Jan. 5, 2009
Arlington, TX - The Brown wrestling squad wrapped up the Lone Star Duals with a 2-2 record on Saturday, beating Utah Valley State College and Air Force, while dropping matches with North Carolina and Wisconsin. Senior Eli Harris (Green River, WY) turned in an outstanding individual effort, as he went 4-0, and earned 13 points for the Bears, the most of any athlete. Levon Mock was also impressive, as he had two take-downs, earning six points for each of them.
In the morning opener, the Bears squared off against the University of North Carolina, which came in as one of the favorites. Though Brown provided solid competition for the Tarheels, only Schell was able to come away with a win, picking up the only points in a 28-3 loss. Senior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) also came close to a victory in his match, losing a heartbreaker 8-7.
Brown then came back in the second session for a match against Utah Valley State, which the Bears quickly took control of. After dropping the first bout, Brown came back with wins from Schell and Mark Savino in the 133 and 141 pound classes respectively, giving them the early edge. After Utah tied briefly tied the match, Brown again came on strong, winning the final six weight classes for a dominant 30-10 victory. Both junior Bran Crudden (Columbia, CT) and Mock earned six points for the Bears with take downs.
In the third session, Brown was again the underdog, as the squad faced powerhouse Wisconsin. Schell continued his strong outing, recording a 6-0 win in the 133 class, and picking up three points for the Bears. Gevelinger also had a strong bout, notching a matching three points to wrap up the scoring for Brown in a 34-6 Wisconsin win.
In the day's finale, Brown faced off against the Air Force Academy, setting the stage for the best outing of the weekend for the Bears. Brown seized control early, taking three of the first four matches for a 10-3 lead heading into the 157-pound class. From that point, however, Air Force took four of the next five bouts, shifting the momentum in their direction as the Falcons took a 15-13 lead, setting up a winner-take-all situation in the final match. In the heavyweight division, Mock uncorked a clutch performance, downing Tony Stegamen and giving Brown six crucial points, as the Bears ended the tournament with a 19-15 record, going 2-2 overall.
The Bears will be back in action on January 9, when they begin their dual season by hosting Rutgers at 6 p.m.