Penn Wrestling Moves into Ninth at Las Vegas Invitational

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Penn wrestling team moved into ninth place at the 2005 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on the strength on senior Dustin Wiles, junior Gene Zannetti and sophomore Lior Zamir’s top-seven finishes and junior Matt Valenti advancing to the championship finals.

Valenti advanced to the championship final at 133 lbs. with a double overtime victory over Scott Jorgenson of Boise State, 6-5. Jorgensen, the no. 7 seed upset the no. 2 seed in the quarterfinals last night. After a 0-0 first period, Valenti earned one point with an escape and scored on a takedown to take the lead. In the third period Jorgenson tied the score and sent the match into overtime. Valenti escaped in the second overtime segment and rode him out for the win. Valenti will take on Shawn Bunch of Edinboro, the no. 1 seed and no. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation, for the title at 5 p.m. (PST).

Wiles defeated Nate Buys of Augastana, 4-3, and topped Alex Clemsen of Edinboro, the no. 9 seed, 6-4 at 184 lbs. to move on. Against the no. 12 seed Louis Caputo of Harvard, Wiles lost a tough bout 3-2 which set up a fifth-place match against the no. 8 seed Joe Rovelli of Hofstra. Wiles won that match 7-4 and finished the tournament with a 6-3 record and improved to 12-5 on the season.

Zannetti won his first match by medical forfeit at 157 lbs. and defeated the no. 7 seed James Strouse of Hofstra, 5-4 in double overtime. Zannetti lost the no. 4 seed Matt Lebe of West Virginia, 7-2, and the no. 2 seed Dustin Manotti of Cornell, 13-6, to take sixth place. Zannetti went 6-3 in the tournament and improved to 8-4 overall.

Zamir won his first bout of the day, taking down Jeremy Larson of Oregan State, 7-2. In his second match, Zamir lost to the no. 12 seed Blake Maurer of Ohio State, 9-4. Zamir earned a medical forfeit victory over Ken Cook of Cal Davis to take seventh at 174 lbs. Zamir went 6-2 at the two-day event and is 13-4 overall this season.

Cesar Grajales fell in his first match of the day to the no. 5 seed Ron Tarquinio of Pittsburgh, 8-2. The freshman finished the tournament with a 4-2 and is 11-3 on the season.

Michigan is leading the competition, followed by Cornell in second, Missouri in third, Edinboro in fourth and Arizona State in fifth.

The Championship Finals begin at 5 p.m. (PST).

No. 3 seed Matt Valenti at 133 lbs.

Def. T.J. Dillashaw (Cal State Fulerton), MD; 14-5

Def. Mike McPeak (Montana State), D; 10-4

Def. Mike Ciotti (Pittsburgh), D; 3-1

Def. Mike Mormille (Cornell), D; 6-3

Def. Scott Jorgenson (Boise State), D; 6-5 2OT

No. 13 seed Cesar Grajales at 141 lbs.

Def. Chris Cartella (George Mason), Fall; 6:13

Def. Matt McDiaemid (Air Force), TFall; 20-4 (6:10)

Lost to No. 6 seed Chris McCormick (Missouri), D; 4-1

Def. Jason Lozier (Dana College), D;8-5

Def. Rick McLaughlin (Edinboro), 14-8

Lost to No. 5 Ron Tarquinio (Pittsburgh), D; 8-2

Gene Zannetti at 157 lbs.

Lost to Andrew Flanagan (Harvard), D; 5-3

Def. Matt Hill (Edinboro) Md. default

Def. Addison Nuding (Duke), MD; 12-1

Def. Ben Henderson (Dana College), TFall; 15-0

Def. Steve Sommer (Ohio State), D; 9-4

Def. No. 3 Brian Stith (Arizona State), Inj. Def.

Def. No. 7 seed James Strousse (Hofstra), D; 5-4 2OT

Lost to No. 4 seed Matt Lebe (West Virginia), D; 7-2

Lost to No. 2 Dustin Manotti (Cornell), D; 13-6

Lior Zamir at 174 lbs.

Def. Yuri Kalika (Cal Poly), MD; 10-0

Def. Tray Brawley (UNC Greensboro) Inj. Def.

Lost to No. 2 seed Mike Patrovich (Hosftra), D; 14-8

Def. Danny Dahl (San Fransisco State), D; 2-0

Def. Luke Hogle (Cornell), D; 9-5

Def. Jeremy Larson (Oregon State), D; 7-2

Lost to Blake Maurer (Ohio State), D; 9-4

Def. Ken Cook (Cal Davis) Medical Forfeit

No. 11 seed Dustin Wiles at 184 lbs.

Def. Jeremy Colbert (N.C. State), MD; 10-1

Def. Kyle Bressler (Oregon State), D; 7-3

Def. No. 6 seed Raymond Jordan (Missouri), D; 8-3

Lost to Joe Mazzurco (Cornell), D; 6-3

Def. Nate Buys (Augustana), D; 4-3

Def. No. 9 Alex Clemsen (Edinboro), D;

Lost to No. 12 seed Louis Caputo (Harvard), D; 3-2

Def. No. 8 Joe Rovelli (Hofstra), D; 7-4