FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart wrestling team nearly rallied from a 16-6 deficit to Brown on Sunday at the Pitt Center, but lost the final bout in a 22-17 loss to the Bears. Earlier in the day, the Pioneers fell to Penn 31-6.
Freshman Gerard Daly won both of his matches Sunday, defeating Michael Russo of Brown 5-1 and Penn's Jeremy Schwartz 11-6.
The Pioneers are back in action at Hofstra on Sunday, Jan. 24 with Columbia and Clarion.
Brown 22, Sacred Heart 17
Sacred Heart got off to a fast start against Brown as Gerard Daly won the opening match at 125 5-1, taking down Michael Russo twice in the first two periods. Brown then took a 6-3 lead with a win by pin in the 133-pound match. Alex Harnsberger tied the dual 6-6 with a 7-6 win over Charlie Banaszak at 141. Harnsberger trailed 5-4 heading into the third, then got an escape to tie the match 5-5. With 20 seconds remaining, Harnsberger took down Banaszak to go up 7-5 and ensure victory.
The Pioneers then took the lead in the dual 10-6 as Brandon Levesque defeated Travis Vasquez by major decision 15-4. Levesque led 14-0 heading into the third but Vasquez nearly pinned him in the final 20 seconds, settling for a four-point near fall to take away a potential technical fall for Levesque. Brown then won the next two matches at 157 and 165 by technical fall to go ahead 16-10, and earned a decision victory at 174 to take a 19-10 lead.
Elliott Antler got the Pioneers back in the dual with a 3-1 win at 184. With the match tied 1-1 in the third period, Antler took down Austin Pfarr with 24 seconds left to get the win and three points for SHU. Sasha Oliinyk closed the gap to two points, 19-17, with a 12-4 major decision victory over Josh Durso-Finley. Oliinyk scored 10 of his points in the third period to get SHU four team points and close the gap to 19-17 with one match remaining. In the heavyweight bout, Ray Sherwood took a 2-0 lead in the second period but Augustus Marker earned an escape and a takedown to go ahead 3-2 heading into the third period. Marker then escaped to start the third to go up 4-2 and hung on for the win.
125: Gerard Daly (SHU) def. Michael Russo (Brown) 5-1 (SHU 3-0)
133: Zeke Salvo (Brown) pins Tim Johnson (SHU) 2:32 (Brown 6-3)
141: Alex Harnsberger (SHU) def. Charlie Banaszak (Brown) 7-6 (6-6)
149: Brandon Levesque (SHU) def. Travis Vasquez (Brown) 15-4 maj. dec. (SHU 10-6)
157: Justin Staudenmeyer (Brown) def. Casey Mitchell (SHU) 15-0 tech. fall (Brown 11-10)
165: Jon Viruet (Brown) def. Paul Curtin (SHU) 19-2 tech. fall (Brown 16-10)
174: Christian LaFragola (Brown) def. Johnny Vrasidas (SHU) 2-1 (Brown 19-10)
184: Elliott Antler (SHU) def. Austin Pfarr (Brown) 3-1 (Brown 19-13)
197: Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) def. Josh Durso-Finley (Brown) 12-4 maj. dec. (Brown 19-17)
HWT: Augustus Marker (Brown) def. Ray Sherwood (SHU) 4-2 (Brown 22-17)
Penn 31, Sacred Heart 6
The Quakers and Pioneers split the first four matches. After Penn won the heavyweight bout to open the dual, Gerard Daly overcame a 4-3 deficit to win at 125 11-6. At 133 pounds, Tim Johnson rallied from 6-1 down to Caleb Richardson in the first period with a four-point near fall to get within a point in the second period 6-5. However, Richardson earned a late escape in the period to go up 7-5 and hung on for a 7-6 win.
Alex Harnsberger tied the dual 6-6 with a 2-0 win over A.J. Vindici in the 141-pound bout. Harnsberger took down Vindici late in the first period and had a successful ride in the second period to secure the win. Penn broke the tie with a 22-6 win by C.J. Cobb over Brandon Levesque at 149, with the Quaker's technical fall victory making the score 11-6. Casey Mitchell came back from a 6-2 deficit against May Bethea at 157 to tie the match 6-6 in the second period, but an escape and a takedown by Bethea in the third gave Penn a 10-7 win and extended its lead to 14-6.
Penn then won the final four bouts, all with bonus points, to win the dual 31-6.
HWT: Patrick Garren (PENN) def. John Hartnett (SHU) 9-3 (PENN 3-0)
125: Gerard Daly (SHU) def. Jeremy Schwartz (PENN) 11-6 (3-3)
133: Caleb Richardson (PENN) def. Tim Johnson (SHU) 7-6 (PENN 6-3)
141: Alex Harnsberger (SHU) def. A.J. Vindici (PENN) 2-0 (6-6)
149: C.J. Cobb (PENN) def. Brandon Levesque (SHU) 22-6 Tech. Fall (PENN 11-6)
157: May Bethea (PENN) def. Casey Mitchell (SHU) 10-7 (PENN 14-6)
165: Ray Bethea (PENN) def. Paul Curtin (SHU) 16-5 Maj. Dec. (PENN 18-6)
174: Casey Kent (PENN) def. Johnny Vrasidas (SHU) 18-2 Tech. Fall (PENN 23-6)
184: Lorenzo Thomas (PENN) def. Elliott Antler (SHU) 18-4 Maj. Dec. (PENN 27-6)
197: Joe Heyob (PENN) def. Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) 18-9 Maj. Dec. (PENN 31-6)