Wrestling Defeats Penn in Ivy Dual on Senior Day, 25-17

Wrestling Defeats Penn in Ivy Dual on Senior Day, 25-17

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Zeke Salvo posted a pin to pace six winners for the Bears as Brown University wrestling topped the University of Pennsylvania, 25-17, in an Ivy League dual meet on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

With the Bears (3-5, 3-2 EIWA, 1-1 Ivy) celebrating Senior Day as part of their Alumni & Family Weekend, Salvo (Baltimore, Md.) notched a fall to push Brown ahead of the Quakers (7-5, 4-3 EIWA, 0-1 Ivy) in the team score, 18-10, as the Bears maintained at least a four-point edge the rest of the way.

Prior to the meet, Brown honored senior wrestlers Salvo, Charlie Banaszak (Bethesda, Md.), Michael Russo (Jersey City, N.J.), and Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) for their hard work and dedication to the program.

Alongside Salvo's fourth fall of the year, freshman Bryce Rogers (Orlando, Fla.) also notched a bonus-point win with his third major decision of the year. Staudenmayer and juniors CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) and Ian Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) each won via decision. Sophomore Trey Keeley (Washington, Ill.) earned a win via forfeit.

With the meet starting at 184 pounds, LaFragola picked up a 3-1 victory over Joe Heyob. LaFragola scored a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second on his way to the win.

At 285 pounds, Butterbrodt gave Brown a 6-4 lead in the team score with a 6-3 win over Tyler Hall. He took a 4-1 lead after the first period on a pair of takedowns and added a reversal in the third. Keeley followed with his forfeit win at 125 pounds to give the Bears a 12-4 advantage.

With Brown leading 12-10, Salvo extended the hosts' advantage to 18-10 with a fall in 1:23 over Tristin DeVincenzo at 141 pounds.

Staudenmayer pushed the Bears ahead 21-13 with a 7-3 win over Joe Velliquette at 157 pounds. Staudenmayer shut out Velliquette through the first two periods and added four points in the third stanza for his team-leading 19th win of the year.

Rogers closed the team win for the Bears with a 10-2 major decision triumph over Quinton Hiles. Leading 2-0 entering the third stanza, Rogers totaled three takedowns, an escape, and a riding time point to finish the meet.

Next, Brown hosts Princeton tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 4, at noon as part of the team's combined meet with the Brown gymnastics program. 

Brown 25, Penn 17 (Feb. 3, 2018 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
184: CJ LaFragola (B) def. Joe Heyob (P), Dec. 3-1 (Brown 3-0)
197: No. 8 Frank Mattiace (P) def. Tucker Ziegler (B), MD 11-2 (Penn 4-3)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (B) def. Tyler Hall (P), Dec. 6-3 (Brown 6-4)
125: Trey Keeley (B) wins by forfeit (Brown 12-4)
133: Gianni Ghione (P) def. Hunter Kosco (B), Fall 6:10 (Brown 12-10)
141: Zeke Salvo (B) def. Tristin DeVincenzo (P), Fall 1:23 (Brown 18-10)
149: Joe Oliva (P) def. Zach Krause (B), Dec. 11-8 (Brown 18-13)
157: Justin Staudenmayer (B) def. Joe Velliquette (P), Dec. 7-3 (Brown 21-13)
165: May Bethea (P) def. Jon Viruet (B), MD 12-4 (Brown 21-17)
174: Bryce Rogers (B) def. Quinton Hiles (P), MD 10-2 (Brown 25-17)