State College, Pa. Junior Mike Silengo captured his first tournament crown as fourmembers of the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team placed at the Nittany Lion Open held at Penn State University on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Silengo took first after winning by default over teammate Andrew Gold in the championship bout. The teammates have met twice this season in tournament competition and have split decisions. Silengo picked up decisions against Virginia’s Anthony Burke (8-3) and East Stroudsburg’s Matt Swallow (10-2) to advance to the finals, while Gold earned wins over Maryland’s Jeff Oldham (1-0), John Zappa of Duquesne (6-0), Alex Usztics of Navy (5-4) and Obe Blanc of Lock Haven (4-3).
Rookie Jack Kitchen made his collegiate debut by placing sixth at 174. Kitchen advanced to the semifinals of the championship round where he fell to Damion Johnson of Virginia, 6-2. In the battle for fifth place, Kitchen was stopped by Penn State’s Brad Cantalupi, 18-6.
Also finishing in sixth place was Adam Cooney at 285. Cooney had advanced to the semifinals of the championship round but was pinned by Penn State’s Josh Walker. After falling in the second round of 197, Matt Smith wrestled back to take eighth place.
At 149, Steve Swentzel advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-3 decision over Kyle Harger of Maryland. In the quarterfinal round Swentzel could not hang on as he was edged by Edinboro’s Jay Morrison, 5-2.
The Quakers will be back in action on Dec. 29-30 as they travel to the Midlands Open held in Evanston, Ill.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communicatons assistant.