Wrestling Splits at Northeast Duals

TROY, N.Y. - After dropping the first two duals of the day, the Penn wrestling team rebounded for two decisive wins to earn a split of action at the Journeyman/Asics Northeast Duals to open the dual meet portion of the 2010-11 season.

The wins came via a 48-0 overpowering of Sacred Heart and a 31-7 victory over Stanford while the losses were a narrow 16-15 decision to No. 14 Pitt and a 25-10 loss to Maryland.

In a Keystone State matchup to start the day, Penn took No. 14 Pittsburgh to the final bout, falling by one point, 16-15.

The matches were split 5-5, but the Panthers took the dual on the strength of a bonus point at 157 via a Donnie Tasser 13-0 major decision over Tom Timothy.

No. 13 Micah Burak and Mark Rappo had big wins in the dual with Pitt, scoring wins over wrestlers ranked higher.

Rappo got the Quakers off to a good start with a 6-5 win over No. 20 Anthony Zanetta. Rappo had two take downs in the first two periods, adding an escape in the third and 1:26 of riding time for the deciding point. His takedown in the second was scored by finishing off a scramble by sliding out from behind with 25 seconds to go.

Micah Burak scored his biggest win of the season to give Penn a short-lived 15-12 lead when he defeated No. 8 Zac Thomusseit, 3-2. Burak had the edge most of the match, pushing the ties and scrambles in the first period and coming back after Thomusseit escaped early in the second to score the only takedown of the match with 1:30 to go in the middle period. In the third, Burak showed his improved escapability with a quick out with 1:40 to go.

The Panthers were able to score the win when No. 8 Ryan Tomei defeated Kyle Cowan at heavyweight, 8-2. Tomei had two takedowns in the bout, both coming via a trip from close ties. In the third, he added three backpoints near the end of the match to widen the gap.

No. 10 Rollie Peterkin (7-2), Gabriel Burak (5-0) and No. 7 Scott Giffin (4-3) also had wins for Penn in the dual. Peterkin's was a dominant effort with 3:06 of riding time to go with two takedowns. If Peterkin's ride was dominant, then Gabriel Burak's was a thrashing as he scored a takedown on Adam Counterman with 1:55 to go in the first period and then rode Counterman for the rest of the match for 5:55 of advantage time and a two-point nearfall in the third period. Giffin had a match with No. 17 Ethan Headlee that he was trailing in entering the third period. Giffin scored a takedown 1:12 in to take a lead before Headlee countered with a reversal 17 seconds later, sliding out of an attempted Giffin turn. Headlee escaped from bottom in the second and Giffin chose neutral for the third. He finally secured the single-leg with 35 seconds to go to seal the match.

No. 16 Zack Kemmerer needed a few more seconds to tie his match with No. 3 Tyler Naumann at 141, but the 2010 All-American held on for a 4-2 decision. Kemmerer had the better of the shots in the first period but couldn't get in tight enough. Naumann rushed with a double late in the period for a 2-0 lead before adding an escape point in the second. In the third period, Kemmerer reversed Naumann with 1:29 to go, closing the gap. Another escape from Naumann opened the lead and that was enough.

After halftime for an international freestyle dual, Penn came out on fire for a pair of uncontested victories.

First was a 48-0 pasting of Sacred Heart that featured eight wins for the Quakers involving bonus points. Five freshmen picked up their first dual-meet wins for the Quakers in the contest - Geoffrey Bostany at 133 (10-0), Andrew Lenzi at 149 (via forfeit), Canaan Bethea at 174 (11-1 major decision), Steven Graziano (Fall in 5:53) and Kyle Cowan at heavyweight (4-2). Two veterans, Mark Rappo (21-6 in 4:32) and Zack Kemmerer (17-0 in 5:00) scored technical falls while Gabriel Burak (6:37) and Harrison Cook also won by pin in 5:58. Tom Timothy scored the win at 157 in sudden victory, a 2-0 decision 37 seconds into the overtime.

The Red and Blue's final dual of the day came against Pac 10 stalwart Stanford. In a dual that featured a match between returning All-American's at 174 pounds, a five-match win streak for the Quakers leading up to that bout all but sealed the win for Penn.

Peterkin (16-0), Kemmerer (11-1), Lenzi (10-4), Wukie (11-6) and Burak (5-0) all picked up vital points as Penn ran out to an 18-4 lead six matches in. The six wins erased a 4-0 Stanford lead that came when No. 10 Ryan Mango defeated Mark Rappo, 13-3, in a match that needed a five-point move for Mango late to blow things open.

Peterkin came out firing in the next bout, scoring eight points in the first period to take a commanding lead that he doubled on another takedown followed by two three-point nearfalls.

Kemmerer was never in danger in his bout, scoring nine points over the final two periods and accumulating 5:03 of riding time.

The marquee match of the dual was the No. 7 Giffin vs. No. 4 Amuchastegui battle at 174. The match did not disappoint. Giffin came out of a scramble one minute into the first period for a 2-0 lead. Clenched fingers on Amuchastegui added a penalty point for Giffin and Amuchastegui added an escape. In the second period, Giffin escaped quickly to add to his lead, but Amuchastegui scored a takedown with three seconds left in the period to close within one. In the third, Amuchastegui got out nine seconds in and the match went scoreless the rest of the way, despite two good Giffin shots that were staved off. In sudden victory, Amuchastegui got a takedown 30 seconds in for the 6-4 win.

At 184, Cook ended any hopes of a Stanford comeback with a 12-0 win. Cook had a takedown and two backpoints in the first and then scored a cradle for three points from top position in the second. Cook controlled the third and finished with 3:49 of riding time for the win.

Immediately following the Pitt dual, Penn was back on the mats against Maryland. The Quakers won the first two bouts to take a 6-0 lead, but Maryland rattled off six wins in a row to score a 22-6 lead en route to a 25-10 win.

Rappo and Peterkin again got Penn off on the right foot, with decision wins. Rappo opened up a 7-2 lead on Shane Gentry to start their bout, holding on for a 7-5 win. Rappo was very good in the first period, getting to the legs twice for a 4-2 lead before adding three more points on an escape and takedown in the second.

Peterkin, again riding well at his new weight, took Joey Boone down in the first 40 seconds of their match at 133 and rode him out for the first period. In the second, Peterkin stayed on top for the full two minutes. Boone took top for the third period and put together a nice ride before Peterkin bullied his way through for a reversal with 19 seconds left in the bout for a 5-0 win.

After that, things turned south for the Quakers as Kemmerer lost control of his match with Jon Kohler after a full two-minute ride by Kohler in the second period gave way to an escape by the Terp and a takedown for a 4-0 win. Ben Dorsay tied the match for Maryland with a 5-4 decision over Andrew Lenzi at 149, escaping in the third period for the deciding point. Lenzi had the edge in the first and third periods, with takedowns in each frame, but a 3-0 second period by Dorsay was the true difference.

At 157, No. 18 Kyle John broke a 2-2 tie against Brad Wukie with a reversal in the second period before turning Wukie to his back for a fall at 4:47 for big bonus points at that stage of the match.

No. 4 Josh Asper continued the bonus point run for the Terps with a 14-5 major decision over Gabriel Burak at 165. Asper had an answer for everything Burak did, scoring three reversals in the bout, including two in a 10-point second period.

No. 7 Giffin was beaten by No. 12 Mike Letts at 174 pounds, 6-2, after Letts snuck in a takedown at the end of the second period to seize control of the match. Letts' first takedown of the match came with 1:30 gone in the first period, right after Giffin had been hit with a stalling warning while the two were still in the beginning stages of the bout. Giffin never really recovered and a late double couldn't score to change the course of the bout.

After a 7-2 loss for Harrison Cook to Corey Peltier, Micah Burak stopped the bleeding for Penn with an exciting 9-0 major decision over Christian Boley at 197. Micah was changing up his shots, switching from his patented arm ties to leg shots, keeping Boley off guard. He scored takedowns in all three periods, and was also able to escape quickly in the second to keep up his new strength from bottom. In addition, he drew two stalling warnings from Boley with his aggressive pace and earned a penalty point to go with 2:22 of riding time for a win in all areas of the match.

At heavyweight, Cowan was edged by Spencer Myers, 4-1, with two takedowns for Myers - one in the first and third periods. In the second period, Cowan showed his ability to put together a good run on top position, going the full two minutes and working hard for tilts.

Penn 31, Stanford 7
125 - No. 10 Ryan Mango (Stanford) MD Mark Rappo (Penn), 13-3 (Stanford 4, Penn 0)
133 - No. 10 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) tech fall Matt Sencenbaugh (Stanford), 17-0 in 4:35 (Penn 5, Stanford 4)
141 - No. 16 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) MD Jordan Gray (Stanford), 11-1 (Penn 9, Stanford 4)
149 - Andrew Lenzi (Penn) dec Timmy Boone (Stanford), 10-4 (Penn 12, Stanford 4)
157 - Brad Wukie (Penn) dec Garrett Schaner (Stanford), 11-6 (Penn 15, Stanford 4)
165 - Gabriel Burak (Penn) dec Kyle Meyer (Stanford), 5-0 (Penn 18, Stanford 4)
174 - No. 4 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) dec No. 7 Scott Giffin (Penn), 6-4 SV (Penn 18, Stanford 7)
184 - Harrison Cook (Penn) MD Dan Scherer (Stanford) 12-0 (Penn 22, Stanford 7)
197 - No. 13 Micah Burak (Penn) dec Alan Yen (Stanford), 6-1 (Penn 25, Stanford 7)
285 - Kyle Cowan (Penn) win via forfeit (Penn 31, Stanford 7)

Penn 48, Sacred Heart 0
125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) tech fall Andrew Polidore (SHU), 21-6 in 4:32 (Penn 5, SHU 0)
133 - Geoffrey Bostany (Penn) MD Anthony Ricco (SHU), 10-0 (Penn 9, SHU 0)
141 - No. 16 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) tech fall Mike Impellizeri (SHU), 17-0 (Penn 14, SHU 0)
149 - Andrew Lenzi (Penn) win via forfeit, (Penn 20, SHU 0)
157 - Tom Timothy (Penn) dec Anthony Priore (SHU), 2-0 SV (Penn 23, SHU 0)
165 - Gabriel Burak (Penn) FALL Jonathon Rizzitello (SHU), 6:37 (Penn 29, SHU 0)
174 - Canaan Bethea (Penn) MD Zachary Moran (SHU), 11-1 (Penn 33, SHU 0)
184 - Harrison Cook (Penn) FALL TJ Neidhart (SHU), 5:58 (Penn 39, SHU 0)
197 - Steven Graziano (Penn) FALL Brandon Lapp (SHU) 5:53 (Penn 45, SHU 0)
285 - Kyle Cowan (Penn) dec Paul Schweighardt (SHU), 4-2 (Penn 48, SHU 0)

No. 14 Pittsburgh 16, Penn 15
125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) dec. No. 20 Anthony Zanetta (Pitt), 6-5 (Penn 3, Pitt 0)
133 - No. 10 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) dec. Shelton Mack (Pitt), 8-2 (Penn 6, Pitt 0)
141 - No. 3 Tyler Nauman (Pitt) dec. No. 16 Zack Kemmerer (Penn), 4-2 (Penn 6, Pitt 3)
149 - Dane Johnson (Pitt) dec. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 4-0 (Tied 6-6)
157 - Donnie Tasser (Pitt) MD Tom Timothy (Penn), 13-0 (Pitt 10, Penn 6)
165 - Gabriel Burak (Penn) dec. Adam Counterman (Pitt), 5-0 (Pitt 10, Penn 9)
174 - No. 7 Scott Giffin (Penn) dec. No. 17 Ethan Headlee (Pitt), 4-3 (Penn 12, Pitt 10)
184 - Max Thomusseit (Pitt) dec. Harrison Cook (Penn), 10-7 (Pitt 13, Penn 12)
197 - No. 13 Micah Burak (Penn) dec. No. 8 Zac Thomusseit (Pitt), 3-2 (Penn 15, Pitt 12)
285 - No. 8 Ryan Tomei (Pitt) dec. Kyle Cowan (Penn), 8-2 (Pitt 16, Penn 15)

Maryland 25, Penn 10
125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) dec. Shane Gentry (Maryland), 7-5 (Penn 3, Maryland 0)
133 - No. 10 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) dec. Joey Boone (Maryland), 5-0 (Penn 6, Maryland 0)
141 - Jon Kohler (Maryland) dec. No. 16 Zack Kemmerer (Penn), 4-0 (Penn 6, Maryland 3)
149 - Ben Dorsay (Maryland) dec. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 5-4 (Tied 6-6)
157 - No. 18 Kyle John (Maryland) FALL Brad Wukie (Penn), 4:47 (Maryland 12, Penn 6)
165 - No. 4 Josh Asper (Maryland) MD Gabriel Burak (Penn), 15-5 (Maryland 16, Penn 6)
174 - No. 12 Mike Letts (Maryland) dec. No. 7 Scott Giffin (Penn), 6-2 (Maryland 19, Penn 6)
184 - Corey Peltier (Maryland) dec. Harrison Cook (Penn), 7-2 (Maryland 22, Penn 6)
197 - No. 13 Micah Burak (Penn) MD Christian Boley (Maryland), 9-0 (Maryland 22, Penn 10)
285 - Spencer Myers (Maryland) dec. Kyle Cowan (Penn), 4-1 (Maryland 25, Penn 10)