December 1, 2008

Bears Take Fourth at Collegiate Duals

Dec. 1, 2008

Troy, N.Y. - The Brown wrestling team took fourth at the Journeymen/BRUTE Northeast Collegiate Duals this weekend, as several wrestlers won their individual bouts in an early season tuneup. In round robin action, the Bears lost to Binghamton and Missouri, and dropped a hard-fought 30-12 decision against American University.

The action began against Binghamton University, where junior Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, N.Y.) kept his bout close against Andrew Bloss before falling 6-4 in the 125-pound weight class. Senior Eli Harris (Green River, WY) then followed that up with a convincing 8-2 victory in the 133 division, earning the first points of the day for the Bears. After a string of Binghamton wins, freshman Ziad Kharbush (Livonia, MI) downed Anthony Esposito in the 174-pound class, winning his bout 7-2. Senior Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, N.H.) finished off the first match with an 8-2 victory in the 285 division, beating Binghamton's Carl Korpi to cap the scoring at 34-6.

Next up for Brown was American, which proved to be the closest competition of the day. Though the Eagles dominated the early weight classes, the Bears began to gain momentum when American forfeited the 165-pound class, sparking a run of three wins in four events for Brown. Senior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) pulled out an 8-5 win over Andrew Semple, followed by classmate Branden Stearns (Edinboro, PA) taking a 6-5 decision in the 197 division, pulling Brown to 30-12 for the match.

In the final match of the day, the Bears took on perennial wrestling power Missouri, which had dominated the competition. Gevelinger captured the lone win for Brown, taking a 5-1 decision over John Andrews in the 184-pound weight class. The victory gave the Bears their only points of the match, as Missouri went on to a 41-3 win.

The Bears will be back in action on December 5 and 6, when they travel to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen Invitational.