Parziale Places Fifth at 157 lbs. at 2005 EIWA Championships

ANNAPOLIS, MD - #3 seed Mike Parziale (Jr., Woburn, MA/Woburn) fell to #8 seed Gene Zannetti of Rutgers in the consolation semifinals to finish fifth at 157 lbs. at the 2005 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships at the United States Naval Academy.

The #3 seed at his weight, Parziale downed Brandon Benson of Army (Fall 6:11) and #6 Pat Lukanich of Navy (Dec. 6-3) before losing to #2 Derek Zinck of Lehigh (Dec. 9-5) in the 157 semifinals to fall into the consolation bracket.

In the consolation semifinal, Zannetti recorded a 4-0 victory to advance to a showdown with Columbia's Devin Mesanko for third place at the weight and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Championships. In the consolation title match, Mesanko recorded an 8-2 win to take the automatic berth, while Zannetti was named an alternate.

In the fifth place match, Parziale knocked off Lukanich for the second time in the championship tournament by recording a 10-6 win to capture fifth place and become the first F&M wrestler to become an EIWA placewinner since Rich Gebauer (Sr., South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) placed fifth at 133 lbs. in 2002.

Overall, Parziale concludes the year 34-8 and 81-26 for his career as he ranks second in single season wins in school history and fourth in career victories.

In other action, Gebauer fell to Jeff Eveleth of Penn 6-3 in the consolation bracket at 133 lbs. to conclude F&M's participation in the championships.

Lehigh University won its fourth straight EIWA championship, outscoring 11th-ranked Cornell, 133.5 to 131.0 to claim its 32nd team title. Navy tallied 96.5 points for third place, while Columbia (84.0), Penn (77.5), American (63.5), Army (61.0), Rutgers (40.5), Harvard (30.0), Brown (22.0), Princeton (14.0), Franklin & Marshall (13.0) and East Stroudsburg (11.0) rounded out the team scores.

133 lbs.
Rich Gebauer (F&M) DEC. #8 Ryan McCallum (ESU), 3-1
#1 Travis Lee (CORNELL) TECH FALL Rich Gebauer (F&M), 18-1 (6:13)
Rich Gebauer (F&M) TECH FALL Brent Kakesako (HARVARD), 17-2 (6:37)
#4 Jeff Eveleth (PENN) DEC Rich Gebauer (F&M), 6-3

157 lbs.
#3 Mike Parziale (F&M) FALL Brandon Benson (ARMY), 6:11
#3 Mike Parziale (F&M) DEC Pat Lukanich (NAVY), 6-3
#2 Derek Zinck (LEHGH) DEC Mike Parziale (F&M), 9-5
#8 Gene Zannetti (RUTGERS) DEC #3 Mike Parziale (F&M), 4-0
Fifth Place Match
#3 Mike Parziale (F&M) DEC Pat Lukanich (NAVY) 10-6