Grapplers Compete At Lone Star Duals

Jan. 8, 2005

Dallas, TX - The Brown wrestling team opened up the new year at the annual Lone Star Duals in Dallas, TX. The Bears began the day with a 29-6 loss to #20 Navy followed by a 24-9 defeat to #15 Wisconsin. Later in the afternoon the team squared off against Cal State Fullerton, falling 23-17. Brown's final match was against Air Force as the Bears picked up a 26-15 win.

The Bears got two victories against the 20th ranked Naval Academy with freshman Jeff Schell (6-2 over Alex Usztics) and junior Doran Heist (5-4 over Joe Kane) being the lone victors for the Bears. Juniors Dan Appello and Lee Beane both wrestled well with Appello falling 6-2 to #15 Sam Gray and Lee Beane dropping a 5-3 decision to #13 Tanner Garrett.

Against Wisconsin, Schell again started the Bears off on the right foot with a 3-2 victory against the Badgers Colin Cudd. Wisconsin dominated the next two weights before junior Shawn Cully stepped on the mat at 149 against #14 Craig Henning. The match proved to be a mirror of the battles to come as a second period reversal and one point riding time would prove to be the difference in a battle that went to the seventh minute in a 3-0 loss.

At 157 junior Dave Saadeh faced off against 13th ranked Tyler Turner. Turner struck first with a takedown midway through the first period. Saadeh quickly escaped, and then near the end of the period scored a takedown right to a cradle, garnering an additional two point nearfall to take a 5-1 lead. Saadeh chose the start the second period down, and was unable to escape giving Turner the riding time advantage heading into the third. Turner started the third period down escaping midway through the period scoring the one point escape and maintaining over a minute of riding time effectively making the score 5-4 in favor of Saadeh. The two battled for the final takedown with a stalemate being called with seven seconds remaining as Saadeh clung to a single leg. A mental lapse allowed Turner to score the go ahead takedown with four seconds left in the match.

Using the momentum of the near upset, sophmore Shawn Kithner stepped on the mat for the Bears at 165 to face Wisconsin's Chad Steldt. Kithner used two takedowns, two escapes, and 1:40 of riding time to secure three team points for Brown with a 7-5 decision. Smelling a team upset junior Mike Pedro kept things going for the Bears scoring a 5-0 decision over Wisconsin's Jake Donar.

Heist tried to keep the ball rolling but found a formidable opponent in Brady Reinke, dropping a 9-2 decision making the team score 17-9 in favor of the Badgers. Freshman Leo Saniuk stepped on the mat against #8 Ryan Flaherty needing a win to keep the Bear within reach. Flaherty proved to be too experienced scoring a 15-5 major decision over the rookie. In a high scoring roller coaster heavyweight bout reminiscent of the teams performance, Beane fell 10-7 to Wisconsin's Lee Kraemer making the final team score 24-9.

Needing to win their next two duals to split the day, the Bears stepped on the mat for the first of their final two duals. The team score went back and forth with Fullerton winning at 125, Brown at 133, Fullerton at 141 and 149, Brown at 157, Fullerton at 165 and then in what would prove to be the deciding moment of the dual, Fullerton scored a rare defensive pin at 174. Brown won at 184, Fullerton at 197, then Brown again at Heavyweight for the 23-17 final.

Despite losing three straight duals the Bears remained resilient finding their pace in the dual against Air Force ending the day on a winning note. Following a forfeit at 125, Air Force tied things up at six with a pin at 133. Brown answered back with a momentum shifting pin by freshman Mark Savino at 141. Air Force's Josh Peterson kept things alive for the Falcons with a narrow 3-2 decision over junior Tim Smith at 149. At 157 Saadeh scored four takedowns and several sets of nearfall points to earn a 16-9 major decision. Junior Mike Savino bumped up to 165 and fought hard but fell 7-2. Pedro bounced back from his disappointing pin to Fullerton and stayed focused for an important 7-3 decision over Air Force senior Jacob Llich. Heist dominated his opponent scoring five takedowns to earn a 14-6 major at 184. At 197 Saniuk took a two point lead into the third period but struggled on bottom giving up a two point nearfall to send the match to overtime. Neither wrestler scored in the sudden death period sending the match to double overtime, where again Saniuk fought hard but surrendered nearfall points to lose 5-2. At heavyweight, Beane gave one of the days most punishing performances scoring four offensive takedowns (three of them in the third period) winning a 13-3 major decision making the final score Brown 26, Air Force 15.

Brown next takes to the mat this Saturday night at 7:00, at home in the Pizzitola Center, against New England foe Boston University. At this years Keystone Classic, the Terriers finished third, with Brown in fourth only two points behind. The evening pormises several exciting match-ups in what should be one of the more exciting New Egland duals of the season.

story by Brown Assisant Coach Ken Bigley