MILLERSVILLE - No. 14 Penn crowned three champions at the Shorty Hitchcock Open Friday, as Jeff Zannetti, Jack Sullivan and Trey McLean all won titles at the tournament hosted by Millersville University.
"Sullivan, Jeff Zannetti and McLean all wrestled well today, and we placed most everyonewho entered," said Head Coach Zeke Jones. "We just came off a tough holiday training cycle and our men are getting the payoff."
Zannetti won the 165-pound title by going 5-0 in the tournament. Zannetti reached the final after a forfeit victory over teammate Brock Wittmeyer, then beat Millersville's Josh Evans with a 15-7 major decision in the final. Wittmeyer went on to finish fifth, blanking Lock Haven's Corey Blake, 4-0, in that match.
Sullivan won a pair of tight 3-2 decisions in his final two matches to capture the crown at 197. After winning a tech fall and a major decision in the opening rounds, Sullivan beat Maryland's Pat Gilmore, 3-2, in the semis before topping Eric Lopotsky of Bucknell by the same score in the championship match.
At heavyweight, Penn'sTrey McLean, wrestling unattached, won the bracket with a 3-0 record. McLean pinned Shippensburg's Jonathan Rhone in 1:34before taking out Bucknell's George Hingson, 6-1, in the semifinals. In the final, McLean came out on top with a 3-1 decision over Delaware Valley's Kyle Bilquist. Chris Moulton also placed at heavyweight, going 3-2 to take fifth place with a 9-0 major decision
Dan Zander took fourth at 174 lbs., going 2-2 overall. Zander made the semifinals with a5-3 decisionover Lock Haven's Rory McCoy before falling to eventual champion Chris Barrick of Shippensburg, 12-4. Zander advanced to the third-place final and fell to Bucknell's Shane Riccio in a tight battle, 3-2, to settle for fourth.
Penn returns to action this weekend at the National Duals at the University of Northern Iowa.