PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Bears won the dual meet's last three matches, but Brown University wrestling fell to Harvard University, 21-12, in the Downtown Showdown at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Thursday night.
Performing in a distinctive venue and alternating matches alongside a dual between Johnson & Wales and Roger Williams, the Bears (4-6, 4-3 EIWA, 2-2 Ivy) took four of the meet's last six bouts but could not come back to edge the Crimson (4-4, 2-4 EIWA, 1-3 Ivy).
Four Bears – senior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and juniors CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.), Tucker Ziegler (Myersville, Md.), and Ian Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) – earned wins via decision at the meet.
Staudenmayer put Brown on the board with a 3-1 victory over Brock Wilson at 157 pounds. He scored a takedown in the first period and added a point in the third frame to tally his team-best 20th win of the season.
At 184 pounds, LaFragola defeated Kanon Dean, 5-3. LaFragola posted a takedown in the first period, an escape in the second, and another takedown in the third en route to the win.
Ziegler gave Brown back-to-back wins with an 8-2 triumph over Clifton Wang at 197 pounds. Taking a 3-2 lead after the first period, Ziegler notched a takedown in the second stanza and tacked on a takedown and a point for riding time.
Butterbrodt registered the Bears' third straight win behind a 3-1 decision in sudden victory over Angus Cowell at 285 pounds. Butterbrodt forced overtime with an escape in the third period and scored a takedown in the sudden victory session to conclude the evening.
Freshman Bryce Rogers (Orlando, Fla.) nearly beat Josef Johnson at 174 pounds before falling in sudden victory, 3-1.
Next, Brown competes at Sacred Heart on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5:00 p.m.
Harvard 21, Brown 12 (Feb. 8, 2018 | Providence Performing Arts Center)
125: Nolan Hellickson (H) def. Trey Keeley (B), Dec. 4-1 (Harvard 3-0)
133: Ryan Friedman (H) def. Hunter Kosco (B), Dec. 10-4 (Harvard 6-0)
141: AJ Jaffe (H) def. Zeke Salvo (B), TF 21-3 (Harvard 11-0)
149: Hunter Ladnier (H) def. Zach Krause (B), MD 11-3 (Harvard 15-0)
157: Justin Staudenmayer (B) def. Brock Wilson (H), Dec. 3-1 (Harvard 15-3)
165: Tyler Tarsi (H) def. Jon Viruet (B), Dec. 5-4 (Harvard 18-3)
174: Josef Johnson (H) def. Bryce Rogers (B), Dec. 3-1 SV1 (Harvard 21-3)
184: CJ LaFragola (B) def. Kanon Dean (H), Dec. 5-3 (Harvard 21-6)
197: Tucker Ziegler (B) def. Clifton Wang (H), Dec. 8-2 (Harvard 21-9)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (B) def. Angus Cowell (H), Dec. 3-1 SV1 (Harvard 21-12)