Wrestling Announces Class of 2010

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania wrestling head wrestling coach Zeke Jones has announced his Class of 2010. The seven-member class will bolster a line-up that led Penn to a 12th-place finish and school-record 51 points at the NCAA Championships last year.

Tyler Blakely (Benjamin Logan/Bellefontaine, Ohio), Nathan Bourne (Stephen Decator/Berlin, Md.), Rollie Peterkin (Blair Academy/Wellesley, Mass.), Thomas Shovlin (Central Dauphin/Harrisburg, Pa.) and Brian Spangler (Neuqua Valley/Naperville, Ill.) will join the Quakers as freshmen. In addition, Trey McLean (North Valley/Merlin, Okla.) and Gabriel Burak (Coronado/Colorado Springs, Colo) will come to Penn as transfers.

McLean is transferring from Colorado-Colorado Springs, where he lives and trains at the US Olympic Training Center under world champion Terry Brands and World and Olympic Champion and National Coach Kevin Jackson. He is a former FILA Junior National Greco-Roman champion and freestyle runner-up, and he started the 2005-06 season ranked in the top 10 nationally among heavyweights. A native of Merlin, Okla., McLean won numerous titles at North Valley, including the 2004 state title with a 29-2 record and a 2003 district championship. He was also a three-year letterwinner in football, where he was an all-conference player and helped lead his team to an undefeated conference title in 2001. McLean will wrestle at heavyweight.

Burak also transfers in from Colorado-Colorado Springs where, along with McLean, he trains at the US Olympic Training Center. Burak made the Junior National finals in 2004, was a three-time state and four-time regional champion at Colorado High, and was named the Colorado Class 5A Wrestler of the Year as a senior in high school. He was also a three-time First-Team All-Colorado honoree from his sophomore to his senior year. Burak has enrolled at Penn, but will begin competing in 2007-08. He is expected to wrestle at 125 or 133 lbs.

Peterkin, who spent a prep year at Blair Academy, had a standout career at Wellesley (Mass.) High. At Wellesley, he won the NWCA National Championship in 2005 and was New England champion. He was a three-time Massachusetts Division II state champion and two-time all-state, and twice captured the Junior/Cadet National Championship. Peterkin is also a former junior and prep national champion. He is expected to wrestle at 125 or 133 lbs.

Shovlin comes to Penn after a standout career at Central Dauphin in Harrisburg. Individually, Shovlin was the PIAA-AAA state runner-up last year and the state third-place finisher in 2005. He also helped lead the Rams to three sectional and two regional titles, with the team going a combined 141-11 over the three-year span. Shovlin will wrestle at 184 lbs.

Spangler will wrestle for the Quakers after an outstanding four years at Neuqua Valley in Naperville, Ill. Spangler was a four-time all-conference selection and was All-America and all-state in 2004. In 2006, he won the Western Regional Freestyle championship at 135 lbs. and was a member of the Illinois National Dual Team which won a national title. Most recently, he placed fourth at the 2006 Junior Nationals. Spangler is expected to compete at 141 or 149 lbs.

Blakely was a standout at Benjamin Logan, where he was a district champion and two-time sectional winner at 189 lbs. He twice qualified for the Ohio state finals, placing sixth in 2005. Blakely earned Academic All-Ohio honors in 2005 and 2006 while being named to the GMVWA First Team as a senior. A three-sport athlete, Blakely was also an all-area football player and a three-year letterwinner in baseball. Blakely will wrestle at 184 or 197 lbs.

Bourne was a record-breaking wrestler for Stephen Decator, setting his school’s all-time wins mark. As a senior, Bourne was a 2006 MAWA All-America and NHSCA All-America selection with a 40-2 record. A two-time Maryland state finalist, Bourne was a three-time team captain and a three-time first-team All-Mason-Dixon honoree and All-Bayside honoree. Bourne will compete at 165 lbs.

Penn Wrestling Class of 2010

Name Wt High School/Hometown
Tyler Blakely 184/197 Benjamin Logan/Bellefontaine, Ohio
Nathan Bourne 165 Stephen Decator/Berlin, Md.
Gabriel Burak 125/133 Coronado/Colorado Springs, Colo.
Trey McLean Hwt. North Valley/Merlin, Okla
Rollie Peterkin 125/133 Blair Academy/Wellesley, Mass.
Thomas Shovlin 184 Central Dauphin/Harrisburg, Pa
Brian Spangler 141/149 Neuqua Valley/Naperville, Ill