Brown Defeats Sacred Heart, Falls to No. 1 Cornell

Brown Defeats Sacred Heart, Falls to No. 1 Cornell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fresh off his 300th victory at Brown, head Dave Amato picked up his 301st win against Sacred Heart, 36-2 on Friday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears also faced the No. 1 team in the country, Cornell, but were topped 44-0. 

The Bears saw nine different wrestlers pick up victories against the Pioneers. Seven came by decision, one by forfeit and one pin. 

Ziad Kharbush was one of the top performers for the Bears on Friday. The junior picked victory at 184 when he pinned Sacred Heart's Sam Sheppard in 55 seconds. Against Cornell, Kharbush was not intimidated by the impressive squad, going toe-to-toe with Michael Alexander, but fell 5-3 in a decision loss.

Tyler Cowman was part of the longest match of the day. The heavyweight took on SHU's Paul Schweighardt and it took four overtime periods to determine a winner. The two behemoths battled for seven arduous rounds, but it was Cowan who came out on top, picking up the 5-4 win.

The Cornell lineup, which features eight wrestlers that are ranked in top 11 in their respective weight classes, showed why they are No. 1 in the coutry. No.1 Cam Simaz, who has dominated the 197-pound weight class, picked up a pin victory at 197, while No. 2 Kyle Dake also pinned his oppnent. 

Grant Overcashier was also strong for the Bears, getting a 9-1 win against Andrew Polidore and Sacred Heart, before being edged 4-3 by Corey Manson of Cornell. 

Brown is back in action tomorrow afternoon at the Pitz as they continue Alumni weekend. The Bears take on Bucknell at 11:30 a.m. before facing Ivy League foe Columbia at 2 p.m.


Brown (36) vs. Sacred Heart (2)

125: Billy Watterson (B) dec. Billy Chamberlain (S), 11-7

133: Cortlandt Choate (B) maj. dec. Andrew Polidore (S), 10-2

141: Grant Overcashier (B) maj. dec. Anthony Ricco (S), 9-1

149: Giuseppi Lanzi (B) maj. dec. Joseph Evangelista (S), 12-3

157: Pat Labuz (B) win by forfeit

165: Jon Rizzitello (S) dec. Max Lewin (B), 10-5

174: Jeff Lemmer (B) dec. Zachary Moran (S), 10-4

184: Zhiad Kharbush (B) pins Sam Sheppard (S), 55 seconds

197: Brandon Shull (B) dec. Sam Morrison (S), 9-3

285: Tyler Cowman (B) dec. Paul Schweighardt (S), 5-4 

Notes: Sacred Heart lost a team point due to team misconduct.

Cowman's 285 win came after the sudden victory round. Earned point for 10 secs of riding time in fourth overtime round. 

No. 1 Cornell (44) vs. Brown (0)

125: No. 10 Frank Perrelli (C) dec. TJ Popolizio, 3-0
133: No. Mike Grey (C) maj. dec. Cort Choate, 17-4
141: Corey Manson (C) dec. Grant Overcashier, 4-3
149: No. 2 Kyle Dake (C) win by fall Giuseppi Lanzi, 2:06
157: Craig Eifert (C) maj. dec Patrick Labuz, 24-11 
165: No. 4 Justin Kerber (C) tech fall Max Lewin, 15-0 (5:35)
174: No. 3 Mack Lewnes (C) maj. dec. Jeff Lemmer, 16-5
184: Michael Alexander (C) dec. Ziad Kharbush, 5-3
197: No. 1 (C) Cam Simaz win by fall Brandon Shull, 4:02
285: Stryker Lane (C) win by fall Tyler Cowman, 2:19