ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Brown University wrestling senior Ophir Bernstein and sophomore Justin Staudenmayer each captured a win to remain in contention after the first day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center on Thursday.
Bernstein (Allen, Texas), making his fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, picked up a 9-3 win in the 184-pound wrestle-backs while Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) gained a win through medical forfeit in the 157-pound wrestle-backs. Both wrestlers will continue competition in tomorrow's third session beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
In the consolation bracket, Bernstein jumped out to a 7-0 lead en route to his 9-3 win via decision over Purdue's Patrick Kissel. A 2014 NCAA All-American, Bernstein scored a takedown 45 seconds into the bout before tallying two near fall points on two occasions before the end of the period.
Leading 6-0, Bernstein added an escape in the second stanza and a takedown in the third frame to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the bout.
Earlier in the evening session, Staudenmayer earned his first career NCAA Championship victory after a medical forfeit from Arizona State's Oliver Pierce.
Wrestling against Big 12 157-Pound Champion Anthony Collica in the first round, Staudenmayer, the No 15 seed, dropped an 8-2 decision. Collica notched the bout's first points with a takedown one minute into the first period to take a 2-0 lead after the first.
Staudenmayer deferred his decision to the third frame with Collica then earning an escape 15 seconds into the second stanza. Collica pushed his lead to 5-0 with a takedown before Staudenmayer registered an escape. In the third, Staudenmayer posted another escape in between Collica's reversal and riding time point.
Squaring off with 16th-seeded Timothy Dudley of Nebraska in the first round at 184 lbs., Bernstein suffered a 9-0 setback via major decision. Dudley notched a takedown five seconds into the bout and recorded a two-point near fall just before the opening frame ended. The Cornhusker added a second-period takedown, a third-period takedown, and a riding time point for the final.
Bernstein edged Dudley earlier this season, 11-10, at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 6.
As a team, the Bears stand in a tie for 41st out of 69 schools.
(15) Justin Staudenmayer (1-1)
First Round: Anthony Collica (Oklahoma St.) over Staudenmayer, Dec. 8-2
Wrestle-Backs Rd. 1: Staudenmayer over Oliver Pierce (Arizona St.), med.
Wrestle-Backs Rd. 2: vs. Spartak Chino (Ohio)
Ophir Bernstein (1-1)
First Round: (16) Timothy Dudley (Nebraska) over Bernstein, MD 9-0
Wrestle-Backs Rd. 1: Bernstein over Patrick Kissel (Purdue), Dec. 9-3
Wrestle-Backs Rd. 2: vs. (15) Richard Robertson (Wisconsin)