Bears Place Seventh at Keystone Classic

Nov. 21, 2006

Providence, RI - Five Bears had top-six finishes as the Brown wrestling team placed seventh at the Keystone Classic Sunday. Twenty Brown wrestlers competed at the tournament, led by junior Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) and freshman Larry Otsuka (Upper Saddle River, NJ), who took fourth place in the heavyweight and 197-pound divisions, respectively. The Bears finished with 56.5 points, 10 behind sixth-place Duke and 92.5 behind first-place Columbia.

Mock, the fifth seed in the heavyweight division, defeated his first two opponents, including fourth-seeded Orey Hall of Boston University, before falling to the division's top seed, Adam LoPiccolo of American University, 11-0. He recovered by pinning Peter Reid of Rider in 1:58 before falling to no. 2 seed David Hazell, Jr. of Appalachian State in the third-place match. It was Mock's second consecutive fourth-place finish.

Otsuka lost his opening match to Penn's Matt Dwyer, 4-2. However, he won his next three matches, including an 11-3 win over Dwyer to advance to the third-place match, which he lost.

Two of the other top-six place winners were in the 133-pound division. Fifth-seeded junior Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA) and sophomore John Triggas (Moraga, CA) squared off in the fifth-place match after each winning their first two matches and losing their next two. Schell took a 5-2 decision, securing fifth place. Freshman Seth Podhoretz (Millburn, NJ) was the other place winner. Podhoretz lost his first match, with the draw's third seed, but won his next two matches to make the final six. He then lost to the fifth and second seeds in the draw for the sixth-place.

Finishing with 2-2 records were the two Bears in the 141-pound draw, third-seeded junior Mark Savino (Lawrenceville, NJ) and freshman Steve DeLorenzo (Wantagh, NY). Each lost his first match, then won two before losing a second match. Senior Jordan LaFollette (Magadone, OH) also clinched a 2-2 record, although he had to defeat teammate Bryan Tracy (Williamstown, NJ), 8-5, to pick up the second win after pinning VMI's Michael Hozik. At 165 pounds, both second-seeded senior Shawn Kitchner (Stratford, WI) and freshman Bran Crudden (Columbia, CT) split their matches by winning in the opening round, losing the second, winning their first consolation match and then being eliminated.

Complete results can be found here.

The Bears have their final tournament before exams this weekend, when they travel to Nevada for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.