2008 NCAA Wrestling Updates - Session Three Complete; Two Advance

ST. LOUIS – As session three of the 2008 NCAA Championships continues, Penn has two wrestlers still in the running for All-America honors. Ninth-seeded Rollie Peterkin (125 pounds) and Zack Shanaman (165 pounds) each have one more match to go this afternoon.

The fourth round of consolation matches are about to begin. Rollie Peterkin is in action at 125 pounds against Eric Hoffman of North Dakota State and Zack Shanaman has a match at 165 pounds against Ethan Headlee of Pittsburgh.

Both Peterkin and Shanaman have wins over their opponents this season and hope to repeat the magic and advance to Friday night’s session four.

Updates on most recent matches will be in bold.

165 pounds – Zack Shanaman joins his teammate Peterkin in the Friday evening session, advancing to the Round of 12 with a 3-1 win over Ethan Headlee of Pittsburgh. Neither man was able to score in the first period, even though both were throwing shots throughout the period. In the second, Shanaman chose bottom to start. He came extremely close to a pin with a reverse cradle early in the period, but had to settle for an escape with 30 seconds gone in the period. Headlee was close to a score with a single leg late in the period, but the wrestlers carried out of bounds. To start the third, Headlee was on bottom. He escaped 22 seconds in to tie the match. Both men scrambled for a takedown at the six-minute mark of the match, but couldn’t gain control. With 20 seconds to go in a tie bout, Shanaman shot for the leg and sealed the two points – and the match – with 17 seconds remaining.

Tonight, Shanaman will wrestle fifth-seed Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska with a shot at All-American honors.

125 pounds – Rollie Peterkin is now one win away from All-America honors after defeating Eric Hoffman of North Dakota State, 3-0. Peterkin scored a takedown 1:27 into the bout for a 2-0 lead after one period. In the second period, Hoffman chose bottom. Peterkin made him pay, riding him all period for an additional two minutes of riding time. In the third period, Peterkin started on bottom. This time, it was Hoffman who was on top all period. He did not really come close to scoring though, and Peterkin advances with a 3-0 win.

In Friday night’s match, Peterkin, the ninth seed, will wrestle James Nicholson of Old Dominion, the tenth seed.

184 pounds – Lior Zamir was the victim of a quick move by Virginia’s Rocco Caponi and what seemed a faster count by the official that resulted in a pinfall loss at 2:11 of the match. After Zamir started the scoring with a quick takedown 20 seconds in, Caponi tied the bout with a reversal. Zamir attempted to roll back through the hold for a reversal of his own, but as soon as his shoulders hit the mat on the way through, the pin was called. Zamir seemed stunned that his season – and career – ended on what seemed like a quick call.

165 pounds – Zack Shanaman became the second Quaker to advance on the day, scoring a 4-1 win over Roger Smith-Bergsrund of Illinois. The first period was scoreless, with Shanaman having the best opportunity to score with a single leg at the edge of the mat. Smith-Bergsrund made it out of bounds. In the second period, Smith-Bergsrund chose bottom. Shanaman rode him hard all period, never giving Smith-Bergsrund a true chance to escape and accumulating the full two minutes of riding time. In the final period, Shanaman needed 12 seconds to escape and take the first point of the match. He then followed with a shot to the leg at 1:15 that was close to adding to the lead, but ended in stalemate. Shanaman’s second attempt on the right leg was successful, as he held Smith-Bergsund’s right leg in the air and swept the left one down. Smith escaped with 30 seconds to go in the bout, but could not score again.

Shanaman moves on to wrestle Ethan Headlee of Pittsburgh in the next round. The two met in Las Vegas earlier this season with Shanaman scoring a 6-3 decision.

149 pounds – Cesar Grajales could not get anything started against Brandon Carter in their consolation round bout as he was defeated, 4-0. With the loss, Grajales is eliminated from the 2008 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Carter scored a takedown with seven seconds left in the first period to take the lead. Carter chose bottom for the second period and scored with a reversal 40 seconds into the period. Grajales needed points to tie and chose neutral for the final period. He attempted to shoot for the leg throughout the period, but Carter continuously played defense, leading to a stalling warning. A frustrated Grajales lunged at the end of the bout, but could not score.

125 pounds – Rollie Peterkin was on the mat for the first matches of the day down on mat 8. He defeated Nikko Triggas of Ohio State, 4-0, a feat made more impressive that the Buckeye fans were seated in section 112 of the Scottrade Center – directly surrounding the mat. Penn’s faithful, on the other hand, are in section 120 – on the other side of the arena.

Peterkin scored first with a takedown 50 seconds into the match. He was close to tilting Triggas, but couldn’t get the points and took a 2-0 lead into the second period. Peterkin chose to start the second frame neutral and was close to adding two more points but couldn’t seal the deal and the period ended with no more scoring. Triggas chose top for the third period, but that backfired as Peterkin reversed him with 1:32 to go in the bout for a 4-0 lead. Peterkin rode him out for the remainder of the match, accumulating 3:21 of riding time and a 5-0 win.

Peterkin advances to the next round of wrestlebacks where he will meet Eric Hoffman of North Dakota State. Peterkin defeated Hoffman, 7-1, at the Virginia Duals in January.

Rollie Peterkin, the number-nine seed at 125 pounds won his first match yesterday, 17-1, before falling in the second round to eighth-seeded Brandon Precin from Northwestern, 8-3. In Friday morning’s consolation second round, Peterkin will wrestle Nikko Triggas of Ohio State.Triggas lost his first round match to third-seeded Paul Donahoe of Nebraska, 9-0, before defeating Caleb Flores of Northern Iowa in a wrestleback by pinfall (3:24).

Cesar Grajales lost his first round match on Thursday to fourth-seeded Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska. He rallied back in the consolation round to defeat Lucas Espericueta of Standford, 7-5. Grajales’ morning match on Friday will be against Brandon Carter of Central Michigan. Carter upset the tenth seed at 149 pounds, Scott Ervin of Appalachian St. in the first round, but was pinned by the seventh seed, Darrion Caldwell of N.C. State in just 42 seconds of his second round match.

Zack Shanaman started his 2008 NCAA Championships with an upset at 165 pounds, defeating the seventh seed, Jake Dieffenbach of Oklahoma State, 5-4, in the first round. In the second round, Shanaman was defeated by Mike Cannon from American University, 7-4. Friday morning, Shanaman will wrestle Roger Smith-Bergsrud from Illinois. Smith-Bergsrud lost his first round match to ninth-seeded Trevor Stewart of Central Michigan, 4-2, before defeating Virginia Tech’s Matt Epperly in wrestlebacks, 8-6.

Lior Zamir is the final Penn grappler in action on Friday. He lost to the number one seed at 184 pounds, Jake Varner of Iowa State, in the first round, 5-0, before advancing in the consolation rounds when his scheduled opponent in wrestlebacks, ChristopherDagget from Liberty, forfeited due to injury. Zamir will wrestle Rocco Caponi of Virginia on Friday. Zamir dropped a 7-2 decision to Caponi earlier this season at the Virginia Duals. Caponi, the 11th seed, won his first round match over Christopher Honeycutt of Edinboro by pinfall (4:04) before bowing out of the Championship Round with an 8-2 loss to sixth-seeded Raymond Jordan of Missouri.

Live stats from each match can be found at www.intermatwrestle.com and recaps at the conclusion of each match can be found at www.PennAthletics.com.