Kemmerer Takes Eighth at NCAA Championships

2011 NCAA Championships Brackets

PHILADELPHIA - After a grueling three days of competition, the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships concluded with Penn's Zack Kemmerer standing on the podium as an NCAA All-American with an eighth-place finish at 141 pounds.

Kemmerer is Penn's 25th All-American, and the program's first at 141 pounds. His All-American performance gives Penn back-to-back placewinners at the NCAA Championships joining senior Scott Giffin as All-Americans for head coach Rob Eiter.

With his 4-3 record at the NCAA Championships, Kemmerer improved his season record to 39-10 and became Penn's single-season wins leader, blowing past the previous high of 36 that was reached four times prior by Quaker wrestlers. The group of wrestlers that Kemmerer surpassed with his remarkable 2010-11 season includes some of the greats in Red and Blue history - two-time national champion and three-time All-American Matt Valenti, two-time All-American Yoshi Nakamura and 2002 All-American Josh Henson.

As a team, the Quakers finished with 17.5 points and a 31st-place finish. In 2010, the Quakers finished 38th with 12.5 points and the finish this season is the highest since 2007 when Penn had 28 points and finished 25th overall.
Friday night, the Quakers had our wrestlers competing in the Round of 12, the most since Penn had four wrestle for All-American honors in 2000 when the Red and Blue finished ninth overall with a national champ and three All-Americans.

While Kemmerer was the only Quaker to win that match in the Round of 12, the runs by Rollie Peterkin, Gabriel Burak and Micah Burak to reach that round helped Penn to the good finish.

Peterkin went 3-2 in his final NCAA Championships, reaching the Round of 12 for the third time in his career. His win over Fred Santaite from Boston University in the consolation bracket was the 100th of his career, and with a later win over Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion, Peterkin finished with 101 wins - the eighth-most by a Penn wrestler. His career came to an end with a loss to No. 11 seed Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan, a wrestler that defeated Peterkin in the Round of 12 in 2009 at 125 pounds.

No. 6 seed Micah Burak had reached the quarterfinals before losing to No. 3 Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin, 1-0. In his Round of 12 match, Burak was defeated by No. 12 Zack Giesen from Stanford, 3-1, in sudden victory ending his season with a 2-2 tournament as just a sophomore.

Micah's older brother Gabe went 3-2 at the tournament to advance to the Round of 12 in his final season for the Red and Blue. Along the way, Burak defeated Columbia's Eren Civan, a wrestler who had beaten him four times over the course of the last two years. In the bout at the national tournament, Burak won 6-3 in a tiebreaker after reversing to backpoints in the first period of the rideouts. His season and career came to an end with an 11-4 loss to P.J. Gillespie of Hofstra who scored five points off a scramble in the first period to build a lead Burak couldn't overcome.

Junior Mark Rappo started his tournament with the first win by any unseeded wrestler over a seeded grappler via an 8-4 decision over No. 9 Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State in the first round on Thursday. After that win, Rappo dropped his next two bouts, a 4-0 loss to No. 8 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma and a 7-5 decision in sudden victory to Michael Martinez of Wyoming.

Senior Scott Giffin, a 2010 NCAA All-American at 174, went 0-2 in his final competition for the Quakers. In the first round, Giffin wrestled right to the final whistle, just missing a takedown that was after the buzzer against No. 8 Mike Letts from Maryland who won a 4-2 decision. In the consolation round, Giffin was defeated by Missouri's Dorian Henderson, 9-1. G

125 - Mark Rappo
First Round: Def. No. 9 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State), 8-4
Second Round: Lost to No. 8 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma), 4-0
Consolation Second Round: Lost to Michael Martinez (Wyoming), 7-5 SV

133 - No. 10 Rollie Peterkin
First Round: Lost to Flint Ray (Utah Valley)
Consolation First Round: Def. Eric Morrill (Edinboro), 8-1
Consolation Second Round: Def. Fred Santaite (Boston University), 11-8
Consolation Third Round: Def. No. 12 Kyle Hutter (Old Dominion), 4-2 (SV)
Round of 12: Lost to No. 11 Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan), FALL 4:08

141 - No. 12 Zack Kemmerer - Eighth Place
First Round: Def. Jon Kohler (Maryland). 7-5
Second Round: Lost to No. 5 Montell Marion (Iowa), 10-3
Consolation Second Round: Def. Casey Thome (Army), 6-4
Consolation Third Round: Def. Josh Kindig (Oklahoma State), 4-3
Round of 12: Def. No. 6 Andrew Alton (Penn State), 5-4
Consolation Quarterfinals: Lost to No. 10 Todd Schavrien (Missouri), 7-2
Seventh-Place Match: Lost to No. 8 Zack Bailey (Oklahoma), 5-2

165 - Gabriel Burak
First Round: Def. Joe Booth (Drexel), 6-3
Second Round: Lost to No. 4 Josh Asper (Maryland), 6-2
Consolation Second Round: Def. No. 10 Zach Toal (Missouri), 2-1
Consolation Third Round: Def. Eren Civan (Columbia), 6-3 (TB)
Round of 12: Lost to P.J. Gillespie (Hofstra), 11-4

174 - Scott Giffin
First Round: Lost to No. 8 Mike Letts (Maryland), 4-2
Consolation First Round: Lost to Dorian Henderson (Missouri), 9-1

197 - No. 6 Micah Burak
First Round: Def. Peter Capone (Ohio State), 7-3
Second Round: Def. No. 11 Jerome Ward (Iowa State), 2-1
Quarterfinals: Lost to No. 3 Trevor Brandvold (Wisconsin), 1-0
Round of 12: Lost to No. 12 Zack Giesen (Stanford), 3-1 (SV)

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