PHILADELPHIA - Penn is participating in the 2009 EIWA Championships at The Palestra this weekend. Penn Athletics will provide live updates throughout the day.
4:25 p.m. - Penn is done for the day. The Quakers put six men into thechampionship semifinals and have two still alive in the consolation rounds. We willpost a new article later with a full recap of the day and with updated brackets and team scores. Thank you for following today!
4:11 p.m. – For those of you have chosen to follow the Penn-specific blog instead of the overall one written by my neighbor, here are the full semifinal matchups:
#1 Nickerson (Cornell) vs. #5 Garner (Navy)
#3 Reber (Bucknell) vs. #2 Peterkin (Penn)
#1 Baker (Navy) vs. #4 Marble (Bucknell)
#2 Grey (Cornell) vs. #3 Fisk (Lehigh)
#1 Jantzen (Harvard) vs. #4 Meide (Rutgers)
#2 Ciasulli (Lehigh) vs. #3 Rappo (Penn)
#1 Kyler (Army) vs. #5 Borshoff (American)
#2 Saddoris vs. #3 Chinn (Lehigh)
#1 O'Connor (Harvard) vs. #4 Winston (Rutgers)
#3 Dragon (Penn) vs. #2 Leen (Cornell)
#1 Lewnes (Cornell) vs. #4 Pletcher (Rutgers)
#3 Galante (Lehigh) vs. #2 Rendos (Bucknell)
#1 Cannon (American) vs. #4 Rebertus (Navy)
#2 Anceravage (Cornell) vs. #3 Giffin (Penn)
#1 Craig (Lehigh) vs. #4 Caldwell (Navy)
#3 Kerber (Cornell) vs. #2 Caputo (Harvard)
#1 Starks (Army) vs. #5 Silber (American)
#2 Simaz (Cornell) vs. #6 Shovlin (Penn)
#1 Ryan Flores (Columbia) vs. #4 Chris Birchler (ESU)
#3 Trey McLean (Penn) vs. #2 Zach Rey (Lehigh)
4:04 p.m. – Colin Hitschler and Andrew Coles have been eliminated from the tournament, both losing in the consolation second round. Hitschler was defeated by John Drew of Army, 10-6, while Coles was defeated by American’s Chris Stout, 8-0. For Coles, the loss means the end of his Penn career. The senior was ready at any time this season, wrestling at both 165 and 174 throughout the season.
3:49 p.m.– Cesar Grajales has also advanced in the wrestlebacks, defeating Franklin & Marshall’s Al Gianforti, 11-5. Gianforti scored first with a takedown in the first. Grajales bounced back to score three in the first to take a 3-2 into the second period. In the second, Grajales escaped at the whistle then added two points with a takedown. In the third, two more takedowns and riding time sealed the win.
Grajales will wrestle Harvard’s Walter Peppelman in the next round. The two met in Las Vegas at the Cliff Keen Invitational, with Grajales taking a one-point win.
3:26 p.m. – Bryan Ortenio rallied back from his loss in the quartefinals to pick up a 4-0 decision over Matt Swallow of East Stroudsburg. He will move on to the Round of 8 where he will wrestle Harvard’s Tommy Picarsic. Ortenzio scored a takedown in the first and added an escape in the second which coupled with his riding time advantage of 2:26 gave Ortenzio the 4-0 duke.
2:59 p.m. – Trey McLean is into the semis with a 12-3 major decision over Zach Zdrada of Brown. McLean was in control throughout the bout, scoring five takedowns in the bout. He will wrestle Lehigh’s No. 2 seed, Zach Rey, in the semis.
We are now moving through consolation bouts. Penn’s Bryan Ortenzio (133), Cesar Grajales (149), Andre Coles (165) and Colin Hitschler (184) are all in action.
2:30 p.m. – Two great results for Penn in the last few minutes as Thomas Shovlin pinned the third seed, Joe Kennedy of Lehigh, in 1:09. The win avenges a loss to Kennedy in the dual match a few weeks ago where Kennedy pinned Shovlin. Penn’s 197-pounder scored the takedown early in the bout, added a nearfall and then locked in the pin just over a minute in to excite the home crowd.
Scott Giffin also advanced to the semifinals, doing so at 174 pounds. He defeated Shane Riccio of Bucknell, 9-8, to earn his berth in the semis. The match was back and forth with Riccio taking the early lead with a takedown at the edge of the mat. Giffin added a reversal and a nearfall at the buzzer for a 4-2 lead after one. Riccio almost turned the nearfall into a pin, but time ran out. In the second period, Riccio added a near fall quickly to tie the match, before Giffin scored two of his own with a reversal. Both scoring situations were close to pins, drawing the crowd into the match. Riccio escaped for the final points of the period, narrowly avoiding a Giffin takedown with a cradle at the buzzer. In the third, with the score 6-5 in favor of Giffin, Riccio tied with a quick escape. Then, he took the lead with a takedown with 1:44 left in the match. Giffin got back within one via an escape. Giffin scored the winning points with a takedown at the 6:25 mark of the bout, holding Riccio to the mat for the final 35 seconds to advance. He will wrestle Cornell’s No. 2-seed Steve Anceravage in the semis.
Colin Hitschler was defeated by No. 2 Louis Caputo of Harvard, 9-2, and will head to the wrestlebacks.
1:40 p.m. – Matt Dragon, a two-time EIWA champion, will wrestle defending NCAA champion, Jordan Leen of Cornell, in the semifinals after defeating Martin Everin of Princeton, 10-8. Everin was game in the match, rallying from a 4-0 deficit after one period to get back to 4-3 after two. In the third, Dragon added three with an escape and a takedown. Everin got one back with an escape of his own and then added a takedown. Everin then played takedown and option to get back within a point. Dragon had riding time locked up, so Everin needed a final takedown to tie the match. He nearly got it, working right until the buzzer, but his last-ditch attempt came after the final whistle.
1:18 p.m. – After four quarterfinal bouts, Penn has two wrestlers into the semifinals. Rollie Peterkin advanced with an 18-1 tech fall over Brown’s Greg Einfrank. He will wrestler the third seed, Bucknell’s Derek reber, in the semis.
141-pounder Rick Rappo advanced with an 8-0 major decision over Matt Pagan of Navy. He will wrestle Lehigh’s Seth Ciasulli in the semifinals. Rappo opened the match with a takedown and then a two-point nearfall for a 4-0 lead after one. In the second he added a takedown. The third saw an Escape from Rappo and a riding time point for the major.
Cesar Grajales and Kyle Borshoff went to a tiebreaker at 149, with Borshoff advancing via a 2-1 score. Borshoff escaped in the second tiebreaker, and Grajales could not score the winning takedown.
Bryan Oretnzio was defeated by David Marble of Bucknell at 149 pounds, 7-3. He will hope to wrestleback to third in the consolation rounds.
12:00 p. m. – Colin Hitschler and Thomas Shovlin have advanced to the quarterfinals at 184 and 197, respectively. Hitschler defeated James Schulz of Franklin & Marshall in a close bout, 7-5. Shovlin picked up a major decision over Bucknell’s Nathan Jones, 8-0.
Hitschler will wrestle the two seed, Louis Caput of Harvard, in the Quarters. Shovlin draws James Kennedy of Lehigh.
Quarterfinals are set to begin at 12:30.
11:43 a.m. – Scott Giffin advances to the quarterfinals with a 5-4 decision over Bran Crudden of Brown. Crudden was on the defensive for most of the match, and Giffin had trouble scoring. It was 0-0 after one and Giffin scored the first point with an escape in the second. Crudden scored the first takedown of the match, using a Giffin shot against the Quaker. Giffin almost had a reversal, but time ran out. In the third, Crudden was allowed to escape in the bginning, before Giffin tied the bout with a takedown at the 5:51 mark. He again optioned out Crudden before scoring the winning takedown with 30 seconds left in the bout. Giffin, the three seed, will wrestle the sixth seed, Shane Riccio of Bucknell in the next round.
Andrew Coles hung tough with undefeated number one seed, Mack Lewnes, at 165 pounds, but Cornell’s grappler scored the decision, 12-5. Coles will wrestle in the consolation bracket later today.
In other news, Cesar Grajales will wrestle the fifth seed, Kyle Borshoff, in the quarters at 149.
10:48 a.m. – Cesar Grajales has advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-1 major decision over Daniel Kolozdik. Grajales took a 2-0 lead in the first with a takedown at 1:59. He added a second takedown at 3:57 for a 4-0 lead. In the third period, he escaped and then took Kolozdik down again at the edge of the mat with 1:08 left in the bout. An optional escape got Kolozdik on the board, but Grajales scored another two with 55 ticks on the clock. Riding time gave Cesar the 10-1 victory.
In other news, Brian Ortenzio, the fifth seed at 133 will wrestle the fourth seed, David Marble of Bucknell. Rick Rappo, seeded third at 141, will take on Matt Pagan of Navy who upset sixth-seeded Stephen DeLorenzo of Brown in the first round.
10:30 a.m. - Rollie Peterkin has advanced for Penn at 125 pounds, defeating Matt Fusco of Rutgers via technical fall, 18-0, at 6:46. Peterkin was the aggressor from the start, taking Fusco down 37 seconds into the bout. Leading, 2-0 after the first period, Peterkin added seven points in the second frame with a reversal and then two separate nearfalls. He clinched the tech fall with a takedown in the third and then two tilts. Peterkin, the second seed at 125, advances to wrestle Greg Einfrank of Brown in the quarterfinals.
9:28 a.m. - The teams are on the mats warming up. There is a bustle of activity with 14 teams circling the mats and stretching out. Bouts are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.