Penn Wrestling Rankings Round-Up: December 16

PHILADLEPHIA - With the first semester of competition complete for the Penn wrestling team, the members of the squad and the pollsters around the country have a pretty good idea of what the Penn grapplers are all about this season. The Quakers are 3-2 in dual meets, taking a Top-20 Pittsburgh team to the wire before suffering a one-point loss. In tournament action, the Quakers took home titles at the Binghamton Open and Keystone Classic (five individual crowns) as well as a second-place finisher at the Nittany Lion Open. The EIWA has released its second rankings, giving an early glimpse at possible seeds at the conference tournament in March. With the prestigious Southern Scuffle looming at the end of December, there is plenty of opportunity for Penn wrestlers to make a move in the polls listed below.

EIWA Rankings (Dec. 16)

Team Ranking: No. 5 of 13 Last Ranking: No. 3

Individual Rankings (Rankings go to No. 6)

125 - No. 3 Mark Rappo Last Ranking: NR
133 - No. 1 Rollie Peterkin Last Ranking: No. 2
141 - No. 1 Zack Kemmerer Last Ranking: No. 1
165 - No. 3 Gabriel Burak Last Ranking: No. 5
174 - No. 3 Scott Giffin Last Ranking: No. 2
184 - No. 6 Harrison Cook Last Ranking: NR
197 - No. 2 Micah Burak Last Ranking: No. 2

Notes: Some individuals making moves for Penn in the conference landscape, with two wrestlers joining the rankings and two others moving up ... Mark Rappo and Harrison Cook garnered attention around the conference with their strong starts to the season, Rappo moving all the way to No. 3 at 125 pounds thanks in part to a 4-1 record against EIWA opponents already ... Rollie Peterkin moved up one spot at 133 to No. 1, giving Penn a pair of top-ranked wrestlers in the conference - just one of two schools with multiple No. 1's.

InterMat Division I National Rankings (Dec. 14)

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 20)
133 - No. 9 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 10
165 - No. 15 Gabriel Burak Last Week: NR
174 - No. 20 Scott Giffin Last Week: No. 19
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 8

Notes: Three Penn wrestlers move up a bit this week, headlined by Gabriel Burak at 165 ... After a 4-2 win over Rider's No. 16 Jim Resnick, Burak stormed back into the rankings where he spent most of last season ... Peterkin's climb to No. 9 gives Penn a pair of Top-10 wrestlers ... Giffin has slid to the bottom of the rankings at 174, hanging on at No. 20 after a6-4 loss to now No. 19 Rob Morrison of Rider.

Amateur Wrestling News Rankings (Dec. 14)

Team Ranking: Not Ranked

Individual Rankings (Rankings go to No. 20)
133 - No. 5 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 5
141 - No. 15 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 15
174 - NR Scott Giffin Last Week: No. 17
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 7

Notes: Besides three grapplers staying in the same position in Peterkin, Kemmerer and Micah Burak, the notable news from A.W.N. is that Giffin has dropped out of the Top 20 at 174 pounds, falling from No. 17 last week ... Giffin, who is 4-5 at 174 this season, has received all five of his losses to wrestlers ranked in the Top 20, so he is taking on some tough competition in the early goings.

W.I.N. Magazine Rankings (Nov. 29)

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 20
133 - No. 10 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 12
165 - No. 20 Gabriel Burak Last Week: NR
197 - No. 13 Micah Burak Last Week: No 13

Notes: Peterkin slides up a bit, entering the Top 10 in another national poll with his 11-1 record (8-0 at 133) ... Micah Burak still looking to get the recognition from W.I.N. despite a 10-1 record (lone loss coming to No. 3 Cam Simaz) and a 63-13 advantage in points scored.

TheOpenMat.com National Rankings

Team Ranking: Not Ranked

133 - No. 5 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 5
141 - No. 16 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 17
174 - No. 19 Scott Giffin Last Week: No. 14
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 7

Notes: Peterkin and Burak hold steady with the best in the nation at their weights, while Kemmerer starts to make the climb again at 141 with his 16-3 record.

D1CollegeWrestling.net National Rankings

Team Ranking: No. 23 Last Week: No. 25

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 25)
125 - No. 23 Mark Rappo Last Week: No. 25
133 - No. 5 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 8
141 - No. 18 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 22
165 - No. 17 Gabriel Burak Last Week: No. 25
174 - No. 22 Scott Giffin Last Week: No. 11
197 - No. 8 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 9

Notes: Upward movement all around for the Quakers according to the pollsters at D1CW ... Five Penn grapplers move up at least one spot while the team also advances ... The biggest mover was Gabriel Burak at 165, climbing eight spots to No. 17.