February 16, 2008

Bears Roll To 33-7 Senior Day Win Over Harvard

Feb. 16, 2008

Providence, RI - In the final home match for its four seniors, the Brown wrestling team (7-7, 3-5 EIWA, 2-1 Ivy League) coasted to a 33-7 win over Harvard (2-8-1, 1-3 EIWA, 1-2 Ivy League)) on Saturday afternoon. The Bears benefited from two Crimson forfeits and one injury default, but still won five of the seven matches that went to completion.

Seniors Nathan Myers (Warwick, RI), Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA), Mark Savino (Princeton, NJ), and Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) all picked up victories in their last match at the Pizzitola Center. Myers and Savino picked up forfeit wins at 125 and 141, respectively. Schell grabbed a close 2-0 decision at 133, and Mock closed the match with a 6-2 decision over Andrew Knapp at heavyweight.

With the Bears up 15-0 after three weight classes, sophomore Mark Bloom (Manchester, NY) dropped a 12-3 major decision to J.P. O'Connor, the #2-ranked wrestler at 149. Junior Tom Fazio (Ringwood, NJ) then took a win by injury default at 157 to make the score 21-4, followed by the Crimson getting their last win of the day at 165, as Matt Button narrowly topped junior Chris Musser (Vestal, NY), 3-1.

Freshman Kasey McCurdy (Lancaster, OH) started a stretch of four Brown wins with his first collegiate victory. McCurdy, wrestling up a weight class at 174 for most of the dual season, earned a 4-0 decision over Michael Sadler. Juniors Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) and Branden Stearns (Edinboro, PA) won respective 6-2 and 8-1 decisions at 184 and 197, then Mock closed the match with his win.

Next weekend, the Bears will take to the road, matching up with Cornell on Friday night and Columbia on Saturday afternoon. The two duals will be Brown's final tune-up before the EIWA Championship at Franklin & Marshall on March 8-9.

Brown 33, Harvard 7
125 - Nathan Myers (B) won by forfeit (Brown 6-0)
133 - Jeff Schell (B) dec. Thomas Picarsic, 2-0 (Brown 9-0)
141 - Mark Savino (B) won by forfeit (Brown 15-0)
149 - #2 J.P. O'Connor (H) major dec. Mark Bloom, 12-3 (Brown 15-4)
157 - Tom Fazio (B) won by injury default Bobby Latassa 1st period (Brown 21-4)
165 - Matt Button (H) dec. Chris Musser, 3-1 (Brown 21-7)
174 - Kasey McCurdy (B) dec. Michael Sadler, 4-0 (Brown 24-7)
184 - Matt Gevelinger (B) dec. Fred Rowsey, 6-2 (Brown 27-7)
197 - Branden Stearns (B) dec. Billy Colgan, 8-1 (Brown 30-7)
285 - Levon Mock (B) dec. Andrew Knapp, 6-2 (Brown 33-7)