Wrestling Puts Seven Into EIWA Semifinals

EIWA Saturday Results in PDF Format

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Penn wrestling team put seven wrestlers into Sunday's semifinal rounds at the EIWA Championships, and all 10 will still be competing when action begins Sunday. The EIWAs are being hosted this weekend by Franklin & Marshall College.

The Quakers finished Saturday's action with56.5 points, and sit only behind Cornell (68.5) in the team standings. Army is third, with 41.5 points, and American is fourth with 37.5 points.

The seven Quaker wrestlers into the semifinals areRollie Peterkin at 125, Rick Rappo at 141, Cesar Grajales at 149, Zack Shanaman at 165, Scott Giffin at 174, Lior Zamir at 184 and Thomas Shovlin at 197. Overall, all 10 Penn wrestlers are still competing, as Bryan Ortenzio (133), Rob Hitschler (157) and Trey McLean (285) all battled back to win their first consolation-round matches Saturday evening.

A recap by weight class...

125: Rollie Peterkin is the top seed at 125, but because of random byes he was forced to open with a first-round match Saturday. No matter; in all, he wrestled just eight minutes in two matches, winning twice by technical fall, first 18-0 over Lehigh's Mitch Berger and then 15-0 against Princeton's Tony Comunale. In the semis, Peterkin has an opportunity to avenge a regular-season loss to Cornell's Mike Rodriguez, the fourth seed. The other semi pits sixth-seeded Jasen Borshoff (American) against No. 2 seed Fernando Martinez (Army).

133: By chance, Bryan Ortenzio -- the sixth seed here -- did receive a first-round bye, and unfortunately it did not serve him well as he fell, 8-4, to third-seeded David Marble of Bucknell. In the evening, Ortenzio advanced to the consolation quarterfinals with a 9-2 decision over East Stroudsburg's Matthew Swallow. On Sunday, he will begin his day with Harvard's Thomas Picarsic; on Feb. 8, Ortenzio won their regular-season dual, 3-1.

141: Rick Rappo is also a sixth seed, and he also received a bye. He used it to his advantage, knocking off third-seeded Steve Adamcsik of Rutgers, 12-7, in a match that was highly energetic to start before settling down in the second and third periods. Rappo is the only "upset" in the semifinal round; he will face second-seeded Kyle Borshoff (American). The other semi pits top-seeded Matt Kyler (Army) against fourth-seeded Corey Jantzen (Harvard).

149: Cesar Grajales is the third seed here, but he did have a first-round match. In it, he pinned Jesse Dunn of East Stroudsburg in 5:42. In the second round, Grajales battled Columbia's Anthony Constantino and pulled out a 6-3 decision. As a result, he will now face second-seeded Trevor Chinn (Lehigh) in the semis -- just two weeks ago, he lost to Chinn in a dual match, 4-1. J.P. O'Connor (Harvard), the No. 2 wrestler nationally in this weight class, meets fifth-seeded Daniel Meagher (Cornell) in the other semi.

157: As the fourth seed, Rob Hitschler absolutely battled in his second-round match with fifth-seeded Christopher Stout in the second round -- it was probably one of the most dramatic matches of the day. Stout gained a two-point takedown late in the second period, and that was the difference until the final seconds of the third period, when Hitschler scored his own two-point takedown to tie things up, 3-3. The match went to sudden victory, and that was where Stout got two points and the win. In his first consolation match, Saturday night, Hitschler gained a 6-3 decision over F&M's Anthony Bongarzone. On Sunday, Hitschler will begin his day with Brantley Hooks(Bucknell).

165: Zack Shanaman was brilliant in his opening match Saturday, pinning East Stroudsburg's Tom Pagano is just 1:49. In the second round, Shanaman did nothing spectacular but was steady, scoring an escape and using ride time to gain a 2-0 victory over Matt Pletcher from Rutgers. In the semis, Shanaman -- the third seed -- will face No. 2 Michael Cannon (American). The other semi pits top-seeded Mack Lewnes (Cornell) against fourth-seeded Andrew Rendos (Bucknell), as 165 was one of the few weight classes to hold form into Sunday.

174: Scott Giffin, at No. 5, only wrestled once Saturday, and earned a mild upset by pinning Lehigh's No. 4 seed, Alex Caruso, with just nine seconds left in the third period. As a result, Giffin will face off with top-seeded Steve Anceravage (Cornell) Sunday; the other semifinal will feature second-seeded Matthew Stolpinski (Navy) against No. 6 seed Shane Riccio (Bucknell). Talk about a loaded field -- Stolpinski won this weight class last year, while Anceravage has moved up after winning the EIWA crown at 165 last year. When Penn and Cornell met in a dual meet on Feb. 16, Anceravage pinned Giffin in 4:14.

184: Lior Zamir is the second seed, but had a first-round match and defeated Lehigh's Manuel Schubert, 6-3. In the second round, Zamir again took control and downed Bucknell's David Thompson, 9-5. Sunday, Zamir meets the No. 3 seed, Joshua Arnone (Cornell), who won both of his matches Saturday by fall. Both Zamir and Arnone are NCAA qualifiers from a year ago, and entered EIWAs as the only ranked grapplers from this weight. When they met on Feb. 16, Zamir pulled out a 4-3 decision. In the other semifinal, top-seeded Scott Ferguson (Army) will face off with No. 4 seed Matthew Gevelinger (Brown).

197: Thomas Shovlin made his way to Sunday's semifinal round with a 16-6 win over Bucknell's Jay Hahn in the first round, and then he pulled out a 3-2 victory against Army's Richard Starks in the quarterfinals. Shovlin faces a tall task in the semis, as he takes on defending NCAA champion and two-time EIWA titleist Josh Glenn (American); the other semi features second-seeded Justin Kerber (Cornell) and No. 6 seed Lamar Brown (Rutgers).

285: After a pedestrian, 13-5 win in the first round, Trey McLean -- the second seed in this class -- was stunned by Columbia's Ryan Flores in the quarterfinal, as Flores pinned him in just 35 seconds. That means McLean will have to battle through consolations to place on Sunday; he began that journey with an 11-2 major decision over Bucknell's George Hingson. Sunday, McLean will begin his day against East Stroudsburg's Christopher Birchler, the sixth seed.

Sunday's event will pick up with semifinal matches at 10:30 a.m. and continue through the day. Consolations and place rounds will run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the finals will start at 6:30 p.m.

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