Wrestling’s Bernstein, Staudenmayer Prepared for NCAAs

Wrestling’s Bernstein, Staudenmayer Prepared for NCAAs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Ophir Bernstein and sophomore Justin Staudenmayer will represent Brown University wrestling at the 2015 NCAA Championships from Thurday to Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., with Bernstein making his fourth straight appearance. 

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THE MATCHUPS
The No. 15 seed in the 157-pound weight class, sophomore Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) will face Anthony Collica (25-9) of Oklahoma State in the first round on Thursday. The winner will advance to face the victor of the bout between No. 2 seed Brian Realbuto (19-2) of Cornell or Oliver Pierce (19-6) in the second round on Thursday night. The loser will proceed to the wrestle-backs on Thursday evening.

At 184 lbs., senior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) will square off with No. 16 seed Timothy Dudley (27-9) of Nebraska – whom he beat 11-10 on Dec. 6 – in the first round on Thursday. The winner will move on to face either No. 1 seed Gabe Dean (39-2) of Cornell or Patrick Kissel (17-13) of Purdue in the second round on Thursday night. The loser will enter the wrestle-backs on Thursday evening. 

LAST TIME OUT
Senior Ophir Bernstein finished in fourth place in the 184-pound bracket, qualifying for the NCAA Championships, to lead Brown wrestling at the 111th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena on March 7.

He placed in the top four of his weight class at the conference championships for the fourth time in his career and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive year.

The Bears earned another four place-winners at the tournament in senior Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), classmate Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.), and sophomore Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.). Watterson came in fifth at 125, McDonald finished eighth at 174, and Galiardo placed eighth at 149. 

THE BEARS AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Ophir Bernstein will make his fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships this weekend after qualifying for the tournament in each of his seasons at Brown.

Last year, the Allen High School product earned All-America honors after finishing in eighth place at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. He became the Bears' first All-American since Tivon Abel in 1998 after winning three bouts at the tournament.

Bernstein picked up his first NCAA Championship victory in 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa, while Billy Watterson also competed for the Bears. Bernstein went 0-2 as a freshman in 2012 in competition at the Scottrade Center.

Sophomore Justin Staudenmayer will take part in the NCAA Championships for the first time after earning an at-large bid. 

BERNSTEIN MAKES FOURTH NCAA APPEARANCE
Senior Ophir Bernstein comes into his fourth NCAA appearance on the heels of a season in which he led the Bears in falls (12), dual falls (three), and major decision wins (four). He brings a 29-14 record into the tournament and ranked second on the Bears with 29 wins.

The 184-pounder and 2014 All-American placed fourth at the EIWA Championships earlier this month to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. 

STAUDENMAYER SET FOR NCAA DEBUT
Sophomore Justin Staudenmayer has enjoyed a breakout second-year campaign, leading Brown with 31 wins on the season. He has posted a 31-10 overall record with an 11-3 mark in dual competition. Staudenmayer ranked second on the team with 43 dual points.

An All-Ivy Honorable Mention selection, Staudenmayer placed second at the East Stroudsburg Open, first at the Navy Classic, fourth at the Cliff Keen Invitational, and fifth at the Midlands Championships. 

BRUNO AGAINST THE FIELD
Collectively, senior Ophir Bernstein and sophomore Justin Staudenmayer have competed in 30 bouts against NCAA qualifiers during the 2014-15 season. Bernstein has recorded a 7-10 record in 17 bouts against such competition while Staudenmayer has notched a 5-8 mark. 

Ophir Bernstein (7-10)
Beat Sam Brooks (Iowa), MD 12-3, on Dec. 29
Lost to Gabe Dean (Cornell), 11-8, on Dec. 6
Beat Timothy Dudley (Nebraska), 11-10, on Dec. 6
Lost to Brett Harner (Princeton), 5-1, on Feb. 7
Lost to Matthew McCutcheon (Penn St.), 12-5, on Nov. 16
Beat Jack McKeever (Binghamton), 3-0, on Jan. 31
Lost to Brett Pfarr (Minnesota), 8-3, on Dec. 6
Lost to Lazarus Reyes (Illinois), F 0:34, on Dec. 30
Lost to Richard Robertson (Wisconsin), 9-7, on Nov. 22
Beat Jakob Scheffel (West Virginia), 8-4, on Nov. 22
Beat Thomas Sleigh (Bucknell), 7-2, on Nov. 16
Beat Thomas Sleigh (Bucknell), MD 12-1, on Jan. 25
Beat Thomas Sleigh (Bucknell), MD 13-0, on Mar. 7
Lost to Blake Stauffer (Arizona St.), 11-7, on Dec. 5
Lost to Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), MD 11-2, on Feb. 7
Lost to Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), MD 10-1, on Mar. 6
Lost to Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), MD 13-3, on Mar. 7 

Justin Staudenmayer (5-8)
Beat John Boyle (American), MD 9-0 on Dec. 5
Lost to John Boyle (American), Injury Forfeit, on Mar. 6
Beat Alex Elder (Oregon State), 8-3, on Dec. 6
Lost to James Green (Nebraska), MD 15-5, on Dec. 5
Lost to Brooks Martino (Penn), 2-1 TB-2, on Feb. 7
Beat Louis Mascola (Maryland), 4-3, on Dec. 30
Lost to Mitchell Minotti (Lehigh), 3-1, on Feb. 8
Lost to Cody Pack (South Dakota State), 5-1, on Dec. 30
Beat Russell Parsons (Army), 4-1, on Dec. 6
Lost to Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 3-1, on Dec. 6
Lost to Brian Realbuto (Cornell), 3-0, on Jan. 17
Beat Aaron Walker (The Citadel), 8-6, on Nov. 22
Lost to Chad Walsh (Rider), 4-1 TB-1, on Dec. 30

ESPN COVERAGE

Television Schedule

Day Date Time (ET) Session Network
Thu. Mar. 19 Noon - 3:30 p.m. First Round ESPNU
    7:00-10:30 p.m. Second Round ESPNU
Fri. Mar. 20 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Third Round - Quarterfinals ESPNU
    8-11 p.m. Fourth Round - Semifinals ESPN
Sat. Mar. 21 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifth Session - Medal Round ESPNU
    8-11 p.m. Sixth Session - Champ. Finals ESPN

ESPN 3 Schedule

Day Date Time (ET) Session No. of Mats
Thu. Mar. 19 Noon - 3:30 p.m. First Session Eight
    7-10:30 p.m. Second Session Eight
Fri. Mar. 20 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Third Session - Quarterfinals Eight
    8-11 p.m. Fourth Session - Semifinals Six
Sat. Mar. 21 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifth Session - Medal Round Three
    8-11 p.m. "Off the Mat" - Champ. Finals One