Wrestling Hosts Penn, Princeton in Home-Opening Weekend

Wrestling Hosts Penn, Princeton in Home-Opening Weekend

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University wrestling hosts its first home dual meets of the 2015-16 season as part of the team's Alumni Weekend when the Bears take on Penn on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Princeton on Sunday at noon in a pair of Ivy and EIWA duals at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

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LAST DUAL MEET
Sophomore Christian LaBrie and freshman CJ LaFragola each won via major decision to lead Brown University wrestling to a 32-12 win over Bloomsburg University on Sunday, Jan. 24 in a non-league dual meet at Nelson Field House.

The Bears (3-6) took four wins through forfeit en route to their win over the host Huskies (1-12).

LaBrie (Exeter, R.I.) captured a 12-1 win at 165 lbs. over Mathew Carr to put Brown up 22-6 in the team score, and LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.Y.) followed with a 14-6 triumph at 174 lbs. against the Huskies' Casey Glunt.

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn brings a 3-3 overall record and a 3-2 EIWA mark into the weekend. In their lone Ivy dual, the Quakers fell at Princeton, 19-15. The team carries three ranked wrestlers in its probable lineup in No. 12 C.J. Cobb at 149 lbs., No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas at 184 lbs., and No. 15 Casey Kent at 174 lbs. 

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Entering the weekend, Princeton holds a 4-6 overall mark and a 3-3 EIWA record. Last weekend the Tigers defeated Franklin & Marshall (35-6) and Penn (19-15) before falling to Rutgers (28-6). The team will wrestle Harvard on Saturday prior to taking on Brown. Princeton boasts a pair of ranked wrestlers on its tentative lineup in No. 11 Brett Harner at 197 lbs. and No. 16 Jonathan Schleifer at 174 lbs. 

IN THE RANKINGS
In the first NCAA coaches' panel rankings revealed on Jan. 21, junior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) ranked No. 21 at 157 lbs., junior Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.) checked in at No. 33 at 149 lbs., and freshman Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) stood at No. 33 at 165 lbs. 

STAUDENMAYER PACING BEARS
Junior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) – the No. 20 ranked wrestler in the nation at 157 lbs. according to Intermat – has paced the Bears in 2015-16 in wins (20), dual wins (seven), and technical falls (five). He ranks second on the team with 26 dual points. Staudenmayer placed first at the F&M Open, second at the Navy Classic, and fifth at the ESU Open. 

SALVO SOLID AT 133
Sophomore Zeke Salvo (Baltimore, Md.) has provided Brown with a steady presence at 133 lbs. as he leads the team with seven falls and 27 dual points to go along with 16 overall wins. He placed second at the ESU Open and fifth at the Navy Classic. 

THE CAPTAINS
Head coach Todd Beckerman can turn to his four captains – juniors Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.), Richard Muniz (Corona, Calif.), and Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and senior Augustus Marker (Castle Rock, Colo.) – for leadership within the team's ranks. Galiardo, Muniz, and Marker have tallied 14, 10, and seven wins respectively on the season. 

LABRIE TWINS ON THE RISE
Sophomore twin brothers Christian LaBrie and Andrew LaBrie (Exeter, R.I.) have made an impact for the Bears this season at 165 and 174 lbs. respectively. Christian has totaled 17 wins on the season, second on the team, and leads Brown with six major falls. He placed first at the USC Wildcat Open and second at the Navy Classic. Andrew has logged 11 wins and took first at the ESU Open and third at the Navy Classic. 

VIRUET LEADING FRESHMAN CLASS
Freshman Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) has led the Bears' rookie class, accounting for 13 wins and tying for the team lead with five EIWA dual wins. At 165 lbs., he placed third at the F&M Open. 

COMING SOON
After hosting Penn and Princeton, Brown competes at Binghamton on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. prior to hosting Harvard and Roger Williams as part of the team's Beauty and the Beast meet with Brown gymnastics on Sunday, Feb. 14 beginning at 1 p.m. 

PROBABLE STARTERS

Brown vs. Penn (Feb. 6, 2016 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Michael Russo (B) vs. Jeremy Schwartz (P)
133: Zeke Salvo (B) or Jimmy Bell (B) vs. Caleb Richardson (P)
141: Charlie Banaszak (B) vs. Marc Mastropietro (P) or Eric Friedman (P)
149: Steven Galiardo (B) or William McDonald (B) vs. No. 12 C.J. Cobb (P)
157: No. 20 Justin Staudenmayer (B) vs. May Bethea (P)
165: Jon Viruet (B) or Richard Muniz (B) vs. Ray Bethea (P) or Brooks Martino (P)
174: Andrew LaBrie (B) or CJ LaFragola (B) vs. No. 15 Casey Kent (P)
184: Austin Pfarr (B) vs. No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas (P)
197: Augustus Marker (B) or Josh Durso-Finley (B) vs. Frankt Mattiace (P) or Joe Heyob (P)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (B) vs. Patrik Garren (P) or Tyler Hall (P) 

Brown vs. Princeton (Feb. 7, 2016 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Michael Russo (B) vs. Pat D'Arcy (P)
133: Zeke Salvo (B) or Jimmy Bell (B) vs. Trey Aslanian (P)
141: Charlie Banaszak (B) vs. Jordan Laster (P)
149: Steven Galiardo (B) or William McDonald (B) vs. Chris Perez (P)
157: No. 20 Justin Staudenmayer (B) vs. Adam Krop (P)
165: Jon Viruet (B) or Richard Muniz (B) vs. Judd Ziegler (P)
174: Andrew LaBrie (B) or CJ LaFragola (B) vs. No. 16 Jonathan Schleifer (P)
184: Austin Pfarr (B) vs. Abram Ayala (P)
197: Augustus Marker (B) or Josh Durso-Finley (B) vs. No. 11 Brett Harner (P)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (B) vs. Ray O'Donnell (P)