February 23, 2008

Bears Fall to Columbia, 23-14, To Close Dual Season

Feb. 23, 2008

New York, NY - In its final dual match before the EIWA Championship on March 8-9, the Brown wrestling team (7-9, 3-7 EIWA, 2-3 Ivy League) lost to Columbia (7-7, 5-2 EIWA, 3-2 Ivy League), 23-14, at University Gym on Saturday. The Bears won four matches, but Columbia's bonus points on a pin accounted for the nine-point margin of victory.

Things got off to a rough start for Brown when Brandon Kinney got six points in the final minute of his 125-pound match with sophomore Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, NY) to earn a 10-2 major decision win. However, senior captains Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA) and Mark Savino (Princeton, NJ) got Brown a lead, with Schell winning a 9-0 major decision at 133 to tie the dual and Savino getting a 10-4 decision. Schell's win was his 21st of the season, putting himself in solid position for a top seed at EIWAs.

The Lions were able to pull away in the next four matches, winning a major decision at 149, getting a pin at 157, and registering decisions at 165 and 174. Junior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) pulled Brown to within nine by winning a 16-5 major decision at 184, but Nick Sommerfield's win at 197 over junior Branden Stearns (Edinboro, PA), 6-5 clinched the match for Columbia. Senior captain Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) closed out the dual by taking an 11-4 win over Lou Miller at 285 pounds.

As previously noted, the Bears will now have two weeks to prepare for the EIWA Championships at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa. They finish with a 2-3 Ivy League record, placing fourth in the League.

Columbia 23, Brown 14
125- Brandon Kinney (C) major dec. Mike Piccirillo, 10-2 (Columbia, 4-0)
133- Jeff Schell (B) major dec. Jerome Greco, 9-0 (Tie, 4-4)
141- Mark Savino (B) dec. Nick Standish, 10-4 (Brown, 7-4)
149- Anthony Constantino (C) major dec. Mark Bloom, 11-3 (Columbia, 8-7)
157- Matt Dunn (C) WBF Tom Fazio, 3:26 (Columbia, 14-7)
165- Victor Mocco (C) dec. Chris Musser, 6-1 (Columbia, 17-7)
174- Travis Creagan (C) dec. Kasey McCurdy, 4-2 (Columbia, 20-7)
184- Matt Gevelinger (B) major dec. Mike Pushpak, 16-5 (Columbia, 20-11)
197- Nick Sommerfeld (C) dec. Brandon Stearns, 6-5 (Columbia, 23-11)
285- Levon Mock (B) dec. Lou Miller, 11-4 (Columbia, 23-14)