March 16, 2012

2011-12 Brown Wrestling Season Comes to a Close at NCAA Championship

St. Louis, Mo. – Senior wrestler Dave Foxen (Garden City, N.Y.) completed an illustrious career at Brown University on Thursday, competing in two matches at the NCAA Division I Championship, hosted by Missouri. Rookie Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) capped his impressive first season with the Bears, also wrestling in two bouts. Both wrestlers went 0-2. Brown wrestling returned to the NCAA Championship in 2012 for the first time since 2010, and sent two wrestlers to the tournament for the first time since the Bears sent three in 2008.

Foxen, 17-12 on the year and coming of a EIWA Championship at 174 pounds was matched up against the No. 5 seed from Iowa, Ethen Lofthouse. The two wrestlers put on an excellent technical display, but in the end it was Lofthouse who was able to pull out the 8-4 decision. 

In the wrestle backs, Foxen took on Phillip Joseph from Eastern Michigan, and despite grappling until the final horn, Brown's senior standout fell 8-4 in his final match.

Foxen still boasts the distinction of being the first unseeded wrestler to win an EIWA Championship since 1963.

Bernstein faced a tough challenge in his first bout against the No. 7 seed and three-time NCAA qualifier from Nebraska, Josh Ihnen. In the end Ihnen recorded a 16-4 victory.

The Bears rookie wrestler went on to face Ohio's Ryan Garringer in the wrestle backs, but was pinned in 2:41. 

Bernstein finishes his freshman campaign with 27 victories and impressive run to the NCAA Championship.