Brown sweeps past Franklin & Marshall, Bucknell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Seniors Jon Viruet and CJ LaFragola both won twice on the day as Brown University wrestling swept past Franklin & Marshall College, 21-18, and Bucknell University, 20-18, in a pair of EIWA dual meets on Saturday at the Pizzitola Sports Center to cap its home-opening weekend.

The Bears (4-2, 2-1 EIWA) opened with a 10-0 lead and held an edge as large as 21-9 against the Diplomats (2-2, 0-1 EIWA) in their first dual of the day before rallying from a 15-3 deficit - winning four of the last five bouts - to upend the Bison (3-6, 1-3 EIWA) in the nightcap.

"I'm really proud of the way our team competed today to come away with two wins in conference duals," Brown head coach Todd Beckerman said. "We found different ways to win in both duals. Against F&M, we had some key early victories and then added some timely bonus-point wins. Against Bucknell, we showed tremendous resiliency and battled through all 10 weight classes."

Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) tallied 10 team points on the day, including his third fall of the year, and now has 20 wins on the season - his third straight 20-win campaign. LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) posted eight team points, including his first technical fall of the year. Against Bucknell, Viruet's major decision initiated a 17-3 run that Brown used to close and win the dual.

Next, Brown hosts a pair of EIWA duals on Saturday, Jan. 26 against No. 10 Cornell at 11:00 a.m. (ESPN+) and Binghamton at 7:00 p.m. in the program's fifth annual "Rumble and Tumble" combined meet with Brown gymnastics.

Dual 1: Brown 21, Franklin & Marshall 18

Senior Jon Viruet posted a pin at 165 pounds, and senior CJ LaFragola tallied a technical fall at 184 pounds to propel Brown past Franklin & Marshall, 21-18, in an EIWA dual meet on Saturday morning.

The Bears won the dual's first three bouts to take a 10-0 lead and registered bonus-point wins from Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) and LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) in the second half of the meet to secure the win over the Diplomats.

Viruet recorded his third fall and 19th win of the year while LaFragola notched his first technical fall and 14th win of the season. At 133 pounds, freshman Reese Fry (Manchester, Mich.) charted his third major decision of the year. Junior Trey Keeley (Washington, Ill.) and freshman Colin Realbuto (Somers, N.Y.) won via decision at 125 and 141 pounds respectively.

Keeley opened the dual with an 8-5 victory over Jose Diaz at 125 pounds. He gained a 4-2 lead at the end of the first period and an 8-4 edge at the end of the second stanza en route to the win.

Fry gave the Bears a 7-0 lead in the team score with his 13-4 major decision over Mike Simonetti at 133 pounds. Fry staked himself to a 5-2 lead at the end of the first, went ahead 8-2 through two periods, and added five points in the final frame.

The Bears captured their third consecutive bout as Realbuto took a 6-2 decision at 141 pounds over Paddy Quinlan, extending Brown's team lead to 10-0. With the score tied 2-2 entering the third period, Realbuto tallied an escape, takedown, and riding time point to seize the win.

After the Diplomats pulled within 10-6 in the team score, Viruet - ranked No. 18 in the nation - pushed Brown's lead to 16-6 with a fall in the first period at the 0:57 mark over F&M's Crew Fullerton at 165 pounds.

LaFragola gave Brown a 21-9 advantage in the team score with a 24-9 technical fall over Reid Robilotto at 184 pounds. LaFragola notched three takedowns in the first period to move ahead 6-3. He tacked on five more points to gain an 11-4 lead heading to the third period. In the final frame, he registered five takedowns and a 2-point near fall on his way to the win.

Brown 21, Franklin & Marshall 18 (Jan. 19, 2019 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Trey Keeley (B) def. Jose Diaz (F), Dec. 8-5 (Brown 3-0)
133: Reese Fry (B) def. Mike Simonetti (F), MD 13-4 (Brown 7-0)
141: Colin Realbuto (B) def. Paddy Quinlan (F), Dec. 6-2 (Brown 10-0)
149: Wil Gil (F) def. Jack Bokina (B), Dec. 9-8 (Brown 10-3)
157: Emmett LiCastri (F) def. Christian LaBrie (B), Dec. 9-3 (Brown 10-6)
165: No. 18 Jon Viruet (B) def. Crew Fullerton (F), Fall 0:57 (Brown 16-6)
174: Jake Conners (F) def. Cade Wilson (B), Dec. 5-2 (Brown 16-9)
184: CJ LaFragola (B) def. Reid Robilotto (F), TF 24-9 (Brown 21-9)
197: Phil Robilotto (F) def. Tucker Ziegler (B), Fall 2:40 (Brown 21-15)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F) def. James Valentino (B), Dec. 1-0 (Brown 21-18)

Dual 2: Brown 20, Bucknell 18

The Bears won four of the dual's final five bouts, closing the meet on a 17-3 run, as Brown beat Bucknell, 20-18, on Saturday night behind bonus-point wins from senior Jon Viruet, freshman Cade Wilson, and senior Ian Butterbrodt.

Facing a 15-3 deficit after the dual's first five bouts, the Bears won three straight bouts to pull within 15-14 and remained within 18-14 heading to the 285-pound weight class before Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) forced five stall warnings, resulting in a Bucknell disqualification and six team points for the Bears.

Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) captured his 20th win of the season - his third straight 20-win campaign - and his team-best sixth major decision of the year. Wilson (Nazareth, Pa.) notched his second major decision of the season.

Freshman Samuel Lynch (Foster, R.I.) scored six points inside final 10 seconds of his match to earn a decision, and senior CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) tacked on a decision for his 15th win of the year.

After Bucknell opened the dual with a 12-0 lead, Lynch stopped the run with a 12-11 win over Matthew Kolonia at 149 pounds. Trailing 11-6 with under 10 seconds remaining in the third period, Lynch scored a takedown and a 4-point near fall to rally for the win.

The Bison remained ahead 15-3 before Viruet - ranked No. 18 in the nation - gained a 13-1 major decision over D.J. Hollingshead at 165 pounds. Viruet led 6-0 at the end of the first period and 10-0 at the conclusion of the second stanza, bringing Brown within 15-7 in the team score.

Wilson notched back-to-back major decisions for the Bears with a 15-2 win over Nick Stephani at 174 pounds. Wilson outscored Stephani 6-2 in the first period, 7-0 in the second stanza, and 2-0 in the third frame to trim Brown's deficit to 15-11 in the team score.

LaFragola continued a three-match win streak for the Bears with a 3-1 win over Jacob Ferreira at 184 pounds that whittled the team score to 15-14. LaFragola scored a takedown in the first period and an escape in the third for the win.

After the Bison pulled ahead 18-14 in the team score, Butterbrodt won the meet for the Bears with six points at heavyweight. Butterbrodt held an 8-0 lead with 20 seconds left in the third period before forcing Brandon Stokes into his fifth stall warning, resulting in a disqualification that gave the Bears the team win.

Brown 20, Bucknell 18 (Jan. 19, 2019 | Pizzitola Sports Center)
125: Jakob Campbell (BK) def. Trey Keeley (BR), Dec. 2-1 (Bucknell 3-0)
133: David Campbell (BK) def. Reese Fry (BR), Dec. 9-6 (Bucknell 6-0)
141: Joey Gould (BK) def. Colin Realbuto (BR), Fall 6:54 (Bucknell 12-0)
149: Samuel Lynch (BR) def. Matthew Kolonia (BK), Dec. 12-11 (Bucknell 12-3)
157: No. 8 Zach Hartman (BK) def. Christian LaBrie (BR), Dec. 7-2 (Bucknell 15-3)
165: No. 18 Jon Viruet (BR) def. D.J. Hollingshead (BK), MD 13-1 (Bucknell 15-7)
174: Cade Wilson (BR) def. Nick Stephani (BK), MD 15-2 (Bucknell 15-11)
184: CJ LaFragola (BR) def. Jacob Ferreira (BK), Dec. 3-1 (Bucknell 15-14)
197: Drew Phipps (BK) def. Nino Bastianelli (BR), Dec. 5-2 (Bucknell 18-14)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (BR) def. Brandon Stokes (BK), Disqualification (Brown 20-18)


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