PHILADELPHIA – Good morning and welcome to Day Two of the 2009 EIWA Championships!
11:59 – Cornell’s Steve Anceravage defeated Penn’s Scott Giffin, 10-2, at 174 pounds. Giffin moves to the consolation round and will wrestle Lehigh’s Alex Caruso.
11:39 – After the first five rounds of wrestling on Day Two, Penn has one wrestler into the finals. Rollie Peterkin advanced to the 125-pound final with a 10-0 major decision over Bucknell’s Derek Reber. With the win, Peterkin locked up an automatic qualifier spot to the NCAA Championships.
Peterkin will defend his title from last season against Cornell’s Troy Nickerson. Nickerson is the No. 1 seed and is ranked No. 2 in the country. Peterkin is ranked 10th.
Earlier this season, Nickerson defeated Peterkin, 8-4.
Bryan Ortenzio defeated Tommy Picarsic of Harvard, 3-0, to advance in the consolation bracket. Ortenzio escaped in the second and added a takedown with 13 seconds left. Ortenzio worked hard for the takedown, holding the leg for almost a minute before locking in the two.
At 149, Cesar Grajales defeated Walter Peppelman of Harvard, 3-0, to advance in the wrestlebacks. After a scoreless first, Grajales managed an escape in the third with 25 seconds to go to take the lead. He added a last-second takedown for the decision. With the win, Grajales clinched an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships. Grajales will wrestle Trevor Chinn of Lehigh in the consolation semifinals.
Rick Rappo lost to Seth Ciasulli in the 141-pound semis, 3-1. He will wrestle Matt Mariarcher of American in the consolation semifinals.
Matt Dragon was defeated by defending national champion Jordan Leen of cornell in the 157-pound semifinals, 5-1. Dragon will wrestle Columbia’s Derek Sickles in the consolation semifinals. A win from Dragon over Sickles will clinch an automatic berth to the NCAAs for Dragon.
Penn has six wrestlers in the championship semifinals that begin at 10:30 a.m. In addition, two wrestlers are competing in the wrestlebacks, looking for places on the podium.
The Quakers sit in second place as a team, trailing Cornell, 63.5-48.
Action will begin at 125. Rollie Peterkin, seeded second at 125, will wrestle third-seeded Derek Reber of Bucknell.