FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA – The Brown wrestling team (4-1) earned a double victory on Friday afternoon, defeating both Cleveland State (2-3) and George Mason (2-8) in the Patriot Classic, held on the campus of George Mason University. The Bears squared off against the Vikings of Cleveland State to begin the competition, wrestling to a 29-12 victory before downing the Patriots, 20-16. Ophir Bernstein (Allen, TX) and Sterling Hecox (Harlem, IL) both had two individual victories for Brown, winning their weight class in each of the duals.
Brown took a commanding lead over Cleveland State from the start, building a 19-3 edge after five weight classes. Beau Martino (Haymarket, VA) earned the Bears' first victory of the day, winning by major decision over Michael Carlone at 133 pounds. Zachary Tanenbaum (Leawood, KS), Grant Overcashier (Goodrich, MI) and Philip Marano (Northampton, PA) all added wins of their own before the Patriots rallied to take the 165 and 174 pound weight classes.
Bernstein grabbed his first win of the day at 184 pounds, battling to a 10-1 victory by major decision over Robert Blakenship. Hecox followed that up with his first triumph, pinning Nick Anthony in 6:44 to give the Bears a 29-9 lead over the Vikings with one weight class to go.
George Mason gave Brown all that it could handle in the second dual of the day, fighting back every time the Bears began to build a lead. Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, NY) defeated Rich Lavorato at 125 pounds and Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota, NY) won his only bout of the day at 133 pounds to give Brown a 6-0 lead after two weight classes, but the Patriots took the next two, tying the score, 6-6.
CJ Howard (Pittsford, NY) defeated Jaaziah Bethea at 157 pounds to give Brown a three-point edge, but George Mason gained a three point advantage of their own with a pin in the 165 pound category. Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam, NY), Bernstein and Hecox went on a tear for the Bears however, earning three consecutive victories to give them an eight-point lead going into the last match and the win over the home team.
The Bears will travel to College Park, Maryland this afternoon for another double-dual, squaring off against the Stanford Cardinals at 12:00pm before taking on the University of Maryland Terrapins at 3:00pm.
Ben Willieford (Cleveland State) defeated Billy Watterson (Brown), 3-2
Billy Watterson (Brown) defeated Rich Lavorato (George Mason), 10-4
Beau Martino (Brown) won by major decision over Michael Carlone (Cleveland State), 13-4
Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown) defeated Zac Isenhour (George Mason), 9-3
Zachary Tanenbaum (Brown) pinned Daniel King (Cleveland State), 6:55
Sahid Kargbo (George Mason) defeated Zachary Tanenbaum (Brown), 8-1
Grant Overcashier (Brown) won by forfeit
Greg Flournoy (George Mason) defeated Grant Overcashier (Brown), 7-4
Philip Marano (Brown) defeated Matt Donohoe (Cleveland State), 7-5
CJ Howard (Brown) defeated Jaaziah Bethea (George Mason), 8-4
Carey Carlo defeated Zack Kulczycki (Brown), 13-7
Ty Knepp (George Mason) pinned Zack Kulczycki (Brown), 4:19
Xavier Dye defeated Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown), 8-6
Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown) defeated Seth Robertson (George Mason), 8-2
Ophir Bernstein (Brown) won by major decision over Robert Blankenship (Cleveland State), 10-1
Ophir Bernstein (Brown) won by major decision over Ryan Hembury (George Mason), 11-0
Sterling Hecox (Brown) pinned Nick Anthony (Cleveland State), 6:44
Sterling Hecox (Brown) won by major decision over Matt Meadows (George Mason), 14-3
Riley Shaw (Cleveland State) defeated DJ Ingham (Brown) , 9-3
Jake Kettler (George Mason) won by major decision over Marcos Aranda (Brown), 14-3