DES MOINES, IOWA – Junior Billy Watterson (Pound Ridge, N.J.) and sophomore Ophir Bernstein (Allen, TX) of the Brown wrestling team picked up individual victories, but both fell in the consolation round to wrap up the 2012-13 season on Friday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships held at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Watterson, who qualified for his first NCAA meet after a fourth-place finish at the EIWA Championships, opened the competition on Thursday with a 7-6 decision over Joseph Duca of Indiana at 125 pounds. Watterson then lost by technical fall to second-seeded Jesse Delgado of Illinois to move over to the consolation bracket.
In the third session on Friday, Watterson matched up against David Thorn on Minnesota, but lost by fall in 1:20. Watterson finished the season with 22 victories.
Bernstein, who qualified for his second straight NCAAs by virtue of a third-place finish at EIWAs, fell to No. 11 Mike Larson of Missouri, 8-5, in the opening round at 184 pounds. Bernstein then defeated Cody Reed of Binghamton by a 13-3 major decision in the consolation bracket to stay alive in the tournament.
On Friday, Bernstein lost by major decision to fifth-seeded Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota, 13-5, in the third session. Bernstein ends his sophomore campaign with 26 victories.
Brown has now sent two wrestlers to the national championships for the second straight season.