Wrestling Finishes 10th at EIWA Tournament
The Bears wrapped up competition at the two-day EIWA Tournament on Sunday evening, compiling a total of 55 points to finish 10th overall. The Cornell Big Red, a perennial national contender, won the competition, wracking up 160.5 points to take the title by a comfortable margin over second place Penn, which had 113.
The action started off at 125 pounds, where senior Greg Einfrank took the lead for the Bears. After dropping his initial bout, Einfrank moved to the consolation bracket, where he advanced through the next two rounds on byes. He then won the ensuing bout by fall, before dropping the next fight to move into the seventh place bout. There, Einfrank won by medical forfeith to place seventh overall.
Things then moved to 133, where sophomore Cort Choate used a dramatic run through the consolation bracket to place fourth in the conference. Choate lost his initial bout, but then won four consecutive matches before dropping the finale to take fourth. The run was highlighted by a 19-3 technical fall over Harvard's Fermin Mendez.
Zach Kulczycki was up next for Brown at 141, where he lost his first two bouts, knocking him out of the tournament. He was followed at 149 by Phil Marano, with a similar result. Though Marano competed hard in both bouts, he couldn't prevent the early exit.
Senior Bryan Tracy turned things around the Bears at 157, advancing to the 7th place final after dropping his first bout. In the lower bracket, Tracy won his next two matches, including a medical forfeit in the finale to give him a seventh place finish overall.
At 165 pounds, sophomore Jeff Lemmer, who was seeded eighth, advanced through the first round on a bye before falling to top-seeded Andrew Rendos. In the consolation bracket, Lemmer won his first match, then fell in his next two bouts, ending up in seventh overall.
Rookie Jack Roberts got his first taste of postseason action at 174, where he hit his stride after losing the initial bout. Following the defeat, Roberts then won his next two, moving into the fifth place bout. There, however, he dropped a tough bout, still finishing sixth in the EIWA.
Seventh seeded Bran Crudden was next up at 184, where he advanced to the second round on a bye before dropping his first bout to Louis Caputo, who was seeded second. Crudden then won two of his next three matches, highlighted by a 4-0 decision in the seventh place bout, to record another seventh for the Bears.
At 197, senior Branden Stearns made the most of his final competition, upsetting sixth seed Jay Hahn from Bucknell in a 5-3 decision before losing a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to third-seeded Micah Burak of Penn. Following that defeat though, Stearns continued the run of Brown place-winners, winning two of his final three bouts to place seventh overall.
Senior Larry Otsuka then wrapped things up for the Bears at 285. Though Otsuka wrestled hard in a tough pair of bouts, he lost his first two, and was eliminated from the competition, leaving Brown with its total of 55 points.
1 Cornell 160.5
2 Penn 113
3 Lehigh 109.5
4 Bucknell 103.5
5 American 96
6 Rutgers 87
7 Navy 81.5
8 Army 65
8 Columbia 65
10 Brown 55
11 Harvard 52.5
12 Princeton 24
13 F & M 2