January 26, 2008

Bears Open Doubleheader With Loss To Army, 25-9

Jan. 26, 2008

Providence, RI - In the first of two dual matches on Saturday, the Brown wrestling team (4-5, 1-3 EIWA) lost to Army (8-4, 4-1 EIWA), 25-9. Senior captain Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA) and juniors Tom Fazio (Ringwood, NJ) and Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, NH) were the Bears' three winners, at 133, 157, and 285, respectively.

20th-ranked Fernando Martinez started the dual at 125 pounds by picking up four points for Army, winning a 14-4 major decision over Brown sophomore Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, NY). Senior captain Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA) got three points back in the next match against Whitt Dunning, the sixth-ranked wrestler at 133 in the EIWA rankings. Scoring a two-point near fall in the second period, Schell rode his opponent for nearly the entire second and third periods, overcoming a late reversal to take a 3-2 win on riding time.

At 141, senior captain Mark Savino (Princeton, NJ) put up a solid effort but lost to #19 Matt Kyler. The Black Knights went up 10-3 at 149, as Casey Thome won an exciting 6-3 decision against Bears sophomore Mark Bloom (Manchester, NY).

Fazio won a close match at 157, getting an escape and a late takedown in the third period for a 3-0 victory over Sean Joyce. However, Army followed with four straight wins, clinching the match at 184 and cushioning its lead with a pinfall victory at 197. Zdrada, competing with a badly bruised and swollen left eye from his Friday match against Drexel, was able to send the Bears out on a positive note in the final match of the dual. Down 1-0 after Chip Reed of Army got an escape in the first, Zdrada started the final period down and scored a reversal. The Brown heavyweight was able to build his riding time, taking a 3-2 victory after a late escape by Reed.

Brown will host another EIWA opponent at 6 p.m., as Lehigh comes to the Pizzitola Center after a dual with Harvard this morning. Entering the day, the Mountain Hawks were 8-11, 4-0 in the EIWA.

Army 25, Brown 9
125 - #20 Fernando Martinez (A) major dec. Mike Piccirillo (B), 14-4 (Army, 4-0)
133 - Jeff Schell (B) dec. Whitt Dunning (A), 3-2 (Army, 4-3)
141 - #19 Matt Kyler (A) dec. Mark Savino (B), 7-2 (Army, 7-3)
149 - Casey Thome (A) dec. Mark Bloom (B), 6-3 (Army, 10-3)
157 - Tom Fazio (B) dec. Sean Joyce (A), 3-0 (Army, 10-6)
165 - Chris Grill (A) dec. Chris Musser (B), 4-0 (Army, 13-6)
174 - Ryan Mergen (A) dec. Kasey McCurdy (B), 8-1 (Army, 16-6)
184 - Scott Ferguson (A) dec. Matt Gevelinger (B), 5-3 (Army, 19-6)
197 - Richard Starks (A) WBF Leo Saniuk (B), 6:59 (Army, 25-6)
285 - Zach Zdrada (B) dec. Chip Reed (A), 3-2 (Army, 25-9)
Exhibitions
174 - Patrick Smith (A) dec. Brandon Shull (B), 8-2
157 - Rudy Chelednik (A) dec. Steve Depew (B), 8-2
141 - Casey Smith (A) dec. Ricky Bailey (B), 10-2