Seniors propel Brown past Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bears' senior class went 5-0 on the evening, including a technical fall from Christian LaBrie and a major decision from Ian Butterbrodt, as Brown University wrestling defeated Harvard University, 25-12, on Thursday night at the Malkin Athletic Center in their final road dual of the year.

Competing in their last Ivy League dual meet of the season, the Bears (7-6, 5-5 EIWA, 2-3 Ivy) won six of the dual's last seven bouts to erase an early 9-0 deficit and upend the host Crimson (2-9, 2-7 EIWA, 0-5 Ivy).

"Ivy wins are always tough to get in our league, and this was a great way to close our Ivy dual season," Brown head coach Todd Beckerman said. "Our seniors are really stepping up and leading the way for us. We are definitely building some momentum as we look forward to our final dual against Sacred Heart on Saturday and then the conference championships."

LaBrie (Exeter, R.I.) posted his second technical fall of the year while Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) notched his fourth major decision of the season, improving to 10-0 in duals and 7-0 in EIWA duals this winter.

Junior Trey Keeley (Washington, Ill.) tallied his 17th win of the year with his first major decision, senior Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) won by decision to improve to 27-5 overall, 12-1 in duals, and 10-0 in EIWA duals, and senior CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) took a decision to better his season mark to 20-7 - marking his third straight 20-win season. Senior Tucker Ziegler (Myersville, Md.) added a win via injury default.

After the Bears opened the meet with a 9-0 deficit, LaBrie stopped the run with a 16-0 first-period technical fall over Aaron Kruk at 157 pounds. LaBrie registered a trio of 4-point near falls as part of the winning effort.

Viruet - ranked No. 17 in the nation at 165 pounds according to Intermat - followed with a 4-2 win over Tyler Tarsi at 165. Viruet notched a late takedown in the second period and earned an escape to start the third period to take a 4-1 lead that he would not relinquish.

With Brown still trailing 12-8, LaFragola notched a 3-1 win over Leo Tarantino at 184 pounds to bring Brown within 12-11 in the team score. With the bout tied at 1-1, LaFragola scored a takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the third period to gain the victory.

At 197 pounds, Ziegler took a win via injury default, pushing Brown ahead 17-12 in the team score.

At 285 pounds, Butterbrodt garnered a 12-0 major decision over Evan Callahan. Butterbrodt opened the bout with an 8-0 lead at the end of the first period on his way to his seventh shutout victory of the season, including his fifth clean sheet in dual competition.

Closing the dual at 125 pounds, Keeley recorded a 15-5 major decision triumph over Connor Sakmar. Keeley claimed leads of 6-2 at the end of the first period and 10-3 at the end of the second stanza on his way to the win.

Next, Brown closes its regular season with a home dual meet against Sacred Heart on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m. (ESPN+) before competing at the EIWA Championships from Mar. 8-9.

133: Lukus Stricker (H) def. Charlie Faber (B), Dec. 10-4 (Harvard 3-0)
141: Ryan Friedman (H) def. Theo Powers (B), Dec. 7-5 (Harvard 6-0)
149: Brock Wilson (H) def. Jack Bokina (B), Dec. 5-2 (Harvard 9-0)
157: Christian LaBrie (B) def. Aaron Kruk (H), TF 16-0 (Harvard 9-5)
165: No. 17 Jon Viruet (B) def. Tyler Tarsi (H), Dec. 4-2 (Harvard 9-8)
174: Joshua Kim (H) def. AJ Pedro (B), Dec. 8-5 (Harvard 12-8)
184: CJ LaFragola (B) def. Leo Tarantino (H), Dec. 3-1 (Harvard 12-11)
197: Tucker Ziegler (B) def. Cole Bateman (H), Injury Default (Brown 17-12)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (B) def. Evan Callahan (H), MD 12-0 (Brown 21-12)
125: Trey Keeley (B) def. Connor Sakmar (H), MD 15-6 (Brown 25-12)


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