Wrestling Rankings Round-Up: Rollie Peterkin Climbs to No. 4

PHILADLEPHIA - The calendar has flipped to 2011 and for collegiate wrestlers, this means sights are now being turned to March and the championship portion of the schedule. For the Quakers, the tournament portion of the schedule is complete until EIWAs and a slate of 11 duals gives head coach Rob Eiter a chance to fortify his lineup as the Red and Blue look to continue the progress established this time last season. Senior Rollie Peterkin reaffirmed his status as a feared wrestler at 133 pounds with his Southern Scuffle win and has climbed to No. 4 in four of teh five polls featured in this article. He is joined in many of the polls by Mark Rappo, Zack Kemmerer and Micah Burak who all had solid performances at the Scuffle.

EIWA Rankings (Dec. 16)

Team Ranking: No. 5 of 13 Last Ranking: No. 3

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

Notes: Some individuals making moves for Penn in the conference landscape, with two wrestlers joining the rankings and two others moving up ... Mark Rappo and Harrison Cook garnered attention around the conference with their strong starts to the season, Rappo moving all the way to No. 3 at 125 pounds thanks in part to a 4-1 record against EIWA opponents already ... Rollie Peterkin moved up one spot at 133 to No. 1, giving Penn a pair of top-ranked wrestlers in the conference - just one of two schools with multiple No. 1's.

InterMat Division I National Rankings (Jan. 4)

Team Ranking: No. 22 Last Week: NR

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 20)
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 9
141 - No. 13 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 15
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 7

Notes: Senior Rollie Peterkin is the big mover this week according to InterMat, entering the Top Five with a No. 4 ranking at 133 after his championship run at the Southern Scuffle ... Zack Kemmerer also moves up a few spots, climbing to No. 13 at 141 pounds after a fifth-place finish at the Scuffle ... Kemmerer moved past a wrestler he defeated at the Scuffle - Oregon State's Mike Mangrum - to earn his new ranking.

Amateur Wrestling News Rankings (Jan. 4)

Team Ranking: Not Ranked

Individual Rankings (Rankings go to No. 20)
125 - No. 19 Mark Rappo Last Week: NR
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 5
141 - No. 11 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 13
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 7

Notes: A.W.N. has three Penn wrestlers inside the Top-11 with a fourth Penn grappler included this week as well in newcomer Mark Rappo ... Penn's 125-pounder had a great start at the Southern Scuffle, including wins over this week's No. 17 and No. 20 (both were ahead of him entering last week's competition) ... According to A.W.N. Rappo has a 3-1 record against their Top-20 ... Zack Kemmerer, Penn's leader in wins with 22, also moved up a bit and his 22-5 record is bolstered by the fact that his five defeats have comt to wrestlers in the Top-20 (including four to grapplers in the Top-9).

W.I.N. Magazine Rankings (Jan. 4)

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 20)
133 - No. 7 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 9
141 - No. 15 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 20
174 - No. 19 Scott Giffin Last Week: NR
197 - No. 12 Micah Burak Last Week: No 12

Notes: Kemmerer was the big mover according to W.I.N. this week, rising five spots at 141 pounds ... Peterkin slides up as well, climbing to No. 7 at 133 ... Micah Burak, who had a win over then-No. 1 Dustin Kilgore at 197, stays still at No. 12 with his up-and-down week at the Scuffle.

TheOpenMat.com National Rankings

Team Ranking: Not Ranked

125 - No. 19 Mark Rappo Last Week: NR
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 5
141 - No. 13 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 17
174 - No. 20 Scott Giffin Last Week: No. 19
197 - No. 5 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 7

Notes: After a good run at the Southern Scuffle, The Open Mat rewarded four Penn grapplers with advancement in its poll ... Rappo again finds his way into the national spotlight at No. 19 after his impressive first day at the Scuffle ... Peterkin again finds himself at No. 4, just outside the group of three wrestlers at 133 who have widely been considered the likely favorites for a national title, a lurking position that Peterkin no doubt embraces.

D1CollegeWrestling.net National Rankings

Team Ranking: No. 24 Last Week: No. 23

Individual Rankings (Wrestlers Ranked to No. 25)
125 - No. 16 Mark Rappo Last Week: No. 23
133 - No. 4 Rollie Peterkin Last Week: No. 5
141 - No. 12 Zack Kemmerer Last Week: No. 18
165 - No. 22 Gabriel Burak Last Week: No. 17
174 - No. 20 Scott Giffin Last Week: No. 22
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak Last Week: No. 8

Notes: Rappo and Kemmerer make big moves according to the folks over at D1CollegeWrestling.net, and rightfully so. A seven-spot climb for Rappo to No. 16 after working his way through a tough bracket at the Scuffle before defaulting out ... Kemmerer climbs to No. 12 at 141, solidifying his national respect as a potential All-American this March.