Nov. 12, 2006
Brockport, NY - Saturday marked the opening of the 2006 Brown wrestling season, as the Bears placed seventh of eight teams at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Wrestling Tournament. Senior Shawn Kitchner (Stratford, Wis.) led the Bears' efforts, finishing in second place in the 165-pound weight class. Also placing were junior Levon Mock (Bangor, MI), who came in fourth at 285 pounds, junior Mark Savino (Lawrenceville, NJ) who finished fifth at 141 pounds, and freshman Greg Einfrank (Jefferson Valley, NY), who placed sixth at 125 pounds.
Kitchner's road was far from easy, as all three of his opponents finished in the top five in that class. He drew a bye in the first round, then beat Kent State's Joe Whelan, who finished fifth, 8-1. In the semifinals, he needed overtime to beat eventual fourth-place finisher Mike Ragusa of Buffalo, 1-0, before falling to Oklahoma's Shane Seibert in the first-place match. His finish netted Brown 13 points.
Mock battled his way to placing the hard way. After falling in his opening-round match with Chip Reed from Army, 7-5, Mock defeated three opponents in the consolation bracket, two with pins, before being pinned by Willie Leonard of Kent State. Savino won his first two matches, defeating Evan Veney of Buffalo 6-4 and Drew Lashaway of Kent State, 3-2, before falling to eventual first-place winner Tony Curto of Bloomsburg in the semifinals and eventual third-place winner Darren Kern of Bloomsburg, 5-2. Savino secured fifth with a 5-2 win over Andrew Stella of Buffalo.
Einfrank performed well in his collegiate debut. Like Mock, he lost in the first round, dropping a 12-5 decision to Mike Sees of Bloomsburg. However, he won his next three matches in the consolation round, two by major deccison, before falling in his final two matches.
Complete results from this event can be found here .
The Bears' season continues next Sunday at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia.