Bucknell Knocks off Bears 20-12

Jan. 18, 2009

Providence, R.I. - The Brown wrestling squad dropped a tough match at home against Bucknell on Saturday night, coming away with a 20-12 loss in their second league contest of the season. Four Bears won their individual matches, but it wasn't enough to overcome the depth of the Bison, as Brown fell to 2-6 on the season.

Bucknell grabbed the lead early, coming away with victories in both the 125 and 133-pound weight classes to begin competition. The latter was particularly important, as Bucknell's Dave Marble earned a technical fall over senior Eli Harris (Green River, WY), giving the Bison five points in the class and an 8-0 overall lead through two events.

Brown briefly turned the tide in the ensuing three divisions, pulling out victories in both the 141 and 157 classes. Junior Steve DeLorenzo (Wantagh, N.Y.) started it off with a solid 11-4 win in the 141, giving the Bears their first points of the day. After a Bucknell win at 149, fellow junior Bryan Tracy (Williamstown, N.J.) came away with a tight 8-7 win in the 157, highlighted by a strong first period in which Tracy recorded three takedowns. With the win, Tracy earned three more points for Brown, and pulled Bruno up to an 11-5 deficit.

Unfortunately for the Bears, the match would get no closer as Bucknell took the next three events to build an insurmountable 20-6 lead over Brown. Though all three matches were close, including an overtime bout in the 165 division, Bruno was unable to come away with points.

In the final two events, seniors Branden Stearns (Edinboro, PA) and Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, N.H.) continued their impressive individual seasons, as each came away with wins to double Brown's point total. Stearns notched a 4-2 win at 197 pounds, while Zdrada decisively won the heavyweight division by a tally of 10-3.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, January 24, when they travel to take on Lehigh at 3 p.m.

Complete Results:

125- Derek Reber (BUCK) dec. Greg Einfrank (BRWN), 8-4 (Bucknell, 3-0)

133- Dave Marble (BUCK) tech fall Eli Harris (BRWN), 22-6, 7:00 (Bucknell, 8-0)

141- Steve Delorenzo (BRWN) dec. Adam Healey (BUCK), 11-4 (Bucknell, 8-3)

149- Kevin LaValley (BUCK) dec. Dave Foxen (BRWN), 5-2 (Bucknell, 11-3)

157- Bryan Tracy (BRWN) dec. Scott Sechler (BUCK), 8-7 (Bucknell, 11-6)

165- Andy Rendos (BUCK) dec. Chris Musser (BRWN), 4-2 OT (Bucknell, 14-6)

174- Shane Riccio (BUCK) dec. Bran Crudden (BRWN), 3-0 (Bucknell, 17-6)

184- David Thompson (BUCK) dec. Matt Gevelinger (BRWN), 3-2 (Bucknell, 20-6)

197- Branden Stearns (BRWN) dec. Rol Waltko (BUCK), 4-2 (Bucknell, 20-9)

285- Zack Zdrada (BRWN) dec. Nathan Jones (BUCK), 10-3 (Bucknell, 20-12)