Wrestlers Finish Up at Sunkist Open

Sunkist Kids International Open Results

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Sophomore Rollie Peterkin finished third in the 55-kilogram weight class at the Sunkist Open this weekend in Chandler, Ariz., highlighting six Penn wrestlers who competed at the event. All of them competed with the Sunkist Kids program.

Following a first-round bye, Peterkin defeated Motomichi Koseki of Japan with a 7-0, 7-0 technical fall score. He then scored a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Tajikistan’s Hslidin Sharipov to advance to the semifinals; there, Peterkin was beaten by Sam Hazewinkel in a tight match (2-1, 2-1, 3-1). In the third-place match, Peterkin pinned Brad Pataky in 41 seconds.

“Rollie did a great job this weekend,” said Penn’s third-year head coach, Zeke Jones. “He beat several Olympic-level guys, which was great for him.”

In the 66-KG weight class, Cesar Grajales advanced to the quarterfinal round before losing to former NCAA finalist Joe Johnston of Hawkeye WC (1-3, 6-0, 3-1). Grajales won his first match by decision over Seth Vernon (0-1, 4-0, 4-0). In the consolations, he got the decision over Jerrod Sanders (3-2, 3-1) before losing by decision to Canada’s Haislan Garcia (1-0, 2-0).

Also in the 66-KG weight class, Brian Spangler went 2-2 with wins over Ty Reynolds (6-0, 6-1 decision) and Daler Uhalikov (pin in 0:30) and losses to Mongolia’s Ganbayar Sanjaa (pin in 1:03) and Esai Dominguez (0-6, 7-0, 3-0 decision).

In the 60-KG weight class, Penn sent freshman Zack Kemmerer and senior Andrew Gold onto the mats. Kemmerer fell in his first-round match to Franklin Gomez (6-0, 4-0 decision) before winning twice in the consolation bracket, over Duane Wilson (7-0, 5-1 decision) and Todd Schavrien (pin in 1:27). Kemmerer then was eliminated by Justin Pearch (6-1, 1-1 decision).

Gold, meanwhile, lost his opening match to Alex Tsirtsis (2-0, 2-0 decision), but came back with a win in the consolation bracket over Ben Zwaschka (1-0, 2-3, 2-0 decision) before losing to Gomez (7-0, 1-0 decision).

In the 74-KG weight class, 2007 NCAA qualifier Zack Shanaman lost his opening match to Taylor May (3-0, 0-0, 2-1 decision) and then fell in the consolations to Ryan Smith (3-0, 9-1 decision).