TROY, N.Y. - No. 4 Zack Kemmerer made sure the national audience at the Journeyman/Asics Northeast Duals left Hudson Valley Community College talking about his performance, defeating the two wrestlers he faced ranked inside the top-15 to power Penn to a 2-1 outing on Saturday.
In a match between two EIWA titans at 141, Kemmerer defeated defending EIWA champion and national No. 9 Matt Mariarcher from American, 5-1, as the Quakers downed the Eagles, 24-18. In the second dual of the day, Kemmerer made sure a newcomer to college wrestling from the state of Pennsylvania knew that the old guard was still at the top with a 9-3 win over No. 14 Evan Henderson from North Carolina as Penn scored a 33-12 win over the Tar Heels.
The day was concluded with a wild dual against Arizona State that was tied four times during the match - including after the final bout at heavyweight. However, following ASU's win by No. 11 Levi Cooper, Penn was deducted one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct (thrown headgear) and the final score went in favor of ASU, 21-20.
Evan Henderson entered the match with Kemmerer on a roll, with a 10-0 record and wins by fall in four of his last five matches. A New Florence, Pa. native who won three PA state championships, Henderson had vaulted to No. 14 in this week's InterMat poll. Kemmerer, a two-time PA state champ who owns the record for career wins in high school competition in the Keystone State, came out on the positive side of a scramble midway through the first period to take a 4-2 lead after three minutes. Kemmerer scored first, but Henderson quickly reversed to tie the match. Kemmerer was unfazed, quickly re-reversing Henderson and riding out the period. Henderson scored the only point of the second period, closing the score to 4-3 in favor of Kemmerer. In the third, Kemmerer chose neutral and made that choice pay off with a takedown into a pair of backpoints to widen his advantage, finishing the bout with 2:53 of riding time and a 9-3 win. The pair of wins move Kemmerer to 99 career wins as a Quaker, and he will have a shot to become the latest member of Penn's "100 Win" club.
Penn opened its day with a win over EIWA rival American, 24-18. There were three falls and a win by forfeit in the dual, with the two sides splitting the bonus points. In the end, it was a win by No. 4 Zack Kemmerer at 141 pounds in a battle of top-ten wrestlers and a win by senior Erich Smith at 184 that proved the difference.
Kemmerer took on frequent nemesis Matt Mariarcher of American in a swing bout. While Kemmerer is a retuning All-American and ranked No. 4 in the country, Mariarcher is the defending EIWA champion at 141, ranked No. 9 in the country and a Round of 12 wrestler from 2011. To get to his EIWA title, Mariarcher defeated Kemmerer at the conference tournament, but this year was a different story.
Kemmerer was aggressive from the start, finishing the first takedown of the match 1:25 into the opening period. That was all the scoring of the first stanza as Kemmerer opened a big riding time advantage. In the second period, Mariarcher chose bottom position, but needed almost a minute to get his escape. As time wound down in the middle frame, Kemmerer pounced once again on a single, scoring with 14e seconds remaining in the period. The third period was scoreless, despite an almost-connected shot from Kemmerer in the final seconds, but the 2:48 of riding time was enough for the 5-1 decision.
After American closed within three points following a win at 174, Erich Smith provided needed insurance points for Penn with his 7-4 win over Thomas Barreiro at 184. The first period was all in favor of Smith, with two takedowns giving him a 4-2 lead. The first came 38 seconds into the match and the second was just past the two-minute mark. In the second period, Smith escaped and then added a takedown with nine seconds remaining in the period to extend his lead. Barreiro escaped in the third, but couldn't get any closer.
Bryan Ortenzio scored six team points for Penn at 133, as the No. 15-ranked wrestler pinned Chris Brienza in 1:36. Ortenzio was ahead, 4-0, at the time of the fall. Penn's other six points came via a forfeit at 197. The match was billed as No. 6 Micah Burak versus No. 8 Daniel Mitchell, but Mitchell was not deemed ready to go and American didn't field a backup. Other winners for Penn were Steven Robertson at 149 and Lorenzo Thomas at 165. Robertson had an eight-point first period in his win, erasing an early takedown allowed for the win with a five-point move late in the period. Thomas was more efficient, with an early takedown, a full second-period ride and a late takedown with 30 seconds left for his win.
The second dual of the Northeast Duals for Penn saw the Quakers take on an undermanned North Carolina team and take care of business, 33-12. The Red and Blue were the beneficiaries of three forfeits in the dual, and added bonus points in two more matches for the convincing win. No. 6 Micah Burak made his season debut at 197 pounds, coming out firing with a seven-point first period en route to an 11-2 win over Nick Tenpenney. Burak took Tenpenney down 39 seconds in and added a pair of nearfalls for a 7-0 lead after three minutes. Burak was aggressive in his first outing, adding a takedown in the second period, escaping in the third and racking up 2:52 of riding time.
At 133, Ortenzio extended his unbeaten streak with a 9-0 win over Brock Livorio. After a 5-0 first period with a takedown and three backpoints, Ortenzio added three points in the second, including a takedown at the four-minute mark. A full ride in the third period gave Ortenzio 3:31 of advantage time for the shutout.
The dual started with a wild match at 125, with Brian Bokoski scoring two backpoints at the buzzer to defeat Geoffrey Bostany. The win appeared to be locked up for Bostany - he was leading, 8-6, with riding time and less than ten seconds on the clock, but Bokoski took Bostany down and added two nearfall for the win despite the riding time point added on for Bostany.
The finale saw Penn battle back twice from Arizona State leads to take a 15-6 lead following a Lorenzo Thomas fall at 165 pounds. The Sun Devils countered immediately with a fall of their own at 174 and a decision win at 184 to tie the match. Arizona State did not field a 197-pounder, giving Penn a six-point lead entering the final bout at heavyweight. Anthony DiLonardo gave a great six minutes against No. 11 Levi Cooper, but the returning All-American - who had defeated defending national champion Zach Rey of Lehigh, currently No. 1 in the country earlier in the day - was able to work the fall at the 6:12 mark. Emotions got the best of DiLonardo following his loss and the thrown headgear forced the one-point deduction from the team score.
Thomas finished his 3-0 day with a second-period fall over ASU's Hans Rasmussen, finishing with just six seconds to go in the second period. Ortenzio also capped a 3-0 day, scoring three takedowns in an 8-2 win. Hernandez, who had suffered a pair of tough losses to start the afternoon, finished with a 4-3 win, taking Victor DeJesus down in the first period and escaping in the third to break a 3-3 tie.
Penn is now 2-1 in dual meets this year and will be back in action next weekend for a pair of duals inside Pennsylvania. First is a trip to Bloomsburg on Friday at 7 p.m. before a 1 p.m. tilt on Sunday against No. 10 Lehigh in The Palestra.
No. 20 Penn def. No. 14 American, 24-18
125 - Thomas Williams (American) def. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 3-1 AU leads, 3-0
133 - No. 15 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Chris Brienza (American), FALL 1:36 Penn leads, 6-3
141 - No. 4 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. No. 9 Matt Mariarcher (American), 5-1 Penn leads, 9-3
149 - Steve Robertson (Penn) def. Kevin Tao (American), 10-6 Penn leads, 12-3
157 - No. 4 Ganbayar Sanjaa (American) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), FALL 2:34 Penn leads, 12-9
165 - Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) def. Sean McCarthy (American), 6-1 Penn leads, 15-9
174 - Thomas Barreiro (American) def. Ian Korb (Penn), 11-5 Penn leads, 15-12
184 - Erich Smith (Penn) def. Thomas Barreiro (American), 7-4 Penn leads, 18-12
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak wins by Forfeit, Penn leads 24-12
285 - No. 2 Ryan Flores (American) def. Anthony DiLonardo (Penn), FALL 0:27 Penn wins, 24-18
No. 20 Penn def. North Carolina, 32-12
125 - Brian Bokoski (UNC) def. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 10-9 UNC leads, 3-0
133 - No. 15 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Brock Livorio (UNC), 9-0 Penn leads, 4-3
141 - No. 4 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. No. 14 Evan Henderson (UNC), 9-3 Penn leads, 7-3
149 - Steve Robertson (Penn) def. Jonathan Burns (UNC), 4-3 Penn leads, 10-3
157 - Corey Mock (UNC) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), FALL 2:27 Penn leads, 10-9
165 - Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) win by forfeit, Penn leads, 16-9
174 - Ian Korb (Penn) win by forfeit, Penn leads, 23-9
184 - Alex Utley (UNC) def. Erich Smith (Penn), 8-5 Penn leads, 23-12
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Nick Tenpenney (UNC), 11-2 Penn leads 27-12
285 - Anthony DiLonardo (Penn) win by forfeit, Penn wins, 33-12
Arizona State def. No. 20 Penn, 21-20
125 - Dalton Miller (ASU) def. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 8-4 ASU leads, 3-0
133 - No. 15 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Shane McGough (ASU), 8-2 Tied, 3-3
141 - Nathan Huffer (ASU) def. Mark Pinero (Penn), 10-3 ASU leads, 6-3
149 - Steve Robertson (Penn) def. Joel Smith (ASU), 4-2 Tied 6-6
157 - Troy Hernandez (Penn) def. Victor DeJesus (ASU), 4-3 Penn leads, 9-6
165 - Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) def. Hans Rasmussen (ASU), FALL 4:54 Penn leads, 15-6
174 - Eric Starks (ASU) def. Ian Korb (Penn), FALL 4:03, Penn leads, 15-12
184 - Kevin Radford (ASU) def. Erich Smith (Penn), 5-2 Tied, 15-15
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak (Penn) win by forfeit, Penn leads, 21-15
285 - No. 11 Levi Cooper (ASU) def. Anthony DiLonardo (Penn), FALL 6:12* Tied, 21-21
* Penn was deducted one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of 285, resulting in final team score of 21-20.