Wittmeyer Captures Title at Nittany Lion Open

Final Bracket

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Brock Wittmeyer of the No. 15 Penn wrestling team captured the 165-lb. title at the Nittany Lion Open Sunday at Penn State.

It was the first tournament crown for Wittmeyer, who beat Penn State's Dave Rella with a 4-1 decision in the final. He was the only Penn placewinner in the open, as most Quaker grapplers were in action at the Las Vegas Invitational this weekend.

Wittmeyer eased through to the title match with a3-1 decision over Virginia Tech's Eric Decker in the semis and a 14-4 major decision over Lock Haven's Landis Wright in the quarterfinals. Wittmeyer posted a 6-0 record overall.

Only three Quakers competed at the lower weights. At 125 lbs., Rollie Peterkin went 4-2 overall as he made it as far as the consolation quarterfinals, while Brian Spangler and Andy Valenti each lost in the first round at 141 lbs.

First-round losers did not go to wrestlebacks at the tournament.

Wittmeyer wasn't the only Quaker wrestling at 165, as Andrew Coles, Nathan Bourne andJeff Zannetti also competed. Coles and Bourne bothlost in the first round of the championship bracket. Zannetti, meanwhilewon two decisionsbefore fallingto the Round of 16, but won two more in wrestlebacks before dropping a 9-7 decision to Lock Haven's Landis Wright in the consolation quarterfinals.

Dan Zander fell out in the first round of competition at 174 lbs., but Thomas Shovlin made it into the 184-lb. quarterfinals with victories over Kutztown's Roy Gecelosky (3-2) and Penn State's Philip Bomberger (4-0) before falling to Purdue's Brent Chriswell, 3-0. Shovlin then lost in wrestlebacks, 7-2, to Penn State's Dave Erwin.

At 197 lbs., Tyler Blakely received a first-round bye but lost to Duquesne's Tim Frank in the second round, 3-2. Blakely won a pair of consolation matchesbut ultimately lost to Bloomsburg's Chad Hoare, 5-2. Teammate Matt Dwyer fell in the first round.

Chris Moulton scored a win at heavyweight, beating James Guerin of Nassau Community College, 4-3, in the second round after receiving a bye. He then lost, however, to Columbia's Kevin Lester, 11-7, and then to Dave Hazell of Appalachian State, 3-1, in the consolation round.

Penn takes a month off for finals and winter recess before returning to dual action on Jan. 6 against York College at The Palestra.

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