February 18, 2011

Brown Wrestling vs. No. 1 Cornell Live on ESPN Radio, Friday at 3 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After hosting No. 7 Rutgers in their last home appearance at the Pizzitola Sports Center, the Brown wrestling team will host No. 1 Cornell, live online on ESPN Radio 1160AM Ithaca. Head coach Dave Amato, fresh off his 300th at Brown University, leads the squad against the NCAA-best Big Red. 

  • Amato's 300th victory came against Harvard on February 12. It was the 361st win of his career.

Brown hosts No. 1 Cornell and Sacred Heart on Friday, February 18th, before taking on Columbia and Bucknell on Saturday, February 19th. It will be the final home meets for the Bears this season.

This weekend will also serve as the team's Alumni and Family Weekend. All alumni, family, friends and fans of the Brown wrestling team are encouraged to come out the Pizzitola Center on each day to support the Bears. 

Friday's action begins at 1 p.m. with Sacred Heart. Brown and No. 1 Cornell are scheduled to begin battle at 3 p.m. Saturday's match against Bucknell will begin at 11:30 a.m. 

Brown also takes on Ivy League rival Columbia at 2 p.m. on Saturday to cap off a full weekend of wrestling.

ON THE MAT 

Brown Probables

The Bears picked up their first win of the season last weekend against the Crimson, but the schedule does not get an easier as the Big Red roll into the Pitz. The Cornell lineup features eight wrestlers that are ranked in top 11 in their respective weight classes.

125- Billy Watterson or T.J. Popolizio
133- Cort Choate
141- Grant Overcashier
149- Giuseppi Lanzi or Zack Kulczycki or CJ Howard
157- Pat Labuz
165- Dave Foxen or Max Lewin
174- Jeff Lemmer or Seth Nolan
184- Ziad Kharbush
197- Brandon Shull
285- Tyler Cowman

No. 1 Cornell Probables

There are several ranked wreslters for the Big Red. No. 1 Cam Simaz, who has dominated the 197-pound weight class, heads Cornell. At 149, No. 2 Kyle Dake has been equally as impressive and will look to help the Big Red at No. 1.

125: No. 10 Frank Perrelli

133: No. 5 Mike Grey 

141: Corey Manson

149: No. 2 Kyle Dake

157: No. 11 DJ Meagher

165: No. 4 Kyle Dake

174: No. 3 Mack Lewnes

184: No. 6 Steve Bosak

197: No. 1 Cam Simaz

285: Stryker Lane

Columbia Probables

Columbia is led by heavyweight Kevin Lester. Lester is ranked 20th at the 285 pound division. ErenVivan is also coming off a big win at 165, downing no. 18 Gabriel Burak of Penn last week.

125: Penn Gottfried 

133: Kyle Gilchrist 

141: Josh Houldsworth 

149: Shane Strumwasser 

157: Jake O'Hara 

165: Eren Civan 

174: Stephen West

184: Nick Mills 

197: Mike Pushpak 

285: No. 20 Kevin Lester 

Bucknell Probables

The Bucknell squad features nationally-ranked wrestler Kevin LeValley, who comes in at No. 4 with a 24-1 record this season.

125: Derek Reber

133: Alex Pellicciotti

141: Adam Healey

149: No. 4 Kevin LeValley

157: Brantley Hooks

165: Corey Lear

174: David Thompson or Stephen McPeek

184: Rob Waltko

197: Jay Hahn

285: Joe McMullan

Sacred Heart Probables
Sacred Heart was strong gainst No. 7 Rutgers at the start of the sesaon and picked up a win against American on Jan. 22 in a tournament at Boston University.  

125: Billy Chamberlain

133: Andrew Polidore 

141: Justin Belanger 

149: Joe Evangelista 

157: Anthony Priore

165: Jonathan Rizzitello

174: Zachary Moran 

184: Sam Sheppard 

197: Sam Morrison 

285: Paul Schweighardt