Rookie Wrestler Jack Kitchen Continues Success at Junior Nationals

Fargo, N.D. – Incoming freshman Jack Kitchen of the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team continued his success at the 2004 ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Championships this past weekend, placing eighth in the freestyle. A native of Plano, Kitchen became the first three-time All-American to hail from Texas.

In the medal round of the 171 lbs. freestyle Kitchen finished eighth after falling to Rocco Caponi, 11-0, by a technical fall.

Earlier in the week, Kitchen finished third at the Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman by defeating Billy Naegle, 11-0, just 48 seconds into the match on a technical fall at 171 lbs. His performance was good enough to earn Kitchen his second Junior National All-American honor this year.

Fellow classmate Zach Shanaman advanced deep into 160 lbs. freestyle bracket, posting a 5-2 record in seven rounds. Vincent Cina also did well, posting a 4-2 mark at 119 lbs., while Andrew Gold went 1-2 in the 125 lbs. weightclass.

Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.