PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown wrestling head coach Dave Amato has released the 2012-2013 schedule. The Bears will wrestle in 21 regular season competitions, including eight home matches at the Pizzitola Sports Center and five Ivy League contests.
"We have one of the most competitive schedules in the country with our Ivy League foes, EIWA opponents and non-conference matchups with Maryland and Stanford," said Amato. "We will be challenged early and often but it will allow us to be the best we can be."
The team opens the season on the road at the Binghamton Open on Sunday, Nov 11. In 2011, the competition showcased a number of Ivy League teams, including Penn, Princeton, Cornell, and Harvard, as well as George Mason, Hofstra, and Rider. The following weekend, the Bears will travel to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic, hosted by Penn, on Sunday, Nov. 18. Then, on Nov. 30—Dec. 1, the wrestlers ship off to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen Invitational, where they will face over 30 teams.
Brown's first home match will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 . They will face Franklin & Marshall, who finished 13th in the EIWC for the 2011-2012 season. After winter break, the Bears return to a home dual meet against Rider and Johnson & Wales on Saturday, Jan. 5. Last year, Brown defeated Johnson & Wales at home, 26-15.
The Bears hit the road for a busy weekend on Friday, Jan. 11, traveling to Fairfax, Va., to face George Mason and Cleveland State. The following day, they wrestle against Stanford and the University of Maryland. Stanford finished third at the Pac-12 Championships in 2012, and Maryland came in first in the ACC.
The next weekend, Brown faces two tough EIWA teams. The Bears take on their first Ivy League opponent of the season, Cornell, along with Rhode Island College at the Pizzitola on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Big Red finished first in the EIWA last season, with a 6-0 conference record. On Sunday, Jan. 20, the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers compete in Providence; they finished third in the EIWA at 5-1.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, Brown will head to West Point to challenge Army, last season's EIWA fourth-place finishers. The following weekend features two Ivy League matchups, Penn and Princeton, both on Feb. 9. Last season, Brown fell to Penn 30-7, but defeated Princeton at home 28-21. On Sunday, Feb. 10, the team travels to Lehigh to face the Mountain Hawks, who finished second in the EIWA last season with a 7-1 conference record. The next weekend, the Bears will be in Boston, competing against Harvard and Boston University on Saturday, Feb. 16. Brown picked up a tight wins over these teams last season, edging out BU 19-16 and scoring a critical 22-17 Ivy League victory over Harvard.
The team will end the season in Providence, facing Columbia and Sacred Heart at home on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Bears fell to the Lions 34-4 in the 2011-2012 season, but crushed Sacred Heart in an overpowering 41-0 shutout.
The EIWA Championships, where Brown had three semifinalists in 2012, will be at Rutgers on Mar. 8-9. The NCAA Championships will go from Mar.21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.