No. 21 Wrestling Defeats Princeton, Falls to No. 9 Michigan

Penn vs. Princeton Results

Penn vs. Michigan Results

PHILADELPHIANo. 21 Penn opened up its 2008-09 wrestling season with a pair of duals on Saturday in The Palestra, shutting out Princeton, 47-0, before dropping a close meet with No. 9 Michigan, 22-15.

The highlight of the meet with the Wolverines for Penn was Rick Rappo’s upset pin of No. 5 Kellen Russell at 141 pounds.

Rappo, trailing 5-2 in the second period, turned Russell’s aggressiveness against him, countering a shot from Russell into a quick takedown via a cement mixer. Rappo found himself on top of Russell and quickly pinned both shoulders on the mat for the win at 4:50. Rappo’s win via fall avenged a 5-0 loss to Russell at the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Penn needed the bonus points from the pinfall as the Red and Blue trailed, 6-0, at that stage of the dual. Penn’s No. 7-ranked 125-pounder Rollie Peterkin was defeated by Mike Watts, 10-4, and Bryan Ortenzio lost a tough 6-4 decision to Zac Stevens at 133 pounds.

Rappo’s win propelled Penn to a four-match winning streak in the middle portion of the dual that ended with Penn leading the contest, 15-6.

Cesar Grajales shut out Justin Chrzanowski at 149 pounds, 4-0, and that was followed by a Matt Dragon win at 157 pounds over Aaron Hynes, 11-5. Dragon, in his first match in over a year after returning from injury, scored a takedown 49 seconds into the bout and converted that into a nearfall with 13 seconds left in the first period for a 4-0 lead. After being taken down early in the second period, Dragon scored a reversal late in the period to extend his lead back to four entering the final period. Dragon added two escapes and a reversal in the third, which coupled with his 2:34 of riding time gave him the 11-5 decision.

Zack Shanaman added Penn’s fourth win of the day with a 6-3 decision over Justin Zeerip. Shanaman scored two takedowns and added an escape and a point on a technical foul on Zeerip.

Michigan got back on the board with a 20-7 major decision by No.1-ranked Steve Luke at 174 pounds over Andrew Coles and a 4-1 decision by Anthony Biondo over Colin Hitschler at 184 to close the gap in the match to 15-13.

A pin from No. 3 Tyrell Todd over Penn’s Dan Zander at 197 gave Michigan the lead for the second time in the dual. Todd scored the fall at 2:44 and gave the Wolverines a 19-15 lead.

Penn needed a major decision at heavyweight to tie the match and a tech fall or pin to win. Trey McLean was game in the early going of his match with Eddie Phillips, scoring the first takedown just under a minute in. Phillips rallied back with a pair of takedowns as well as two escapes for the 6-3 win that sealed the dual for Michigan.

Penn is now 1-1 on the season and Michigan is also 1-1.

Penn is back in action at the Cliff keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Dec. 5-6.

No. 21 Penn def Princeton, 47-0

125 – No. 7 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def Robert Benitez (Prin), TF 15-0 (4:45)

133 – Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def Nikhil Pereira (Prin), FALL 1:57

141 – Rick Rappo (Penn) win via forfeit

149 – No. 15 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def Danny Scotton (Prin), TF 20-5 (6:25)

157 – No. 18 Matt Dragon (Penn) def Martin Everin (Prin), DEC 8-6

165 – No. 9 Zack Shanaman (Penn) def Mike Alvarez (Prin), MD 14-5

174 – Cory Beaver (Penn) def Travis Erdman (Prin), FALL 6:14

184 – Colin Hitschler (Penn) def Kurt Brendel (Prin), DEC 10-2

197 – Dan Zander (Penn) def Zakary Morse (Prin), DEC 9-3

HWT – Trey McLean (Penn) def Stephen Turner (Prin) TF 15-0 (3:00)

No. 9 Michigan def No. 21 Penn, 22-15

125 – Mike Watts (Mich) def No. 7 Rollie Peterkin (Prin), DEC 10-4

133 – Zac Stevens (Mich) def Bryan Ortenzio (Penn), DEC 6-4

141 – Rick Rappo def No. 5 Kellen Russell (Mich), FALL 4:50

149 – No. 15 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def Justin Chrzanowski (Mich), DEC 4-0

157 – No. 18 Matt Dragon (Penn) def Aaron Hynes (Mich), DEC 11-5

165 – No. 9 Zack Shanaman (Penn) def Justin Zeerip (Mich), DEC 6-3

174 – No.1 Steve Luke (Mich) def Andrew Coles (Penn), MD 20-7

184 – Anthony Biondo (Mich) def Colin Hitschler (Penn), DEC 4-1

197 – No. 3 Tyrell Todd (Mich) def Dan Zander (Penn), FALL 2:44

HWT – Eddie Phillps (Mich) def Trey McLean (Penn), DEC 6-3