FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Brown wrestling team jumped into the win column with a decisive 34-3 victory over Sacred Heart in dual meet action on Sunday. The Bears took all but one weight class, including a 12-0 major decision for freshman Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.) at 149 and junior Ophir Bernstein's (Allen, Texas) 10th pin of the year in the 184-pound weight class.
"I am excited for the results today," said Head Coach Todd Beckerman, who earned his first dual meet victory at the helm of the Bears. "We bounced back from a tough dual on Saturday and competed hard for seven minutes in every match. We will use this momentum heading into our Alumni and Family Weekend duals. Coach Lausier is building something special at Sacred Heart and I am excited to continue this border state rivalry."
Bernstein, ranked ninth in the country in the 184-pound weight class according to the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll, improves to 23-6 overall on the season and is now 10-1 in matches decided by fall. The junior captain pinned Tomasz Filipkowski in 4:40.
Galiardo's 12-0 major decision over Alex Harnsberger was followed by a second straight Brown shutout in the shape of freshman Justin Staudenmayer's (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) 4-0 win against Casey Mitchell at 157. Junior Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) and sophomore Augustus Marker (Castle Rock, Colo.) each prevailed 7-2 at 174 and 197, respectively, while rookie Ryder Cavey (Eldersburg, Md.) capped the day with a 9-3 triumph in the heavyweight class.
Following a weeklong break from competition, the Bears hit the mat against Penn, Princeton and Johnson & Wales in their home opening Alumni Weekend meets. Brown squares off against the Quakers on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
125: Vincent Moita (Brown) won by forfeit.
133: Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown) dec. Kyle Brady (Sacred Heart) 7-4.
141: Andrew Polidore (Sacred Heart) dec. John Twomey-Kozak (Brown) 9-4.
149: Steven Galiardo (Brown) major dec. Alex Harnsberger (Sacred Heart) 12-0.
157: Justin Staudenmayer (Brown) dec. Casey Mitchell (Sacred Heart) 4-0.
165: Philip Marano (Brown) dec. Johnny Vrasidas (Sacred Heart) 7-4.
174: Richard McDonald (Brown) dec. Zachary Moran (Sacred Heart) 7-2.
184: Ophir Bernstein (Brown) pinned Tomasz Filipkowski (Sacred Heart) 4:40.
197: Augustus Marker (Brown) dec. Sam Morison (Sacred Heart) 7-2.
285: Ryder Cavey (Brown) dec. Nicholas Lupi (Sacred Heart) 9-3.