Wrestling Gears Up for Boston University Duals on Sunday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dual meeting season officially gets underway on Sunday when the Brown wrestling team takes on Army (10 a.m.), Binghamton (12 p.m.) and American (4 p.m.) at the Boston University Duals at Case Gym.


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Junior captain Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) ranks 8th, 10th and 13th in the Amateur Wrestling News, Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine and InterMat college rankings, respectively, according to the latest 184-pound weight class polls. Bernstein comes off a fourth-place showing at the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Dec. 31, which helped lift Brown to a 14th place finish out of 47 teams.


The Bears look to exact revenge on Sunday's three opponents after going a combined 2-8 versus the trio at the Franklin & Marshall Open. Senior Vincent Moita (Clayton, Calif.) pinned Binghamton's Kyle Kelly in the opening round en route to a fifth place finish, while freshman Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.) defeated Dylan Caruana of the Bearcats, 9-6.

American stands 30th in the WIN team rankings and 36th according to the InterMat polls. The Eagles are led by sophomore David Terao (125), who is tabbed seventh by WIN and 12th by InterMat. Terao owns a 17-7 record with five major decisions this season and finished fourth at the Southern Scuffle last weekend. Senior Daniel Mitchell ranks ninth (InterMat) and 11th (WIN) at 197 and has five falls to go with a 13-3 record.

The Black Knights of Army lean on junior Chandler Smith, who is 22-8 in the 165-pound weight class this season. Smith went 2-1 in the wrestlebacks at the Southern Scuffle, while freshman and fellow 165-pounder Tony Risaliti leads the squad with five falls.

Binghamton has a pair of wrestlers vying for their 20th win of the season in sophomore Jack McKeever (174) and freshman Nick Tighe (133). After going 5-1 and placing third at the Franklin & Marshall Open, Tighe plans to compete at 141. Bearcats senior Cody Reed is a two-time NCAA qualifier in the 197-pound weight class, while junior heavyweight Tyler Devel took runner-up honors at Franklin & Marshall.


Senior Sebastien Levin (Amenia, N.Y.) took fourth in the 197 pound weight class and Moita finished fifth at 125 to lead a crew of four Brown wrestling placewinners at the Franklin & Marshall Open on Jan. 4. Twelve Bears competed in the field of over 300 wrestlers at Brown's last open event leading up to dual competition.

Levin opened strong with back-to-back wins, including a pin of Shaun Heist of Bloomsburg in 2:28, and a medical forfeit advanced him to the quarterfinal round. Levin was bested by Bryce Barnes of Army in a tight 4-2 decision, but rebounded by pinning Pittsburgh-Johnstown's Zac Bennett in 2:03 to take fourth place.

Moita caught fire to start the day and pinned his first two opponents in under two minutes each. Army's Hunter Wood derailed Moita's shot at the championship, but the 125-pounder took down Ibrahim Bunduka of George Mason, 8-3, to seize fifth place.


The Bears head to Bucknell for a dual meet in Lewisburg, Pa., on Jan. 18. Brown is scheduled to face the host Bison at 11 a.m. and Clarion at 1 p.m.