Wrestling Falls to No. 7 Cornell in Home Opener, 33-9

Wrestling Falls to No. 7 Cornell in Home Opener, 33-9

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Ricky McDonald won his bout in the 174-pound weight class as Brown University wrestling fell to No. 7 nationally-ranked Cornell University, 33-9, in Brown's home opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday night.

The Big Red (8-1, 2-0 EIWA) won their second meet of the day after taking a 30-8 victory at Harvard prior to competing against the Bears (1-4, 0-1 EIWA).

McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) gained a 7-3 decision over Cornell's Jesse Shanaman at 174 pounds while fellow senior Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) garnered the Bears' other victory via forfeit at 125 pounds.

McDonald picked up a takedown in the first period of his bout to take a 2-1 lead into the second stanza. He recorded an escape for the only points of the second period to bring a 3-1 edge into the final frame. In the third period, McDonald added a takedown and two near fall points to claim the 7-3 win.

For the season, McDonald improved his overall record to 17-10 while Watterson bettered his overall mark to 12-10.

Brown returns to the mat on Jan. 24 when the Bears host their first-ever Beauty & the Beast meet in conjunction with the Brown gymnastics program. The wrestling team will square off against Sacred Heart shortly after 6 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center. 

No. 7 Cornell 33, Brown 9 (Jan. 17, 2015 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Billy Watterson (B) wins by forfeit (Brown 6-0)
133: No. 15 Mark Grey (C) over Zeke Salvo (B), (MD 20-10), (Brown 6-4)
141: Logan David (C) over Anthony Finocchiaro (B), (Dec. 7-0), (Cornell 7-6)
149: No. 7 Chris Villalonga (C) over Steven Galiardo (B), (Dec. 9-3), (Cornell 10-6)
157: No. 9 Brian Realbuto (C) over Justin Staudenmayer (B), (Dec. 3-0), (Cornell 13-6)
165: No. 11 Dylan Palacio (C) over L.J. Remillard (B), (Fall 4:30), (Cornell 19-6)
174: Ricky McDonald (B) over Jesse Shanaman (C), (Dec. 7-3), (Cornell 19-9)
184: No. 1 Gabe Dean (C) over Josh Durso-Finley (B), (Fall 3:45), (Cornell 25-9)
197: No. 17 Jace Bennett (C) over Augustus Marker (B), (Dec. 8-5), (Cornell 28-9)
285: Jacob Aiken-Phillips (C) over Sebastien Levin (B), (TF 18-0), (Cornell 33-9)