PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Ian Butterbrodt tallied a pin, classmate Jon Viruet won via technical fall, and Brown University wrestling defeated Sacred Heart University, 29-13, in an EIWA dual on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
In their home finale on Senior Day, the Bears (7-7, 4-5 EIWA) won six straight bouts from 157 to 285 lbs. to overcome a 13-6 deficit against the visiting Pioneers (2-11, 0-6 EIWA).
Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) notched his fourth fall of the season while Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) tallied his team-best 25th win on the year.
Senior Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.) juniors Andrew LaBrie (Exeter, R.I.) and Josh Durso-Finley (Lawrenceville, N.J.), and sophomore CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) all took wins via decision. Junior Michael Russo (Jersey City, N.J.) won via forfeit at 125 lbs.
Prior to the dual, the Bears honored the five members of their Class of 2017 – Galiardo, William McDonald (Carson City, Nev.), Richard Muniz (Corona, Calif.), Galloway Thurston (St. Ignace, Mich.), and Jack Twomey-Kozak (Hillsborough, N.C.) – for their dedication to the program.
Galiardo started a run of six straight wins and brought Brown back within 13-9 in the team score with a 4-2 win over Casey Mitchell at 157 lbs. Galiardo posted a takedown in the first period and added an escape and a point for riding time in the victory.
Viruet pushed the Bears ahead in the team score, 14-13, with a 23-4 technical fall win in two periods against Matt Fisher at 165 lbs. Viruet gained a 12-3 lead after the first period behind four takedowns and a 4-point near fall. He finished the match in the second period with two 4-point near falls.
LaBrie extended the hosts edge in the team score to 17-13 with a 14-7 win over Dom Celli at 174 lbs. LaBrie went ahead 8-3 after the first period and remained ahead 10-5 through two frames en route to the triumph.
LaFragola kept the advantage with the Bears, pushing Brown ahead 20-13 in the team score with a 5-3 win over Elliott Antler at 184 lbs. LaFragola tallied two takedowns in the opening period and tacked on an escape in the second stanza.
Durso-Finley secured the team win for Brown, notching a 5-2 win over Mark Boyle at 197 lbs. to make the score 23-13. Durso-Finley scored a takedown in the first, an escape in the second, and a takedown late in the third.
Butterbrodt ended the dual with a fall in 5:50 over John Hartnett at 285 lbs., scoring the pin with 1:10 left in the third period.
Next, Brown competes at Hofstra on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. in its regular season finale.
Brown 29, Sacred Heart 13 (Feb. 11, 2017 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Michael Russo (B) wins via forfeit (Brown 6-0)
133: Gerard Daly (S) def. Nick Lattanze (B), Fall 5:33 (Tied 6-6)
141: Paul Klee (S) def. Zeke Salvo (B), MD 13-4 (SHU 10-6)
149: Alex Harnsberger (S) def. Travis Vasquez (B), Dec. 7-2 (SHU 13-6)
157: Steven Galiardo (B) def. Casey Mitchell (S), Dec. 4-2 (SHU 13-9)
165: Jon Viruet (B) def. Matt Fisher (S), TF 23-4 (Brown 14-13)
174: Andrew LaBrie (B) def. Dom Celli (S), Dec. 14-7 (Brown 17-13)
184: CJ LaFragola (B) def. Elliott Antler (S), Dec. 5-3 (Brown 20-13)
197: Josh Durso-Finley (B) def. Mark Boyle (S), Dec. 5-2 (Brown 23-13)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (B) def. John Hartnett (S), Fall 5:50 (Brown 29-13)