No. 24 Wrestling Has Two Named First-Team All-Ivy

PHILADELPHIATwo Penn wrestlers were honored as first-team All-Ivy performers by the league’s coaches on Thursday, while another five were named second-team and one received honorable mention status.

The eight wrestlers honored tied Cornell for the most of any Ivy school.

149-pounder Cesar Grajales was Penn’s lone unanimous selection as first-team All-Ivy. Grajales went 24-7 in the regular season, moving into 10th place all-time in wins by a Quaker with 88. In Ivy duals, he was 3-0 with a fall and a tech fall to go with a decision. He also defeated two Ivy opponents at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas in December. Currently ranked 13th nationally by InterMat, Grajales earned his third spot on an All-Ivy team in 2009. In 2008, he was named second-team All-Ivy at 149, and in 2006 he was honorable mention at 141 pounds.

Rick Rappo wrestled his way onto the All-Ivy first team for the second season in a row. Rappo finished the Ivy dual season with a 3-0 record and is 15-6 overall at 141 pounds.

Rollie Peterkin leads the Penn wrestlers who earned second-team distinction, earning a berth on the team for the second year in a row. Peterkin, ranked 10th in the country by InterMat, is 18-4 overall this season and 2-1 in Ivy duals. Both of his wins over Ancient Eight opponents came via tech fall. In December, he captured the title at the Cliff Keen Invitational, and he is the defending EIWA champion at 125.

Sophomore Bryan Ortenzio is making his first appearance on the All-Ivy team with his second-team selection at 133 pounds. Ortenzio finished the 2008-09 Ivy season with a 4-1 record – his only loss coming at the hands of Cornell’s No. 12 Mike Grey. Ortenzio had a pin and a major decision to go with two decisions over Ivy foes. He has won 20 bouts this season.

Classmate Scott Giffin was chosen as second-team All-Ivy by the coaches, his first postseason honor. After sitting out the beginning of the season while recovering from being struck by a car on his way to practice, Giffin has won 15 matches, including a 3-1 mark in Ivy bouts. All three of his Ivy wins came via major decision.

Thomas Shovlin, a 2008 NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds, can add second-team All-Ivy to his honors. A junior, Shovlin, went 3-1 in the Ivy League in 2008-09, scoring a win via tech fall and another via pin to go with a decision.

Heavyweight Trey McLean is on the All-Ivy second team for the second time in two years thanks to a 4-1 record in Ivy competition. He has won his Ivy matches in just about every way possible, including a fall over Harvard’s Spencer DeSena and a sudden-victory win over then-No. 15 Zach Hammond of Cornell. McLean is 17-7 on the season and has scored bonus points in 11 of his wins.

157-pounder Matt Dragon received honorable mention honors at his weight class – one of the toughest in the league if not the country. The first-team selection, J.P. O’Connor of Harvard, is ranked No. 4 in the country, while the second-teamer, Cornell’s Jordan Leen, is ranked No. 5 and was the 2008 national champion. Dragon finished 3-2 in the Ivies, with both his losses coming via 4-1 decisions to the two men ranked ahead of him. One of Penn’s co-captains, Dragon is ranked No. 17 in the country and is on the All-Ivy team for the third time in his career.