Wrestling Closes Out Regular Season at No. 10 Lehigh

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PHILADELPHIA - Only one dual meet is left in the 2010-11 regular season for the Penn wrestling team, and it is a big one as the Red and Blue head to No. 10 Lehigh Sunday at 1 p.m. in the 51st meeting between the two Keystone State schools.

The Quakers are 10-38-2 overall against Mountain Hawks, and are 2-2 in recent outings against Lehigh. Last year, No. 7 Lehigh took a 30-9 win over Penn inside The Palestra, but the dual hinged on the final seconds of two early bouts that changed the course of the whole dual. At 133, No. 14 Matt Fisk needed a takedown at the last second to stave off Bryan Ortenzio's upset bid. Then, at 141, No. 15 Seth Ciasulli won by fall in overtime over Zack Kemmerer when Kemmerer was called on his back in a scramble during the extra period. Those swing points would have been the difference as Penn won three other bouts including upset wins by No. 19 Scott Giffin at 174 and unranked Micah Burak at 197.

Penn is 5-1 in EIWA duals this season, with the only loss a 28-9 defeat at No. 1 Cornell last weekend. The Mountain Hawks are 14-6 overall and 5-1 in EIWA duals. Lehigh had a big win Jan. 20 over Cornell with a 17-15 decision in Bethlehem. On Thursday, Lehigh downed No. 7 Rutgers, 21-9, with a 15-point rally in the final five bouts on the road in Piscataway, N.J.

The Red and Blue will have four ranked wrestlers on the mats this weekend, led by No. 5 Micah Burak at 197 and No. 6 Rollie Peterkin at 133. Lehigh has six ranked wrestlers, including the No. 1 heavyweight in the country in Zach Rey who is 25-0.

Both teams will match up ranked wrestlers at 133 and 197. Peterkin will wrestle a true freshman in Frank Cagnina who is ranked No. 17 and is 15-4 this season. Cagnina has a win over No. 11 Scotti Sentes. At 197, Burak and Kennedy will have a rematch of their bout won by Burak in a tiebreaker last season. Kennedy comes in at No. 19 and 16-8 this season.

Zack Kemmerer will look to hold his No. 1 seed at the EIWA Championships against freshman Stephen Dutton who is 16-10 this season with wins over Corey Manson and Trevor Melde inside the conference.
At 165 and 174, Penn will be looking to a pair of seniors to come through in Gabriel Burak and Scott Giffin. Burak and Hatchett met last year in the dual, a 5-0 win for Hatchett. Giffin, unranked at the moment, will look to duplicate his upset from last year against No. 10 Austin Meys. The redshirt freshman is 18-8 this season with six of his losses to wrestlers ranked ahead of him.

Penn Probables
125 - No. 17 Mark Rappo, Jr. (24-6)
133 - No. 6 Rollie Peterkin, Sr. (23-3)
141 - No. 10 Zack Kemmerer, Sr. (31-5)
149 - Andrew Lenzi, Fr. (15-11)
157 - Brad Wukie, Fr. (8-15)
165 - Gabriel Burak, Sr. (15-3)
174 - Scott Giffin, Sr. (12-5)
184 - Erich Smith, Jr. (2-6)
197 - No. 5 Micah Burak, So. (24-4)
285 - Kyle Cowan, Fr. (16-12)

No. 10 Lehigh Probables
125 - Mitch Berger, Sr. (8-16)
133 - No. 17 Frank Cagnina, Fr. (15-4)
141 - Stephen Dutton, Fr. (16-10)
149 - Joey Napoli, So. (13-9)
157 - Sean Bilodeau, Jr. (7-8)
165 - No. 19 Brandon Hatchett, Jr. (14-8)
174 - No. 10 Austin Meys, Fr. (18-8)
184 - No. 4 Robert Hamlim, SO. (23-2)
197 - No. 19 Joe Kennedy, Jr. (16-8)
285 - No. 1 Zach Rey, Jr. (25-0)

Notes: Penn last won at Lehigh on Feb. 18, 2007 via a 21-15 win...Gabe Burak is 3-2 all-time against Lehigh...Giffin is 5-2 all-time against Lehigh...Kemmerer is 1-1 all-time against Lehigh...Peterkin is 3-0 all-time against Lehigh...Rappo is 2-1 all-time against Lehigh and 1-0 against Berger.