Penn Wrestling Catpures Keystone Classic and Crowns Four Champions

Final Brackets

Fastest Falls, Most Pins

Final Team Standings

PHILADLEPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team reclaimed the Keystone Classic title on Sunday at The Palestra. Four Quakers won individual titles to give Penn its first Keystone title since 2002.

Andrew Gold, Matt Eveleth, Matt Valenti and Cesar Grajeles won individual titles. It was Valenti's second title and first for the other three.

Gold held on in the third period to earn a riding time point and secure a 3-2 win at 125 lbs. over Virginia’s Anthony Burke. Gold had to major decisions and a decision to earn his spot in the finals.

Juniors Matt Eveleth and Matt Valenti earned co-champions at 133 lbs. Valenti, the No. 1 seed opened the tournament with a technical fall over Jordan Lipp of American and earned two decisions to get to the finals. Eveleth earned a 15-2 major decision over John Triggas and two decisions to make his way to the title round.

At 141 lbs. it was an all Penn final. Grajeles won the match 6-3. The match was tied in the second period, but two escapes by Grajeles in the third and a point for riding time sealed the match. No. 1 seed Cesar Grajales used two major decisions and a decision to make his way to the final. Brett McCurdy, the No. 7 seed, upset Mark Savino of Brown (No. 2 seed) by pinning him in 1:43. He then went on to decision Antwone Floyd of Duke to make his to the final.

In the title match at 157 lbs., Penn’s Gene Zannetti fell to Scott Ervin from Appalachian State, 10-9. Riding time was the deciding factor in the win. Sophomore Lior Zamir took second at 174 lbs. following to No. 1 seed Doug Umbehauer of Rider, In the second period, Zamir accumulated two minutes of riding time and in the third escaped from bottom to take the lead. But an escape and a takedown from Umbehauer titled the scale in his favor.

It was a battle of the first and second seed at 184 lbs. Senior captain Dustin Wiles was pinned by the top seed Josh Glenn of American. Wiles had a pin and a decision heading into the title match. Senior captain Paul Velekei took second at 197 lbs. as well. Velekei fell to top-seed TJ Morrison of Rider, 2-0 in the finals. An escape in the second and riding time were the deciding factors in the match.

Matt Dragon took third at 149 lbs. after earning a medical forfeit over Mike Ashton of Brown. Freshman Neil Cisper took fourth at 184 lbs. Freshman Colin Hitschler picked up a fifth-place finish at 165 lbs. winning by medical default, while classmate Jayson Bowlsby took fifth at 285 lbs. Andrew Valenti took sixth at 125 lbs.

The Quakers accumulated 151.0 points on the day. Virginia took second with 109.5 pints and American was third with 100.5 points. Appalachian State and Boston University finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with 79.5 and 76.5 points. American’s Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov won the ‘Champions of Champions Award.’ Appalachian State’s David Hazell Jr. had the most falls in the fastest time (four in 8:42) and Boston University’s Joh Dacruz had the fastest fall (0:19)

125 lbs.

Andrew Gold

def. Kellan McKeon (Duke), MD; 11-1

def. Chris Reilly (Brown), MD; 10-0

def. Jeff Schell (Brown), D; 4-0

def. Anthony Burke (Virginia), D; 3-2

Andrew Valenti

lost to Ryan Smith (Rider), Fall; 1:28

def. Chris Reilly (Brown), D; 3-0

def. Zach Anderson (Virginia), D; 4-3

lost to Ryan Smith (Rider), Fall; 0:50

lost to Nate Myers (Brown), D; 11-4

133 lbs.

Matt Valenti

def. Mike Degli Obizzi (Duke), TFall; 16-1

def. Jordan Lipp (American), D; 6-2

def. Zach Cunliffe (Rider), D; 2-0

Matt Eveleth

def. Eric Albright (Virginia), D; 10-5

def. John Triggas (Brown), MD; 15-2

def. Tyler Anthony (VMI), D; 6-2

Rick Rappo

lost to Tyler Anthony (VMI), D;5-4

def. Ross Baldwin (Brown), MD; 11-1

def. Dan Appello (Brown), D; 6-5

lost to Eric Albright (Virginia), D; 3-2

141 lbs.

Cesar Grajales

def. Sean Quinn (Wagner), MD;15-3

def. Marcus Cox (Appalachian State), MD; 15-4

def. Joey Whittaker (Boston Univ.), D; 4-3

def. Brett McCurdy (Penn), D; 6-3

Vince Cina

lost to Tim McGoldrick (Rider), D; 6-2

lost to Trevor Bowers (Virginia), D; 3-1

Brett McCurdy

def. Ryan Scott (Appalachian State), MD; 19-6

def. Nick Alparone (Virginia), D; 2-0

def. Mark Savino (Brown), Fall; 1:43

def. Antwone Floyd (Duke), D; 3-1

lost to Cesar Grajales (Penn), D; 6-3

149 lbs.

Dan Burkholder

def. Tom Fazio (Brown), D; 5-1

lost to Matt Dragon (Penn), D; 4-1

lost to Eric Burns (Appalachian State), D; 5-3

Matt Dragon

def. Nick Lucas (Appalachian State), Fall; 3:02

def. Dan Burkholder (Penn), D; 4-1

lost to Tom Kniezewski (American), Fall; 1:38

def. Tim Smith (Brown), Fall; 1:17

won by Medical Forfeit against Mike Ashton

157 lbs.

Gene Zannetti

def. Cameron Harms (Duke), MD; 14-0

def. Greg Politi (Boston Univ.), MD; 8-0

lost to Scott Ervin (Appalachian State), D; 10-9

Andrew Coles

lost to Scott Ervin (Appalachian State), D; 1-0

def. Addison Nurding (Duke), D; 2-0

lost to Chris Hardy (VMI), D; 4-1

165 lbs.

Colin Hitschler

def. Chris Marold (Rider), MD; 12-1

lost to Muzzaffar Abdurakmanov (American), MD; 13-1

def. Shawn Kitchner (Brown), D; 6-2

def. Joe Maroney (Rider), D;4-1

lost to Damian Johnson (Virginia), Fall; 6:58

won by Medical Forfeit to Ryan Cunningham (Rider)

Richard Ferguson

def. Adam Underwood (VMI), D; 9-4

Medical Forfeit against Damian Johnson (Virginia)

Medical Forfeit against Ryan Cunningham (Rider)

174 lbs.

Lior Zamir

def. Dustin McCabe (VMI), MD; 10-1

def. Chris Tripp (Boston Univ.), D; 8-3

lost to Doug Umbehauer (Rider),

Dan Zander

lost to Mike Grogran (Virginia), D; 8-2

def. Evan Murtaugh (American), TFall; 17-2 (6:00)

lost to Dwayne Hash-Barbeis (American), M;15-7

184 lbs.

Dustin Wiles

def. Brandon Stearns (Brown), Fall; 5:27

def. Kyle Narkiewicz (Virginia), D; 5-3

lost to Josh Glenn (American), Fall;

Neil Cisper

def. Dan Tulley (Duke), D; 3-1

lost to Josh Glenn (American), Fall; 2:27

def. Brandon Stearns (Brown), MD; 11-1

lost to Kyle Narkewicz (Virginia), D; 9-6

197 lbs.

Paul Velekei

def. Tyler Flatt (American), Fall; 3:35

def. John Dacruz (Boston Univ.), MD; 12-2

lost to TJ Morrison (Rider) D; 2-0

285 lbs.

Jayson Bowlesby

def. Wade Van Stickle (Duke), D; 3-1

Medical Forfeit Tyler Rees (Rider)

lost to Nick Smith (Virginia), D; 9-3

lost to David Hazell, Jr. (Appalachian State), Fall; 1:43

def. Orey Hall, Jr. (Boston Univ.), D; 6-0

Ben Reiter

def. Mike Tunic (Duke), D; 11-8

lost to Adam LoPiccolo (American), Fall; 2:00

lost to Levon Mock (Brown), D; 5-3

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communication

Download: Keystone 2005 Final Pins Report.pdf