PHILADELPHIA – Rollie Peterkin, former EIWA champion and three-time NCAA qualifier for the University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team, makes his return to the wrestling mat this weekend at the Grapple at The Garden event at Madison Square Garden on December 21, competing in a freestyle wrestling match as part of a special event during the day’s collegiate action.
Peterkin will be a part of “Team Joe Warren” in the event, competing at 140 pounds against Stephen Abas – the 2004 Olympic silver medalist at 55 kg./121.25 lbs. and a three-time NCAA champion at Fresno State.
After graduating from Penn in 2011, Peterkin moved on to Wall Street where he worked for three years before moving to Peru to begin his MMA career. Competing in InkaFC out of Peru, Peterkin is 3-0 in his professional career, representing the Pitbull Mixed Martial Arts.
“I am excited to put the wrestling shoes back on and honored to compete in Madison Square Garden,” Peterkin said. “I am looking forward to returning to New York City and seeing all of my old friends.”
Peterkin has the 10th-most wins as a collegiate wrestler in Penn history, graduating with 100 victories. The 2008 EIWA champion, Peterkin also won championships at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas (2008) and Southern Scuffle (2010) events during his collegiate career.
Peterkin’s match with Abas will be part of a special freestyle dual featuring a plethora of standout MMA competitors and international wrestling stars. Peterkin will represent “Team Joe Warren” – captained by Joe Warren, a Greco-Roman world champion a current Bellator Bantamweight world champion. Joining Peterkin on “Team Joe Warren” will be two-time NCAA champion Jordan Oliver, former NCAA All-American Shawn Bunch, and former StrikeForce world champion and current Bellator competitor King Mo.
Joining Abas on “Team Renzo Gracie” will be past NCAA champion Frank Molinaro, UFC fighter Scott Jorgensen, and three members of the famed Gracie family of fighters from Brazil.
Competing at the Grapple at The Garden begins at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday with a youth tournament. Collegiate action starts at 10 a.m. The freestyle dual between “Team Warren” and “Team Gracie” is set for 12 p.m.