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Brown rallies past Sacred Heart in regular season finale

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Senior Trey Keeley, junior Charlie Faber, and sophomore Jack Bokina all posted major decisions as Brown University wrestling rallied past Sacred Heart University, 18-15, in its regular season finale on Sunday afternoon at the William H. Pitt Center.

Trailing 12-3 after the first half of the dual, the Bears (4-8, 4-7 EIWA) won four of the meet's final five bouts to come back and defeat the Pioneers (8-6, 3-5 EIWA), closing out a 2-0 weekend that included a 19-18 victory over Harvard yesterday. The Bears concluded the regular season with three wins in their final four duals.

"It's nice to be able to close the regular season with back-to-back wins and with wins in three of our last four matches," Brown head coach Todd Beckerman said. "Just like yesterday against Harvard, we needed all 10 guys to win tonight. We can take this momentum with us when we head to EIWAs in two weeks."

Keeley (Washington, Ill.) tallied his 12th win of the season, second win of the weekend, and third major decision of the year. Faber (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) notched his 13th win and fifth major decision of the year. Bokina (Mattituck, N.Y.) registered his 17th win of the year, and his team-high sixth major decision of the season completed the Bears' comeback.

Junior Nino Bastianelli (Marysville, Mich.) recorded his 17th win of the year and second win of the weekend while freshman Ricky Cabanillas (Whippany, N.J.) charted his team-best 22nd win of the year, sixth straight victory, and second win of the weekend.

After Sacred Heart opened the dual - which began at 165 pounds - with three straight victories, Bastianelli began the Bears' comeback with a 7-2 decision over Rob Hetherman at 197 pounds, bringing Brown within 9-3.

Following a Pioneer victory in the heavyweight division, Keeley started the Bears' run of four wins in five bouts with an 11-0 shutout major decision over Sean Faraon at 125 pounds, cutting the margin in the team score to 12-7.

Faber followed with another major decision, topping Kyle Randall, 15-4, at 133 pounds and slicing the Bears' deficit to 12-11. SHU countered with a win at 141 pounds, moving up 15-11, before Brown answered with back-to-back wins to close the meet.

Cabanillas pulled the Bears within 15-14 in the team score behind a 3-1 victory over Nick Palumbo at 149 pounds. Bokina then sealed the team triumph behind a 13-0 shutout major decision over Will Schmidt at 157 pounds.

Next, Brown competes at the EIWA Championships at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., from March 6-7.

Results:
165: Brandon Levesque (S) def. Matt Lattanze (B), Dec. 5-1 (SHU 3-0)
174: Joe Accousti (S) def. Cade Wilson (B), Dec. 7-2 (SHU 6-0)
184: Kyle Davis (S) def. Aaron Wolk (B), Dec. 6-3 (SHU 9-0)
197: Nino Bastianelli (B) def. Rob Hetherman (S), Dec. 7-2 (SHU 9-3)
285: Connor Fredericks (S) def. Thomas Mukai (B), Dec. 4-0 (SHU 12-3)
125: Trey Keeley (B) def. Sean Faraon (S), MD 11-0 (SHU 12-7)
133: Charlie Faber (B) def. Kyle Randall (S), MD 15-4 (SHU 12-11)
141: Gerard Daly (S) def. Hunter Kosco (B), Dec. 5-1 (SHU 15-11)
149: Ricky Cabanillas (B) def. Nick Palumbo (S), Dec. 3-1 (SHU 15-14)
157: Jack Bokina (B) vs. Will Schmidt (S), MD 13-0 (Brown 18-15)

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