Wrestling Sends Three to Quarters at Southern Scuffle

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - After the first day of the Southern Scuffle hosted by UNC-Greensboro, Penn has three wrestlers alive in the championship rounds, each with sights set on a title on Thursday.

Mark Rappo (125), Rollie Peterkin (133) and Zack Kemmerer (141) each earned berths in the quarterfinals for the Quakers, giving the Red and Blue a chance for three lightweight crowns at one of the most difficult tournaments in the nation.

Rappo, who entered the tournament unseeded and unranked in the national polls, put together three wins on Day One - including perhaps the two biggest victories of his career. After a win by fall over Tanner Biddelspach of Campbell in the first round in 5:53, Rappo knocked off his first nationally-ranked wrestler of the day in the second round. Rappo defeated previously unbeaten No. 16 Frank Martellotti of Penn State, 4-1, to advance. Martellotti, the eighth seed at the tournament, had been 12-0 before running into Rappo. Fresh off his then-biggest win of his career, Rappo followed the win up with an even bigger one, defeating No. 15 ranked - and ninth-seeded - Steve Bonnano, 4-3, on a last-second takedown. He will begin Thursday's competition with a quarterfinal bout against the top seed at the tournament - and the fourth-ranked wrestler in the nation - James Nicholson of Old Dominion.

One weight ahead of Rappo, Peterkin needed just two wins to advance from his second-seeded position to the quarterfinals. Ranked No. 9 in the country, Peterkin downed a pair of EIWA rivals on his way to the Round of Eight. First, he scored a decision over Tyler Sackett of Navy, 9-2. Peterkin's second win was a 4-0 decision over Army's Connor Hanafee. Awaiting Peterkin on Thursday morning is Oregon State's Garrett Drucker.

At 141 pounds, Zack Kemmerer continues to pile up wins for the Quakers. His three wins on the first day of competition give him 19 for the season. He started slowly, squeezing by North Carolina's Danny Lopes, 2-1, in a pigtail bout. The second round was easier for Kemmerer as he scored a major decision over Princeton's Zachary Bintliff, 13-4. In the Round of 16, Kemmerer downed a Cornell grappler, ousting Chris Villalonga, 2-1. Kemmerer's quarterfinal opponent will be Minnesota's Michael Thorn - a former All-American and the second seed in the tournament (and No.2 ranked wrestler in the country, as well).

In addition to the three men advanced to the quarterfinals, Penn saw plenty of action from its younger generation at the Scuffle, with Andrew Lenzi (149), Brad Wukie (157), Canaan Bethea (174) and No. 7 Micah Burak (197) all reaching the Round of 16 before dropping to the consolation bracket.

Lenzi had two wins to start the day, beginning with his first collegiate fall over Liberty's Eric Reger (4:36) and followed up by an 8-6 win over Duke's A.J. Guardado. In the third round, Lenzi was defeated by Minnesota's David Zilverberg, 9-0.

Wukie started his day with a 7-5 decision over Air Force's Jesse Stafford before a loss via fall to top seed - and national No. 3 - David Taylor of Penn State at 2:21.

Bethea scored a win over a Big 10 opponent in his first bout, downing Indiana's Nick Avery, 2-0. Bethea was eliminated from the championship bracket by Ohio University's Nick Purdue (the sixth seed), 9-3.

Burak - the fifth seed at 197 - downed Ohio's Kyle Sanders, 7-2, to start his day before falling to Oregon State's Chad Hanke in sudden victory, 3-1.

In all, Penn has seven wrestlers still alive in the tournament, with Wukie, Bethea, Burak and Kyle Cowan all in wrestlebacks. The Quakers sit 12th out of 33 teams after the first day with 31.5 points. Cornell leads the way with 54 points while Penn State is second with 50.5.

Penn Wrestlers at Southern Scuffle (Day One)
Rankings Reflect Seed at Tournament

125
Mark Rappo
First Round - Def. Tanner Bildenspach (Campbell) FALL 5:35
Second Round - Def. No. 8 Frank Martellotti (Penn State), 4-1
Third Round - Def. No. 9 Steve Bonnano (Hofstra), 4-3

Karim Shaffi
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Lost to Robert Jillard (Liberty) FALL 1:48
Consolation First Round - Lost to Matt Peters (Unattached), 3-13

133
No. 2 Rollie Peterkin
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Def. Tyler Sackett (Navy), 9-2
Third Round - Def. Connor Hanafee (Army), 4-0

Geoffrey Bostany
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Lost to Patrick Owens (North Carolina), 1-8
Consolation First Round - Lost to Evan Kolb (Lock Haven), 5-6

Zack Ellis
First Round - Lost to Pete Rendina (Michigan), FALL 0:38
Consolation First Round - Lost to Tyler Sackett (Navy), FALL 0:43

141
No. 7 Zack Kemmerer
First Round - Def. Danny Lopes (North Carolina), 2-1
Second Round - Def. Zachary Bintliff (Princeton), 13-4
Third Round - Def. Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 2-1

149
Andrew Lenzi
First Round - Def. Eric Reger (Liberty), FALL 4:36
Second Round - Def. A.J. Guardado (Duke), 8-6
Third Round - Lost to No. 7 Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota), 0-9
Consolation Fourth Round - Lost to Scott Clymer (Liberty), 0-4

157
Brad Wukie
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Def. Jesse Stafford (Air Force), 7-5
Third Round - Lost to No. 1 David Taylor (Penn State), FALL 2:21
Consolation Fourth Round - Def. Jordan Nolan (Ohio), FALL 1:12

174
Canaan Bethea
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Def. Nick Avery (Indiana), 2-0
Third Round - Lost to No. 7 Nick Purdue (Ohio), 3-9
Consolation Third Round - Def. Quinton Godley (N.C. State), 7-0

184
Harrison Cook
First Round - Def. Elijah Adams (UNC-Greensboro), Inj. Default (2:18)
Second Round - Lost to Ben Clymer (Hofstra), 0-7
Consolation First Round - Def. Andrew Church (Penn State), 8-3
Consolation Second Round - Lost to Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), 1-10

197 - No. 5 Micah Burak
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Def. Kyle Sanders (Ohio), 7-2
Third Round - Lost to Chad Hanke (Oregon State), 1-3 SV
Consolation Third Round - Def. Greg Prioleau (Navy), 14-4

Steven Graziano
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Lost to Matt Loew (Hofstra), 4-6 SV
Consolation Second Round - Def. Travis Stern (Lock Haven), 7-4
Consolation Third Round - Lost to Neil Delaney (Air Force), 2-5

285
Kyle Cowan
First Round - Bye
Second Round - Lost to No. 12 Ben Berhow (Minnesota), 6-7
Consolation Second Round - Def. Jared Erikson (Air Force), 4-0
Consolation Third Round - Def. Derek Papagianopoulos (Virginia), 6-1

The Quakers are back in action starting at 9 a.m. Thursday morning with the quarterfinals. Live video of selected matches can be found on the link at the top of the page.

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