Wrestling's Staudenmayer, Viruet, LaFragola Set for NCAA Championships

Wrestling's Staudenmayer, Viruet, LaFragola Set for NCAA Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior 157-pounder Justin Staudenmayer, junior 165-pounder Jon Viruet, and junior 184-pounder CJ LaFragola are set to represent Brown University wrestling at the 2018 NCAA Championships from Thursday to Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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THE MATCHUPS
Brown earned three NCAA qualifiers for the first time since 2008, and all three of the Bears' wrestlers will square off with seeded opponents in the round of 32.

Senior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) will meet No. 13 seed Luke Zilverberg (30-8) of South Dakota State in the round of 32 of the 157-pound weight class. The two met on Dec. 30 with Zilverberg taking a 5-0 decision.

Making his NCAA debut, junior Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) will face No. 8 seed Chandler Rogers (20-3) of Oklahoma State in the round of 32 of the 165-pound weight class.

Heading back to NCAAs for the second straight season, junior CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) will take on No. 14 Nick Gravina (17-5) of Rutgers in the round of 32 of the 184-pound weight class. 

STAUDENMAYER MAKES THIRD APPEARANCE
Senior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), a three-time NCAA qualifier, four-time EIWA competitor, and two-time EIWA placer, led the team in wins (23), dual wins (eight), and EIWA dual wins (seven) this season. Earlier this year, he won the 157-pound weight class at the Navy Classic and placed sixth at the Midlands Championships. In his career, he has posted two wins at NCAAs. 

LAFRAGOLA BACK-TO-BACK
Returning to NCAAs for the second straight season, junior CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) has tallied 19 wins on the season and led the team with seven EIWA dual wins. Earlier this year he won the 184-pound weight class at the Navy Classic and placed fifth at the EIWA Championships. 

VIRUET DEBUTS
A three-time EIWA competitor and two-time EIWA placer, junior Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) led the team with 29 dual points and has posted 21 wins on the season. He placed sixth at this year's EIWA Championships and will make his debut at the NCAA Championships. 

THE BEARS AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In its program history, Brown has garnered four All-Americans – J. Dana Eastham in 1953, Willie Carpenter in 1996, Tivon Abel in 1998, and Ophir Bernstein in 2014. 

AGAINST THE FIELD
Brown's three NCAA competitors hold a combined 11-26 record against the NCAA field. Senior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) carries a 6-10 mark against the field, junior CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) has posted a 4-8 mark, and junior Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) has gone 1-8. 

Justin Staudenmayer (6-10)
Beat Joe Velliquette (Penn), Dec. 7-5, on Nov. 12
Lost to Markus Scheidel (Columbia), Dec. 7-3, on Nov. 12
Beat Casey Sparkman (Kent State), Dec. 3-2, on Nov. 18
Beat Larry Early (Old Dominion), Dec. 3-2, on Nov. 18
Lost to Andrew Shomers (Edinboro, Dec. 4-0, on Dec. 1
Beat Joe Velliquette (Penn), Dec. 6-1, on Dec. 29
Lost to Michael Kemerer (Iowa), TF 19-4, on Dec. 30
Lost to Mike D'Angelo (Princeton), Dec. 5-2, on Dec. 30
Lost to Luke Zilverberg (South Dakota State), Dec. 5-0, on Dec. 30
Lost to Paul Fox (Stanford), Dec. 2-1, on Jan. 13
Lost to Alex Klucker (Lock Haven), Dec. 4-0, on Jan. 21
Beat Joe Velliquette (Penn), Dec. 7-3, on Feb. 3
Beat Ian Brown (Lehigh), Dec. 2-1, on Mar. 3
Lost to Markus Scheidel (Columbia), Dec. 4-3, on Mar. 4
Lost to Luke Weiland (Army), Forfeit, on Mar. 4
Lost to Joe Velliquette (Penn), Forfeit, on Mar. 4 

Jon Viruet (1-8)
Lost to Bryce Martin (Indiana), Dec. 3-1, on Nov. 18
Beat Kellan Torres (Northern Colorado), Fall 6:56, on Dec. 1
Lost to Evan Wick (Wisconsin), Dec. 8-4, on Dec. 1
Lost to Alex Marinelli (Iowa), Dec. 3-2, on Dec. 29
Lost to Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven), MD 8-0, on Jan. 21
Lost to May Bethea (Penn), MD 12-4, on Dec. 3
Lost to Jonathan Schleifer (Princeton), on Feb. 4
Lost to Drew Daniels (Navy), Dec. 3-2, on Mar. 4
Lost to Gordon Wolf (Lehigh), Medical Forfeit, on Mar. 4 

CJ LaFragola (4-8)
Beat Michael Coleman (Navy), Dec. 8-6, on Nov. 18
Lost to Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin), Dec. 3-1 SV1, on Dec. 1
Lost to Steven Schneider (Binghamton), Dec. 4-1, on Dec. 2
Lost to Mitchell Bowman (Iowa), Injury Default, on Dec. 29
Lost to Joe Heyob (Penn), Forfeit, on Dec. 29
Lost to Corey Hazel (Lock Haven), Dec. 2-0, on Jan. 20
Lost to Maxwell Dean (Cornell), Dec. 5-0, on Jan. 27
Beat Joe Heyob (Penn), Dec. 3-1, on Feb. 3
Beat Alexander DeCiantis (Drexel), Dec. 4-3 TB2, on Mar. 3
Lost to Ryan Preisch (Lehigh), Fall 3:54, on Mar. 4
Lost to Steven Schneider (Binghamton), Dec. 1-0, on Mar. 4
Beat Alexander DeCiantis (Drexel), Medical Forfeit, on Mar. 4 

SECOND PLACE IVY FINISH
With wins over Penn, Princeton, and Columbia, Brown posted three Ivy dual wins in a season for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. With their 3-2 Ivy mark, the Bears tied for second in the Ivy standings, marking their highest finish since the 1996-97 season. 

IN THE RANKINGS
Senior Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) checks in at No. 31 in the Coaches' Rankings (Mar. 8) and at No. 21 in the RPI (Mar. 8). Junior CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) ranks at No. 24 in the Coaches' Rankings and No. 25 in the RPI. 

ESPN COVERAGE
ESPN will provide live coverage of every match for the fifth straight year with views of all eight mats available via ESPN3. Linear coverage of the championships will feature across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

Television Schedule
Day Date Time (ET) Session Network
Thu. Mar. 15 Noon-3:30 p.m. First Round ESPNU
    7:00-10:30 p.m. Second Round ESPN
Fri. Mar. 16 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Third Round - Quarters ESPNU
    8-11 p.m. Fourth Round - Semis ESPN
Sat. Mar. 17 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifth Session - Medals ESPNU
    8-11 p.m. Sixth Session - Finals ESPN2
         
ESPN3 Schedule
Day Date Time (ET) Session No. of Mats
Thu. Mar. 15 Noon - 3:30 p.m. First Session Eight
    7:00-10:30 p.m. Second Session Eight
Fri. Mar. 16 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Third Session - Quarters Eight
    8-11 p.m. Fourth Session - Semis Six
Sat. Mar. 17 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifth Session - Medals Three
    8-11 p.m. "Off the Mat" - Finals One