HAMPTON, Va.- Welcome to day two of the Virgina Duals! Penn Athletic Communications will update you on all the action throughout the day.
1:39 pm - We are 21 minutes away from Penn's semifinal match against the third-ranked team in the country, Oklahoma State. I just left the guys as they were warming up under the stands, and they appear well aware of the challenge ahead of them. An increased intensity was apparent and each member of the squad was doing what they needed to prepare for the team's biggest challenge of the season. A few notes on the match:
- Penn and Oklahoma State have wrestled three times in dual competition. The Cowboys have takes all three meets, winning in 1998, 2000 and '02.
- The third-ranked Cowboys are the highest-ranked team the Quakers have faced since the Red and Blue wrestled then-#1 Missouri last season. The Tigers took that match, 24-17.
- This match features nine wrestlers ranked in the top-20 in their weightclass - three from Penn and six from OSU.
1:44 - The Red and Blue have just entered the arena from the warmup area. We are sixteen minutes from wrestling. There aren't many changes expected in the lineups of either team from yesterday's matches. As for updates during the matches, things go fast and furious on the mats and unless something extraordinary happens, look for a quick recap at the conclusion of the matches.
3:47 - Well, just like yesterday the Penn dual came down to the last match. However, unlike friday's quarterfinal, Penn could not pull off the rally, falling to third-ranked Oklahoma St., 20-13.
With three matches remaining, Penn trailed, 17-6. At 184 pounds, #19 Lior Zamir defeated Cody Hill, 9-4 to close the gap to 17-9.
Penn's Thomas Shovlin had the match of the dual for Penn, scoring three takedowns and totalling seven back-points on his way to a 14-2 win over OSU's Chaz Cointment. The win brought Penn within four points, trailing 17-13. Penn would need to win and score bonus points to take the match.
In the final bout of the match, heavyweight Trey McLean knew that he needed to either score points early and often or pin his opponent. That proved to be no easy task as his foe was the seventh-ranked heavyweight in the country, Jared Hosholt. McLean was looking for the pin, but couldn't take Hosholtz down. OSU picked up three points with a 4-0 win.
Penn moves on to consolation matches, facing the winner of Kent State and Virginia Tech at 6 pm.
After the match, head coach Zeke Jones saw some positives in the team's effort.
"We battled in each and every match," he said, "This was a great opportunity, and to win four bouts was great. Obviously, we wanted the win. So there is also room for improvement."
When asked about the team's strategy in Shovlin's 197-pound match, Jones thinks the strategy of going for takedowns was the right call, even if it didn't produce the tech-fall he was looking for.
"Hindsight is always 20/20," he said, "Their guy was figuring out what Thomas was doing so we needed to change it up. Maybe it would have been better to gone forthe takedowns earlier rather than late in the last period. Thomas was close to pinning him, though, which would have been the best ending for us."
Another element of the match not lost on Jones was the opportunity for some of his younger wrestlers to compete against the best in the country.
"Guys like Bryan Ortenzio and Tom Timothy knew when they decided to come to Penn that they would get the chance to wrestler teams like Oklahoma State. Those guys wrestled hard today, against All-Americans and nationally-ranked guys. They handled themselves well out there and that is positive for our future."
The immdeiate future for Penn involves a match at 6 pm against either Kent State or Virginia Tech in the consolation rounds. A win in that dual gives the Red and Blue a chance to wrestle for third-place at 8:30 pm.
Quick results from Penn vs. OSU
Penn Wrestlers in Bold
(125 lbs.) #8 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def Tyler Shinn (OSU), 9-3
(133 lbs.) #1 Coleman Scott (OSU) def Bryan Ortenzio (Penn), Maj, 10-2
(141 lbs.) #6 Nathan Morgan (OSU) def Rick Rappo (Penn), 7-5
(149 lbs.) #15 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def Quentin Fuentes (OSU), 5-1
(157 lbs.) #13 Newly McSpadden (OSU) def Tom Timothy (Penn), 9-4
(165 lbs.) #5 Jake Dieffenbach (OSU) def Zack Shanaman (Penn), Maj, 11-2
(174 lbs.) #4 Brandon Mason (OSU) def Scott Giffin (Penn), 6-0
(184 lbs.) #19 Lior Zamir (Penn) def Cody Hill (OSU), 9-4
(197 lbs.) Thomas Shovlin (Penn) def Chaz Cointment (OSU), Maj, 14-2
(HWT) #7 Jared Rosholt (OSU) def Trey McLean (Penn), 4-0
5:58 pm - We are minutes away from Penn and Kent State wrestling for a spot in the third-place match. The Golden Flashes defeated Virginia Tech about 20 minutes ago to advance. Kent State boasts a few ranked wrestlers - #13 Dan Mitcheff (133 lbs.), #14 Drew Lashaway (141 lbs.), #20 Eric Chine (184 lbs.) and #17 Jermail Porter (HWT).
11:27 pm (Somewhere over the Chesapeake Bay) - It was another close one for Penn in the consolation semifinals against Kent State, as the Quakers were defeated by the Golden Flashes, 18-15. It came down to the big guys again, and 17th-ranked Jermail Porter defeated Trey McLean, 8-3 to take the match for Kent State.
Please check back fora full recap shortly.