LEWISBURG, Pa. – Juniors Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) and Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) went unbeaten in the 174- and 184-pound weight classes, respectively, as the Brown wrestling team fell to Bucknell (22-19) and Clarion (24-16) in dual meet action at Davis Gym on Saturday.
"This was a tough day," said Head Coach Todd Beckerman. "It came down to the end on each match. We competed hard but we got beat in the technical areas today. The good part of the day is that those technical areas we can fix."
"I want to thank all the alumni, families and friends that traveled to watch us compete today," Beckerman added.
Against the Bison, McDonald defeated Joey Krulock, 4-1, and Bernstein followed with a pin of Rory Bonner in 1:39 to put the Bears up 19-10. The hosts unleashed some comeback magic, however, and used back-to-back falls at 197 and 285 to seal the come-from-behind victory.
Clarion built an early lead against Brown until McDonald snapped the skid with a 12-4 major decision over Ryan Darch. Bernstein then posted his second fall of the day in 4:12 and sophomore Augustus Marker (Castle Rock, Colo.) pinned Daniel Sutherland in 2:04 at 197, but Clarion held on to beat the Bears, 24-16.
Brown will send eight wrestlers, six attached and two unattached, to the "Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Tournament at Millersville University on Sunday. The Bears resume dual meet competition on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ivy League rival No. 6 Cornell.
Bucknell 22, Brown 19
125: Paul Petrov (Bu) maj. dec. Vincent Moita (Br), 11-3.
133: Anthony Finocchiaro (Br) dec. Grim Gonzalez (Bu), 8-3.
141: Connor Lapresi (Bu) dec. Jack Twomey-Kozak (Br), 4-0.
149: Cortlandt Choate (Br) dec. Victor Lopez (Bu), 9-5.
157: Justin Staudenmayer (Br) maj. dec. Logan Kerin (Bu), 9-0.
165: Rustin Barrick (Bu) dec. Philip Marano (Br), 6-1.
174: Ricky McDonald (Br) dec. Joey Krulock (Bu), 4-1.
184: No. 9 Ophir Bernstein (Br) pinned Rory Bonner (Bu), 1:39.
197: Tyler Lyster (Bu) pinned Augustus Marker (Br), 4:08.
285: No. 19 Joe Stolfi (Bu) pinned Ryder Cavey (Br), 2:34.
Clarion 24, Brown 16
125: Hunter Jones (C) dec. Vincent Moita (B), 9-6.
133: Sam Sherlock (C) dec. Anthony Finocchiaro (B), 9-6.
141: Tyler Bedelyon (C) pinned Jack Twomey-Kozak (B), 6:58.
149: Justin Arthur (C) dec. Cortlandt Choate (B), 9-3.
157: Austin Matthews (C) dec. Justin Staudenmayer (B), 8-2.
165: Michael Pavasko (C) dec. Philip Marano (B), 4-1.
174: Ricky McDonald (B) maj. dec. Ryan Darch (C), 12-4.
184: No. 9 Ophir Bernstein (B) pinned Dustin Conti (C), 4:12.
197: Augustus Marker (B) pinned Daniel Sutherland (C), 2:04.
285: Evan Daley (C) dec. Ryder Cavey (B), 9-5.