Wrestlers Head to Sunkist Kids Open

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PHILADELPHIA - One of the top early-season wrestling events takes place this weekend, as the Sunkist Kids International Open occurs Friday through Sunday in Chandler, Ariz. The University of Pennsylvania will send six wrestlers to the meet.

The Sunkist International Open is the longest-standing international open wrestling tournament in the United States, and kicks off each USA Wrestling season. Elite wrestlers will travel from all over the world to the Rawhide Pavilion in Chandler to compete in Men’s Greco-Roman, Women’s, and Men’s Freestyle competition.

Penn’s contingent at the event will be led by Zack Shanaman (165 lbs), who finished in the top 12 of the 2006 US Open, regarded as the toughest tournament in the US.

The Quakers will also be represented by sophomore Brian Spangler (141 lbs), freshman Zack Kemmerer (141 lbs), junior captain Cesar Grajales (149 lbs) andsophomore Rollie Peterkin (125 lbs) -- all former FILA Junior National champions -- and senior Andrew Gold (133).

“We are excited to have our wrestlers competing in a tournament clearly a level above college to get a taste of elite international competition,” said Penn’s third-year head coach, Zeke Jones. “It also gives us a chance to test our conditioning and to see what we need to work on early in the season.”