Keystone Classic Concludes at The Palestra

Final Brackets, Team Standings in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn wrestling team hosted the annual Keystone Classic Sunday at The Palestra, and another successful day of wrestling ensued. The 23rd-ranked Quakers finished second in the team standings, behind No. 13Tennessee-Chattanooga which accumulated 140.5 points to Penn's 125.5. Appalachian State was a distant third, with 80.5 points

Penn did have a pair of individual titleists Sunday, as Rollie Peterkin won the 125-pound title and Lior Zamir took first at 184 lbs. In addition, Rick Rappo advanced to the final in 133 before losing in overtime; Jeff Zannetti was a finalist at 174, but lost in his championship bout to No. 1 seed Lloyd Rogers of UTC; and Trey McLean fell to Brown's Levon Mock in the heavyweight title match.

At 149 pounds, Cesar Grajales defeated Boston University's Mike Roberts in overtime for the second time in the day to place third in a loaded weight class. The 174 class proved to be a major points bonanza for the Quakers, as in addition to Zannetti's runner-up finish Scott Giffin placed third and Colin Hitschler was fifth. Freshmen Marty Borowsky (125) and Zack Kemmerer (141) finished fourth in their respective weight classes.

The blog from today is below...

10:00 a.m.: We are underway here, it is time to get wrestling!

10:35 a.m.: Lots of activity, almost too much! It's hard to focus on one particular match, with so much going on. However, when things settle down we'll start getting into what we've seen so far today.

11:00 a.m.: The Championship Preliminary round is in progress. In the 125 poundweight class, Anthony Robles (Arizona State), a wrestler who was born with one leg, dominated Tim Clarke (American). Robles won by technical-fall over Clarke, taking him down early in the first period and turning him multiple times with a powerful tilt.

11:10 a.m.: University of Pennsylvania freshman Zack Kemmerer started the day off strong. Kemmerer won by major decision over Dan Silberman (Rider).

11:30 a.m.: At the 141 pound weight class, Brian Spangler joins teammate Kemmerer in the championship secondround. Spangler advancesby defeating Orlando Jimenez (Arizona St.) 8-3. KyleBorshoff, theNo. 2seed at 141 also advances by pinning Rick Bailey (Brown) in 4:49.

12:10 p.m.: The 197 pound weight class is filled with national contenders! Jason Trulson (Arizona St.), ranked No. 15, pinned Ronnie Ellsworth (Virginia Military Institute). Trulson wrestled physically on top, pinning Ellsworth late in the match. I felt the pain from his half-nelson from up here in the stands!

12:15 p.m.: Robles, No. 4 seed at 125, defeated No. 5 seedMarty Borowsky, 8-3. Robles is demonstrating extraordinary balance and positioning here early in the tournament.

12:40 p.m.: Three nationally ranked wrestlers are competing at the 149 pound weight class. Scott Ervin (Appalachian State) is seeded No. 1 and ranked No. 5 nationally by USA Today. Joey Knox (UT-Chattanooga) is coming off a big win over previously No. 4 ranked Lance Palmer (Ohio State) in dual meet action and is seeded third. The No. 2 seed belongs to Don Fisch (Rider) who is wrestling up a weight class from last year. Fisch finished sixth in the NCAAs at 141 last year.

12:52 p.m.: One of the biggest surprises of the tournament so far is Mercyhurst’s Don Cummings at 149. Cummings came into the tournament unseeded, buthas already upset No. 6 seed David Metzler (VMI) and No. 3 seed Joey Knox (UTC). Cummings handled Knox by wrestling tough on top. We will keep a close eye on Cummings!

1:20 p.m.: As we move toward the semifinals there are some upsets to report in the 125-141 weight classes. At 133, John Triggas (Brown) pinned No. 1 seed and defending Keyston champion Terreyl Williams (Appalachian State) in only 27 seconds! Bryan Ortenzio defeated No. 3 seed, Jeff Schell (Brown) with a score of 5-1. At 141, the No. 4 seed Marcus Cox (Appalachian State) was upset by Chris Drouin (ASU), 9-6. The rest of the seeds are still in place.

1:40 p.m.: Team standings after the quarterfinal round are as follows:

1. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 63.0

2. University of Pennsylvania, 59.0

3. American University, 38.0

4. Arizona State University, 30.5

Mercyhurst College, 30.5

6. Appalachian State University, 29.0

7. Rider University, 26.0

8. Brown University, 22.0

9. Boston University, 21.0

10. Virginia Military Institute, 14.0

Team competition is very close, it is still any team's tournament!

2:40 p.m.: Semifinals have just started. Robles (ASU) won a thriller over No. 1 seed Javier Maldonado (UTC), 18-14. Robles scored his points early, using his seemingly unstoppable tilt. Maldonado fought back; however, Robles hung onto his lead to the finish, and earned his way into the final!

“I was trying to stay tough,” said Robles. “After the second or third takedown, I knew I had to pick it up.”

Robles has been impressive today in his first tournament action in college. He has set the standard in his weight class by beating Maldonado, who is ranked No. 8 nationally.

“My number one goal is to be a national champion,” Robles said. “This year, I want to be an All-American.”

Robles game plan for his finals match is simple: “I’m going to sit down with my coaches and see what I can improve on, and just keep working."

3:30 p.m.: Penn is sendingfive of its 10 wrestlers from the semifinals to the finals! Results are listed below:

125 – Rollie Peterkin (Won 8-0 over Jasen Borshoff (American))

133 – Rick Rappo (Won 4-3 over John Triggas(Brown))

133 – Bryan Ortenzio (Lost 9-6 to Steve Hormada (UTC))

141 – Zack Kemmerer (Lost 4-1 to Chris Drouin (ASU))

149 – Cesar Grajales (Lost 4-1 to Scott Ervin (App. St.))

174 – Jeff Zannetti (Won by fall in 3:27 over Neal Martin (App. St.))

174 – Colin Hitschler (Lost by fall in 2:56 to Lloyd Rogers (UTC))

184 – Lior Zamir (Won by fall in 1:50 over Josh Edmondson (UTC))

197 – Jack Sullivan (Lost 11-3 to Jason Trulson (ASU))

285 – Trey McLean (Won 6-1 over Jared Campbell (App. St.))

The crowd was ignited by Zannetti’s pin at 174. However, Hitschler got pinned soon after that match.

UTC also sends five wrestlers to the finals, and have nearly the same lead on Penn going into the finals. That sets up a huge matchup at 174, where Zannetti (Penn) faces off against Lloyd Rogers (UTC). ASU sends four wrestlers to the finals; Rider sends two; andApp. St.,American, Boston University and Brown all send one.

4:10 p.m.: The finals are set. They are:

125 - #4 Anthony Robles (ASU) vs. #2 Rollie Peterkin (U Penn)

133 - #4 Rick Rappo ( U Penn) vs. #7 Steve Hromada (UTC)

141 - #5 Chris Drouin (ASU) vs. #3 Cody Cleveland (UTC)

149 - #1 Scott Ervin (App. St.) vs. #2 Don Fisch (Rider)

157 - #1 Seth Garvin (UTC) vs. #2 Rob Morrison (Rider)

165 - #1 Mike Cannon (American) vs. #2 A.J. Detwiler (Boston)

174 - #1 Lloyd Rogers (UTC) vs. #3 Jeff Zannetti (U Penn)

184 - #4 Brent Chriswell (ASU) vs. #2 Lior Zamir (U Penn)

197 - #1 Matt Koz (UTC) vs. #2 Jason Trulson (ASU)

285 - #1 Levon Mock (Brown) vs. Trey McLean (U Penn)

There are eight wrestlers in the finals that are ranked nationally. At 149, Scott Ervin is ranked No. 5. Lloyd Rogers is ranked No. 18 at 174. Both Brent Chriswell and Lior Zamir are ranked 18 and 17, respectively. At 197, Matt Koz is ranked No. 10 and Jason Trulson is No. 15.

4:18 p.m.: Team scores going to the finals are:

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 109.5 University of Pennsylvania, 107.5 Arizona State University, 63.0 Rider University, 57.0 Appalachian State University, 53.5 American University, 48.0 Brown University, 41.0 Boston University, 37.5 Mercyhurst College, 33.5 Virginia Military Institute, 23.5

Penn and UTC are in a dogfight for first place! Stay here to see which team takes down the other!

4:45 p.m.: Penn’s head coach Zeke Jones is looking forward to the finals and Penn’s race against UTC for a team championship!

“This is a time where wrestling is a team race,” Jones said.

It will be a battle between two nationally teams -- Penn is 23rd in the nation, and UTC is No. 13.

“Their confidence is high,” Jones said. “This is the time where they’ll either rise up or not rise up. We have a job to do and either we’ll get it done or we won’t.”

Jones also commented on the matchup in the 174-pound final, where Zannetti (Penn) will face off with Rogers (UTC).

“It’s obviously a big match,” Jones said. “It’s a four point swing depending on who wins it.”

Jones and the Penn wrestling team are ready for the challenge. The finals will start at 6:00 p.m. It will be a showdown in The Palestra!

“It’s time to see what this team is made of,” Jones said.

4:55 p.m.: A crucial consolation semifinal match between Cesar Grajales (Penn) and Joey Knox (UTC) just ended. Riding time proved to be the difference as Grajales defeated Knox 3-2. This brings Penn within 3 1/2 points of catching UTC for the championship!

6:00 p.m.: Penn’s Lior Zamir and Jeff Zannetti, the duo also known by teammates as “Team-Z,” are both ready for their matches in the Keystone Classic finals.

Zannetti will face Lloyd Rogers (UTC, ranked No. 18) at 174, and Zamir (ranked No. 17) will wrestle Brent Chriswell (ASU, ranked No. 18) at 184.

Both wrestlers have different mentalities coming into one of their biggest matches so far this season.

“It’s no different from any other match,” Zannetti said. “I know I can go seven minutes hard. I feel if I can do that, I can beat anyone.”

Zannetti is looking forward to wrestling a big tournament match in Penn’s home gym.

“It helps having a home meet advantage,” Zannetti said. “If you do well now, it will set the tone for the rest of the season.”

Zamir is more concerned with staying relaxed before his finals match.

“I’m just trying to have fun,” Zamir said. “I just go out there and wrestle. I think it’s important to just go out there and wrestle, and not let the other things cloud your mind.”

Both Zamir and Zannetti agree that they need to worry about wrestling for themselves rather than getting distracted by the team’s performance.

“You can't control the team score,” Zamir said.

“Team-Z” is mentally prepared for two much-anticipated match-ups in the finals.

6:07 p.m.: At the 125-pound weight class, Rollie Peterkin (Penn) stuffed Anthony Robbles (ASU), earning the fall in just 1:13. Peterkin defended Robbles’ leg attack and muscled him to his back!

6:14 p.m.: While wrestling for third place, Javier Maldonado (UTC) defeated Marty Borowsky (Penn) 6-1. Maldonado wrestled tough on top and earned an extra point for riding time. Penn is trailing UTC byeight points for the team championship.

6:26 p.m.: Rick Rappo (Penn) lost to Steve Hromada (UTC) in an overtime thriller for the 133 championship. Hromada scored on a leg attack shot in the opening seconds of the overtime period.

6:34 p.m.: In the 141 final, Cody Cleveland (UTC) beat Chris Drouin (ASU) 21-10. Zack Kemmerer (Penn) lost to Kyle Borshoff (American), 4-2 in overtime.

6:50 p.m.: The 149-pound title goes to Scott Ervin (App. St.) in a one-sided match against Don Fisch (Rider). Ervin earned a technical fall in the third period withmore than fourminutes of riding time.

6:50 p.m.: Grajales (Penn) won a 2-1 overtime tie-breaker match with Mike Roberts (Boston) in a rematch of their quarterfinal bout-- whichGrajales also won in OT, 3-1. With this win, Grajales captures third place.

6:58 p.m.: Seth Garvin (UTC) crushed Rob Morrison (Rider) 13-3 in the 157 championship bout, and Chris Stout (American) beat Tom Fazio (Brown) 4-0 to win third place at 157.

7:04 p.m.: Hudson Harrison (Mercyhurst) pinned Nick Davis (UTC) in 1:17 to capture third place.

7:12 p.m.: Mike Cannon (American) used his height and leverage to rack up points with his cradle pinning technique. He handled A.J. Detwiler (BU) in a 19-4 technical fall in the 165 pound championship bout.

7:26 p.m.: We have Penn wrestlers in all championship bouts at the 174 weight class. Jeff Zannetti lost to Lloyd Rogers (UTC), 7-4. Rogers did a good job defending Zannetti’s offensive attacks from their feet. Scott Giffin won 9-8 over Josh Shields (Mercyhurst). He was down 6-2 after getting turned to his back in the second period, but ran a take-down clinic in the third period, scoring three takedowns and earning the final match-winning point with riding time.

Colin Hitschler won by injury default over Neal Martin (App. St.) for fifth place. Martin rolled his ankle in his semifinal loss to Zannetti.

7:40 p.m.: Lior Zamir beat up on Brent Chriswell (ASU) 8-4 to capture the championship at 184. Zamir wrestled physically both on his feet and on top to take down and turn Chriswell.

For third place at 184, two-time Keyston champion Doug Umbehauer (Rider) won his match against Josh Edmondson (UTC), 3-2.

7:57 p.m.: At the 197-pound division, Matt Koz (UTC) defeated Jason Trulson (ASU), 3-2. Branden Stearns (Brown) took third place over John Hall (BU) in a 8-4 decision.

8:02 p.m.: At 285 Trey McLean lost 12-3 to Levon Mock (Brown) in a tough, physical match. Third place was awarded to Matt Letner (UTC) after he beat Zach Zdrada (Brown), 7-4.

FINAL TEAM SCORES

University of Tennessee at Chatanooga, 140.5

University of Pennsylvania, 125.5

Appalachian State University, 80.5

Rider University, 68.0

Arizona State University, 66.5

Brown University, 61.5

Mercyhurst College, 57.5

Boston University, 50.0

Virginia Military Institute, 33.0

Most Falls: Tommy Cunningham (VMI), 3

Fastest Fall: John Triggas (Brown), time of fall - :27

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Seth Garvin (UTC)

Download: 2007 Keystone Final Standings.pdf