PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Columbia wrestling team concluded the regular season on a good note, winning seven of ten bouts to hand Brown a 25-12 loss Saturday afternoon in Providence, R.I.
Brown got on the board first with a close 8-7 decision that favored William Watterson in the 125-pound bout. Columbia took over from there, winning the next six bouts.
Matt Bystol evened the score for Columbia with a close 2-1 win over Anthony Finocchiaro in the 133-pound bout. The victory was Bystol's second of the weekend, improving to 7-9 on the year.
First-year Alec Mooradian gave Columbia a 6-3 advantage, shutting out Cortlandt Choate in a 2-0 decision in the 141-pound bout. No. 5 Steve Santos notched win number 22 on the year in the 149-pound bout, knocking off Zachary Tanenbaum with a 4-1 decision.
Jake O'Hara gave the Lions a double-digit lead, 13-3, scoring a major decision, 11-3, over Phillip Marano in the 157-pound bout. Josh Houldsworth broke open the match for the Lions in the 165-pound bout. Houlsdworth recorded his second fall and 18th overall win of the season, pinning Giuseppi Lanzi in 1:51.
Stephen West continued Columbia's winning ways, downing Richard McDonald with a 7-2 victory. West, with a pair of wins this weekend, remains tied with Santos with a team-best 22 wins.
Nick Mills capped the Lions' win with an 8-5 decision over Augustus Marker in the 197-pound bout.
Columbia finishes the regular season 6-8 over all and 3-5 in EIWA duals. The Lions will now prepare themselves for the EIWA Championships set for March 8-9 in Piscataway, N.J. For information on the 2013 EIWA Championships, visit the tournament site HERE.
125 - William Watterson (Brown) won by decision over Penn
Gottfried (Columbia) 8-7
133 - Matt Bystol (Columbia) won by decision over Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown) 2-1
141 - Alec Mooradian (Columbia) won by decision over Cortlandt Choate (Brown) 2-0
149 - Steve Santos (Columbia) won by decision over Zachary Tanenbaum (Brown) 4-1
157 - Jake O'Hara (Columbia) won by major decision over Philip Marano (Brown) 11-3
165 - Josh Houldsworth (Columbia) won by pin over Giuseppi Lanzi (Brown) 1:51
174 - Stephen West (Columbia) won by decision over Richard McDonald (Brown) 7-2
184 - Ophir Bernstein (Brown) won by pin over Drew Rebling (Columbia) 4:09
197 - Nick Mills (Columbia) won by decision over Augustus Marker (Brown) 8-5
285 - Dillon Ingham (Brown) won by decision over Chris Manna (Columbia) 6-4