Kemmerer and Ortenzio Lead Way as Wrestling Opens Strong at Binghamton

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -
Penn began its 2011-12 wrestling season on Sunday at the Binghamton Open, and two seniors commenced their final collegiate campaigns with titles as a host of newcomers began their careers on positive notes.

Returning All-American Zack Kemmerer, ranked No. 4 in the country, successfully defended his title at 141 pounds, posting a 5-0 record and claiming the title with a 4-2 win in sudden victory over Cornell's Mike Nevinger. Kemmerer was 3-0 on the day against wrestlers from Cornell.

Senior Bryan Ortenzio made his return to the mat in victorious fashion, winning all five of his matches at 133 pounds for the title. Ranked No. 16 in the country, Ortenzio did not allow a takedown in any of his matches for the win.

In total, Penn placed eight wrestlers at the tournament, including five freshmen making their collegiate debuts.

Joining Kemmerer and Ortenzio on the podium were freshman C.J. Cobb (4th at 133 lbs.), freshman Mark Pinero (4th at 141 lbs.), freshman Steve Robertson (3rd at 149 lbs.), freshman Lorenzo Thomas (5th at 165 lbs.) and senior Erich Smith (5th at 184 lbs.)

Cobb's day was a crazy introduction to collegiate wrestling as the newcomer suffered a loss in his first match to Harvard's Steven Keith, a former NCAA qualifier at 125. After that loss, Cobb rattled off six wins in a row before losing to Keith again in the third-place bout. Cobb's wins on the way back included two pins, a technical fall and a win in a tiebreaker. His standout win was a 10-6 decision over No. 18 Joe Stanzione of Cornell in the consolation bracket.

Cobb's fellow freshman Pinero had a similar experience in his first collegiate tournament, wrestling back from an opening-round loss to fourth place at 141. He finished the day with a 5-2 record, winning three matches by fall and two more by shutout. All three of his falls were in the first period, the quickest in 1:03 over Phillip Smith of Cornell in the consolation semifinals.

Steve Robertson was knocked out of the championship bracket in the quarterfinals, but then went on to win five consecutive matches to take third place at 149. His wins included a 4-1 win over Rider's Aaron Nestor and a 3-2 win over Zach Bintliff of Princeton.

Lorenzo Thomas advanced all the way to the semis at 165 before finishing fifth in his first collegiate tournament. His first win as a Quaker cam via a late fall, pinning Patrick Jennings of Edinboro at 6:55. After a loss to two-time NCAA qualifier Matt Kaylor of Binghamton in the semis and a loss to No. 18 Marshal Peppelman from Cornell in the consolation semis, Thomas took
fifth via a 3-2 win over Brandon Rolnick of Princeton.

Another freshman, Ian Korb, finished 5-2 in his first outing, going 2-1 in the championship bracket and claiming fifth with a 10-6 win over Caleb Wallace from Binghamton.

Erich Smith was also 5-2, with two pins and a major decision to finish fifth at 184 to begin his senior season.

The Red and Blue are home next Sunday in the Keystone Classic all day at The Palestra. Penn is the defending champion of the event.

Penn at the 2011 Binghamton Open

125 - Geoffrey Bostany (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Def. Heriberto Quintana (Middlesex CC), 19-4
Quarterfinals - Lost to Bricker Dixon (Cornell), 1-4
Consolation Rd. 3 - Def. Max Mejia (Harvard), 7-0
Consolation Quarterfinals - Lost to Caleb Richardson (Finger Lakes W.C.), 1-4

133 - No. 15 Bryan Ortenzio (First Place)
Rd. 1 - Def. Patrick Hunter (Binghamton), 6-2
Rd. 2. - Def. Brandon Pesarchick (Unattached) , 4-2
Quarterfinals - Def. Jamie Franco (Hofstra), 9-1
Semifinals - Def. Chris Perez (Princeton), 7-3
Final - Def. Justis Flamio (NYAC), 6-1

133 - C.J. Cobb (Fourth Place)
Rd. 1 - Lost to Steven Keith (Harvard), 2-5
Consi. Rd. 1 - Def. Matt Sausman (Rider), FALL 2:37
Consi. Rd. 2 - Def. Brandon Pesarchick (Unattached), 6-4
Consi Rd. 3 - Def. Ryan Osleeb (Harvard), FALL 5:46
Round of 12 - Def. No. 18 Joe Stanzione (Cornell), 10-6
Consi. Quarterfinals - Def. Dan Riggi (Binghamton), 19-3
Consi. Semifinals - Def. Chris Perez (Princeton), 6-5 (TB 1)
Third Place Match - Lost to Steven Keith (Harvard), 1-12

133 - Jeff Canfora (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Def. Adam Weinell (Gannon), 6-0
Rd. 2 - Lost to Cody Wheeler (Lock Haven), 3-10
Consi. Rd. 2 - Def. Elliott Zackowski (Bloomsburg), 11-2
Consi. Rd. 3 - Def. Colton Perry (Binghamton), 13-2
Round of 12 - Lost to Dan Riggi (Binghamton), FALL 5:59

141 - No. 4 Zack Kemmerer (First Place)
Rd. 1 - Def. Joe Bonaldi (Binghamton), 16-4
Rd. 2. - Def. Robert Shepherd (Princeton), 15-5
Quarterfinals - Def. No. 12 Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 3-1
Semifinals - Def. Phillip Smith (Cornell), 8-2
Final - Def. Mike Nevinger (Cornell), 4-2 (SV)

141 - Mark Pinero (Fourth Place)
Rd. 1 - Lost to Mike Nevinger (Cornell), 0-11
Consi. Rd. 1 - Def. David Conner (Finger Lakes W.C.), FALL 2:25
Consi. Rd. 2 - Def. Dan Manley (Hofstra), FALL 2:09
Consi. Rd. 3 - Def. Zach Rees (Brown), 11-0
Round of 12 - Def. Luke Vaith (Hofstra), Med Forfeit
Consi. Quarters - Def. Joe Rendina (Finger Lakes W.C.), 6-0
Consi. Semis - Def. Phillip Smith (Cornell), FALL 1:03
Third Place Match - Lost to Adam Kropp (Princeton), 0-2

141 - Zack Ellis (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Lost to Phillip Smith (Cornell), 0-16
Consi. Rd. 1 - Def. Alexis Wagener (Harvard), 12-4
Consi Rd. 2 - Lost to Derek Heyman (Binghamton), 6-14

149 - Steve Robertson (Third Place)
Rd. 1 - Def. Ricky Bailey (Brown), 7-3
Rd. 2 - Lost to No. 20 Craig Eifert (Cornell), 3-5
Consi Rd. 2 - Def. Vincent Grella (Binghamton), 13-4
Round of 12 - Def. Greg Flournoy (George Mason), 9-0
Consi. Quarters - Def. Aaron Nestor (Rider), 4-1
Consi. Semis - Def. Zach Bintliff (Princeton), 3-2
Third Place Match - Def. Mike Bakuckas (George Mason), 5-4

149 - Jordan Michelson (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Lost to Greg Flournoy (George Mason), 6-7
Consi. Rd. 1 - Lost to Luis Ramos (Princeton), 1-8

157 - Troy Hernandez (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Lost to Tyler Banks (Hofstra), 4-6
Consi. Rd. 1 - Def. Daniel Cataldi (Brown), FALL 4:35
Consi. Rd. 2 - Def. Jesse Shanaman (Cornell), 3-0
Round of 12 - Lost to Justin Accordino (Hofstra), 3-14

165 - Lorenzo Thomas (Fifth Place)
Rd. 1 - Def. Patrick Jennings (Edinboro), FALL 6:55
Quarterfinals - Def. Brandon Rolnick (Princeton), 7-2
Semifinals - Lost to Matt Kaylor (Binghamton), 3-5
Consi. Semis - Lost to No. 18 Marshall Peppelman (Cornell), FALL 2:12
Fifth Place Match - Def. Brandon Rolnick (Princeton), 3-2

165 - Zach Agostino (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Lost to Derek Schreiner (Cornell), 2-7
Consi Rd. 1 - Def. Paul Saraiva (Middlesex CC), 6-4
Consi. Rd. 2 - Def. Patrick Jennings (Edinboro), 6-5
Round of 12 - Lost to No. 18 Marshall Peppelman (Cornell), FALL 0:37

174 - Ian Korb (Fifth Place)
Rd. 1 - Def. Warner Phipps (Cornell), 3-2
Rd. 2 - Def. David Lalo (Harvard), 4-0
Quarterfinals - Lost to J.M. Cannon (Buffalo), 4-9
Round of 12 - Def. Jermaine John (Hofstra), 6-0
Consi. Quarters. - Def. Warner Phipps (Cornell), 7-3
Consi. Semis. - Lost to Billy George (Cornell), 2-3
Fifth Place Match - Def. Caleb Wallace (Binghamton), 10-6

174 - Mike Steltenkamp (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Lost to Caleb Wallace (Binghamton), 3-12
Consi. Rd. 1 - Lost to Warner Phipps (Cornell), 0-9

184 - Erich Smith (Fifth Place)
Rd. 1 - Def. Derek Dwyer (George Mason), 16-1
Rd. 2 - Def. Chris Spagnola (Rider), FALL 2:44
Quarterfinals - Lost to No. 4 Steve Bozak (Cornell), FALL 4:20
Round of 12 - Def. John McArdle (Middlesex CC), 6-3
Consi. Quarters - Def. Clint Morrison (Rider), FALL 1:50
Consi. Semis - Lost to Nate Scheidel (Binghamton), 5-8
Fifth Place Match - Def. Ryan Callahan (Princeton), 6-2

285 - Steven Graziano (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Lost to David Ng (Harvard), 2-3
Consi. Rd. 1 - Def. Oney Snyder (Cornell), 3-2
Round of 12 - Def. Anthony DiLonardo(Penn), 2-1 (TB)
Consi. Quarters - Lost to Paul Snyder (Hofstra), 3-6

285 - Anthony DiLonardo (DNP)
Rd. 1 - Def. Bobby Grogan (Princeton), 4-2
Quarterfinals - Lost to Jace Bennet (Cornell), 3-4
Round of 12 - Lost to Steven Graziano (Penn), 1-2 (TB)