STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -The Penn wrestling team enjoyed a successful day at Penn State's open tournament, the Nittany Lion Open, as Bryan Ortenzio took home the title at 133 pounds and Zack Kemmerer placed second at 141 to lead the way.
Ortenzio was dominant throughout the day, winning once by major decision, once by technical fall, and twice by fall (including the final against Missouri's Nathan McCormick). Ortenzio's closest match came in the quarterfinal round, when he beat Binghamton's Garrett Morabito 3-1.
Kemmerer won five matches before finally being bested Sunday, by Missouri's Todd Schavrien 4-2. Schavrien entered the weekend ranked 18th nationally. Kemmerer earned wins by fall in the first two rounds, then gained decision victories all the way to the final.
At 174 pounds, Scott Giffin won three times to advance to the semifinal round before he lost to Missouri's Dorian Henderson, 12-10 (sv). Henderson entered the event ranked 15th nationally. Giffin then took third place in his weight class by beating Lehigh's Alex Caruso, 8-3.
Gabriel Burak entered the weekend undefeated at 165 pounds, but that went by the boards after he lost to Lehigh's Dennis Galante in the second round. Burak recovered, however, winning five matches in the consolation rounds to advance to the fifth-place match before he ran out of gas and lost to Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock, 10-7.
Also at 165, Tom Timothy won three times -- in the first round, and twice in the consolation bracket -- and all of them came by fall.
Gabe's brother, freshman Micah Burak, advanced to the quarterfinal round of 197 pounds before he fell to No. 19 Matt Wilps of Pitt, 4-2. Mark Rappo also made the quarterfinal round of his weight class (125), winning twice before he lost to ninth-ranked Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech, 8-6.
Other wrestlers who competed for Penn were Reid Oshiro (125), Zack Ellis (133), Troy Hernandez (149), Mike Steltenkamp (165), Cory Beaver (174) and Harrison Cook (184). All fell in the first round of their weight classes.
Penn will face Maryland in a dual meet next Friday. That match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in College Park.