NEW YORK – Brown University wrestling junior Justin Staudenmayer won a bout in the wrestle-backs in double overtime at 157 lbs. to remain in contention and advance to Friday's competition at the 2016 NCAA Championships at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
Making his second straight appearance at NCAAs, Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) defeated Leroy Barnes of Missouri in the first round of the consolation bracket after dropping a decision in the first round. Making his NCAA debut, junior Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.) fell twice via decision on the day.
Staudenmayer picked up his second win in as many years at the national tournament with a 4-3 TB-2 win over Barnes. After a scoreless first period, Staudenmayer notched an escape in the second. Barnes posted a reversal in the third before Staudenmayer answered with an escape. Each wrestler tallied an escape in the first set of tie-breaker sessions before Staudenmayer won with riding time in the second set of tie breakers.
In the first round, Staudenmayer fell to 2015 NCAA All-American and No. 12 seed Brian Murphy, 4-0. Murphy posted a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second before tacking on a point for riding time.
Staudenmayer will wrestle Bryce Steiert of Northern Iowa in the second round of the wrestle-backs in the third session that begins tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Galiardo dropped Brown's first match of the day in a 7-2 decision to two-time NCAA qualifier and No. 14 seed Mitch Finesilver of Duke in the first round at 149 lbs. Galiardo trailed 2-0 after the first period and remained behind 3-0 through two stanzas. He pulled within 6-2 with a pair of escapes in the third before Finesilver added a riding time point.
Competing against Davion Jeffries of Oklahoma in the wrestle-backs, Galiardo fell, 6-1, to conclude his run at NCAAs. The two stood scoreless after one period before Jeffries gained separation in the bout.
In the team standings, Brown stood in a tie for 62nd out of 72 schools.
Steven Galiardo (0-2)
First Round: (14) Mitch Finesilver (Duke) Def. Galiardo, Dec. 7-2
Wrestle-Backs Rd. 1: Davion Jeffries (Oklahoma) Def. Galiardo, Dec. 6-1
Justin Staudenmayer (1-1)
First Round: (12) Brian Murphy (Michigan) Def. Staudenmayer, Dec. 4-0
Wrestle-Backs Rd. 1: Staudenmayer Def. Leroy Barnes (Missouri), Dec. 4-3 TB-2
Wrestle-Backs Rd. 2: Vs. Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa)