PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Trailing 16-9 with two bouts remaining, sophomore Augustus Marker (Castle Rock, Colo.) unleashed a crucial fall at 197 to power the Brown wrestling team to an 18-16 win over Penn in its home opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday.
"This was an exciting and emotional match tonight," said Head Coach Todd Beckerman. "Especially with our alumni back for the weekend, the team really fed off the excitement of our home crowd."
The Bears got off to a hot start with senior Vincent Moita (Clayton, Calif.) taking a narrow 3-1 win at 125 and sophomore Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota, N.Y.) prevailing 11-4 at 133. Facing a 6-0 deficit, the Quakers rattled off four straight decisions to jump ahead 13-6.
Junior Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) snapped Brown's dry spell and grinded out a 3-1 win in the 174-pound class, only to see No. 9 junior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas.) suffer a rare loss by way of an 8-5 decision to No. 13 Lorenzo Thomas at 184.
Trailing 16-9, Brown needed strong performances in the final two bouts and Marker provided just that with a defensive fall with just 50 seconds left in the 197-pound match. The clutch maneuver cut Penn's lead to one, 16-15, allowing freshman heavyweight Ryder Cavey (Eldersburg, Md.) to seal the team win with a 7-2 score in the day's final bout.
Brown continues its five-meet home stand when the Bears host Princeton and Johnson & Wales tomorrow beginning at 12 p.m. Prior to the opening bout, Brown will honor former head coach Dave Amato for his 30 years of service to the program.
125: Vincent Moita (Brown) dec. Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 3-1
133: Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown) dec. Ken Bade (Penn), 11-4
141: Jeff Canfora (Penn) MD Jack Twomey-Kozak (Brown), 12-2
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) dec. Steven Galiardo (Brown), 6-2
157: Steve Robertson (Penn) dec. Justin Staudenmayer (Brown), 4-2 SV
165: No. 17 Casey Kent (Penn) dec. Philip Marano (Brown), 7-1
174: Ricky McDonald (Brown) dec. Zach Agostino (Penn), 3-1
184: No. 13 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) dec. No. 9 Ophir Bernstein (Brown), 8-5
197: Augustus Marker (Brown) FALL Frank Mattiace (Penn), 6:10
285: Ryder Cavey (Brown) dec. Steven Graziano (Penn), 7-2