Wrestling Kicks Off New Year at Franklin & Marshall Open on Saturday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown wrestling team hits the mat for the first time in 2014 at the Franklin & Marshall Open on Saturday at the Alumni Sport and Fitness Center's Schnader Fieldhouse. This year's competition features nearly 300 wrestlers from teams such as Maryland, Princeton, American, Drexel, Bucknell, Navy and George Mason.

The Bears look to ride the momentum of last weekend's showings at the 81st Wilkes Open and the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. Brown wrestlers took home one championship and had four total placewinners over three days of action.

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BERNSTEIN RANKED NO. 12/13, PLACES FOURTH AT 184 AT MIDLANDS

Junior captain Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) ranks 12th and 13th in the nation in the 184 pound weight class according to the latest Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat rankings, respectively.

Bernstein took fourth place at 184 at the Midlands Championships on Monday. After rolling into the semifinals with four straight wins on Sunday, Bernstein fell 8-2 to top-seeded Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa, the nation's second ranked grappler at 184. Brown's junior tri-captain then defeated seventh-seeded Sam Brooks, 10-8, to advance to the third place match, but surrendered to third-seeded Nate Brown, 6-1, to take home fourth place honors.

BROWN POSTS STRONG SHOWING AT MIDLANDS

The Brown wrestling team finished in 14th place out of 47 teams at the conclusion of the Midlands Championships at Northwestern University on Monday. The second day of action saw Bernstein turn in the Bears' top performance with a fourth place finish in the 184 pound weight class. Brown accumulated 29.5 points, trailed Ivy League rival Columbia by just two places in the overall standings and finished ahead of Princeton (28th) and Harvard (29th).

LANZI CAPTURES 165 CROWN, THREE WRESTLERS PLACE IN TOP THREE AT WILKES OPEN

Senior Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam, N.Y.) dominated the opposition en route to first place in the 165 pound weight class and led a trio of Brown wrestlers at the 81st annual Wilkes Open at Wilkes University on Saturday. Senior Vincent Moita (Clayton, Calif.) worked his way to the 125 pound weight class finals and placed second, while sophomore Augustus Marker (Castle Rock, Colo.) took third at 197.

Lanzi set the tone early and pinned his first two opponents, including Steminto Rowe of Gloucester County College in a mere 23 seconds. The senior was then the victor over a pair of foes from host squad Wilkes before earning a trip to the finals with a commanding 9-1 decision over Adam DeJesus of Nassau Community College. Lanzi drew Nicholas Visicaro of Rutgers in the championship bout and prevailed, 9-7.

Moita etched out a pair of narrow victories to begin his day, topping Jaryd Flank, 15-14, and Anthony Rosamilia, 2-0. Tyler Walsh fell by a 17-4 score to send Moita to the finals, where he surrendered to Zachary Fuentes in a 13-4 decision.

Marker pinned Seth Gray of Wilkes in 4:30 to open up competition at 197, then topped Chris Chambers of Nassau, 8-1. Daniel Santoro of Princeton sent Marker to the wrestlebacks with a narrow 6-5 defeat, but Marker edged teammate Sebastien Levin, 4-3, for a bid to the third place match. The sophomore had it out for Joe Ariola of Buffalo and took third place with a 9-3 victory.

UP NEXT

The Bears are slated for their first dual meet of the season when they head to the Boston University Duals on Sunday, Jan. 12. Brown will face off against Army, Binghamton and American, with the first session beginning at 10 a.m.