PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Augustus Marker earned a pin in the 197-pound weight class, and five other Bears won bouts to lead Brown University wrestling past Binghamton, 21-15, on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
"It took a total team effort to win today. We needed all 10 guys to win this match," head coach Todd Beckerman said. "Binghamton wrestles hard, and I was really excited with how our guys competed."
The Bears (3-5, 2-2 EIWA) held a 15-9 lead heading into the final two bouts before Marker (Castle Rock, Colo.) won via fall in 4:46 to seal the victory and help the hosts upend the Bearcats (5-8, 3-3 EIWA) in an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association dual meet.
"There was time left on the clock, and Marker found a way to win," Beckerman said. "I think that's the great thing about our sport. As long as there is time left on the clock, you have an opportunity to win."
Five Bears won their bouts via decision, including senior Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), sophomore William McDonald (Carson City, Nev.), sophomore Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), senior Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.), and senior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas).
Watterson started the meet off with a 3-2 win in the second tiebreaker period against David White at 125 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Watterson earned an escape to start the second to take a 1-0 advantage. White tallied an escape in the third before Watterson posted the bout-winning escape in the second tiebreaker period.
At 149 pounds, William McDonald came back to win 4-3 over Nick Tighe with a takedown late in the third period to tie the match score at 6-6. McDonald notched an escape in the first and third frames to pull within a point each time before registering the bout-deciding takedown with 40 seconds left in the final period.
Staudenmayer shut out Vincent DePrez, taking a 3-0 decision at 157 pounds. He recorded an escape and a takedown in the third period after two scoreless stanzas.
At 174 pounds, Ricky McDonald gained a 3-1 victory over Steven Schneider to put Brown up 12-9 in the match score. McDonald gained the first points of the bout with an escape to start the second period and added a takedown in the stanza before allowing Schneider just one point in the third frame.
Bernstein captured a 3-0 win at 184 pounds over Jack McKeever, pushing Brown's lead to 15-9 in the match score. Bernstein tallied a takedown a minute into the first period and tacked on an escape midway through the second.
At 197 pounds, Marker trailed 5-0 before notching an escape in the second period and then earning the fall over Caleb Wallace with 14 seconds left in the stanza.
"That was exciting – great for us and great for the crowd. It just sealed the deal," Beckerman said.
Next, Brown heads on the road next weekend to take on Penn (Feb. 7, 1 p.m.), Princeton (Feb. 7, 6 p.m.), and Lehigh (Feb. 8, 2 p.m.).
Brown 21, Binghamton 15 (Jan. 31, 2015 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Billy Watterson (BR) over David White (BI), Dec. 2-1 (TB-2) (Brown 3-0)
133: Joe Nelson (BING) over Zeke Salvo (BR), Dec, 9-3 (Tied 3-3)
141: Dylan Caruana (BI) over Anthony Finocchiaro (BR), Dec. 4-0 (Binghamton 6-3)
149: William McDonald (BR) over Nick Tighe (BI), Dec. 4-3 (Tied 6-6)
157: No. 20 Justin Staudenmayer (BR) over Vincent DePrez (BI), Dec. 3-0 (Brown 9-6)
165: Zack Zupan (BI) over Christian LaBrie (BR), Dec. 6-1 (Tied 9-9)
174: Ricky McDonald (BR) over Steven Schneider (BI), Dec. 3-1 (Brown 12-9)
184: Ophir Bernstein (BR) over Jack McKeever (BI), Dec. 3-0 (Brown 15-9)
197: Augustus Marker (BR) over Caleb Wallace (BI), Fall 4:46 (Brown 21-9)
285: Tyler Deuel (BI) wins by forfeit (Brown 21-15)