PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Travis Vasquez posted his second pin of the season at 149 lbs., but Brown University wrestling fell to Bucknell University, 25-15, at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Sunday afternoon in an EIWA dual meet.
Closing their home-opening weekend, the Bears (3-3, 1-1 EIWA) pulled within 16-12 and 19-15 of the Bison (5-4, 3-1 EIWA) after wins at 165 and 184 lbs., but the visitors captured the last two bouts of the match to secure the team win.
Vasquez (Fair Lawn, N.J.) paced the Bears with a pin in 2:11 at 149 lbs. while sophomore CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) won 4-3 at 184 lbs., and sophomore Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) earned a victory via injury default at 165 lbs.
After Bucknell took an 11-0 lead through the meet's first three bouts, Vasquez flipped momentum with a pin at the 2:11 mark of the first period against Seth Hogue at 149 lbs., bringing the team score to 11-6.
Viruet cut Brown's deficit in the team score to 16-12 with a win over Logan Kerin at 165 lbs. due to injury. Viruet held a 4-0 edge before Kerin conceded the bout. Viruet earned his team-leading 19th win of the season.
Junior Andrew LaBrie (Exeter, R.I.) battled at 174 lbs., dropping a 3-1 decision to D.J. Hollingshead in a sudden victory period. Each wrestler notched an escape during regulation before Hollingshead logged a takedown in overtime.
LaFragola kept the Bears in the meet, scoring a 4-3 win over Drew Phipps and trimming Brown's deficit in the team score to 19-15. After Phipps brought a 1-0 lead into the third period, LaFragola tallied an escape, takedown, and riding time point to win the match. He gained his 17th win of the season with the victory.
The Bison recorded a pair of wins via decision to close the dual.
Next, Brown hosts Binghamton on Friday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bears' "Beauty and the Beast" meet with the Brown gymnastics program.
Bucknell 25, Brown 15 (Jan. 22, 2017 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Jordan Gessner (BK) def. Trey Keeley (BR), Dec. 11-4 (Bucknell 3-0)
133: Joey Gould (BK) def. Jimmy Pawelski (BR), MD 8-0 (Bucknell 7-0)
141: Tyler Smith (BK) def. Zeke Salvo (BR), MD 10-2 (Bucknell 11-0)
149: Travis Vasquez (BR) def. Seth Hogue (BK), Fall 2:11 (Bucknell 11-6)
157: No. 13 Victor Lopez (BK) def. William McDonald (BR), TF 16-0 (Bucknell 16-6)
165: Jon Viruet (BR) def. Logan Kerin (BK), Injury Default (Bucknell 16-12)
174: D.J. Hollingshead (BK) def. Andrew LaBrie (BR), Dec. 3-1 SV1 (Bucknell 19-12)
184: CJ LaFragola (BR) def. Drew Phipps (BK), Dec. 4-3 (Bucknell 19-15)
197: No. 16 Tom Sleigh (BK) def. Tucker Ziegler (BR), Dec. 7-1 (Bucknell 22-15)
285: Tyler Greene (BK) def. Ian Butterbrodt (BR), Dec. 7-3 (Bucknell 25-15)