Binghamton, N.Y. – The Brown wrestling team opened their season on Sunday at the 2011 Binghamton Bearcat Open and were led by freshman Sterling Hecox (Loves Park, Ill.), who placed third overall at the 197 lbs weight class. The Bears also boasted two wrestlers which placed in sophomore Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam, N.Y.) and junior Zack Kulczycki (Urbana, Ill.).
"We were happy to get out to our first competition of the season and the chance to wrestle live competition. We got to see where we are as a team and individuals," said head coach Dave Amato. "The team is more focused on how we wrestle rather. Everyone is working extremely hard and the staff was pleased to see our freshman for the first time in competition. We unfortunately are not at full strength as last year starters Jeff Lemmer '12 and Patrick Labuz '14 were unable to compete.
Hecox was victorious in the consolation final against Harvard's James Fox, winning 15-8 to the third-place finish at 197. In the fifth-place match at 157, Lanzi downed Rider's Ramon Santiago 12-4. Kulczycki came away with sixth overall at 149, falling to Princeton's Zach Bintiff in 4:58.
The Bears will be back in action on Nov. 20, at 10 a.m., when they travel to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic.
Full Consolation Finals Results
125_Garrett Frey, Princeton 7-2 Vince Rodriguez, George Mason; Caleb Richardson FLWC 6-1;tb Bricker Dixon, Cornell
133_Steven Keith, Cornell 12-1 CJ Cobb, Penn; Chris Perez, Princeton 15-1 Jamie Franco, Hofstra
141_Adam Krop, Princeton 2-0 Mark Pinero, Penn; Philip Smith, Cornell F1:50 Jimmy Kirchner, Rider
149_Stephen Robertson, Penn 5-4 Mike Bakuckas, George Mason; Zach Bintiff, Princeton F4:58 Zack Kulczycki, Brown
157_Walter Peppelman, Harvard 9-7 Joynny Greisheimer, Edinboro; Giuseppi Lanzi, Brown 12-4 Ramon Santiago, Rider
165_Marshall Peppelman, Cornell 4-0 Derk Schreiner, Cornell; Thomas Lorenzo, Penn 3-2 Brandon Rolnick, Princeton
174_Frankie McLaughlin, George Mason 6-2 Billy Feorge, Cornell Ian Korn, Penn 10-6 Caleb Wallace, Binghamton
184_Nate Schiedel, Binghamton 5-3 Cameron Croy, Harvard; Erich Smith, Penn 6-2 Ryan Callahan, Princeton
197_Sterling Hecox, Brown 15-8 James Fox, Harvard; Donald McNeil, Rider F3:09 Matt Lowe, Hofstra
285_Paul Snyder, Hofstra 3-2 Maciej Jochym, Cornell; Stryker Lane, Cornell 8-0 David Ng, Harvard