Jan. 9, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Brown wrestling squad started off its dual meet season with a tough loss to Rutgers on Friday night, falling by a final score of 21-12. Although four Bears won their individual bouts, Brown was unable to overcome the depth of the Scarlet Knights, and fell to 2-5 on the season.
Junior Greg Einfrank (Jefferson Valley, N.Y.) started the evening off on the right foot for Brown, as he scored three points for the Bears with a 7-4 win. After a relatively quiet first two periods, Einfrank turned it on in the third, scoring three of his seven points to seal the victory.
Senior Eli Harris (Green River, WY) continued the momentum in the 133-pound weight class, coming out strong with four points in the first period en route to an 11-6 win. After the first two classes Brown had taken an early 6-0 lead, but the Scarlet Knights came storming back over the next five divisions, beginning with a close, 5-4 loss by junior Stephen DeLorenzo (Wantagh, N.Y.).
Rutgers then went on to wins in the 149, 157, 165, and 174 divisions, running out to a commanding 18-6 lead in the process. Junior Bryan Tracy (Williamstown, N.J.) lost out in a tough match in the 157-pound class, dropping a 7-6 bout after wrestling well through the first two periods.
Senior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, Wis.) was finally able to turn the tide in his 184 bout, winning a hard-fought match by a 5-4 margin. Following another Rutgers' win in the 197 division, senior Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, N.H.) finished the day on a positive note for Brown, winning the 285 class 2-0, giving the Bears three more points to push their total up to 12.
The Bears will be back in action on January 17, when they host Bucknell at 7 p.m. in the Pizzitola Center.