Bryan Ortenzio Wins EIWA Title; Wrestling Finishes Fourth
2012 EIWA Final Brackets
Head Coach Rob Eiter Video After EIWAs
Bryan Ortenzio Video After his Win
PRINCETON - Senior Bryan Ortenzio has won multiple tournaments over his Penn career, but Sunday's was the biggest as the 133-pounder claimed his first career EIWA Championship.
Ortenzio became Penn's 62nd EIWA champion with a 2-1 win over No. 4 seed Aaron Kalil of Navy. Seeded No. 2 entering the tournament, Ortenzio went 4-0 in the tournament for Penn's first EIWA crown since 2008. The final was as tight as a 2-1 score would indicate, with Ortenzio's 1:07 of riding time the difference after both men earned escapes. Ortenzio got his one point in the second period with a quick return to neutral just seven seconds into the period. In the third period, Ortenzio rode for the first 1:14 to gain his riding time edge and after Kalil escaped, Ortenzio was able to defend in the final 15 seconds for Penn's fourth EIWA crown at 133 pounds.
The Quakers sent two wrestlers to the EIWA finals for the third year in a row, claiming a title for the first time since three crowns in 2008. Overall, Penn placed nine of its ten wrestlers entered in the tournament, third-most out of any school entered. The Quakers finished fourth in the team standings with 94.5 points, behind Cornell (151.5), Lehigh (149) and American (103). The team title came down to the final bout as American's Ryan Flores defeated Lehigh's Zach Rey in sudden victory to deny Lehigh. The Quakers were 9.5 points ahead of fifth-place Navy, a margin increased with Ortenzio's win over Kalil.
Penn's other finalist was No. 2 seed Micah Burak at 197 pounds, but for the third consecutive year Burak was denied an EIWA title by Cornell's Cam Simaz. The loss makes it nine matches against Simaz without a win for Burak, but despite an apparent lopsided 9-4 score, this may have been the closes in the series. After a scoreless first period, Simaz used Burak's strength against him as Burak pulled too tightly on a headlock from top position and Simaz reversed for two quick backpoints. Burak escaped to make it 4-1 and then truly closed the gap at the start of the third period with a reversal of his own to make the score 4-3. Simaz escaped and opened a two-point lead, and he was able to find space off the mat on a low single from Burak, getting out of bounds before Burak could secure the takedown. Simaz then was able to duck Burak's defense for two points with 35 seconds left to build a 7-3 lead before Burak got out. At the buzzer, as Burak attempted to win the match on a last-ditch throw, Simaz added a takedown for the final score.
Senior Erich Smith entered the tournament unseeded at 184 pounds, needing to reach at least fourth place to earn an automatic berth to NCAAs and extend his season. He did one better than that with a third place finish, defeating the No. 8, 3 and 4 seeds along the way. He rattled off four consecutive wins in the wrestlebacks after a loss to No. 2 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh in the first round, avenging earlier defeats to No. 8 Shane Hughes of Columbia and No. 4 Ophir Bernstein of Brown along the way. Smith's 9-2 win over Hughes started his journey back to third, and an 8-3 win over Bernstein negated two earlier losses in the season and secured third place. Smith locked up his NCAA trip in the consolation bracket with a 5-4 win over Navy's No. 3 seed Luke Rebertus.
The Quakers had two wrestlers go from unseeded to the podium as Troy Hernandez claimed eighth place at 157 pounds. Just 5-18 entering the season, Hernandez won two matches in the consolation rounds before a pair of 5-3 losses finished his tournament with an eighth-place award. Hernandez was one takedown away from a surprise trip to NCAAs in the consolation quarterfinals, but was edged, 5-3, by No, 6 seed Jake O'Hara of Columbia. Along the way, Hernandez added important team points with a 12-4 major decision over Zachary Kulczycki of Brown.
The Red and Blue scored a pair of fifth place finishes from Zack Kemmerer (141) and Steve Robertson (149). Kemmerer was hunting for his first NCAA title, but was knocked off in the semifinals by No. 5 Matt Mariarcher via a neutral fall at 3:54. Kemmerer was unable to bounce back in the consolation semifinals, losing a 3-2 match to No. 6 William Ashnault of Rutgers in a tiebreaker. The senior ended his tournament on a positive note with a 7-6 win over No. 8 Richard Durso of F&M for fifth place.
Robertson was seeded fifth at his first EIWA Tournament and reached the semifinals via an 8-4 win over No. 4 Steve Santos of Columbia before narrowly missing out on the title match with a 3-2 loss to American's No. 8 Kevin Tao. Robertson had the only takedown of that match, but two escapes and riding time were enough for Tao.
No. 3 seed at heavyweight Steven Graziano was looking for a trip to NCAAs but ran into defending national champion Zach Rey of Lehigh in the semifinals. Graziano had his ten-match win streak stopped by the No. 2 seed via fall at 6:42 and then was pinned twice more while trying to fight through an injury suffered against Rey to take sixth place at his first EIWA Championships.
No. 4 seed Lorenzo Thomas was upset in the quarterfinals by No. 5 Corey Lear of Bucknell, but fought his way to a seventh-place finish at 165 pounds. Thomas added a pin along the way for team points and ended his tournament with a dominant 10-4 decision over No. 7 Eren Civan of Columbia.
No. 8 seed Ian Korb wrestled to his seed at 174 pounds, going 2-3 over the weekend. He won his first bout, 4-0, before a tough-luck loss to No. 1 seed Greg Zannetti of Rutgers, 3-2, in the quarters. Korb then tacked on team points with a 16-5 major decision over Princeton's No. 7 Andy Lowy before a loss to No. 5 William George of Cornell and a loss to returning NCAA qualifier Matt Fullowan of F&M to end his tournament.
Sophomore Karim Shafi competed at 125 for Penn, suffering a first-round loss to No. 6 Vincent Dellafave of Rutgers before defaulting out with injury.
Ortenzio, Burak, Smith, Robertson and Kemmerer have all automatically qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championships in St. Louis March 15-17 and will await their assignments next week. Lorenzo Thomas awaits a potential at-large bid which will also be announced next week.
125 - Karim Shafi
First Round: Lost to #6 Vincent Dellafave (Rutgers), 12-0
Consolation Second Round: Default
133 - #2 Bryan Ortenzio (Champion)
First Round: Def. Robert Ruiz (F&M), 15-0 (4:48)
Quarterfinals: Def. #7 Naryman Arujau (Cornell), 3-1
Semifinals: Def. #3 Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 4-1)
Championship Final: Def. #4 Aaron Kalil (Navy), 2-1
141 - #1 Zack Kemmerer (Fifth Place)
First Round: Def. Matt Bystol (Columbia), 13-2
Quarterfinals: Def. #8 Richard Durso (F&M), 3-2
Semifinals: Lost to #5 Matt Mariarcher (American) FALL 3:54
Consolation Semifinals: Lost to #6 William Ashnault (Rutgers), 3-2 (TB)
Fifth-Place Match: Def. #8 Richard Durso (F&M), 7-6
149 - #5 Steve Robertson (Fifth Place)
First Round: Def Ricky Bailey (Brown), 10-4
Quarterfinals: Def. #4 Steve Santos (Columbia), 8-4
Semifinals: Lost to #8 Kevin Tao (American), 3-2
Consolation Semifinals: Lost to #3 Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 4-0
Fifth-Place Match: Def. #2 Corey Jantzen (Harvard), Medical Forfeit
157 - Troy Hernandez (Eighth Place)
First Round: Lost to #1 Kyle Dake (Cornell), FALL 1:11
Consolation First Round: Def. Zack Kulczycki (Brown), 12-4
Consolation Second Round: Def. #7 Jimmy Rafferty (Army), 8-3
Consolation Quarters: Lost to #6 Jake O'Hara (Columbia), 5-3
Seventh-Place Match:Lost to #9 John Regan (Bucknell), 5-3
165 - #4 Lorenzo Thomas (Seventh Place)
First Round: Bye
Quarterfinals: Lost to #5 Corey Lear (Bucknell), 5-2
Consolation Second Round: Def. Ian Roy (Harvard), FALL 6:20
Consolation Quarters: Lost to #8 Mason Bailey (Army), 8-5
Seventh-Place Match: Def. #7 Eren Civan (Columbia), 10-4
174 - #8 Ian Korb (Eighth Place)
First Round: Def. Jon Rizzitello (Sacred Heart), 4-0
Quarterfinals: Lost to #1 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers), 3-2
Consolation Second Round: Def. Andy Lowy (Princeton), 16-5
Consolation Quarters: Lost to #5 William George (Cornell), 7-4
Seventh-Place Match: Lost to Matt Fullowan (F&M), 8-0
184 - Erich Smith (Third Place)
First Round: Lost to #2 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh), 7-1
Consolation Second Round: Def. #8 Shane Hughes (Columbia), 9-2
Consolation Quarters: Def. Zachary Moran (Sacred Heart), 13-2
Consolation Semifinals: Def. #3 Luke Rebertus (Navy), 5-4
Third-Place Match: Def. #4 Ophir Bernstein (Brown), 8-3
197 - #2 Micah Burak (Second Place)
First Round: Def. Colin Ely (F&M), 10-4
Quarterfinals: Def #7 Derek Stanley (Army), 7-3
Semifinals: Def. #3 Joe Kennedy (Lehigh), 2-1
Championship Final: Lost to #1 Cam Simaz (Cornell), 9-4
285 - #3 Steven Graziano (Sixth Place)
First Round: Def. David Ng (Harvard), 3-2
Quarterfinals: Def. #6 Daniel Miller (Navy), 3-2
Semifinals: Lost to #2 Zach Rey (Lehigh) FALL 6:42
Consolation Semifinals: Def. by #5 Kevin Lester (Columbia), FALL 1:34
Fifth-Place Match: Lost to #4 Maciej Jochym (Cornell), FALL 1:57