BINGHANTOM, N.Y. - Zack Kemmerer got his 2010-11 season off to a great start, winning five matches to claim the 141-pound championship at the Binghamton Open. Making the title all the more sweet was the fact that four of his wins came over EIWA rivals - including two wins over wrestlers from the top team in the country - Cornell.
In the final, Kemmerer defeated Hicks Manson from the Big Red, 9-7, in a second overtime. Kemmerer rallied late, with a takedown at the buzzer in the third period to tie the match and send it to overtime. After a scoreless first sudden victory period, both men scored escapes the tiebreakers. In the second period of sudden victory, Kemmerer was able to get to the leg again and score the winning points.
Kemmerer's win in the semifinals was also a big victory as he defeated No. 20 Anwar Goers of Binghamton, 8-4. The turning point of that match was a reversal by Kemmerer on Goers - a very tough wrestler on top position. The win for Kemmerer avenged a pair of losses to Goers last season.
Sophomore Micah Burak was another high finisher for the Quakers, taking second place at 197 pounds for the second year in a row. Burak won three matches before No. 1 Cam Simaz of Cornell defeated him, 6-4, in the final - a rematch of the 2009 final at the tournament and the final of the EIWA Championships. Burak held a 4-3 lead entering the final period, but Simaz - a two-time All-American - scored a late turn and riding time to take the win.
Mark Rappo finished in sixth place at 125 pounds with a 4-2 day. He had two wins over Harvard's Steven Keith - a familiar foe from the 2009-10 season. His run would have continued if not for a tough loss to Old Dominion's Eric Dunnet in overtime via fall. There were two seconds remaining in the second sudden victory period when Rappo had a touch-fall called on him mid-scramble.
Freshman Canaan Bethea finished in sixth place at 174 pounds in his first collegiate action, going 5-2 on the day. He won his first match, a 4-3 win over Bloomsburg's Luke Etter before losing in the second round to No. 1 Mack Lewnes of Cornell. Bethea then won four matches in a row in the wrestlebacks, before losing in the sixth-place bout. Included in the wrestleback wins is a wild 17-13 win over Middlesex's John McArdle and two wins over EIWA opponents.
Rollie Peterkin, the 13th-ranked wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, wrestled up a weight at 141 this weekend, and went 3-1 on the day against bigger competition. He started his season with a win via fall over Rider's Nick Papa in 4:01.
Ever Penn wrestler that competed won at least one match, including Zack Ellis (1-2 at 133), Troy Hernandez (1-1 at 149), Kyle Cowan (1-2 at 285) and Harrison Cook (2-2 at 184).
The Quakers are back on the mats Nov. 21 at the Keystone Classic hosted by Penn in The Palestra.