Bears Ready for 104th EIWA Championship

March 7, 2008

Providence, RI - This weekend, the Brown wrestling team competes at the 104th EIWA Championship, held at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Head Coach Dave Amato's Bears have several hopefuls for one of the conference's 47 NCAA bids with action set to start on Saturday morning.

Bids will go to the top four finishers in each weight class, with seven at-large bids handed out by the tournament committee after competition is finished.

125 Pounds - Nathan Myers, Sr., 3-5 overall, 3-3 EIWA
Myers (Warwick, RI) won a wrestle-off with sophomore Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, NY) to compete at EIWAs. He has a 1-3 record against grapplers in the draw, with his win coming in overtime against Mike DeMarco of Rutgers.

133 Pounds - Jeff Schell, Sr., 20-8 overall, 7-3 EIWA
Schell (Zion Grove, IL) hopes to make a return trip to NCAAs after qualifying at 125 pounds as a freshman. Ranked fifth in the preseeds with a team-best 20-8 record, Schell is 6-4 against opponents in the draw. Three of his losses have come against the top three preseeds, #2 Mike Grey of Cornell (12-3), Seth Ciasulli of Lehigh (6-0), and #18 David Marble of Bucknell (10-4). Schell also split with Bryan Ortenzio of Penn, losing 5-1 at the Keystone Classic but taking a 2-1 win in a dual at Brown. Schell also defeated Whitt Dunning of Army, 3-2.

141 Pounds - Mark Savino, Sr., 12-13 overall, 5-5 EIWA
A returning placewinner from last season, Savino (Princeton, NJ) will go into the draw at 141 pounds unseeded despite finishing in sixth in 2007. He brings a 2-5 mark against possible EIWA opponents into the weekend. However, those five losses have all been by five or fewer points, including a 7-2 loss to the likely top seed, #18 Matt Kyler of Army.

149 Pounds - Mark Bloom, So., 11-16 overall, 2-7 EIWA
Bloom (Manchester, NY) began the season with a fifth-place finish at the Brockport-Oklahoma Gold Classic, but is just 7-14 since. He'll hope to recapture some of that early-season magic, as he brings a 1-7 record against wrestlers in his draw into the weekend, with the lone win coming against Kevin LeValley of Bucknell, 11-8. The Ivy League Wrestler of the Year, #2 J.P. O'Connor of Harvard, will earn the top seed, with #15 Cesar Grajales of Penn also ranked.

157 Pounds - Tom Fazio, Jr., 12-15 overall, 5-5 EIWA
Fazio received votes for a preseed, although he was not in the top eight. He is 3-6 against wrestlers competing at 157 this weekend, including an injury default win over Bobby Latessa of Harvard and decisions over Brantley Hooks of Bucknell (5-0) and Anthony Bongarzone of Franklin & Marshall (5-4). #7 Jordan Leen of Cornell will be the top seed at that weight.

165 Pounds - Chris Musser, Jr., 9-15 overall, 3-7 EIWA
Musser moved down to 165 pounds this season after competing at 174 last season. He is 2-6 against wrestlers in the draw at 165, with wins against Andrew Smith of F&M (9-1) and Mike Alvarez of Princeton (12-6). The 165-pound draw features four ranked wrestlers - #4 Mack Lewnes of Cornell, #6 Mike Cannon of American, #18 Zach Shanaman of Penn, and #20 Andy Rendos of Bucknell.

174 Pounds - Kasey McCurdy, Fr., 1-15 overall, 1-9 EIWA
McCurdy took his licks this season as a fill-in at 174 pounds, up from his natural weight class of 165. He is 0-8 in matches against his possible opponents, including two-point losses to Travis Creagan of Columbia and Travis Erdman of Princeton. The weight class features last year's EIWA Champion, #7 Matt Stolpinski of Navy, and last year's champ at 165, #10 Steve Anceravage of Cornell. Also ranked is #20 Alex Caruso of Lehigh.

184 Pounds - Matt Gevelinger, Jr., 13-9 overall, 6-3 EIWA
Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) will be seeded after earning the #4 preseed. He is 4-4 against wrestlers in his draw, but all four losses were to the top three preseeds, Scott Ferguson of Army (5-3), #16 Lior Zamir of Penn (18-5 and 9-3), and #17 Josh Arnone of Cornell (10-5). He owns victories over preseeded David Thompson of Bucknell (5-2) and Keith Dobish of Rutgers (7-2).

197 Pounds - Branden Stearns, Jr., 14-10 overall, 5-2 EIWA
After splitting time late in the dual season, Stearns (Edinboro, PA) won a wrestle-off with junior Leo Saniuk (Akron, OH) to represent the Bears at the tournament, and he could receive a seed after missing the eighth preseed by just one point. His 14-10 record on the season includes a 2-2 mark against competing wrestlers, defeating Alex Iacocca of Lehigh (WBF, 0:45) and Billy Colgan of Harvard (8-1), but falling to #6 preseed Lamar Brown of Rutgers (10-3) and #3 preseed Nick Sommerfeld of Columbia (6-5). The draw also includes the #1-ranked wrestler in the nation, Josh Glenn of American, the defending NCAA Champion.

285 Pounds - Levon Mock, Sr., 12-6 overall, 3-0 EIWA
Leading the Bears will be the team's returning 2007 NCAA Qualifier, Mock (Bangor, MI). The heavyweight will likely be Brown's highest seed, as he and Penn's Trey McLean are expected to be the second and third seeds in some order. Mock defeated McLean in their lone match this season, a 12-3 major decision in the Championship Match at the Keystone Classic, but McLean received the second seed ahead of Mock when the EIWA preseeds were released on Thursday. Mock is 3-1 this season against heavyweights expected to compete at the tournament, defeating McLean, Andrew Knapp of Harvard (6-2), and Maciej Jochym of Cornell (WBF, 3:32), and losing to Nathan Thobaben of Army (WBF, 2:34) in his first match of the year. Last season, Mock finished fourth at EIWAs. This year's draw includes ranked opponents #4 Ed Prendergast of Navy, last year's EIWA Champion and #19 McLean.