Princeton, N.J. – Senior wrestler Dave Foxen (Garden City, N.Y.) did something that had not happened since 1963 at the EIWA Championships, winning the 174 pound weight class as an unseeded wrestler. His performance helped the Bears to a 10th-place team finish at the 2012 tournament, hosted by Princeton at Jadwyn Gym.
Foxen upset the No. 2 seed from Lehigh, Nate Brown, to advance to the 174 championships, where he took on No. 4 seed Oscar Huntley, who also pulled the upset, taking down No. 1 seed Greg Zannetti of Rutgers.
Foxen and Huntley had tight match throughout with neither wrestler wanting to give the advantage away. In the end it was Foxen who was able to come up with the match-sealing takedown in the closing seconds of the bout to earn the title, 3-2.
The Bears boasted to other wrestlers in third-place matches in sophomore Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and rookie Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas). Like Foxen, Watterson was involved in an extremely close match, but came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision to the No. 5 seed from Bucknell, Austin Miller. Bernstein fell, 8-3, to Penn's Erich Smith.
Foxen and Bernstein have now qualified for the NCAA Championship. Watterson will find out on Wednesday if he gets a wild card invite to the national tournament.