EAST LANSING, Mich. - The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team began its season at the Michigan State Open Sunday, and numerous grapplers found success at Jenison Field House.
No. 2 Matt Herrington dominated the field at 174 lbs., earning two falls and two major decisions en route to a 5-2 decision over Indiana's Trevor Perry in the final.
"He looked great," said Head Coach Zeke Jones. "He shook the rust off from the summer and did a great job."
No. 1 Matt Valenti was upset in the 133 lbs. final by Michigan State's Nick Simmons, losing 2-0. Simmons reversed the defending national champion late in the bout to score the only points.
"It was two great competitors," Jones said. "It really was a great bout from a spectator standpoint."
Several other Quakers took places at the open.
No. 19 Cesar Grajales took fifth place at 141, beating Tony D'Alie of Central Michigan, 6-5.
Rob Hitschler, who made a run at the semifinals at 149, finished fourth, falling in the third-place match to No. 14 Matt Coughlin of Indiana, 4-2.
Gene Zannetti took fifth place at 157 via injury default after pinning teammate Matt Dragon in wrestlebacks.
Zack Shanaman and Jeff Zannetti were set to face off for fifth place at 165, but the match was declared a double forfeit.
Lior Zamir took fourth at 184, falling in the third-place match, 8-4, to David Erwin of Penn State. Two other Quakers placed at 184 - Thomas Shovlin took fifth via an injury default, and Colin Hitschler secured seventh with an 8-7 win over Old Dominion's Jesse Strawn.
Jack Sullivan took home seventh at 197 lbs. with a 5-4 decision over Purdue's Logan Brown.