Wrestling Heads to #12 Hofstra

Penn vs. Hofstra Game Notes with Probable Lineup

PHILADELPHIA – Penn heads to Hempstead, N.Y. this weekend to wrestle 12th-ranked Hofstra. The match begins at 1 pm at Hofstra’s Physical Fitness Center. You can follow all the action at www.intermatwrestle.com via InterMat’s live text coverage.

The Quakers enter the weekend with a 5-3 record in dual matches having spent the early portion of their schedule competing in tournaments across the country. Most recently, the Red and Blue competed in the Virginia Duals, defeating North Dakota State and Virginia before falling to #3-ranked Oklahoma State and Kent State. Hofstra is 10-6 following a five-match sweep of the CAA Duals last weekend at George Mason.

The Red and Blue boast four wrestlers ranked in the top-20 in their weight class in the latest InterMat poll released January 22. Rollie Peterkin (17-1) is ranked seventh at 125 pounds, the highest rank for a Quaker grappler this season. Cesar Grajales (20-3) is ranked 14th at 149 pounds. Zack Shanaman (15-5) re-entered the rankings at 165 pounds at the 18th spot. Lior Zamir (12-7) is currently the 19th-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds.

The Pride’s high team ranking is backed up by similar individual rankings for five of their wrestlers. Alton Lucas (19-2) is the highest-ranked Hofstra wrestler, holding the fifth spot at 174 pounds. He is joined in the rankings by two men who are ranked sixth in their weight class – 133-pounder Lou Ruggirello (27-4) and 141-pounder Charles Griffin (25-3). Other Pride grapplers in the rankings are eighth-ranked 197-pounder Joe Rovelli (19-3) and Dave Tomasette (24-6), who is ranked 13th at 125 pounds.

The match between Peterkin and Tomasette at 125 pounds will mark the third time this season that the two have met. They wrestled twice at the Cliff Keen Nationals in Las Vegas. At the time Tomasette was the higher-ranked wrestler, entering the meet at #8 compared to Peterkin who was ranked 16th. It was Peterkin who came out on top both times, winning close decisions, 9-5 and 4-3, on his way to a third place finish.