PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University wrestling hosts Binghamton University in an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association dual meet on Saturday at 1 p.m. inside the Pizzitola Sports Center.
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LAST TIME OUT
Senior Ophir Bernstein won via major decision, and sophomore Justin Staudenmayer and senior Ricky McDonald each won bouts, but Brown fell to Bucknell University, 28-10, on Jan. 25 at the Pizzitola Center.
The Bears took back-to-back bouts at 174 and 184 pounds, but the visiting Bison won seven of the meet's 10 bouts to take their second victory of the day after topping Harvard 26-9 earlier in the afternoon.
At 184 pounds, Bernstein (Allen, Texas) registered a 12-1 major decision win over Tom Sleigh. McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) gained a 13-6 victory over Rory Bonner at 174 pounds. Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) tallied the Bears' other victory with a 5-1 win via decision over Rustin Barrick at 157 pounds.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Binghamton brings a 5-7 overall record and a 3-2 EIWA mark into the weekend, coming off a split last weekend with a 22-14 win over Drexel and a 26-10 loss vs. Penn.
As a team, the Bearcats rank in a tie for eighth in the latest EIWA Dual Meet Team Rankings while 285-pounder Tyler Deuel checks in at No. 3 in the league's heavyweight rankings. Deuel, 125-pounder David White, and 184-pounder Jack McKeever share the team lead with 16 overall wins on the season.
Brown carries five wrestlers on its roster who have earned a spot in the EIWA's latest rankings. Senior Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) ranks fifth at 125, sophomore Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) is third at 157, sophomore Richard Muniz (Corona, Calif.) is sixth at 165, senior Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Calif.) is fourth at 174, and senior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) is fourth at 184.
BERNSTEIN WITH THE PIN
Senior 184-pounder Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas), an NCAA All-American in 2013-14, leads Brown with nine pins on the season with his fastest fall occurring in 1:32.
He tallied three falls apiece at both the East Stroudsburg Open and the Navy Classic before earning a pin at the Cliff Keen Invitational and vs. Menlo. His latest fall came against Sacred Heart on Jan. 24. Bernstein holds a 21-10 overall record on the year.
STAUDENMAYER COLLECTING WINS
Sophomore 157-pounder Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) – the No. 20 wrestler in the country at 157 according to Intermat – paces the Bears in 2014-15 with 25 wins on the season as he carries a 25-6 overall mark into this weekend.
In dual competition, Staudenmayer has registered a 6-1 record and a 2-1 mark in EIWA meets. He posted nine wins over two events in the month of November and 10 victories over two competitions in December. He has placed no lower than fifth in each of the four tournaments in which he has competed for Brown this season.
WATTERSON RETURNS TO THE MAT
After taking a break from his studies in 2013-14 to found the non-profit Beat the Streets Providence, senior 125-pounder Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) has returned to the mat in 2014-15 and has logged a 13-11 overall record thus far this season. He has charted a 5-2 ledger in dual meets this season.
For his work with Beat the Streets, Watterson recently earned the Ben Mondor Community Service Award from Words Unlimited, a Rhode Island organization of sports writers, broadcasters, and publicists.
Beat the Streets Providence stands as an organization whose mission is to start scholastic wrestling teams in order to inspire urban youth and provide them with the resources they need in the after-school setting. The program has already spread from one to five middle schools in Providence in little over a year.
McDONALD THE ELDER
Senior Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) has acted as a steady presence for the Bears at 174 pounds, tallying a 19-10 mark on the season. His 19 wins ranks third on the team. McDonald leads the Bears with five technical falls on the year.
His younger brother, sophomore William McDonald (Carson City, Nev.), competes for the Bears in the 149-pound weight class.
BRUNO'S PROBABLE STARTERS
125: Billy Watterson
133: Zeke Salvo
141: Anthony Finocchiaro
149: Steven Galiardo or William McDonald
157: Justin Staudenmayer
165: Christian LaBrie
174: Ricky McDonald
184: Ophir Bernstein
197/285: Augustus Marker or Sebastien Levin or Austin Pfarr
After Binghamton, Brown heads on the road to take on Penn (Feb. 7, 1 p.m.), Princeton (Feb. 7, 6 p.m.), and Lehigh (Feb. 8, 2 p.m.) in a trio of EIWA tilts.