PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown wrestling team hosted two duals on Saturday, taking on Ivy League rival Penn and Drexel. Six individual wrestlers picked up victories at the Pizzitola Sports Center, but the Bears were edged by Drexel, 23-13, before being topped by Penn, 30-7.
Sophomore Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) was once again a standout on the mat for the Bears, taking two wins at 125. Watterson topped Drexel's Franco Ferriana 6-4, before winning by majority decicison, 20-6, over Penn's Karim Shafi.
Senior T.J. Popolizio (Shenendehowa, N.Y.) helped Brown start the day with two wins against Drexel, defeating Josh Yurastis, 8-2, at 133 pounds. Popolizio had a tough draw against Penn, facing nationally-ranked Bryan Ortenzio. The No. 15 wrestler at 133 won, 8-1.
The Bears got their third win of the day when senior Dave Foxen (Garden City, N.Y.) earned a majority decision, 18-7, over Kevin Matyas at 174 pounds, which cut the Drexel lead to five.
Brown made it two wins in a row as rookie Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) took an 8-1 victory over Brandon Palik at 197 and helped the Bears close to within two points. That was as close as Brown would get however, as the Dragons took the next two matches to secure a 23-13 win.
Against Penn, Bernstein combined with Watterson to claim the lone Brown wins. Bernstein totaled 10 points to Ian Korb's three to claim the victory.
The Bears return to the mat on Friday, February 10th, when they host Boston University and Roger Williams, starting at 1 p.m.
Brown vs. Drexel
125- Billy Watterson WIN by decision (6-4) over Franco Ferriana (Brown 3-0)
133- T.J. Popolizio WIN by decision (8-2) over Josh Yurasits (Brown 6-0)
141- Grant Overcashier LOSE by decision (6-8) to Frank Cimato (Brown 6-3)
149- Ricky Bailey LOSE by decision (1-4) to Shane Fenningham (Tie 6-6)
157- Zack Kulczycki LOSE by fall (6:36) to Austin Sommer (Drexel 12-6)
165- Jeff Lemmer LOSE by decision (1-8) to No. 18 Joe Booth (Drexel 15-6)
174- Dave Foxen WIN by major decision (18-7) over Kevin Matyas (Drexel 15-10)
184- Ophir Bernstein win by decision (8-1) over Bryan Sternlieb (Drexel 15-13)
197- Brandon Vorrius LOSE by major decision (2-10) to Brandon Palik (Drexel 19-13)
285- Marcos Aranda LOSE by major decision (2-10) to Kyle Frey
Drexel wins 23-13
Brown vs. Penn
125- Billy Watterson WIN by major decision (20-6) over Karim Shafi (Brown 4-0)
133- T.J. Popolizio LOSE by decision (1-8) to No. 15 Bryan Ortenzio (Brown 4-3)
141- Grant Overcashier LOSE by decision (6-8) to Geoff Botsany (Penn 6-4)
149- Ricky Bailey LOSE by decision (5-9) to Mark Pinero (Penn 9-4)
157- Max Lewin LOSE by major decision (1-10) to Troy Hernandez (Penn 13-4)
165- Pat Labuz LOSE by major decision (4-14) to Lorenzo Thomas (Penn 17-4
174- Dave Foxen LOSE by decision (5-7) to Ian Korb (Penn 20-4)
184- Ophir Bernstein WIN by decision (10-3) over Ian Korb (Penn 20-7)
197- Marcos Aranda LOSE by major decision (4-15) to No. 9 Micah Burak (Penn 24-7)
285- Brown FFTs to Steven Graziano
Penn wins 30-7