No. 22 Wrestling Splits at Virginia Duals

2009 Virginia Duals Information

HAMPTON, Va.Day one is complete at the Virginia Duals, and Penn split its two matches. In the opening round, the Quakers defeated North Dakota State, 33-3. In the quarterfinals, the No. 22 Quakers met up with No. 15 Edinboro and was defeated by the Scots, 30-12.

In the first round against the Bison, Penn scored bonus points in the first two bouts and in three total matches. Junior Rollie Peterkin opened up with a major decision, shutting out Trent Sprenkle, 9-0. Sophomore Bryan Ortenzio followed at 133 pounds with another shutout, scoring a technical fall with a 15-0 blanking of Tyler Steinwand. The Red and Blue’s third match with bonus points came at 197 pounds. Thomas Shovlin, wrestling at 197 for the first time this season, needed just 1:52 to pin Drew Ross. Rick Rappo (141), Cesar Grajales (149), Matt Dragon (157), Scott Giffin (174), Colin Hitschler (184) and Tyler Blakely (Hwt.) each added wins against NDSU.

In the quarterfinals, the Quakers ran into a determined Edinboro team that features six wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their weight class. Peterkin, ranked No. 7 in the country at 125 pounds, was defeated by No. 2 Paul Donahoe, 15-5. The major decision ups the 2007 NCAA champion’s record to 19-0.

Ortenzio took No. 16 Ricky Deubel to overtime at 133 pounds before falling, 3-1. At 141 pounds, Zack Kemmerer was defeated by Joel Webster, 3-0. Colin Hitschler hung tough with No. 18 Chris Honneycutt before falling, 4-2. The Red and Blue had two wrestlers pinned in the match – Zack Shanaman was pinned by No. 6 Jarrod King at 165 pounds and Trey McLean was pinned in his heavyweight bout with No. 14 Joe Fendone. Sophomore Jake Hunter stepped in for an injured Matt Dragon (knee), and was defeated by No. 1 Gregor Gillespie, 16-0.

Grajales came through with Penn’s first win of the match, scoring a 4-2 win over No. 16 Torsten Gillespie. Giffin added the second win for the Quakers with a 6-2 decision over Paul Paddock at 174 pounds. Shovlin was credited with a win via forfeit at 197 pounds.

Peterkin and Donahoe were tied 2-2 early in the match with Peterkin on top, accumulating riding time. Peterkin had a cradle locked in and was close to turning Donahoe, but the former national champ was able to score with a reversal and quick back points to take control of the match and never look back.

Head Coach Rob Eiter said that the team was frustrated with the results but is focused on the rest of the tournament.

“We didn’t have to say much after the match,” Eiter said. “The guys knew that they had a chance to win the dual and didn’t put it away. We let Edinboro dictate the flow of the match. The team knows that needs to change if we are to be successful.”

Eiter was able to look at the positive side as well.

“Grajales and Giffin had good days, winning both their matches,” he said. “The best part is they competed harder in their second matches, showing good improvement. And guys like Hitschler and Ortenzio worked real hard, despite the score, and are close to turning those types of matches into wins.”

Penn will be back in action on Saturday against Liberty.

No. 22 Penn def. North Dakota State, 33-3

125 - Rollie Peterkin def. Trent Sprenkle, Maj. Dec., 9-0

133 - Bryan Ortenzio def. Tyler Steinwand, Tech fall, 15-0

141 - Rick Rappo def. Gabriel Mooney, Dec., 7-0

149 - Cesar Grajales def. Ryan Adams, Dec., 4-1

157 - Matt Dragon def. Vince Salminen, Dec., 11-9

165 - Adam Aho def. Andrew Coles, Dec., 4-0

174 - Scott Giffin def. Trent Soude, Dec., 7-0

184 - Colin Hitschler def. Kenny Moenkedick, Dec., 4-3

197 - Thomas Shovlin def. Drew Ross, FALL, 1:52

Hwt. - Tyler Blakely def. Tyler Hemmesch, Dec., 8-2

No. 15 Edinboro def. No. 22 Penn, 30-12

125 - Paul Donahoe def. Rollie Peterkin, Maj. Dec., 15-5

133 - Ricky Deubel def. Bryan Ortenzio, SV, 3-1

141 - Joel Webster def. Zack Kemmerer, Dec., 3-0

149 - Cesar Grajales def. Torsten Gillespie, Dec., 4-2

157 - Gregor Gillespie def. Jake Hunter, Tech Fall, 16-0

165 - Jarrod King def. Zack Shanaman, FALL 0:46

174 - Scott Giffin def. Paul Paddock, Dec., 6-2

184 - Chris Honeycutt def. Colin Hitschler, Dec., 4-2

197 - Thomas Shovlin win via forfeit

Hwt. - Joey Fendone def. Trey McLean, FALL, 1:19