November 17, 2008

Bears Turn in Impressive Debut

Nov. 17, 2008

Binghamton, N.Y. - The Bears had an impressive debut to their season this weekend at the Brute Binghamton Open, as a number of wrestlers had solid performances, although no team scores were kept.

Junior Stephen DeLorenzo (Wantagh, N.Y.) led the way for Brown, as he placed third overall in the 141-pound weight class, and was only beaten by the eventual winner in the division. Senior Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, N.H.) also notched a fourth-place finish for Brown in the 285 division.

The day started off well for Brown, as juniors Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Greg Einfrank (Jefferson Valley, N.Y.) won their opening matches in the 125 division, advancing to the second round. Senior Eli Harris (Green River, WY) performed even better, going 2-1 in his matches while moving up to the third round of the 133-pound weight class.

Bruno turned in its best all-around performance in the 141 division, as DeLorenzo wrestled his way through the bracket into third place, the best finish of the day for the Bears. He was joined by newcomer Grant Overcashier (Goodrich, MI), who turned in an impressive showing in his first collegiate meet. Overcashier advanced to the fifth round before he was finally knocked out, but showed a great deal of potential.

Senior Lenny Marandino (Redding, CA) led the way in the 157 division, as he pushed his way into the fourth round before falling, while junior Bryan Tracy (Williamstown, N.J.) advanced to the fifth in the 165-pound class before losing to the eventual fifth-place finisher. The 197-pound division was similar to the opening class, as freshman Malachy Morris (Herndon, VA) and senior Leo Saniuk (Akron, OH) each won their first match to advance to the second round.

Zdrada closed out the day for Brown with a terrific meet, advancing all the way to the semis before losing his first match. He then bounced back for another win to advance to the consolation finals, where he took fourth place overall.

The Bears will be back in action on Sunday, November 23, when they travel to Philadelphia to participate in the Keystone Classic. Action will kick off at 10 a.m.