PHILADELPHIA One second was all it took.
Thomas Shovlin rolled Alex Iacocca onto his shoulders and held him there with 24 seconds remaining in their match at 197 pounds, earning the pinfall win and silencing the Lehigh fans in attendance at The Palestra on Sunday. Shovlin’s win broke a 15-15 tie and coupled with a Trey McLean decision at heavyweight gave Penn a 24-15 win over the Mountain Hawks.
Shovlin was in control most of the match, taking Iacocca down five times and leading 11-3 at the time of the pin. However, it was his ability to score the fall and add the bonus points that pretty much put the match out of reach for Penn. McLean’s 8-1 decision in the final match of the day sealed the win.
Rollie Peterkin, who dropped to 12th in the latest rankings at 125 pounds, rebounded from a loss last weekend against Cornell with a 20-2 technical fall win over Mitch Berger in the day’s opening contest. Peterkin scored a total of 11 back points over the course of the match on his way to giving Penn an early 5-0 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Seth Ciasulli pinned Phil Boyer in :56 at 133 pounds to give the Hawks a 6-5 lead.
Rick Rappo continued the string of bonus points, winning a 16-4 major decision at 141 pounds over Jeff Santo. Rappo scored a takedown nine seconds into the match and held on for two three-point near-falls in the first period for an 8-1 lead after one.
The bout at 149 pounds pitted two ranked wrestlers against each other in Penn’s #14 Cesar Grajales and Lehigh’s #20 Trevor Chinn. The two battled to a scoreless first period before Chinn got on the board with an escape with 1:05 to go in the second. Grajales scored an escape of his own 24 seconds into the third frame to tie the bout and send it to overtime. Neither man scored in the first sudden-victory period, sending the match to a second overtime. In the first period of the second overtime, Grajales chose to start on bottom and to work for the escape, however he was unable to do so. Chinn’s turn to start on bottom resulted in an escape halfway through the period. With Grajales desperately trying to score a takedown to win, Chinn caught him and added two points of his own for a final, 4-1, decision, knotting the match, 9-9, in the process.
Dave Nakasone gave Lehigh its second lead with an 8-2 win at 157 pounds over Rob Hitschler. After a scoreless first period, Nakasone took a 3-1 lead in the second with an escape to start the period and a takedown with ten seconds left in the period. Hitschler, a senior captain, appeared to re-injure his ribs on the takedown. He gutted through the rest of the match on Senior Day, not allowing Nakasone to score bonus points for his team and add to the Hawks’ momentum.
Instead, it was Penn who gained momentum back when #17 Zack Shanaman tied the match with a 10-5 win at 165 pounds over Mike Galante. Shanaman shot to the leg early in the bout and scored the takedown 55 seconds into the match. He added another takedown and an escape point for a 5-3 lead after one. Up by three entering the final period, he added four more points with a takedown, a point off of Galante’s third caution of the period and riding time for the win.
At 174 pounds, two New Jersey natives engaged in the day’s closest match. Lehigh’s Alex Caruso, ranked 20th in the country, scored a 3-2 decision over Scott Giffin with a takedown at the 6:27 mark of the match. After neither man scored in the first period, Giffin rode Caruso for the majority of the second until Caruso escaped with three seconds left. Giffin added an escape of his own 23 seconds into the third to tie the match. Giffin’s advantage in riding time was working in his favor and forced Caruso to go for the takedown, which he ultimately scored to win the match and give Lehigh the lead, 15-12.
With senior captain Lior Zamir, ranked 16th at 184 pounds, out for the match due to illness, Colin Hitschler stepped in and won his bout over Manuel Schubert, 7-5, to tie the match and set the stage for Shovlin’s heroics. Hitschler had a 4-1 lead after the first period on the heels of two takedowns. Schubert scored the only point of the second period with an escape to close the gap to 4-2. After Hitschler escaped to start the third, Schubert scored a takedown quickly to make the score 5-4. However, Hitschler escaped again to extend his lead. Schubert was close on multiple shots in the last minute, and scored a point due to a penalty on Hitschler for an illegal hold, closing Hitschler’s lead to 6-5. That was as close as Schubert was able to get, and Hitschler’s 2:09 advantage in riding time secured the win.
In the nightcap, Penn finished its regular season with a 44-6 win over Princeton.Four matches were forfeited due to injury - three in the favor of Penn and one for the Tigers. The six matches that were held went in the favor of Penn - one pinfall, one tech fall, three major decisions and one decision.
The day was not complete for Penn, however, as the Red and Blue traveled up I-95 for a dual against Princeton. The Quakers defeated an undermanned Tigers squad, 44-6, for their 12th win of the season.
Peterkin got the match started with a 7-1 decision at 125 over Tony Communale. Peterkin scored two points in each period to go with a riding time point for the win.
Bryan Ortenzio scored his second pinfall win of the season with a pin of Robert Benitez in 1:14 at 133 pounds. Ortenzio was up 7-0 when he completed the pin.
The next three matches were forfeits. Penn won 141 and 149 and Princeton won 157 when Rob Hitschler sat out to rest his injury that was re-aggravated in the Lehigh match.
Live action resumed at 165 and Shanaman scored a 20-7 major decision over Alex Enriquez. Shanaman scored nine takedowns in the match, most coming off a shot to the leg followed by a sweep of the other one.
Scott Giffin bounced back from his loss earlier in the day to defeat Travis Erdman, 16-4, for a major decision. Giffin scored six takedowns in the match and added two back points as well on his way to the win.
Colin Hitschler won his second match of the day, defeating Anthony Salerno, 10-2, for a major decision of his own. He had a 4-0 lead after one period and added five more points in the third period. The second period saw no scoring for either man, but Hitschler was able to ride Salerno for the entire period, accumulating a full two minutes of advantage time that added the tenth point and secured the major.
Shovlin continued his impressive day, winning a technical fall, 20-5, over Zach Morse at 197. A close, 4-0, match after one period was opened up with two near-falls from Shovlin in the second period. He sealed the five-point tech fall with a nine-point third period. Four takedowns and an escape point accounted for the points.
At heavyweight, Trey McLean won his match via forfeit for the final score.
#25 Penn (12-5) def. Lehigh (11-14),24-15
125 lbs. - #12 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def. Mitch Berger (Lehigh), TF5 20-2, Penn leads 5-0
133 lbs. Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh) def. Phil Boyer (Penn), Fall 0:56, Lehigh leads 6-5
141 lbs. Rick Rappo (Penn) def. Jeff Santo (Lehigh), MD 16-4, Penn leads 9-6
149 lbs. - #20 Trevor Chinn (Lehigh) def. #14 Cesar Grajales (Penn), Sudden Victory 2, 4-1, Match tied 9-9
157 lbs. Dave Nakasone (Lehigh) def. Rob Hitschler (Penn), DEC 8-2, Lehigh leads 12-9
165 lbs. - #17 Zack Shanaman (Penn) def. Mike Galante (Lehigh), DEC 10-5, Match tied 12-12
174 lbs. - #20 Alex Caruso (Lehigh) def. Scott Giffin (Penn), DEC 3-2, Lehigh leads 15-12
184 lbs. Colin Hitschler (Penn) def. Manuel Schubert (Lehigh), DEC 7-5, Match tied 15-15
197 lbs. Thomas Shovlin (Penn) def. Alex Iacocca (Lehigh), Fall 6:36, Penn leads 21-15
Hwt. Trey McLean (Penn) def. Justin Allen (Lehigh), DEC 8-1, Penn wins 24-15
#25 Penn (13-5) def. Princeton (0-18), 44-6
125 lbs. - #12 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def. Tony Communale (Princeton), DEC 7-1, Penn leads 3-0
133 lbs. - Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Robert Benitez (Princeton), Fall 1:14, Penn leads 9-0
141 lbs. - Rick Rappo (Penn) win by forfeit, Penn leads 15-0
149 lbs. - #14 Cesar Grajales (Penn) win by forfeit, Penn leads 21-0
157 lbs. - Marty Everin (Princeton) win by forfeit, Penn leads 21-6
165 lbs. - #17 Zack Shanaman (Penn) def. Alex Enriquez, MD 20-7, Penn leads 25-6
174 lbs. - Scott Giffin (Penn) def. Travis Erdman (Princeton), MD 16-4, Penn leads 29-6
184 lbs. - Colin Hitschler (Penn) def. Anthony Salerno (Princeton), MD 10-2, Penn leads 33-6
197 lbs. - Thomas Shovlin (Penn) def. Zach Morse (Princeton), TF 5 20-5, Penn leads 38-6
Hwt. - Trey McLean (Penn) win by forfeit, Penn wins 44-6
The Quakers are back in action March 8-9 at the EIWA Championships in Lancaster, Pa at Franklin & Marshall. Check back to www.pennathletics.com for full seeding and tournament information.