November 24, 2008

Bears Take Fifth at Keystone Classic

Nov. 24, 2008

Philadelphia, PA - The Brown wrestling team took fifth at the Keystone Classic on Sunday afternoon, scoring 70 points in their first team competition of the season. The Bears were led by senior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI), who took first in the 184-pound weight class, picking up 18 points for the team.

Senior Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, N.H.) got the day started off for Brown, advancing to the second round before losing a tightly contested match 4-3 to fifth-seeded Leon Barrow. Zdrada then fell to Dan Nickoli 8-5, scoring one point for Brown. Classmate Branden Stearns led the way for the Bears in the 197 class, advancing to the semifinals before he was knocked off by third-seeded John Hall from Boston University. In the same division, senior Leo Saniuk (Akron, OH) nearly pulled off the upset, falling to fourth seed Trevor Gallo by only one point in a 3-2 decision.

In the third event of the day, Gevelinger tore through the field in the 184-pound class with no serious challengers. After winning his first bout in just under six minutes, Gevelinger won his final three contests by a combined score of 23-11, wrapping up his performance with an impressive 7-5 win over runner-up Sam O'Hair from Davidson.

Following Gevelinger, freshman Ziad Kharbursh (Livonia, MI) turned in a solid show of his own, wrestling his way into the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Mike Cannon. Kharbursh was dominant in his first two bouts, however, taking the first one in two minutes before dropping his second opponent 10-2.

The Bears had some intra-squad action at 165, as freshman Jeff Lemmer (Milwaukee, WI) and junior Bryan Tracy (Williamstown, N.J.) found themselves matched up in the second round of the consolation bracket. Tracy took a 3-2 decision against Lemmer, and notched a 4-2 win in his next bout before falling to the third place finisher.

Senior Lenny Marandino (Redding, CA) was the top finisher in the 157-pound class, winning a match against Jeremiah Hill of Mercyhurst College before being knocked out, while sophomore David Foxen (Garden City, N.Y.) suffered a similar fate after winning his first two bouts.

In an impressive performance late in the day, junior Stephen DeLorenzo (Wantagh, N.Y.) ran through the bracket to a third place finish. DeLorenzo advanced into the third round before dropping a match to Matt Mariacher, who would go on to win the division. DeLorenzo bounced back in the consolation bracket, however, winning his final two bouts to capture third and pick up 13.5 points for the Bears.

In the final two events senior Eli Harris (Green River, WY) and junior Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, N.Y.) each won a pair of matches before being eliminated, earning a combined 5.5 points for Brown to bring the team's total to 70.

The Bears will be back in action on November 29, when they will compete in the Journeyman/BRUTE Northeast Collegiate Duals.