Nov. 15, 2004
Cortland, NY - The Brown wrestling team opened up the 2004-05 season at the Empire Open, hosted by SUNY Cortland on Sunday. Freshman Jeff Schell made an impressive debut for the Bears, placing first at 125. Schell went 4-0 on the day, defeating Nick Bridge in the finals, 8-3. Along the way Schell picked up a 6-2 decision over Ivy rival, Columbia's Jeff Sato. Junior Dan Appello advanced to the final match at 133, going 4-1 on the day for a second place finish for the Bears.
Another freshman, Mark Savino, made his Brown debut, going 2-2 on the day at 141, including a 14-2 win over Nick Nauroth of Kutztown. Junior Mike Ashton went 2-2 at 149, picking up 14-5 and 11-4 wins. Also at 149, junior Sean Hopkins went 2-2 as well.
Junior David Saadeh had a strong day, winning the consolation round at 157. Saadeh went 5-1 on the day. Saadeh missed advancing to the finals by just three points but rebounded to take the win in the consolation final. Sophomore Shawn Kitchner finished with a 4-1 record on the day at 157, winning three straight matches in the consolation round.
Junior Jimmy Pedro went 4-2 on the day at 174, recording 17-1, 12-2, 7-0 wins along with a win by fall. At 197, freshman Leo Saniuk went 2-1 in his debut for the Bears. In the heavyweight class, junior Lee Beane advanced to the final round, losing by a mere 5-3 margin after taking three straight wins.
The Bears will take part in the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia next Saturday.
Click here to view complete results from the 2004 Empire Open.