February 21, 2009

Bears Close out Season With Win

Feb. 21, 2009

Providence, R.I. - The Bears wrapped up their season on a high note Saturday afternoon, dealing Columbia a 22-9 loss at the Pizzitola Center. Wrestling in his final career match, senior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) picked up a pivotal decision at 184, downing Kenji Porter by a 9-6 margin. With the win, Brown improves to 7-10 this season, while Columbia falls to 2-11.

Bruno jumped out to an early lead quickly, courtesy of wins at 125, 133, 141, 149, and 157. Junior Greg Einfrank (Jefferson Valley, N.Y.) kicked off the scoring for Brown, winning his bout at 125 pounds. Einfrank scored a pair of two-point takedowns in the first period, giving him a lead that he would not relinquish as he took a 6-4 win. Senior Ross Baldwin (Summit, N.J.) and junior Stephen DeLorenzo (Wantagh, N.Y.) then followed with 7-3 and 4-0 decisions respectively, giving Brown a 9-0 lead after the first three divisions.

Columbia finally got on the board at 165, however, with a 4-1 decision that saw all five points scored in the third period. Junior Bran Crudden (Columbia, VT) didn't allow the Lions to gain any momentum though, scoring an emphatic 11-2 major decision at 174, picking up four points for Brown, and pushing the lead back up to 19-3. Gevelinger then followed with his win at 184, a 9-6 decision for Bruno. Though Columbia scored decisions in each of the final two weight classes, the conclusion was never in doubt, and the victories simply made the final margin a more respectable 22-9.