Savino Earns Fourth Place Finish At EIWA Championship, Qualifies For NCAA's

March 5, 2006

Bethelhem, PA -

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The Brown wrestling team earned a ninth place finish at the 2006 EIWA Championship on Sunday at Lehigh. Senior Mike Savino placed fourth at 157 lbs. and was a wild card selection for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Junior Shawn Kitchner took sixth at 165 lbs. as well. The Bears finished with 22.5 points. Lehigh took first with 129 points while Cornell and Penn rounded out the top three.

Savino, a #7 seed, earned a 3-2 decision over #2 seed Derek Zinck of Lehigh. After being pinned by #3 seed Andrew Flanagan at 8:59, he bounced back with a 4-3 win over 8th seeded Brian Rowan of Army. In the third place match, Zinck got revenge, taking a 7-3 win.

Kitchner, a #3 seed, got off to a strong start with a 10-2 major decision over unseeded Matt Pletcher of Rutgers. After falling 8-7 in his next bout to Navy's Craig Dziewiatkowski, he cruised to a 12-4 win against Justin Herbert of F&M and edged out Lior Zamir of Penn, 3-1. Top seeded Troy Letters narrowly defeated Kitchner 4-1 in the next bout before Dziewiatkowski took another win in the fifth place match.

At 125 lbs., sophomore Jeff Schell, a #6 seed, pinned Princeton's Robert Benitez in his opening match before dropping an 11-3 major decision to #3 seeded Mike Silengo of Penn. Schell lost a 4-2 decision to #7 seed Jeff Sato in the consolation round.

At 133 lbs., senior Dan Appello dropped 8-2 and 4-2 decisions to the #1 and #7 seeds. Sophomore Mark Savino went 1-2, earning a 4-2 decision against #6 seed Charles Easter of Cornell.

At 149 lbs. senior Mike Ashton went 0-2 while rookie Matt Gevelinger went 1-2 at 174 lbs. Another freshman, Branden Stearns went 0-2 at 184 lbs. in his first trip to the EIWA Championship.

At 197 lbs., 7th seeded Leo Saniuk went 1-2 while freshman Zach Zdrada, who took the place of sophomore Levon Mock, went 0-2 at heavyweight.