Wrestling Rankings Round-Up: Quakers Stay Steady Across Polls



PHILADLEPHIA -
Penn was able to take advantage of a rare weekend off from intercollegiate action, instead focusing on enhanced technique and conditioning as the wrestling program prepares for the final six weeks of the regular season with sights set on the EIWA Championships and NCAA Championships come March.

With a weekend off, there wasn't a lot of movement for the Red and Blue in the national polls, but things could change quickly as Penn begins its path through the EIWA and Ivy League in the coming weeks. Up first, visits from Bucknell (Jan. 29, 3 p.m.) and Hofstra (Jan. 30, 1 p.m.) inside The Palestra.

NCAA Coaches Panel (Jan. 20)

Individual Rankings (Rankings go to No. 33)
125 - No. 17 Mark Rappo
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin
141 - No. 9 Zack Kemmerer
165 - No. 18 Gabriel Burak
174 - No. 26 Scott Giffin
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak

Notes: Among EIWA schools, Penn is tied for fourth with six wrestlers in the Top 33 ... Penn's three Top-10 wrestlers is tied for eighth among all Division I schools and matches the number of Top-10 wrestlers from such national powers as Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois and Northwestern ... Mark Rappo is 4-3 against wrestlers in the Top 33, including one loss by injury default to Michigan's Sean Boyle ... No. 4 Rollie Peterkin is 5-0 against wrestler ranked in the Top 33 at 133 pounds ... No. 9 Zack Kemmerer is 6-5 against Top-33 competitors, with four losses coming to wrestlers in the Top Six ... No. 18 Gabriel Burak is 3-1 at 165 pounds against opponents inside the Top 33 ... No. 26 Scott Giffin is 0-4 against Top-33 wrestlers ... No. 6 Micah Burak is 6-3 against Top-33 opponents, including a win over No. 4 Dustin Kilgore of Kent State ... Kyle Cowan is unranked at heavyweight, but is 2-2 against Top-33 opponents, including wins over No. 15 Josh Wine of VMI and No. 29 Jack Danilkowicz of Virginia and aloss to No. 3 Ryan Tomei of Pittsburgh.

EIWA Rankings (Jan. 26)

Team Ranking: No. 6 of 13 Last Ranking: No. 5

Individual Rankings (Rankings go to No. 6)
125 - No. 4 Mark Rappo Last Ranking: 3
133 - No. 1 Rollie Peterkin Last Ranking: No. 1
141 - No. 1 Zack Kemmerer Last Ranking: No. 1
165 - No. 3 Gabriel Burak Last Ranking: No. 3
174 - No. 5 Scott Giffin Last Ranking: No. 3
184 - No. 6 Harrison Cook Last Ranking: 6
197 - No. 2 Micah Burak Last Ranking: No. 2
285 - No. 6 Kyle Cowan Last Ranking: NR


Notes: The third EIWA Rankings of the season as voted on by the coaches shows that the team has fallen one spot to No. 6 out of the 13 teams before any duals inside the league ... Penn will wrestle No. 1 Cornell and No. 3 Lehigh in duals before the end of the season ... At 125, Mark Rappo moves down one spot to No. 4, while moving up in the national rankings ... Freshman Kyle Cowan has moved into the Top 6, coming at No. 6 at heavyweight ... He has two wrestlers ahead of him still on his schedule in the regular season ... Penn's two top-ranked wrestlers in Rollie Peterkin and Zack Kemmerer are tied for second-most by any team behind Cornell's four.

InterMat Division I National Rankings (Jan. 25)

Team Ranking: No. 18 Last Week: 20

Individual Rankings
(Wrestlers Ranked to No. 20)
125 - No. 19 Mark Rappo Last Week: 19
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 4
141 - No. 9 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 9
165 - No. 18 Gabriel Burak Last Week: 19
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 7

Notes: It is difficult to improve upon your ranking when away from the mat, but the Burak Brothers each climbed one spot - Gabriel to No. 18 at 165 and Micah up to No. 6 at 197 ... Taking a look at 133, where the marquee match of the weekend will be on Sunday when Rollie Peterkin takes on Lou Ruggirello, InterMat has Rollie at No. 4 and Ruggirello at No. 6 ... Bucknell's Kevin LeValley is ranked No. 6 at 149 and will be in action on Saturday against freshman Andrew Lenzi.

Amateur Wrestling News Rankings (Jan. 25)


Individual Rankings
(Rankings go to No. 20)
125 - No. 17 Mark Rappo Last Week: 17
133 - No. 5 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 4
141 - No. 10 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 10
197 - No. 5 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 6

Notes: Micah Burak climbs to No. 5 at 197 according to A.W.N. ... That gives Penn two No. 5 wrestlers as Burak joins Peterkin ... Rollie slips one spot while not competing as A.W.N. moves up Penn State's Andrew Long, a former NCAA finalist at 125.

W.I.N. Magazine Rankings (Jan. 25)

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 20)
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 4
141 - No. 8 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 8
165 - No. 20 Gabriel Burak Last Week: NR
197 - No. 9 Micah Burak Last Week: No 8

Notes: Checking in at 133, W.I.N. has Peterkin at No. 4 for the second week in a row ... His opponent on Sunday is slotted at No. 9 ... Another match on Sunday between Penn and Hofstra with two ranked wrestlers could come at 165 where No. 20 Gabe Burak will once again meet No. 13 P.J. Gillespie from Hofstra.

TheOpenMat.com National Rankings (Jan. 24)

125 - No. 16 Mark Rappo Last Week: No. 16
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 4
141 - No. 10 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 11
165 - No. 17 Gabriel Burak Last Week: NR
174 - No. 20 Scott Giffin Last Week: No. 20
197 - No. 4 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 5

Notes: Gabriel Burak comes from the outside to No. 17 at 165 as he prepares for a stretch run that includes potential dual matches against the No. 5, No. 8, and No. 20 wrestlers at that weight ... Younger brother Micah is up to No. 4 at 197 as he continues to stake claim to a high seed at NCAAs.

D1CollegeWrestling.net National Rankings

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 25)
125 - No. 18 Mark Rappo Last Week: No. 18
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 4
141 - No. 9 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 9
165 - No. 17 Gabriel Burak Last Week: No. 23
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 7

Notes: Another big move by Gabriel Burak, whose return from time away at the end of the 2010 calendar year saw him fall out of rankings.