Nov. 12, 2003
Expectations are high for the Brown wrestling team this season as the Bears look to be among the elite teams in the east and Ivy League. Returning 22 letterwinners and a pair of NCAA qualifiers, the squad finished 8-11 overall and 7th in the EIWA Championship last year. A strong freshman class of seven will also join the team this season.
Coach Dave Amato, returns for his 21st year at Brown, and looks to finish in the top 5 in the EIWA and the top 3 in the Ivy League. He would also like to increase their number of NCAA qualifiers and bids to the EIWA tournament as well.
Tri-Captains Nick Ciarcia, David Dies, and Adam Santee will bring a wealth of leadership and experience to the mat this season. Dies is currently ranked 9th in the nation in the 149 lb. weight class by Intermat, while Ciarcia is tabbed as the nations 15th best 184 lb. grappler. Ciarcia, earned a 4th place finish in the Eastern Championships and was a NCAA qualifier last season and is ranked 8th in the Wrestling Mall Pre-season rankings and 11th on the Amateur Wrestling News Pre-season rankings. Coming off knee surgery, Santee is very anxious for the start of the 2003-04 season and has his goal set on being an all-American.
At 125 pounds, junior Clinton Hicks is Brown's pre-season favorite. He has compiled an overall record of 12-5 and returns to the mat after missing the past two seasons. He will be challenged for the starting role by sophomore Greg Pace who's shown drastic improvement since his freshman campaign. Freshman Nate Myers, from nearby Warwick Rhode Island, will also look to challenge Hicks for the 125 pound spot.
Finishing with a 14-15 record last season, Sophomore Dan Appello, who moved up from the125 pound spot last season to nab the starting role at 133 will be looking to hold on to the starting position. Junior Anthony Marconi, who missed much of last season to injury, will also be vying for the starting role. Carl Quindel, who played soccer for Brown the last three season's chose this year to focus solely on wrestling, and will look to challenge at 133. Also in the mix is freshman Eli Harris.
Senior David Dies is the strong favorite at 149 and has compiled a 55-37 record in his first three seasons at Brown. Pushing Dies in his quest of an Eastern title and All-American honors will be a pair of sophomores, Sean Hopkins and Tim Smith.
Mike Savino, who finished 13-21 last season, is looking to hold onto the starting role at 157. Challenging Savino for the spot will be sophomore David Saadeh, who moved up from the 149 weight class, where he had the best winning percentage of all freshmen last year with a 13-8 record. Freshman Shawn Kitchner will also look to break into the starting line-up.
With the graduation of Chris Ayer, senior Sean Jenkins is looking to nail down the starting position. Jenkins started last season strong winning the tough Keystone Classic, but shared time with Ayers following a second half injury. Moving up from 157 to challenge will be junior Heath Lohrman. A pair of freshman, Adam Molano and Harrison Moskowitz, will also be in the mix at 165.
Senior captain Adam Santee was the 174 pound starter last season, posting a 4-13 record. He'll be challenged by a pair of sophomores who are eyeing up for the 174 spot. Sophomore Mike Pedro was red-shirted last season after suffering knee surgery in the semi-finals of the Bearcat open. Sophomore Doran Heist, who competed at 174, 184, and was the 197 starter at the Eastern Championships, will be challenging for the starting nod this year.
Senior Nick Ciarcia who finished with a 23-8 record last season is the strong favorite to start at 184. Ciarcia has his sight set much higher than his current ranking and is looking towards an Eastern title and All-American honors. Freshman Aaron Jones is also expected to contribute.
Junior Pete Mosley, who finished 6-14 and sophomore Pete Gladish, who had a 3-6 record in his rookie campaign both saw action last year and will be battling for the top spot after suffering injuries last year. Freshman Jerome Zacharia will also look to break into the line-up at either 197 or heavyweight.
After a slow start, sophomore Lee Beane ended last season with a 5th place finish at the Eastern Championship. Beane was one of two freshmen who placed at the Eastern's last year. He entered the tournament un-seeded and knocked off several high seeds to earn his fifth place honors. He finished the season with an overall record of 13-17.