Buraks Lead Charge at WWSports.com/BU Open

Final Brackets (PDF)

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Penn wrestling team began the 2009-10 season Sunday by participating in the WWSports.com/BU Open hosted by Binghamton University. The meet took place at the Bearcats' Events Center.

It was a great day for the Quakers' Burak brothers. Gabriel Burak took first place at 165 pounds, winning the title when he pinned Scott Winston of Rutgers at 5:55. Gabe's younger brother, freshman Micah Burak, finished second at 197 pounds in his first collegiate meet, advancing to the final before losing to Cornell's Cam Simaz, 1-0. Simaz was an All-America at last year's NCAA Championship.

Bryan Ortenzio also finished second, advancing to the final at 133 poundswhere he lostto two-time NCAA qualifier and 2008 All-America Mike Grey of Cornell, 3-2.

Zack Kemmerer had a strong performance wrestling at 141 pounds; he advanced to the quarterfinal round before losing by pin to Binghamton's Anwar Goeres, then went 3-1 in the consolation bracket to finish in fifth place overall. In the fifth-place match, Kemmerer defeated Delaware Valley's Zak Andrews, 14-7.

Mark Rappo won his first two matches at 125 pounds, including an 8-5 decision over Lehigh's Mitch Berger,before losing consecutive matches, to Cornell's Tyler Biscaha and Harvard's Steven Keith. Zack Ellis joined Ortenzio in the 133-pound class and lost both of his matches.

At 149 pounds, Troy Hernandez won by fall in his first match, then after a loss to Harvard's Walt Pepperman he won a pair of matches in the consolation bracket before losing to Virginia's Zach Clemente. T.J. Polacek wrestled for Penn at 157 pounds and won his first match before losing to Rider's Ramon Santiago in the second round and Bucknell's Scott Seckler in consolations.

Michael Steltenkamp and Tom Timothy wrestled at 165 along with Burak; Timothy won once in the consolation bracket, while Steltenkamp went 0-2 on the day. At 174, Cory Bearve lost his first-round match but then won three times in the consolation round before losing to Lock Haven's Aaron Earnest, 6-5.

Both Harrison Cook and Thomas Shovlin lost their opening matches at 184 -- Shovlin's came by injury default -- and then Cook lost to Army's Collin Wittmeyer in the consolation bracket. At 285, Tyler Blakely lost his opening match but rebounded with three victories in the consolation rounds before losing, 8-6, to Binghamton's Corey Waite.

Penn now gears up for the Keystone Classic, which the Quakers will host at The Palestra next Sunday.

Download: BUOpenResults2009.pdf