both Watterson and Foxen are first-time Ivy League honorees.

Youth was certainly served for the Bears this season and it stepped up in a big way as both Bernstein and Hecox had success on the mat, especially in Ivy matches. Bernstein boasts an impressive 24-11 overall record at 184, with a 3-1 mark in conference bouts. Hecox was actually undefeated in league matchups, going 2-0. He posted a 9-2 overall record while competing at 197 pounds.

As a team, the Bears are 8-11 overall and 2-3 in Ivy League competition.