Bears Open Dual Season With Split Against Rutgers and Franklin and Marshall
Brown kicked off the dual season on Friday evening, earning a split with a loss against Rutgers and an impressive win over Franklin and Marshall. Seniors Bran Crudden and Stephen DeLorenzo each picked up a pair of wins to help power Bruno to the victory. Following Friday's action, Brown moves to 1-1 on the young season.
The Bears began the day against a perennially tough opponent in Rutgers, with the action starting at 141 pounds. DeLorenzo began the day on a postive note, earning a major decision over Luke Rigoglisio of the Scarlet Knights, and giving Brown the early 4-0 lead. Rutgers then pulled out wins in the next few events before Crudden pushed Bruno's point total to eight with another major decision, at 184 pounds. Rutgers continued to wrestle well from that point, however, pulling away for a 35-8 final victory.
Brown put together a tremendous all around performance in the second match of the day though, winning nine of the ten events en route to a 46-4 victory. DeLorenzo again started things off with a technical fall at 141, giving the Bears a 5-0 lead. Ricky Bailey, Bryan Tracy, and Jeff Lemmer then earned consecutive wins at 149, 157, and 165 respectively, before Franklin and Marshal was able to pick up a decision at 174. The Bears quickly ended any thoughts of a comeback, however, as Crudden pinned F&M's Matt Latessa in the 184 division, earning six more points for Bruno. Branden Stearns, Greg Einfrank, T.J. Popolizio, and Larry Otsuka then wrapped up the meet with four straight wins, giving Brown the final 46-4 victory.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they take on Hofstra at 3:00 p.m.