ST. LOUIS – Welcome to Day Two of the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center.

 

We are going to go with updates from the top of the page, with the most recent info coming at the first entry. Again, all times are CST.

6:23 p.m. – For the second straight season, Rollie Peterkin’s quest to become an All-American was stopped one bout short. #10 Scotti Sentes took Peterkin down twice – once in the first period and once in the second – for a 4-0 win.

 

Sentes got the first takedown at the 1:19 mark and rode out for the rest of the period. He countered a Peterkin shot with a pass-by for the two.

 

Peterkin erased Sentes’ riding time with a full two-minute rideout in the second. Rollie was close to backpoints on a few occasions, but couldn’t hold Sentes on tilt for the required time. In the third, Rollie chose neutral, looking to tie the bout. Instead, it was Sentes who scored the takedown, doing so with 1:06 to go in the match. Rollie tried valiantly to escape and create some offense, but it was not to be.

 

That is it for Penn at the 2009 NCAA Championships. A full recap will follow shortly.

5:38 p.m. – WELCOME BACK!

 

The 120 wrestlers remaining of the 330 that began the tournament are warming up on the mats. Penn’s Rollie Peterkin, seeded eighth at 125 pounds, is out there with his warmup partner, teammate Rick Rappo, as he makes final preparations for his Round of 12 match with #10 seed Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan.

 

Peterkin advanced to the Round of 12 last season as well, losing to Old Dominion’s James Nicholosn in the round – one win shy of All-American status. Peterkin hopes that this season will see him climb over that hurdle and reach the podium for the first time.

 

Peterkin is in the Round of 12 after his loss to #1 Paul Donahoe of Edinboro in the quarterfinals. Sentes lost in the second round and has won two wrestleback bouts to earns his place in the All-America round tonight.

 

Sentes is a true freshman who won the MAC championship. His results against Top-20 opponents this season are kind of a mixed bag – he is 6-6 overall.

 

A win from Peterkin will lock up Penn’s 24th All-American in program history, and just the second at 125 pounds (Matt Valenti, 2004).

2:00 p.m. - The Penn contingent is done for the session, and only Rollie Peterkin remains in the tournament. He wil wrestle in the Round of 12 tonight at 6 p.m. CST. A win gets him All-America honors. We will be back a little later with a preview of that match.

1:52 p.m. – Cesar Grajales’ tournament ended with an 11-3 loss to Henrich Barnes of Oregon State. Barnes was able to avoid a takedown early from Grajales and then turned on his jets, scoring four takedowns and adding two back points en route to the win with riding time. The turning point of the bout was a four-point move from Barnes in the second period with the score 4-2 in favor of the Oregon State guy. He threw Cesar to the ground and added two backs for an 8-2 lead. A takedown at the buzzer as Cesar tried for a last-grasp pin sealed things up for Barnes.

1:40 p.m. – Cesar Grajales is up soon, on deck at mat 6. Rollie Peterkin’s next opponent will be decided on Mat 3 between Sentes and Triggas. It is tied 2-2 in the second right now. An escape from Sentes in the third period gets him a 3-2 lead. Then het gets two with a takedown. Sentes is riding tough here…has the R point and the win, 6-3. Peterkin to meet Sentes tonight for All-America honors.

1:00 p.m. – All the semifinal matches are set and there are some interesting matchups on the horizon.

  

At 165, #8 seed Jonathan Reader of Iowa State will wrestle #12 Jarrod King of Edinboro (The Fighting Scots’ third finalist). #3 Ryan Morningstar of Iowa will meet #2 Andrew Howe of Wisconsin in the other semifinal.

 

174 saw undefeated #2 seed Michael Cannon of American go down at the hands of #7 Mike Miller of Central Michigan. He will wrestle #3 Brandon Browne of Nebraska. The second semifinal will pit #1 Steve Luke of Michigan against #5 Raymond Jordan of Missouri.

 

At 184, we are close to the matchup between the 2007 and 2008 champions as both advanced. ’07 winner and #1 seed Jake Herbert of Northwestern will wrestle #12 Vince Jones of Nebraska. ’08 champ and #3 seed Mike Pucillo of Ohio State will wrestle #7 Doug Umbehauer of Rider, who defeated #2 Phillip Keddy of Iowa.

 

197 will see top seed Craig Brester of Nebraska wrestle #4 seed Tyrel Todd of Michigan while #6 Max Askren of Missouri will take on #2 Jake Varner.

 

At 285, #1 David Zabriskie of ISU will wrestle Duke’s #5 seed Konrad Dudziak. Zabriskie has not had an easy road to the semis, winning his first round match in sudden victory and then needing two one-point wins to advance. The second semi will have #2 Mark Ellis of Missouri wrestle #3 Jermail Porter of Kent State.

 

 

We are finishing up the consolation bouts now and will head into a second consi round immediately. Cesar Grajales will wrestle Henrich Barnes of Oregon State at 149 midway through the round.

 

These rounds are pressure-filled as each wrestler is one win away from the Round of 12 and a chance to wrestle for All-America honors. Grajales, who has three wins at this year’s tournament after losing in the first round, has a chance to advance to the Round of 12 for the first time.

12:42 p.m. – Scott Giffin had late trouble with Shane Onufer of Wyoming, falling, 5-3, to be eliminated from the tournament. Giffin had the majority of the shots in the first period, but could not connect. The first period ended with the score tied 0-0.

 

In the second period, Onufer escaped with 1:22 left for the first point of the bout. He then shot a double leg with a minute left in the period to up his lead to 3-0. Giffin got a point back with an escape 31 seconds from the end of the period, to trail 3-1, entering the final period.

 

In the third, Giffin closed the gap to 3-2 with an escape 15 seconds into the period. He was close to taking the lead with a takedown, but Onufer was good on defense. The Wyoming wrestler then added to his lead with a takedown at the 5:38 mark of the bout. Giffin escaped with 48 seconds left, but couldn’t complete any late shots to take the lead.

11:24 a.m. – Cesar Grajales advances in the wrestlebacks with a very Grajales-like 3-2 win over #8 seed Matthew Kyler of Army. Grajales was good on defense early, blocking a Kyler shot and keeping the score even. Cesar worked right to the buzzer, scoring his takedown at the buzzer, not giving up. He did a great job locking in the two legs right in front of his corner. In the second period, Kyler closed the gap with an escape quickly, slipping his left foot out from under Grajales five seconds in. Things got physical in the period, with lots of pushing and shoving out of bounds – even once ending with Kyler almost on top of the scorer’s table.

 

Grajales was called for stalling late in the period, but ended the period with a 2-1 advantage. In the third, Cesar scored an escape of his own, six seconds into the period. Grajales then took the majority of the shots in the final period, coming close to a takedown but mainly making sure he was on the offensive. He was hit with a late stall, but that only closed the gap to 3-2 and he picked up the win a few seconds later.

 

He will wrestle Oregon State’s Henrich Barnes in the next round.

The 149 and 157 semis are set.

 

At 149, undefeated #1 seed and defending champion, Brent Metcalf of Iowa, will wrestle #4 Lance Palmer of Ohio State. In the other semi, #3 Darrion Caldwell of N.C. State will wrestle #7 Bryce Saddoris of Navy.

 

At 157, the dream matchups are a reality. Undefeated #1 seed Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska will wrestle 2007 NCAA champion, #4 Gregor Gillespie of Edinboro. The second match will see undefeated #2 Michael Poeta of Illinois grapple with defending national champion, #3 Jordan Leen of Cornell.

 

10:44 a.m. – We have a little break before Cesar wrestles so here are a few updates:

 

At 125, the semis will feature #1 Donahoe vs. #11 Anthony Robles of Arizona State. Robles is a great story, as he wrestles with only one leg. In the other semi, defending champion Angel Escobedo of Indiana will wrestle Cornell’s #2 Troy Nickerson – who needed only 14 seconds to pin his quarterfinal opponent.

 

Peterkin awaits the winner of #10 Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan or Ohio State’s Nikko Triggas tonight in the Round of 12.

 

133 pounds will see defending champion  and #1 seed Franklin Gomez of Michigan State will take on #5 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State. The other semi will feature #6 Jayson Ness of Minnesota and #2 Reece Humphrey of Ohio State.

 

141 has been the craziest weight all weekend. The semifinals will see #8 Ryan Williams of Old Dominion wrestle unseeded Alex Krom of Maryland. The bottom half of the bracket will have defending champ and #3 seed J Jaggers of Ohio State wrestle #7 Chris Drouin of Arizona State. Good work by ASU, putting two in the semis after the program was almost cut last year.

 

Back with more in a bit.

10:22 a.m. – Peterkin ran into a very tough Paul Donahoe in the quarterfinals, falling to the 2007 NCAA champion, 7-3. Peterkin will move on to the Round of 12 tonight, wrestling against an opponent to be determined for a shot at All-America.

 

Rollie had the first shot of the match, but Donahoe defended well and worked for his own takedown at the 0:34 mark. The two men worked for a while, with neither improving position and a stalemate was called at the 1:21 mark. Peterkin used the restart to work an escape at 1:33 for his first point of the match.

 

10 seconds later, Donahoe scored a second takedown. Rollie worked to get out, but the two went out of bounds at 2:17. After the first period, Donahoe had 2:20 of riding time.

 

In the second, Peterkin needed just 10 seconds to escape to get back within two points. Rollie worked for a shot, but couldn’t lock it in and a stalemate was called at 3:53. The second period ended 4-2 in favor of Donahoe.

 

In the third, Donahoe chose neutral and quickly scored a takedown with a shot at the whistle. Rollie got a point back at 5:52, but the comeback was not to be. A late stall warning to Donahoe didn’t help Rollie and the match ended, 7-3.

 

Cesar Grajales is up soon for Penn.

9:49 a.m. - Possible correction on ESPN360.com ... When I checked the website, it says "quarterfinal mat 1", et

c. Rollie is wrestling on Mat 4 here in the building. Not sure if that carries over to Mat 4 on the ESPN360 broadcast.

The wrestlers are lining up for skin checks and weigh-ins. Included in that group are three Quakers. The Penn contingent is headlined by 125-pounder, #8 seed Rollie Peterkin. He will wrestle immediately at the start of competition, taking on #1 seed Paul Donahoe of Edinboro in the quarterfinals.

 

Donahoe is the 2007 NCAA champion and was an All-America last year as well. The two met at the Virginia Duals, and Donahoe defeated Peterkin, 15-5. Donahoe scored a lot of his points in the match with backpoints, so the key for Rollie today will be to stay off his back. Peterkin had a cradle locked in on Donahoe in the match for some offense of his own, and if he can get back to that position and convert it to some nearfall points of his own, we could be looking at a big upset.

 

Cesar Grajales has an EIWA opponent in the wrestlebacks, taking on Matt Kyler of Army, the eighth seed.

 

Scott Giffin will wrestle Wyoming’s Shane Onufer in a consolation bout at 174.

 

The team race is an exciting one, with Iowa State and Iowa tied at the top after the first day with 33 points each. Ohio State is in third with 30. Iowa has six wrestlers in the quarterfinals (nine remaining overall). ISU has all ten of its wrestlers left, with five in the quarters. The Buckeyes have five in the championship round and three in wrestlebacks.

 

Penn has accumulated 8.5 team points and sits in 31st out of 62 teams. Last year, Penn finished 34th with 10.5 points.

 

A couple notes of interest:

 

  • Peterkin is the lone remaining wrestler in the championship bracket from Massachusetts.
  • Peterkin is seeking to become Penn’s 24th All-American with a win in the quarters today.
  • He would be just Penn’s second All-American at 125 pounds, joining Matt Valenti (2004).
  • Grajales and Giffin need to win three matches today to become All-Americans.
  • A look at my predictions from yesterday brings mixed results. Here is how many of my predicted finalists(champion): 125 – 2 finalists + champion (although I hope I am wrong here), 133 – 2 finalists + champion, 141 – 0 finalists + 0 champions (OUCH), 149 – 1 finalist + 1 champion (Jenkins went 0-2), 157 – 2 finalists + 1 champion, 165 – 1 finalist + 0 champion, 174 – 2 finalists + 1 champion (also correctly predicted Giffin’s upset), 184 – 2 finalists + 1 champion, 197 – 2 finalists + 1 champion (my #4 and #6 seeds are still alive!), 285 – 2 finalists + 1 champion. So it looks like of 20 possible finalists, I have 16 remaining and can still go 8-for-12 on champions. I am pleased with that.

 

I will be back at 10 a.m. CST with the quarterfinals. Again, any questions, comments or suggesstions, please let me know at dorman@upenn.edu.