LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Junior captain Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) pinned his opponent in his first match in the 184 pound weight class and sophomore Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota, N.Y.) earned a pair of wins in the 133 pound weight class to represent the Brown wrestling team in day one action at the 32nd annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.
Fifth-seeded Bernstein, ranked 14th in the country at 184 according to the latest Intermat College Rankings, remains the last Bear standing after pinning Dwight Homes of Hofstra in 4:47. Bernstein fell to #12 Gabe Dean of Cornell in quarterfinal action, 4-1, and will resume competition in today's wrestlebacks.
Finocchiaro started the day with a 20-10 decision over American's Esteban Gomez-River in the 133 pound weight class. The sophomore was then pinned by #18 Rossi Bruno of Michigan in 4:52, but rallied in the wrestlebacks with a decisive 16-0 triumph against North Idaho's Carlos Lozoya. Finocchiaro's tournament efforts came to a close after being pinned by Jose Mendoza of CSU Bakersfield.
Other Brown victories included a 14-2 win for Cortlandt Choate (Orwigsburg, Pa.) in the wrestlebacks of the 149 pound weight class and an opening round 6-0 victory for freshman Ryder Cavey (Eldersburg, Md.) in the heavyweight class. Cavey fell to #13 Blake Herrin of American in the second round and followed with a valiant effort in a 4-3 tiebreaker setback against Peter Aguiano from Grand Canyon.
Defeated by Tyler Cox (Wyoming), 16-4
Defeated by Brian Longmire (Cal Poly), 3-2
Defeated Esteban Gomez-River (American), 20-10
Pinned by Rosario Bruno (Michigan), 4:52
Defeated Carlos Lozoya (North Idaho), 16-0
Pinned by Jose Mendoza (CSU Bakersfield), 1:57
Defeated by Austin Solari (Grand Canyon), 6-1
Defeated by Dylan Phillipy (San Francisco State), 15-0
Defeated by #9 Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra), 13-2
Defeated Justin Gonzales (Colorado State Pueblo), 14-2
Defeated by #10 Brandon Nelsen (Purdue), 4-3
Defeated by #11 Holden Packard (Boise State), 4-2:sv
Defeated by Joel Smith (Arizona State), 12-2
Pinned by Joe Grandominico (Ohio State), 4:38
Pinned by Kenneth Radford (The Citadel), 4:25
Pinned by #4 Mathew Miller (Navy), 4:09
Defeated by #13 Brent Havlik (Wyoming), 3-2
#5 Ophir Bernstein
Pinned Dwight Homes (Hofstra), 4:47
Defeated by #4 Gabriel Dean (Cornell), 4-1
Pinned by Paul Rands (Navy), 3:20
Defeated by Robert Isley (Air Force), 6-2
Defeated Taylor Kornoely (North Idaho), 6-0
Defeated by #4 Blake Herrin (American), 10-1
Defeated by Peter Anguiano (Grand Canyon), 4-3:tb