Wrestling’s Staudenmayer, Galiardo Ready for NCAA Championships

Wrestling’s Staudenmayer, Galiardo Ready for NCAA Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Juniors Justin Staudenmayer and Steven Galiardo will represent Brown University wrestling at the 2016 NCAA Championships from Thursday to Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., with Staudenmayer making his second straight appearance. 

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Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) will meet No. 12 seed Brian Murphy out of Michigan in the first round on Thursday afternoon at 157 lbs. A sophomore who earned All-America honors at NCAAs a year ago, Murphy went 9-7 this past season. He placed third at 157 lbs. the 2016 Big Ten Championships. The winner will face the winner of No. 5 Dylan Palacio (Cornell) and LeRoy Barnes (Missouri) in the second round while the loser will proceed to the wrestle-backs on Thursday night.

Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.) will square off with No. 14 seed Mitch Finesilver of Duke in the opening round on Thursday afternoon at 149 lbs. A sophomore who qualified for NCAAs in 2015, Finesilver finished the season with a 28-7 record. He came in second at 149 lbs. at the 2016 ACC Championships. The winner will face the victor of No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) and Davion Jeffries (Oklahoma) in the second round while the lose will move onto the wrestle-backs on Thursday night. 

Galiardo and Staudenmayer each earned a fifth-place finish to lead Brown on the second and final day of the 112th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships on Sunday, Mar. 6 at Princeton University's Jadwin Gym.

Galiardo won the fifth-place bout at 149 lbs. while Staudenmayer took fifth place at 157 lbs., gaining one of the conference's six spots to the NCAA tournament at 157. Staudenmayer ensured himself a top-six finish after winning both of his bouts on Saturday, Mar. 5.

Staudenmayer will make his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships after garnering an at-large bid in 2015. Galiardo placed for the second straight year at EIWAs after finishing eighth a season ago and put himself in position to earn an at-large bid to NCAAs. 

Last year at the NCAA Championships, Staudenmayer earned the No. 15 seed at 157 lbs. and registered a 1-2 record at the tournament with a win in the wrestle-backs. He dropped a 4-1 decision to Ohio's Spartak Chino – a wrestler who is also in the 2016 field and whom Staudenmayer beat this season – in the wrestle-backs to conclude his run.

In its program history, Brown has garnered four All-Americans – J. Dana Eastham in 1953, Willie Carpenter in 1996, Tivon Abel in 1998, and Ophir Bernstein in 2014. 

Now a two-time NCAA qualifier, Staudenmayer paced the Bears with 29 wins as part of a 29-8 overall record in 2015-16. He leads the team in wins, dual wins (13), technical falls (six), dual EIWA wins (10), and dual points (48). Last year at NCAAs, Staudenmayer won a bout in the wrestle-backs. 

Making his NCAA debut, Galiardo placed at EIWAs for the second straight year in 2015-16 after gaining an eighth-place finish in 2014-15. He has posted a 21-8 record on the season, ranking second on the team in wins. 

Between its two qualifiers, the Bears hold an 8-11 record against opposing wrestlers in this year's NCAA field. Staudenmayer tallied a 5-5 record against fellow NCAA qualifiers this past year with seven of those 10 bouts coming against EIWA foes. Galiardo went 3-6 against NCAA-level wrestlers with six of those nine bouts occurring against conference opponents. 

Justin Staudenmayer (5-5)
Beat May Bethea (Penn), Dec. 2-1, on Feb. 6
Beat May Bethea (Penn), Dec. 1-0, on Mar. 6
Lost to John Boyle (American), Dec. 1-0, on Jan. 9
Lost to John Boyle (American), Dec. 4-3, on Mar. 6
Beat Spartak Chino (Ohio), Dec. 5-4, on Nov. 21
Lost to Ian Miller (Kent State), MD 13-4, on Nov. 21
Beat Markus Scheidel (Columbia), Dec. 3-1 SV-1, Dec. 4
Beat Markus Scheidel (Columbia), Dec. 3-1, on Jan. 17
Lost to Markus Scheidel (Columbia), Dec. 4-3, on Mar. 6
Lost to Aaron Walker (The Citadel), Dec. 3-1, on Dec. 5 

Steven Galiardo (3-6)
Lost to Joey Delgado (Oregon State), Dec. 2-0, on Dec. 4
Lost to Joey DePalma (Kent State), Dec. 6-1, on Nov. 21
Lost to Joseph Galasso (Cornell), Dec. 4-3, on Jan. 16
Lost to Joseph Galasso (Cornell), Dec. 3-2, on Mar. 5
Beat Victor Lopez (Bucknell), Dec. 4-3 TB-2, on Nov. 21
Beat Victor Lopez (Bucknell), Dec. 5-1, on Dec. 4
Beat Victor Lopez (Bucknell), Dec. 5-2, on Jan. 23
Lost to Victor Lopez (Bucknell), Fall 6:27, on Mar. 6
Lost to Geo Martinez (Boise State), Dec. 8-2, on Dec. 5 

ESPN will provide live coverage of every match for the third straight year with views of all eight mats available via ESPN3. ESPN will broadcast the semifinals and finals while ESPNU will carry coverage of the first three sessions as well as the medal rounds.

Television Schedule
Day Date Time (ET) Session Network
Thu. Mar. 17 Noon-3:30 p.m. First Round ESPNU
    7:00-10:30 p.m. Second Round ESPNU
Fri. Mar. 18 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Third Round - Quarters ESPNU
    8-11 p.m. Fourth Round - Semis ESPN
Sat. Mar. 19 11 a.m. - 2p.m. Fifth Session - Medal Rd. ESPNU
    8-11 p.m. Sixth Session - Champ. Finals ESPN
ESPN3 Schedule
Day Date Time (ET) Session No. of Mats
Thu. Mar. 17 Noon-3:30 p.m. First Session 8
    7-10:30 p.m. Second Session 8
Fri. Mar. 18 11 a.m. - 2p.m. Third Session - Quarters 8
    8-11 p.m. Fourth Session - Semis 6
Sat. Mar. 19 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifth Session - Medal Rd. 3
    8-11 p.m. "Off the Mat" - Champ. Finals 1