PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) surrendered just one point in two wins to advance to the 184-pound weight class semifinals and classmate Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) picked up a pair of victories to stay in contention at 174 as the Brown wrestling team competed in day one action at the 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships on Saturday. Bernstein can secure his third straight bid to the NCAA Championships with a semifinal win tomorrow and McDonald can earn his first trip to the national stage by winning out in the consolation bracket.
Five Brown wrestlers picked up individual victories on the day. Freshman heavyweight Ryder Cavey (Eldersburg, Md.) won twice in the EIWA Championships debut, winning 2-1 over Hofstra's Michael Hughes and shutting out Drexel's Joseph Giorgio, 5-0, in the consolation bracket. Sophomore Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota, N.Y.) worked a dominant 10-2 major decision over Robert Ruiz of Franklin & Marshall in the 133-pound weight class wrestlebacks and senior Philip Marano (Northampton, Pa.) opened with a 5-2 decision over Drexel's Jason Fugiel at 165.
Third-seeded Bernstein's pair of commanding triumphs extended his winning streak to eight consecutive matches. The two-time NCAA Championships participant downed James Mannier of Navy, 8-1, then blanked sixth-seeded Zach Hernandez of Columbia, 6-0. Bernstein will face second-seeded Lorenzo Thomas of Penn on his home matt tomorrow morning's semifinals. The extremely competitive 184-pound weight class will send just four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, and a victory would secure Bernstein a berth along with a chance to surpass his personal-best third place finish at last year's EIWA Championships.
McDonald opened with a signature low-scoring 4-0 defeat of Ian Roy of Harvard before falling to second-seeded Shane Hughes of Columbia, 4-2. The co-captain shook off the setback and countered with an 8-3 decision over American's Keithen Cast to remain in the hunt for one of the three NCAA bids at 174.
The EIWA Championships will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m.
125: Vincent Moita
#1 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) tech fall #16 Vincent Moita (Brown), 18-3 (7:00)
#8 Sean McCabe (Rutgers) dec. #16 Vincent Moita (Brown), 5-4
133: Anthony Finocchiaro
#11 Garrett Frey (Princeton) dec. #22 Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown), 9-4
#22 Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown) major dec. #12 Robert Ruiz (Franklin & Marshall), 10-2
#13 Logan Everett (Army) major dec. #22 Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown), 11-0
141: Zachary Tanenbaum
#1 Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall) tech fall #16 Zachary Tanenbaum (Brown), 15-0 (7:00)
#8 Joe Locksmith (Navy) fall #16 Zachary Tanenbaum (Brown), 4:26
149: Steven Galiardo
#1 Christopher Villalonga (Cornell) major dec. #16 Steven Galiardo (Brown), 8-0
#18 Mark Marchetti (Army) dec. #16 Steven Galiardo (Brown), 7-5
157: Justin Staudenmayer
#1 Nestor Taffur (Boston Univ.) major dec. #16 Justin Staudenmayer (Brown), 12-3
#9 Ray Schlitt (Bucknell) dec. #16 Justin Staudenmayer (Brown), 4-3
165: Philip Marano
#19 Philip Marano (Brown) dec. #14 Jason Fugiel (Drexel), 5-2
#3 Casey Kent (Penn) dec. #19 Philip Marano (Brown), 4-1
#11 Ben Haas (Lehigh) dec. #19 Philip Marano (Brown), 6-3
174: Ricky McDonald
#7 Ricky McDonald (Brown) dec. #10 Ian Roy (Harvard), 4-0
#2 Shane Hughes (Columbia) dec. #7 Ricky McDonald (Brown), 4-2
#7 Ricky McDonald (Brown) dec. #20 Keithen Cast (American), 8-3
184: Ophir Bernstein
#3 Ophir Bernstein (Brown) dec. #14 James Mannier (Navy), 8-1
#3 Ophir Bernstein (Brown) #6 Zach Hernandez (Columbia), 6-0
197: Augustus Marker
#5 Cody Reed (Binghamton) major dec. #12 Augustus Marker (Brown), 14-5
#20 Tyler Lyster (Bucknell), dec. #12 Augustus Marker (Brown), 5-1
285: Ryder Cavey
#17 Ryder Cavey (Brown) dec. #16 Michael Hughes (Hofstra), 2-1
#1 William Smith (Rutgers) fall #17 Ryder Cavey (Brown), 0:54
#17 Ryder Cavey (Brown) dec. #9 Joseph Giorgio (Drexel), 5-0
#3 Tyler Deuel (Binghamton) fall #17 Ryder Cavey (Brown), 5:07