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8:25 p.m.- Columbia wins the team competition, while Penn finishes second (see PDF above)
8 p.m. - The final bout of the evening goes in favor of American's Adam LoPiccolo, who takes a 7-2 decision over Scott Buhman from VMI. Final brackets and the team results will be posted shortly.
7:50 p.m. - A reversal and an escape were the difference as Rider's TJ Morrison wins the 197-lb. title over Penn's Jack Sullivan, 8-4. Just one match left as the heavyweights take to the center mat.
7:40 p.m. - After the two traded escapes in regulation, Columbia's Justin Barent took down Colin Hitschler after a scramble in overtime to win, 3-1, at 184 lbs.
7:25 p.m. - Rider's Doug Umbehauer beats Rudy Rueda, 11-2, to win the 174-lb. title. Umbehauer nearly pinned Rueda, but Rueda was saved by the buzzer at the end of the second period.
7:10 p.m. -Riding time was again the difference, this time working against Penn, as Mike CannonbeatBrock Wittmeyer, 5-4. Wittmeyer was down 4-2 in the final seconds before reversing Cannon, but the American University 165-pounder had the riding time advantage to win the title.
7 p.m. - Matt Dragon has become Penn's second Keystone champion with a thrilling 3-2 win at 157 lbs. After a scoreless first period, Dragon was down for the second and reversed Dave Miller. Dragon appeared to have had the match won, but Miller reversed him late in the third period to tie it at 2-2. Dragon, though, had 2:54 of riding time and earned the point.
6:40 p.m. - Appalachian State's Scott Ervin scored a takedown and a three-point near-fall in the first period and never looked back, earning a 16-4 major decision and the Keystone Classic 149-lb. title over Columbia's Matt Dunn.
6:30 p.m. - Derek Francavilla from Columbia wins the 141-lb. title over American's Kyle Borshoff. With riding time, it's a 4-0 decision.
6:15 p.m. -The "busted bracket" at 133 is complete. Unseeded Terryl Williams Jr. from Appalachian State beats #6 Jordan Lipp of American, 3-1.
6:10 p.m. - Matt Eveleth has won a Keystone Classic crown for the second-straight year, beating freshman teammate Rollie Peterkin, 5-4, in a thoroughly entertaining 125-lb. final. Eveleth went ahead early on and never relenquished the lead despite several escape attempts from Peterkin, including a back-flip out of a single-leg.
5:40 p.m. - Brackets have been updated to include wrestlebacks. The finals are running behind butwill start soon.
5:10 p.m.- While the seeds mostly held, the 133 bracket was anybody's guess today. The top five seeds all lost - the final will contest the sixth seed against a non-seed - and none of the top four seeds even made it as far as the semifinals.
The 141 bracket saw similar disarray, but no upset was bigger than American's Kyle Borshoff knocking off nationally-ranked No. 7 Don Fisch of Rider in the semis.
There arefive2005 champions looking to defend in this evening's finals. Matt Eveleth, Scott Ervin Doug Umbehauer, TJ Morrison, and Adam LoPiccolo. Eveleth and Ervin changed weight classes from last year; Eveleth isdown to 125 from his win at 133 and Ervin is at 149 after winning at 157.
There are three nationally-ranked grapplers in the finals: No. 4 Matt Dragon (ranked at 149, wrestling at 157), No. 9 Adam LoPiccolo, and No. 20 TJ Morrison.
4:40 p.m. - A bracket update is available.
The finals are set. They are:
125 - #1 Matt Eveleth (Penn)vs. #3 Rollie Peterkin (Penn)
133 - #6 Jordan Lipp (American) vs. Terreyl Williams Jr. (Appalachian State)
141 - #5 Kyle Borshoff (American) vs. Derek Francavilla (Columbia)
149 - #2 Scott Ervin (Appalachian State) vs. Matt Dunn (Columbia)
157 - #1 Matt Dragon (Penn) vs. #2 Dave Miller (Rider)
165 - #5 Mike Cannon (American) vs. Brock Wittmeyer (Penn)
174 - #1 Doug Umbehauer (Rider) vs. #3 Rudy Rueda (American)
184 - #1 Justin Barent (Columbia) vs. #3 Colin Hitschler (Penn)
197 - #1 TJ Morrison (Rider) vs. #2 Jack Sullivan (Penn)
285 - #1 Adam LoPiccolo (American) vs. Scott Buhman (VMI)
The Quakers put six wrestlers into finals, American five, Columbia three, and Rider three. The team title is still up in the air.
4:10 p.m. - Colin Hitschler won his semifinal and will wrestle for the title at 184. He beat the tournament's second seed in Miller to get there. Jack Sullivan justmajored teammate Matt Dwyer, 10-1, in the 197 semifinal. The middle mats have been rolled up as we get ready for the finals at 5:30 p.m.
3:55 p.m. - We've posted a photo gallery of some of today's action.
At 184, Thomas Shovlin just lost a heartbreaker to Justin Barent of Columbia. Shovlin led 4-2 heading into the third period, but Barent tied it up and pinned Shovlin in overtime. He'll get the winner of the other semifinal betweenColin Hitschler and Rider's Mike Miller.
3:45 p.m. - And now it's Brock Wittmeyer into the finals, at 165 lbs. He had towrestle consecutive matches against teammates, beating Andrew Coles in the quarters and Jeff Zannetti in the semifinals. He nearly ended up wrestling Zach Shanaman in the finals; instead it'll be American's Mike Cannon, who won a thrilling 9-8 decision over Shanaman.
3:25 p.m. - Count Matt Dragon among finals participants. The sophomore will wrestle for the title at 157 lbs. after a 1-0 victory over Mercyhurst's Andy Lamancusa. He'll face either #2 Dave Miller (Rider) or #3 Devon Mesanko (Columbia). The excitement level has really picked up in The Palestra - after a few hours of wrestle-backs, fans are getting their money's worth out of the semis.
2:50 p.m. - The championship semifinals have started, and we already have an all-Penn final at 125 lbs. Third-seeded Rollie Peterkin will meet top-seeded Matt Eveleth for the title starting at 5:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m. - A bracket update has been posted. Among the highlights to watch in the championship semifinals - the 165 bracket is chock-full of Quakers, with Zach Shanaman, Jeff Zannetti and Brock Wittmeyer all in.
1:30 p.m. - Matt Dwyer just scored a3-2 decision over third-seed Jim Connors of Boston University in the 197 quarterfinals. Dwyer will head to the semis to face teammate Jack Sullivan, who wasa 10-5 victor over Columbia's Nick Sommerfeld.
12:45 p.m. - Updated brackets have been posted.
12:30 p.m.- The preliminaries finally came to an end after an entertaining marathon heavyweight bout between Columbia's John Grando and Mercyhurst's Mike Sullivan. The duo went to sudden-victory overtime and Sullivan prevailed with an escape. A bracket update will appear soon. Rollie Peterkin is into the semis at 125 along with Eveleth after an 11-0major decision over Brody Essick from Appalachian State.
12:15 p.m. - Matt Eveleth just earned his second fall of the tournament, pinning Greg EinFrank of Brown in the first period. He's through to the semis.
Noon - Matt Dwyer just took a thriller against Larry Otsuka, 4-2. The match was tied at two before Dwyer scored a takedown with about 10 seconds left in the bout. Dwyer will move on to face third-seeded Jim Connors of BU in the quarterfinals.
11:45 a.m. - Andrew Coles just scored the biggest upset of the day thus far, pinning Brown's Shawn Kitchner, who is ranked #2 in the EIWA at 165 lbs. Coles was up 1-0 before the pinfall. He now moves into the quarters to face teammate Brock Wittmeyer, who won 2-1.
11:35 a.m.- Penn sophomore Matt Dragon just showed why he's the No. 1 seed at 157 lbs with a 15-3 major decisionover Chris Inglin (Boston U.). Meanwhile, at 165 lbs., another No. 1 seed, Zack Shanaman, beat Brown'sBran Crudden, 6-0.
11 a.m. - Overall, the Quakers are doing well in the early going. Add Brian Spangler to the list of early-round winners - he beat Ivy foe Steve DeLorenzo of Brown, 2-1, at 141. Andy Valenti didn't fare quite as well, getting pinned by American's Kyle Borshoff, who is the fifth seed in the tournament. We'll update the brackets after the first round has completed.
10:35 a.m. - The preliminary rounds have begun! The Palestra is set up in a six-mat configuration for the first rounds before moving to a three-mat setup for the championships later this afternoon.
In early action so far, Matt Eveleth, the top seed at 125 lbs., was down 1-0 to Kellan McKeon of Duke before pinning him in the third period.Meanwhile, Rollie Peterkin, the third seed at 125, majored Jonathan Pope from VMI, 10-0.
10 a.m. - The 2006 Keystone Classic is about to get underway at The Palestra with 153 competitors from 10 schools taking part. We'll be blogging the entire tournament all day long, so check back here for updates throughout the day.
Download: 2006 Keystone Midway Results.pdf