Mock, Savino, Kitchner Still Alive at EIWA Championship

March 2, 2007

East Stroudsburg, PA - Senior tri-captain Shawn Kitchner (Stratford, WI) and juniors Mark Savino (Princeton, NJ) and tri-captain Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) all advanced to the consolation semifinals on Friday at the EIWA Championships at East Stroudsburg University. The trio led a Brown effort that netted 25.5 points, good for 10th place and already surpassing the team's point total in 2006. #12 Cornell sits in first place with 112.5 points.

Mock, Brown's highest-seeded wrestler entering the tournament as the fifth seed at 285 pounds, opened things by pinning American's Evan Murtaugh at 4:52, his team-leading eighth pin this season. In the second round, he squared off with fourth-seeded Nathan Thobaben of Army, whom he had lost to, 10-5, earlier in the year. Trailing 3-2 late in the third period, Mock scored a last-second takedown, upsetting Thobaben, 4-3, and advancing to the semifinals. In the semis, he faced top seed Ed Prendergast of Navy, the #8 heavyweight in the country, who had pinned Mock when they last met on Jan. 7 at the Lone Star Duals. This time, Mock kept things close, but could not pull off the upset, losing a 3-2 decision.

Savino's route to the semis at 141 pounds was similar to Mock's. The sixth seed, Savino scored his second win over Kyle Milanese of Rutgers this season, taking a 14-3 major decision. He faced third-seed Brad Canterbury of Navy in the second-round, who he'd also lost to at the Lone Star Duals, 1-0. This time, Savino got revenge, scoring a takedown for a 6-4 sudden victory. However, Savino was unable to keep his momentum going against #19 Matt Ciasulli from Lehigh, the number-two seed, who handed him a 13-5 major decision loss.

Kitchner, the lone Brown senior competing and eighth seed at 165 pounds, showed little rust after a 53-day layoff from competition following an injury. He opened with a 10-7 decision over Franklin & Marshall's Justin Herbert. He came up against #12 Mike Cannon, the tournament's top seed at 165, in the second round, keeping things close but ultimately losing a 5-2 decision. However, Kitchner was able to wrestle back through two consolation matches to a guaranteed place. First, he won a 9-4 decision over Manuel Scubert of Lehigh, then he took a 5-3 upset decision over fifth seed Frankie Colletta of Harvard.

Winning matches before being eliminated were freshman Greg Einfrank (Jefferson Valley, NY) and sophomore Tom Fazio (Ringwood, NJ). Einfrank dropped his opening match to #2 Troy Nickerson of Cornell, the top seed at 125 pounds, but recovered to pin Ryan Fitzgerald of Harvard in 2:15 in his first consolation match. However, fourth-seed Fernando Martinez of Army eliminated Einfrank one match from a guaranteed place. Fazio opened with an 11-2 major decision over Jimmy Peppers of American, but was pinned in his next two matches.

Kitchner has the highest-seeded opening opponent on Saturday, as he'll square off with #10 Zach Shanaman of Penn, the second seed at 165. In their lone previous meeting on Nov. 20, 2004, Shanaman handed Kitchner an 8-0 loss, with both competing at 157 pounds. Mock will have a noteworthy rematch with sixth-seed Kevin Lester of Columbia, who he pinned in just 46 seconds in the final match of a 21-20 dual meet win for Brown. Savino will open with Kyle Borshoff of American. While Borshoff is unranked, he pulled off arguably the upset of the tournament, pinning #16 Max Meltzer of Harvard, the top seed at 141, in the first round.

Results (# denotes tournament seeding)

125 pounds - #8 Greg Einfrank
Quarterfinals - #1 Troy Nickerson (Cornell) tech fall Einfrank, 16-0, 6:22
2nd Cons. Round - Einfrank WBF Ryan Fitzgerald (Harvard), 2:15
3rd Cons. Round - #4 Fernando Martinez (Army) dec. Einfrank, 6-1

133 pounds - #8 Jeff Schell
1st Round - John Stout (ESU) dec. Schell, 5-3
2nd Cons. Round - #7 Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh) dec. Schell, 5-2

141 pounds - #6 Mark Savino
1st Round - Savino major dec. Kyle Milanese (Rutgers), 14-3
Quarterfinals - Savino dec. #3 Brad Canterbury (Navy), 6-4 s.v.
Semifinals - #2 Matt Ciasulli (Lehigh) major dec. Savino, 13-5

149 pounds - Bryan Tracy
1st Round - #5 Richard Rappo (Penn) major dec. Tracy, 14-4
2nd Cons. Round - #6 Damian Swietlik (American) major dec. Tracy, 14-5

157 pounds - #7 Tom Fazio
1st Round - Fazio major dec. Jimmy Peppers (American), 11-2
Quarterfinals - #2 John Jarred (Navy) WBF Fazio, 3:31
2nd Cons. Round - Christopher Norrell (Rutgers) WBF Fazio, 1:01

165 pounds - #8 Shawn Kitchner
1st Round - Kitchner dec. Justin Herbert (F&M), 10-7
Quarterfinals - #1 Michael Cannon (American) dec. Kitchner, 5-2
2nd Cons. Round - Kitchner dec. Manuel Schubert (Lehigh), 9-4
3rd Cons. Round - Kitchner dec. #5 Frankie Colletta (Harvard), 5-3

174 pounds - Bran Crudden
1st Round - #2 Matthew Palmer (Columbia) tech fall Crudden, 22-7, 7:00
2nd Cons. Round - Shane Riccio (Bucknell) dec. Crudden, 6-1

184 pounds - Matt Gevelinger
1st Round - #5 Antonio Miranda (Navy) major dec. Gevelinger, 23-10
2nd Cons. Round - #3 Justin Barent (Columbia) dec. Gevelinger, 8-1

197 pounds - Larry Otsuka
1st Round - #7 Matthew Parsons (Navy) tech fall Otsuka, 20-4, 4:44
1st Cons. Round - Neil Cisper (Penn) major dec. Otsuka, 11-0

285 pounds - #5 Levon Mock
1st Round - Mock WBF Evan Muraugh (American), 4:52
Quarterfinals - Mock dec. #4 Nathan Thobaben (Army), 4-3
Semifinals - #1 Ed Prendergast (Navy) dec. Mock, 3-2

Team Standings
1. #12 Cornell - 112.5
2. #17 Navy - 90.5
3. #20 Penn - 82.0
4. American - 61.5
5. #24 Lehigh - 61.0
6. Columbia - 60.0
7. Harvard - 56.0
8. Army - 43.0
9. Bucknell - 29.0
10. Brown - 25.5
11. Rutgers - 19.5
12. East Stroudsburg - 16.0
13. Franklin & Marshall - 4.0
14. Princeton - 0