Wrestling Claims Four Keystone Titles

2009 Keystone Classic Final Brackets w/Results

2009 Keystone Classic Team Scores

PHILADELPHIA - Penn defended its home turf well at the 2009 Keystone Classic, claiming championships in four weight classes en route to a fourth-place finish as a team.

All four of the champions were first-time Keystone winners for the Red and Blue. Zack Kemmerer (141 lbs.), Gabriel Burak (165), Scott Giffin (174) and Micah Burak (197) all went home with the big trophy in their weight class, giving Penn the most individual champions of the nine schools participating in the event.

Liberty University was team champion with 128.0 points. American was second with 110.5 and Appalachian State was third with 103.5. The Quakers had 101.5 points to finish in fourth.

Micah Burak lived up to his billing as top seed at 197 pounds, pinning second-seed John Barone of Boston University at 3:41. Burak was ahead 2-1 at the time of the fall, which came about when he took Barone down to his back.

Kemmerer claimed Penn's first title with a 5-4 win over American's Jordan Lipp at 141 pounds. The top seed at the weight, Kemmerer got on the board first with a takedown 1:29 into the bout. He shot in on the left leg, lifted it up on the shelf and finished off the two points with a sweep of the right leg. Lipp escaped shortly after to bring the bout to the second period, 2-1. In the second period, Lipp escaped quickly to even the bout. In the third period, Kemmerer retook the lead with an escape, but his second stall call of the match gave Lipp the tying point. Kemmerer would take the lead on a single-to-double shot with 33 seconds left and after Lipp escaped, Kemmerer would hold on after Lipp's last-ditch effort was ruled to have only connected after the buzzer.

Gabriel Burak added to Penn's trophy case at 165 pounds with a 6-5 win via riding time. Burak and Chard Porter of Liberty each had chances early in the match, but it was Porter who scored first at 1:09. Burak worked his way out at 1:23 to go to the second down by a point. In the middle period, Burak went neutral and took his first lead of the bout off a takedown at 3:41. The two men then traded reversals, with Porter flipping the tide at 4:06 and Burak reclaiming the lead at 4:15. In the third period, Porter tied with an escape at 6:07, but Burak's 1:53 of riding time was the difference.

Giffin entered the tournament as the #2 seed and downed the top seed, Austin Trotman of Appalachian State, in the final by a 7-2 margin. Giffin was in control most of the bout, rolling through a tie-up on the mat at 1:50 to get on the board first. Trotman evened the bout at 3:25 with a takedown of his own, but Giffin got out 10 seconds later to take a 3-2 lead. In the third, Giffin escaped quickly and then added another acrobatic takedown at 5:25 - again rolling through his opponent for the two. Riding time in favor if the junior from New Jersey brought about the 7-2 decision.

Bryan Ortenzio was also in the finals for Penn at 133 pounds, but was downed by Appalachian State's Frank Celorrio via fall at 2:52. Ortenzio was actually the aggressor on the sequence which led to the fall, shooting first, but Cellorio's counter brought Ortenzio to his back and he couldn't recover.

At 125 pounds, American's Jasen Borshoff rode the top seed to the title, downing Princeton freshman Garrett Frey, 5-3. Borshoff tied the match in the third period at 2-2 with an escape and added a takedown at 5:28. Frey escaped with 30 seconds left, but riding time added on for the two-point win.

At 149 pounds, Liberty's Frank Gayeski won from the three-seed, defeating #1 Brent Jorge of Duke, 9-3. After a scoreless first period, Gayeski put up three points in the second with an escape and a single-leg to the left side at 4:28. He added three more takedowns in the final period for the convincing win.

Steve Fittery of American captured the 157-pound crown in addition to tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler honors. His 18-5 major decision over Liberty's Shaun Smith was his third bonus-point match of the day to go with two tech falls. Fittery opened up his offensive repertoire early, jumping out to a 10-2 lead entering the third.

At 184 pounds, American's Michael Cannon captured his fourth Keystone Classic championship. He also had three wins with bonus points on the day with a fall and two majors. He defeated Brown's #6 Bran Crudden in the final, 9-0.

At heavyweight, Konrad Dudziak was too much for the field. The #1 ranked big guy in the country, he downed American's Blake Herrin, 8-1, in the championship bout. Dudziak scored early and took a 2-1 lead into the second period. He was patient throughout the match, waiting for his moment and added three more takedowns en route to the win.

Other place winners for Penn were Corey Beaver, who finished in fourth place at 184 with a 3-2 record, and freshman Troy Hernandez who came in fifth with a 3-2 record. He advanced to the semifinals before bowing out of the championship bracket at the hands of Jorge.

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