February 27, 2014

Four Wrestlers Earn All-Ivy Honors

2013-14 Wrestling All-Ivy Release

PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) and freshman Ryder Cavey (Eldersburg, Md.) earned Second Team All-Ivy honors while junior Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) and sophomore Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota, N.Y.) were named Honorable Mention All-Ivy, it was announced by the Ivy League office on Friday.

"I am very happy to see the All-Ivy teams," said Head Coach Todd Beckerman. "This is special to see what the others coaches in the Ivy League see in our team when they vote for them for these awards."

McDonald, a junior co-captain at 174 pounds, is 18-12 overall, 5-3 against Ivy League opponents and 5-1 in major decisions. His calculated approach has seen 16 of his matches decided by three points or fewer, including a crucial 3-1 decision against Penn to spark a rally that led to the Bears' first dual meet victory over the Quakers in 20 years.

A first-year heavyweight and the first Brown freshman to earn All-Ivy since Bernstein in 2012, Cavey completed his first collegiate regular season with an 11-11 record and won six of his last eight dual meet bouts heading into the EIWA Championships. The rookie started his Brown career in style by earning a fall in 52 seconds in his debut followed by a 13-2 major decision victory at the East Stroudsburg Open on Nov. 17. He later secured arguably the most important win by any Brown wrestler this season when he prevailed 7-2 against Penn to seal the historic come-from-behind dual meet triumph on Feb. 8.

Bernstein earns the third All-Ivy selection of his career after landing on the Second Team last season and Honorable Mention list as a freshman. Ranked 11th in the nation in the 184-pound weight class according to the latest Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine poll, the co-captain leads the Bears in wins with a 29-7 record and 11-1 mark in matches decided by fall. The two-time NCAA Championships qualifier started strong in tournament action by claiming first place at the Navy Classic and fourth place at both the Cliff Keen Invitational and Midlands. Bernstein has won six straight matches and has emerged victorious in 15 of his last 17 outings.

Brown's starter at 133, Finocchiaro ranks second on the team in wins with a 17-14 record and has won four times each by fall and major decision. The sophomore got off to a hot start in tournament action with a runner-up finish at the East Stroudsburg Open and a fourth-place showing at the Navy Classic. Finocchiaro has proven equally strong in dual meet competition and went undefeated during Brown's 3-1 streak that saw the Bears prevail over Sacred Heart, Penn and Johnson & Wales.

The Bears open their postseason schedule at the EIWA Championships at Penn on Mar. 8-9.

2013-14 Wrestling All-Ivy
 
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
*Nahshon Garrett, Cornell (So., 125 – Chico, Calif.)
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Gabe Dean, Cornell (Fr., 184 – Lowell, Mich.)
 
FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
*Nahshon Garrett, Cornell (So., 125 – Chico, Calif.)
Angelo Amenta, Columbia (So., 133 – Oregon, Ohio)
*Mike Nevinger, Cornell (Sr., 141 – Perry, N.Y.)
*Chris Villalonga, Cornell (Sr., 149 – Totowa, N.J.)
*Brian Realbuto, Cornell (Fr., 157 – Somers, N.Y.)
*Dylan Palacio, Cornell (Fr., 165 – Long Beach, N.Y.)
*Shane Hughes, Columbia (Jr., 174 – Sussex, Wis.)
*Gabe Dean, Cornell (Fr., 184 – Lowell, Mich.)
*James Fox, Harvard (Jr., 197 – Plainfield, N.J.)
*Jacob Aiken-Phillips, Cornell (Jr., 285 – Lawrenceville, Ga.)
 
SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Penn Gottfriend, Columbia (Sr., 125 – Hartsdale, N.Y.)
Caleb Richardson, Penn (Fr., 125 – Virginia Beach, Va.)
Mark Grey, Cornell (Fr., 133 – Rockaway, N.J.)
Todd Preston, Harvard (So., 141 – Hampton, N.J.)
Adam Krop, Princeton (Jr., 149 – Urbana, Md.)
Ray Bethea, Penn (So., 157 – Trenton, N.J.)
Casey Kent, Penn (So., 165 – Norristown, Pa.)
Ricky McDonald, Brown (Jr., 174 – Carson City, Nev.)
Lorenzo Thomas, Penn (Jr., 184 – Pittsburgh)
Jace Bennett, Cornell (Jr., 197 – Amarillo, Texas)
Ryder Cavey, Brown (Fr., 285 – Eldersburg, Md.)
 
Honorable Mention
Anthony Finocchiaro, Brown (So., 133 – Canastota, N.Y.)
Jeff Canfora, Penn (Jr., 141 – East Hanover, N.J.)
Kevin Moylan, Princeton (So., 157 – Palos Park, Ill.)
Josh Houldsworth, Columbia (Sr., 165 – White Lake, Mich.)
Duke Pickett, Cornell (So., 174 – Culpeper, Va.)
Ophir Bernstein, Brown (Jr., 184 – Allen, Texas)
Abram Ayala, Princeton (So., 197 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
David Ng, Harvard (Jr., 285 – Massapequa, N.Y.)
 
*-Unanimous selection
^-Second team expanded to 11 due to ties in the voting.