Bears Wrap Up Competition in Las Vegas

Dec. 8, 2008

Las Vegas, NV - The Brown wrestling squad wrapped up competition in the desert on Saturday, coming in 34th at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Despite dealing with several injuries on the team, the Bears had some solid individual performances, and finished the two-day event with a respectable 13.5 points.

Junior Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, N.Y.) started off the competition for the Bears, competing in the 125-pound weight class. After advancing to the second round, Piccirillo dropped a tough bout, moving to the consolation bracket. Once there, he knocked off Dakota Wesleyan's Joshua Seeley by a score of 6-3 before being eliminated in the next round. Senior John Triggas (Moraga, CA) was next up, wrestling in the 134 division. Triggas dropped two hard-fought matches to open the day, knocking him out of the competition.

Newcomer Grant Overcashier (Goodrich, MI) continued his solid debut season with one of the best outings of the weekend for the Bears. Overcashier won his initial match in the 141 class by a 7-5 margin before being knocked off in the second. However, he was rejuvenated in the consolation bracket, coming back to win his bout by a dominating 18-3 score. Overcashier then pulled out another victory, this one by a more modest 9-7, to advance to the fourth round before being eliminated.

Sophomore David Foxen (Garden City, N.Y.) also competed hard, winning two bouts before being knocked out of the bracket in the 149-pound class, while senior Tom Fazio (Ringwood, N.J.) lost his first two matches to end his day in the 157 division. Junior Bryan Tracy (Williamstown, N.J.) had a similar outing, advancing to the second round of the 165 class on byes before being knocked out.

Senior Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI) had a solid day for Brown as well, competing in the 184 division. After advancing to the second round on a bye, Gevelinger was perfect against Cumberland's Eric Metzler, knocking him off 10-0 to advance to the third round. Though he was defeated in that match, Gevelinger came back in the consolation bracket to win another bout, and finished the day with a 2-2 record individually.

Classmate Brandon Stearns (Edinboro, PA) looked strong early, as he advanced to the third round courtesy of a 20-5 win, but after losing his next match he was unable to rally in the consolation bracket, and was knocked out of the competition. Senior Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, N.H.) wrapped up the meet for the Bears, as he advanced to the third round on byes before losing his two matches in the heavyweight division.

The Cliff Keen Invitational wraps up the first half of the season for the Bears, but the team will be back in action after the break when they travel to Texas for the Lone Star Duals on January 3.