Jan. 5, 2009
Arlington, TX - The Brown wrestling squad wrapped up an impressive weekend in Texas on Saturday, going 2-1 with wins against Air Force and Appalachian State, while dropping a bout against Virginia Tech. Senior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) led the way for the Bears, winning all three of his individual matches and racking up nine total points for the team.
Brown started the day against powerhouse Virginia Tech, which proved to be the toughest opponent of the weekend for the Bears. The Hokies quickly jumped out to the lead before Bran Crudden (Columbia, CT) picked up six points on a forfeit in the 174-pound weight class, followed by Gevelinger's win one division later. Virginia Tech then took the final two bouts for a 36-9 victory.
In the second session of the day, Brown quickly wrapped up a win, taking the first five bouts against the Air Force Academy to build an insurmountable 16-0 lead. Although the Falcons then won the 165 and 174 divisions, the Bears finished the match with three straight victories, for a 26-6 win. Senior Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, N.H.) was particularly impressive in the win, beating Air Force's Josh Larson by a final tally of 12-4 in the heavyweight division.
The win also marked another milestone in head coach Dave Amato's long career, as he picked up his 350th win against the Falcons. Currently in his 25th season as the head coach at Brown, Amato has the most wins by any coach in program history, and has coached two Ivy League Wrestlers of the Year.
Amato wasted little time in getting to win number 351, as he led the Bears to another victory in the finale against Appalachian State University, in what was easily the closest match of the day. Appalachian State took four of the first six events, jumping out to a 16-6 lead, and appeared to have the match wrapped up. However, Crudden turned the momentum with a big win in the 174 division, giving Brown second life. From there, the Bears proceeded to sweep the final three events, narrowly pulling out an exciting 18-16 win, and giving them a 2-1 overall record at the tournament.
The Bears will be back in action on January 9, when they begin their dual meet season by hosting Rutgers at 6 p.m.