HAMPTON, Va. - Penn is one of sixteen teams competing in the National College Division of the 2008 Virginia Duals. Penn opens up action as the fourth seed in the tournament and has drawn North Dakota State in the first round. Penn Athletic Communications will provide updates throughout the day.
8:43 - Good morning! It was an early wake-up call for the Red and Blue this morning as the team bus left the hotel at 6:00 am for weigh-ins. We have ten mats set up in the Hampton Coliseum and there is not much space to be found right now as we are 17 minutes away from wrestling commencing. Some teams are warming up for the 9 a.m. matches while others are cutting some weight for their own weigh-ins. In front of me, Penn's grapplers are finishing their warm-up for their 9 a.m. match with North Dakota State. The Bison entre the match with a team record of 4-5, including a 25-17 win over Harvard last weekend.
11:14 - PENN 29 - North Dakota State 6. What started out as a tight match quickly turned in the Quakers' favor as Penn won the final five matches to pull away, 29-6. Here are the quick results with Penn wrestlers in bold.
125 lbs. - #8 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def Eric Hoffman (NDSU), DEC, 7-1
133 lbs. - Eric Sanders (NDSU) def Bryan Ortenzio (Penn), DEC, 7-1
141 lbs. - Rick Rappo (Penn) def Gabriel Mooney (NDSU), DEC, 8-6
149 lbs. - #15 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def Vince Salminen (NDSU), TECH (20-5), 6:18
157 lbs. - Adam Aho (NDSU) def Rob Hitschler (Penn), DEC, 13-11
165 lbs. - Zack Shanaman (Penn) def Mike Quamme (NDSU), DEC, (SV),7-5
174 lbs. - Jeff Zannetti (Penn) def Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU), Maj, 12-2
184 lbs. - #19 Lior Zamir (Penn) def Matt Wetterling (NDSU), Maj, 9-1
197 lbs. - Thomas Shovlin (Penn) def Jacob Bryce (NDSU), 8-2
285 lbs. - Trey McLean (Penn) def Tyler Hemmesch (NDSU), Maj, 13-1
Some highlights of the first round:
- In the 141 pound match, Rappo was trailing 4-2 entering the final period. An escape and takedown put him in the lead, 5-4. His opponent countered with a reversal to re-take the lead, 6-5, to go with his advantage in riding time. Rappo needed to score quickly with time winding down. He scored with an escape and then followed with a takedown with three seconds remaining in the match to win, 8-6.
- In 157 pound action, Rob Hitschler was trailing 7-4 entering the final period. a quick takedown by his opponent made the score 9-4. Hitschler escaped and then scored three takedowns, but couldn't get the last one, ultimately falling, 13-11.
The next match, at 165 pounds, saw Zack Shanaman break a 5-5 tie with a takedown right before the final buzzer, winning the match 7-5.
11:41 - The Virginia team that awaits Penn in the second round is fresh off a 36-3 victory over Ohio University that saw the Cavaliers win nine of ten matches, including one pin, one tech fall and a major decision. The 'Hoos are 8-1 in dual matches this season and boast three nationally ranked wrestlers in #15 Eric Albright (133 lbs.), #8 Rocco Caponi (184 lbs.) and #19 Brent Jones (197 lbs.). Penn is 3-0 all-time against Virginia.
12:57 - Captains for Penn and Virginia are at the center of the mat ... We are a few minutes away from wrestling. The marquee match will be #19 Lior Zamir vs. Virginia's #8 Rocco Caponi. We will have results up after the match.
2:55 - WOW! In a session that started with ten mats holding duals, only one drew the attention of the whole arena - Penn vs. Virginia. With action complete in the nine other duals, the heavyweight match between Penn's Trey McLean and UVa's Jack danikowicz was all that was left. And all that was on the line in that bout was the entire match. The Cavalier's lead 14-13 and Penn needed the win to move on to the next round of the tournament. McLean produced three takedowns and a near-fall while accumulating nearly six minutes of riding time to win the match, 9-2, and help the Red and Blue advance to Saturday's semifinals. In that dual, Penn will meet #3-ranked Oklahoma State at 2 pm.
We have all been up since 5 am, and with wrestling done for the day we are heading back to the hotel. Upon arrival, a full recap of today's Quaker action will be posted. Hope you enjoyed reading today. See you tomorrow!