PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – In their first dual match of the 2012-2013 season, the Brown wrestling team (1-0) claimed a definitive victory over the squad from Franklin and Marshall, as the Bears earned 24 points to the Diplomats' 12. Brown wrestlers took six of the ten weight classes, with two matches won by fall.
Junior Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, NY) claimed the Bears first victory of the day, defeating Aaron Moldoff, 11-5, at 125 pounds. Senior Beau Martino (Haymarket, VA) earned a second consecutive victory for the home team, as he won the 133-pound category, defeating Robert Ruiz, 7-3, and putting the Bears up, 6-0, over the Diplomats.
Wrestling at 157 pounds, junior CJ Howard (Pittsford, NY) defeated Eric Norgard, 12-8, breaking a 6-6 tie to give the Bears a three-point lead halfway through the match. Franklin and Marshall took the next pairing to even the score again, but Brown decisively claimed the next three contests to secure the victory, beginning with junior Giuseppi Lanzi's (Amsterdam, NY) 7-1 defeat of Adam Schroeder at 174 pounds.
The Bears saved some of their best wrestling for last, as their final two wins of the day, both claimed by sophomores, came by fall. Ophir Bernstein (Allen, TX), wrestling at 184 pounds, pinned Paul Alessandrini at just 1:07, while Sterling Hecox (Harlem, IL), competing in the 197-pound category, accomplished the same against Isaiah Cromwell, pinning him at 1:14.
After a victorious start to the dual meet season, Brown wrestling will take a 27-day break for final exams and the holidays. The Bears will return to the mat on Saturday, January 5 in back-to-back home matches. They will begin the day against Johnson and Wales at 1:00pm before squaring off against Rider at 3:00pm, all in the Pizzitola Sports Center.
125: Billy Watterson (Brown) defeated Aaron Moldoff (F&M), 11-5
133: Beau Martino (Brown) defeated Robert Ruiz (F&M), 7-3
141: Richard Durson (F&M) defeated Cortlandt Choate (Brown), 6-1
149: Andrew Murano (F&M) defeated Zachary Tanenbaum (Brown), 8-4
157: CJ Howard (Brown) defeated Eric Norgard (F&M), 12-8
165: Colin Lahiff (F&M) defeated Zachary Rees (Brown), 4-0
174: Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown) defeated Adam Schroeder (F&M), 7-1
197: Sterling Hecox (Brown) pinned Isaiah Cromwell (F&M), 1:14
285: Colin Gironda (F&M) defeated Marcos Aranda (Brown), 7-3