Day One Brackets
Day One Team Scores
PHILADELPHIA - After the first day of action at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Penn has five wrestlers left in the tournament, including sixth-seeded Micah Burak who will wrestle in Friday's quarterfinals at 197 pounds.
Burak advanced to the quarters with a 2-1 win over No. 11 Jerome Ward of Iowa State. Both men were able to escape from bottom, but Burak piled up 1:09 of riding time as part of his second-period ride for the deciding point.
Burak will wrestle No. 3 seed Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin Friday morning. Brandvold is an undefeated 16-0 this season and is a returning All-American who finished sixth in 2010.
With his win in the second round, Burak made Penn 1-for-4 in the round after losses by Mark Rappo, Zack Kemmerer and Gabriel Burak in the night session. However, Penn's four first-round winners were the most since the 2006 NCAA Championships.
Mark Rappo started the proceedings with the first upset win by any wrestler in the tournament, downing No. 9 seed Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State, 8-4. Rappo was behind early in the bout, giving up two takedowns in the opening period. However, Rappo was able to escape after each score and enter the second down by only two points. In the middle frame, Rappo escaped in 10 seconds to get within one and then scored his first takedown 30 seconds later to take the lead. Rappo was aggressive on the ride, keeping Morrison down the rest of the second period. In the third, Rappo gave himself breathing room with a takedown at the 5:50 mark and he again kept Morrison down for the rest of the period to add riding time on 2:02 of advantage. The win was Rappo's first at the NCAAs in his first appearance.
No. 12 seed Zack Kemmerer avenged a 4-0 loss to Maryland's Jon Kohler earlier in the season with a 7-5 win in the first round for his first NCAA Championships win. After two minutes of working ties, Kemmerer scored first at 2:09, finishing a scramble for an early lead. The key for Kemmerer was keeping Kohler down and he did so for 46 seconds before Kohler could escape. In the second period, Kemmerer was again tough on top, holding Kohler down from his choice of bottom for 53 seconds before the Terp could escape. With 30 seconds left in the second, Kemmerer added a second takedown and entered the third with a 4-3 lead. Choosing neutral for the third, Kemmerer made that decision count as he tacked on a third takedown at 5:42, coming on strong after a second stall against him gave Kohler a point. While Kohler escaped at 6:30, Kemmerer was able to stave off late shots for the win.
Gabriel Burak became Penn's third winner of the first session with a 6-3 win over Drexel's Joe Booth at 165 pounds in an all-West Philly matchup. Burak rallied back in the third period for six points after Booth escaped and took Burak down in the second. Burak's first points came on a single leg at 5:40 before he added three backpoints at the final whistle on a well-executed turn he started with 45 seconds left in the period.
Gabe's younger brother Micah was the fourth winner of the opening round with a 7-3 decision over Ohio State's Peter Capone. The two were scoreless in the opening period, but Burak scored first with an escape at 3:45. In the third period, Capone chose bottom and the sixth-seeded Burak worked a headlock into a turn for three backpoints to build his lead. Capone escaped with just under a minute left, but Burak then came right back for a takedown. Capone worked a reverse, but Burak escaped out and avoided late shots to advance.
No. 10 seed Rollie Peterkin had a 5-0 lead in the second period over Flint Ray from Utah Valley, scoring four points in the first period, but Ray came back with a five-point third period to take a 7-5 decision. The match turned on Ray's late takedown into a cradle which scored the winning backpoints and knocked Peterkin down to the wrestlebacks.
2010 All-American Scott Giffin came close to knocking off No. 8 Mike Letts from Maryland in the first round, but his late shot connected one second after the buzzer and Giffin was defeated, 4-2. Letts scored a takedown in the first period and escaped in the second, adding those points to 1:07 of riding time to earn the decision.
In the evening session, Rappo allowed takedowns to No. 8 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma in each of the first two periods, for a 4-0 loss. Patterson scored the first one at 2:29 and added his second right at the final whistle of the second period to knock Rappo down to the consolation rounds.
Kemmerer was close to returning national finalist Montell Marion of Iowa, trailing just 4-3 in the third period. However, the fifth seed was able to take Kemmerer down to his back and add five points to break open the match for a 10-3 win. He will wrestle Army's Casey Thome in Friday's wrestlebacks. Kemmerer is 0-2 against Thome in his career, with 8-3 and 8-1 wins back in the 2009-10 season on his resume.
Gabriel Burak lost to fourth-seeded Josh Asper of Maryland in the second round, 6-2, as Asper scored a takedown early in the third period to widen his lead to 5-2 and he cruised from there. That loss was the fourth in a row to Asper for Burak, including a 5-1 loss at last year's NCAAs.
Peterkin bounced back with an 8-1 win over Edinboro's Eric Morrill, scoring three takedowns in the match to power his way through. The big score was his takedown at the buzzer in the first round, giving himself a 4-1 lead after the opening three minutes. On Friday morning, Peterkin will wrestle Boston University's Fred Santaite. The win for Peterkin was the 99th of his career, leaving him one shy of reaching the 100-win plateau.
Giffin's Penn career came to an end with a 9-1 major decision at the hands of Missouri's Dorian Henderson. The first period saw Henderson post five points on a takedown to the back and he was able to ride the rest of the period. Giffin ends his career with an 83-42 record, four NCAA Championships appearances and his All-American finish in 2010.
125 - Mark Rappo
First Round: Def. No. 9 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State), 8-4
Second Round: Lost to No. 8 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma), 4-0
133 - No. 10 Rollie Peterkin
First Round: Lost to Flint Ray (Utah Valley)
Consolation First Round: Def. Eric Morrill (Edinboro), 8-1
141 - No. 12 Zack Kemmerer
First Round: Def. Jon Kohler (Maryland). 7-5
Second Round: Lost to No. 5 Montell Marion (Iowa), 10-3)
165 - Gabriel Burak
First Round: Def. Joe Booth (Drexel), 6-3
Second Round: Lost to No. 4 Josh Asper (Maryland), 6-2
174 - Scott Giffin
First Round: Lost to No. 8 Mike Letts (Maryland), 4-2
Consolation First Round: Lost to Dorian Henderson (Missouri), 9-1
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak
First Round: Def. Peter Capone (Ohio State), 7-3
Second Round: Def. No. 11 Jerome Ward (Iowa State), 2-1