Wrestling Competes in the 31st Annual Cliff Keen Invitational

Wrestling Competes in the 31st Annual Cliff Keen Invitational

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – The Brown University wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend to compete in the 31st annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 30 and December 1. The Bears joined 31 other teams in this prestigious competition, including Ivy League foes Harvard and Cornell.


The competition in the tournament was fierce, but several Bears triumphed over their opponents. Junior Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, NY), competing at 125 pounds, defeated Matthew Cavallaris of Wisconsin in the first round, 6-0, and then beat Aaron Pickrel in the wrestlebacks by medical forfeit. Senior Cortlandt Choate (Orwigsburg, PA) also won his first match in the wrestlebacks at 141 pounds, taking down Connor Hanafee of Army, 8-2.


In the 197 pound category, sophomore Sterling Hecox (Harlem, IL) had Brown's best run of the day. After losing in the first round, he went on a tear in the wrestlebacks, taking down Joseph Goodwin of Cal Poly, 11-1, and Joshua Mohr of the US Air Force Academy, 10-6. At 285 pounds, senior Marcos Aranda (Monument, NM) defeated Shawn Meyer of Nebraska-Kearney, 2-1, in the wrestlebacks.


The Bears will return to the mat for their first dual contest of the season on Saturday, December 8. They will take on Franklin and Marshall at 1:00pm in a home match, their last competition of the fall semester.


125 pounds


Billy Watterson

Defeated Matthew Cavallaris (Wisconsin), 6-0

Defeated by Alan Waters (Missouri), 12-3

Defeated Aaron Pickrel (South Dakota State), medical forfeit

Defeated by Brock Banta (North Idaho College), 7-5


133 pounds


Anthony Finocchiaro

Defeated by Devon Lotito (Cal Poly), 6-3

Defeated by Ryan Osleeb (Harvard), 7-4


141 pounds


Cortlandt Choate

Defeated by Nick Adams (Northern Colorado), 5-1

Defeated Connor Hanafee (Army), 8-2

Defeated by Travis Himmelman (Boise State), 12-3


149 pounds


Zachary Tanenbaum

Pinned by Cole VonOhlen (US Air Force Academy), 2:33

Defeated by Conrad Snell (San Francisco State), 8-2


157 pounds


CJ Howard

Pinned by Gabe Martinez (US Air Force Academy), 2:55

Defeated by Cody Combs (Arizona State), 17-0, major defeat


165 pounds


Austin Rugraff

Pinned by Zach Toal (Missouri), 4:59

Defeated by Mark Martin (Ohio State), 8-3


174 pounds


Giuseppi Lanzi

Defeated by George Pickett (Cornell), 6-2

Defeated by Cody Caldwell (Northern Iowa), 10-5


197 pounds


Sterling Hecox

Defeated by Caleb Kolb (Nebreska), 7-5

Defeated Joseph Goodwin (Cal Poly), 11-1

Defeated Joshua Mohr (US Air Force Academy), 10-6, major defeat

Defeated by Matt Lenagh (Nebraska-Kearney), 8-2


285 pounds


Marcos Aranda

Defeated by Michael Williams (Western Wyoming), 5-3

Defeated Shawn Meyer (Nebraska-Kearney), 2-1, tiebreaker

Defeated by JT Felix (Boise State), 17-2, major defeat