Nov. 20, 2006
After weeks of preseason training, the members of the Brown wrestling team are ready for the start of another season. With all three of the team's All-Ivy honorees returning from last season, senior Shawn Kitchner (Startford, WI) and juniors Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) and Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA), the Bears are primed to make some noise in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.
In all, 13 letterwinners return to the team. Ten freshmen also join the squad, some of whom will see plenty of time on the mat right out of the gate.
To start the season, freshmen Greg Einfrank (Jefferson Valley, N.Y.) and Mike Piccirillo (Dix Hills, N.Y.) will battle for time at the lightest weight class. Einfrank was a two-time place place winner at the New York state tournament, finishing sixth and second. He holds the school record at Horace Greeley HS with 115 wins. Piccirillo had similar success, finishing fifth twice in the New York state tournament. After the semester break, junior Nathan Myers (Warwick, RI) will return to the lineup, giving the Bears a returning letterwinner at that weight. Myers finished last season with a 5-6 mark, and has an 11-12 record for his collegiate career.
Junior Jeff Schell (Zion Grove, PA) moves up from 125 pounds, where he has started for two seasons, to 133 pounds this season. Schell recorded 24 wins with just nine losses his freshman season, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Last season, he went 18-10, being named second team All-Ivy. He placed third at the Keystone Classic and fifth at the Brockport-Oklahoma Gold Tournament. Over the course of the season, Schell pinned five opponents and gave up no points to three more.
Schell will be pushed by sophomores Eli Harris (Green River, WY) and John Triggas (Moraga, CA). Harris, a two-time Wyoming state champion in high school, is returning to the team after two years away on a Mormon mission. Triggas went 8-6 last season, including a 4-2 record at the Keystone Classic. Sophomore Ross Baldwin (Summit, NJ) will also compete at 133 pounds after seeing limited action last season.
Junior Mark Savino (Lawrenceville, NJ), the starter at 141 pounds since his freshman season, returns looking to improve on a 10-17 record as the starter at 141 pounds last season. Freshman Steve DeLorenzo (Wantagh, NY) will press Savino for time. DeLorenzo is a two-time place winner in New York state, finishing in second and fifth during his high school career.
The 149-pound weight class may be the deepest on the Brown roster. Senior Jordan LaFollette (Magadone, OH) returns to the roster after a year away, posting a career record of 9-9. Sophomore Travis Fischer (Elkhorn, WI) and freshmen Brad Arlington (Mahwah, NJ) and Bryan Tracy (Williamstown, NJ) will also compete at 149. Tracy placed at the New Jersey state tournament three times, placing fourth, second and third, while Fischer placed fifth at the Wisconsin states twice. Arlington holds a school record with 105 wins at Mahwah High, and was a three-time district champion.
Another senior returning to the squad is David Saadeh (Lancaster, PA), who took last year off from school. Saadeh is 33-27 for his career. During the 2004-2005 season, Saadeh finished in third at the Empire Open and in fifth at the Keystone Classic. Sophomore Tom Fazio (Ringwood, NJ) and freshman Alex Siedlecki (East Amherst, NY) will also compete for time at 157, with sophomore Leonard Marandino (Redding, CA) returning to the squad for the spring semester.
Senior Shawn Kitchner (Stratford, NJ) returns after a breakout 21-11 campaign, which included a 6-3 upset of 13th-ranked Steve Anceravage at Cornell and ended with a first team All-Ivy selection. After semester break, Kitchner was nearly unstoppable, running up a 15-2 record heading into the EIWA Championships. He holds a 36-23 record for his career. Behind him will be a trio of freshmen who could also see action at 174 pounds, Bran Crudden (Columbia, CT), Andrew Jimenez (Tampa, FL), and Seth Podhoretz (Millburn, NJ). Crudden was a three-time Connecticut state champion, and posted a record of 196-9 at Windham High. Podhoretz was a two-time state qualifier in New Jersey, who set a school record with 34 consecutive victories. Jimenez was a two-time qualifier for the state tournament in Florida.
In addition to the three above-mentioned first-years, Chris Musser (Vestal, NY) will compete at 174. Musser posted a 3-2 record last season at the Brockport-Oklahoma Gold Tournament.
Sophomore Matt Gevelinger (Mineral Point, WI), who competed at 174 last season, will move up a class this season. After a slow start, Gevelinger finished strong, winning three of his last five matches before the EIWA Championships. Sophomore Branden Stearns (Edinboro, PA) was a letterwinner at 184 last season, but will not wrestle until January. He wrestled in 27 matches in his rookie campaign. Freshman Josh Serene (Kittanning, PA) will begin the season at 184, but could move down to 174 after the semester break. Serene placed sixth and fifth at the Pennsylvania state tournament the past two seasons.
Junior Leo Saniuk (Akron, OH) had a 13-16 record last season, and is expected to start at 197 pounds this season. He'll be joined in the class by freshman Larry Otsuka (Upper Saddle River, NJ), who qualified for New Jersey's state tournament twice.
The heavyweight class will again be held down by junior Levon Mock (Bangor, MI) and sophomore Zach Zdrada (Atkinson, NH). Mock, a second team All-Ivy selection, had a 16-13 record as the starter at heavyweight last season, including a 3-2 record at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. He went 2-5 his freshman season. Zdrada had a 3-4 record in his first season at Brown.