BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – The Brown wrestling team (8-8, 2-6 EIWA) split of pair of dual matches in Boston, Massachusetts this afternoon, falling to the Harvard Crimson (6-5, 4-4 EIWA), 21-11, before earning a 19-19 victory over the Boston University Terriers (7-7, 1-4 CAA) in a tiebreaker.
In Brown's first dual of the day at Harvard's Malkin Center, the squad faltered against tough EIWA and Ivy League competition. Three different Bears grabbed wins over the course of the contest, beginning with junior Daniel Flowers (Dexter, MI), wrestling in his first match since the Keystone Classic in mid-November. Competing at 133 pounds, Flowers earned his first win of the year, defeating Ryan Osleeb, 3-2, and drawing Brown even with Harvard.
The Crimson won six of the next eight weight classes to earn the 21-11 triumph over the visitors, but both Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam, NY) and Ophir Bernstein (Allen, TX) were able to gain convincing victories for the Bears. Lanzi, wresting at 165, battled to a 13-5 major decision over Devon Gobbo, earning his second consecutive duel win and lifting his season record to 10-10, with a 4-1 mark in EIWA action. At 184, Bernstein also earned a major decision, defeating Michael Mocco, 13-3, and lifting his season record to an impressive 17-7, including a 6-2 mark against EIWA opponents.
Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, NY) led the Bears off against the Boston University Terriers with his 15th win of the season at 125, defeating Bubba McGinley, 4-0 and giving Brown an early, 3-0 lead. BU battled back however, winning the next four weight classes to take a 16-3 advantage halfway through the dual.
Lanzi's second win of the day reinvigorated the squad, as he battled to an 8-2 triumph over Mitchell Wightman at 165 to narrow BU's lead to 10. The victory gives him an 11-10 overall record. Ricky McDonald (Carson City, NV) followed that up with a win at 174, defeating Kyle Czarnecki, 3-2, and Bernstein became the Bears' second double-winner, beating Eric Des Lauriers by technical fall, 21-5, at 184 pounds. The win was his 18th of the season.
Sterling Hecox (Harlem, IL) put Brown in the lead, defeating Alex Najjar by technical fall, 19-3, to earn his 14th win of the season, but BU's Kevin Innis defeated Marcos Aranda (Monument, NM) at heavyweight to tie the score. However, Brown won the tiebreaker on a combination of falls and technical falls to earn the victory.
The Bears will return to the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday, February 23 for their final dual matches of the 2012-2013 season, opening up with a 1:00pm match against the Columbia Lions before taking on the Sacred Heart Pioneers at 3:00pm.
Harvard 21, Brown 11
125: Jeffrey Ott (Harvard) dec. Billy Watterson (Brown), 6-0
133: Daniel Flowers (Brown) dec. Ryan Osleeb (Harvard), 3-2
141: No. 10 Steven Keith (Harvard) dec. Cortlandt Choate (Brown), 7-2
149: Todd Preston (Harvard) dec. Zachary Rees (Brown), 11-5
157: No. 8 Walter Peppelman (Harvard) dec. Philip Morano (Brown), 9-2
165: Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown) maj. dec. Devon Gobbo (Harvard), 13-5
174: Cameron Croy (Harvard) dec. Ricky McDonald (Brown), 6-3, 15-7
184: Ophir Bernstein (Brown) maj. dec. Michael Mocco (Harvard), 13-3
197: James Fox (Harvard) dec. Sterling Hecox (Brown), 3-2
HWT: Nicholas Gajdzik (Harvard) dec. Marcos Aranda (Brown), 5-2
Brown 19, Boston University 19 (Brown wins tiebreaker on second criteria - combined falls and technical falls)
125: Billy Watterson (Brown) dec. Bubba McGinley (BU): 4-0
133: Dane Harlowe (BU) dec. Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown): 6-3
141: Tyler Scotton (BU) dec. Cortlandt Choate (Brown): 3-1
149: Nick Tourville (BU) maj. dec. Zachary Rees (Brown): 17-5
157: Nestor Taffur (BU) pinned C.J. Howard (Brown): 3:51
165: Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown) dec. Mitchell Wightman (BU): 8-2
174: Ricky McDonald (Brown) dec. Kyle Czarnecki (BU): 3-2
184: Ophir Bernstein (Brown) tech fall Eric Des Lauriers (BU): 21-5, 7:00
197: Sterling Hecox (Brown) tech fall Alex Najjar (BU): 19-3, 5:26
HWT: Kevin Innis (BU) dec. Marcos Aranda (Brown): 11-7