Princeton, N.J. – Four Brown wrestlers advanced to the semifinals on Saturday at the EIWA Championships, hosted by Princeton. Senior Dave Foxen (Garden City, N.Y.) is in the championship bout at 174 pounds, while sophomore Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and rookie Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) battled their way to the semifinals. Freshman Zachary Tannenbaum (Leawood, Kan.) fought his way to the seventh-place match.
Watterson, who was seeded third overall at 125 pounds earned his spot as a place-winner on Sunday. Watterson defeated the sixth seed from Rutgers, Vincent Dellafave, 2-0, before falling to Princeton's Garrett Frey, the number two overall seed, in 1:29. Watterson will now face the number four seed Thomas Williams from American on Sunday, for the right to go to the third-place bout.
Foxen pulled off several upsets on his way to the championship match at 174 pounds. The senior upset Bucknell's Stephen McPeek, 9-3, before downing Columbia's Stephen West, 5-2. McPeek was the six seed and West the number two-ranked wrestler in the weight class. In a highly contested bout versus the number two seed from Lehigh, Foxen came away with the win, 3-1, against Lehigh's Nathan Brown. Foxen will now take on the number four seed from Lehigh, Oscar Huntley in the championship.
Bernstein did well in his first-ever EIWA Championship meet, defeating Princeton's Daniel Santoro in his first bout, 11-2, before taking down Rutgers' Dan Seidenberg, 5-1. The rookie could not overcome the number one seed from Cornell, Steve Bosak, but will face the sixth-seed from Harvard, Cameron Croy, for a chance at third-place match.
As a team, the Bears currently stand in 11th place with 37 points, with Sunday's bouts begin tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., with doors opening to Jadwin Gym at 9 a.m.