August 21, 2013

Bernstein Claims Silver at Junior World Championships

Video - Bernstein vs. Remel
Video - Bernstein Pre-Finals Interview

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rising junior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) of the Brown University wrestling team continued his impressive showing on the international stage this summer as he claimed a silver medal at the Junior Wrestling World Championships over the weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Bernstein represented Israel and finished second overall in the 84 kg weight class of the men's freestyle division after falling to Vladislav Valiev of Russia in the finals. Bernstein scored the first takedown, but eventually lost by means of an 11-4 technical fall in the second period.

The Texas native stormed through the qualification rounds as he opened with a victory over Wladimir Remel of Germany by technical fall, 7-0, and then defeated Hosam Mostafa of Egypt, 7-2. He then advanced to the gold medal round due to forfeit. Bernstein, who was born in Israel and moved to the United States as a child, holds dual citizenship and helped Israel finish tied for 12th in the team standings with 12 points.

"The entire Brown community is proud of Ophir's incredible accomplishment," said Brown head wrestling coach Todd Beckerman. "He brings an unparalleled commitment and dedication to the sport, raising the bar for Brown wrestling. As we roll into the season, the focus is now on Oklahoma City and a National Title."

Before taking part in the Junior World Championships, Bernstein represented the United States at the World Maccabiah Games in July. Bernstein, who wrestled at 84 kgs, claimed the gold medal in freestyle and the silver in Greco-Roman. Bernstein earned a spot at the Junior World Championships after he defeated the top-ranked wrestler from Israel at the Games.

Bernstein is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign for the Bears at 184 pounds as he qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season after placing third at the EIWA Championship. Bernstein was named Second Team All-Ivy and picked up a win in the consolation round at NCAAs.

JUNIOR WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men's freestyle results
84 kg/185 lbs. 

Gold – Vladislav Valiev (Russia)
Silver – Ophir Bernstein (Israel)
Bronze – Wladimir Remel (Germany)
Bronze – Magomed Abudlkhalikov (Azerbaijan)
5th – Hosam Mostafa (Egypt)
5th – Aliaksandr Hushtyn (Belarus)
7th - Miroslav Milkov (Bulgaria)
8th - Sam Brooks (USA)
9th - Shamir Atyan (Armenia)
10th - Ajit Singh (India)
Gold – Vladislav Valiev (Russia) tech. fall Ophir Bernstein (Israel), 11-4
Bronze – Wladimir Remel (Germany) tech. fall Hosam Mostafa (Egypt), 8-1
Bronze – Magomed Abudlkhalikov (Azerbaijan) dec. Aliaksandr Hushtyn (Belarus), 4-1