Wrestling Completes Weekend Sweep With 24-9 Win Over Brown
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Columbia wrestling team won seven bouts, including three by major decision as it defeated Brown 24-9 in Providence R.I. After the weekend sweep, the Lions finish the dual portion of its season 9-6 overall, and 3-2 in the Ivy League.

Columbia jumped out to a 7-0 lead with wins at 125 and 133 pounds.  Penn Gottfried got things started for the Lions with a 5-3 decision over T.J. Popolizio, and Kyle Gilchrist followed that up with with a12-3 major decision over Billy Waterson.

Grant Overshier snapped Columbia's run when he narrowly edged Josh Houldsworth 2-0 at 141 pounds, but the Lions bounced back to win the next three.

Steve Santos had a major decision over Giusseppi Lanzi, defeating him 9-1 at 149 pounds.  His classmate Jake O'Hara followed that with an 8-2 victory over Patrick LuBuz at 157 pounds before 165-pounder Eren Civan downed Dave Foxen 7-4 to put Columbia ahead 17-3.

The Bears cut their deficit to eight with back-to-back wins at 174 and 184 to make it 17-9, but that was as close as the home team came as the Lions won the final two matches of the afternoon.

Mike Pushpak had a close win Brandon Shull at 197 pounds, defeating him 5-4.  Kevin Lester pushed his win streak to 15 with a 12-3 major decision over Tyler Cowman to close out the match.

Columbia will have a week off from competition in order to prepare for the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships set for March 5-6 at Bucknell.

Columbia 24, Brown 9
125 - Penn Gottfried (C) dec. T.J. Popolizio, 5-3
133 - Kyle Gilchrist (C) major dec. Billy Waterson, 12-3
141 - Grant Overcashier (B) dec. Josh Houldsworth, 2-0
149 - Steve Santos (C) major dec. Giuseppi Lanzi, 9-1
157 - Jake O'Hara (C) dec.Patrick  LuBuz, 8-2
165 - Eren Civan (C) dec. Dave Foxen, 7-4
174 - Jeff  Lemmer (B) dec. Stephen West, 4-2
184 - Ziad Kharbush (B) dec. Nick Mills, 3-2
197 - Mike Pushpak (C) dec. Brandon Shull, 5-4
Hwt. - Kevin Lester (C) major dec. Tyler Cowman, 12-3