TEMPE, Ariz.- Zack Kemmerer dropped a 4-0 decision to second-ranked Boris Novachkov from Cal Poly in the NWCA All-StarClassicMonday night at Arizona State. The Quakers' All-American, who is currently ranked fourth in the nation, held the national runner-up from a season ago scoreless through one period, but Novachkov would get on the board with an escape and takedown in the second period. He then kept Kemmerer off the scoreboard the rest of the way to pick up the 4-0 victory after the riding time point was awarded.
Neither wrestler was able to gain an advantage in the first period as both tried to feel out the opposition during the first three minutes. In the second period, Novachkov used a quick escape and transitioned right back into his attack to come away with the takedown and a 3-0 lead. He would then use a tight ride on top,keepingKemmerer on the mat for the remainder of the period.
After being ridden out in the second, Kemmerer elected to start the third period from the neutral position. However, just like the first period neither could get anything going from neutral when starting the period on their feet. At the final whistle, Novachkov added another point with the riding time he had accumulated in the second period to come away with a 4-0 victory.
Kemmerer was the first Penn wrestler since Matt Herrington and current assistant coach Matt Valenti to wrestle in the NWCA All-Star Classic. Herrington and Valenti each wrestled in this event in 2006.
Kemmerer and the rest of his teammates will be back on the mats this Saturday when Penn travels to Albany, New York for the Northeast Duals. The Quakers will take part in dual meets with Arizona State, North Carolina and American during the weekend competition.