Maryland Finishes Strong At The Penn State Open


Dec. 8, 2002

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Freshman John-Henry Zarzycki made it to the quarterfinals, and won three matches in wrestlebacks to record a fifth-place finish in just his second collegiate tournament, highlighting Maryland's performance Sunday in the Penn State Open.

Following suit, senior Jake Stork added four more falls to his team high total en route to a fifth-place finish.

Another wrestler of note is freshman Jason Kiessling who in the 157-pound weight class defeated Cumberland's Andy Critchfield 3-0, and recorded two wins in wrestlebacks including a fall in 3:45 against Justin Lannello (unattached).

In the 125-pound weight class Matt Pandullo defeated Chris Yetzer 7-4 before losing to the ultimate winner, University of Pennsylvania's Matt Velenti, and freshman Zach Wendal won his first two matches of the season, both in wrestlebacks.

Jason Gribschaw, Mike Lupa and Ed Reybitz all competed in the 133-pound weight class, but failed to record a victory.

Along with Zarzycki, Stephen Lanciotti and Jonathan Gunther also wrestled in the 141-pound weight class. Lanciotti defeated Brian Wackman (unattached) in the first round of the tournament by a score of 15-0 to record his only victory.

Adam James was the sole wrestler in the 149-pound division where he felled James Strause (unattached) in 5:47 and recorded another win in wrestlebacks, making his total for the season six wins.

Four Terps wrestled in the 157-pound division with Matt Kenny and the aforementioned Jason Kiessling leading the way. Kenny defeated James Madison's Jeff Jacobs 7-3 and also recorded a win in wrestlebacks. Jason Ellis competed but could not record a victory, and John Antonelli recorded one win, a 4-3 victory over Penn State's Brent Narkiewicz.

Sean Fehn and Brian Mullaney totaled four wins between them in the 165-pound weight class. Mullaney finished with three of the four wins, the most noteworthy a 7-1 defeat of Cumberland's Jason Gault.

In the 174-pound weight class, Lance Kearns, Dan Scheets and Patrick Cissne all represented Maryland. Cissne was the only wrestler to record a win, with his coming over Ron Howard (unattached) 8-3 in the first round of the tournament.

Sal Aquia, a second place finisher at the East Stroudsburg Open, defeated The Apprentice School's Larry France in 3:29 to record his first fall of the season, and senior Jake Reid recorded his first win of the season as well.

In the heavyweight division, Scott Cannon and Eric Fehnel both competed. Fehnel failed to record a win, and Cannon defeated The Apprentice School's BJ Pruitt in 1:14 in wrestlebacks for his only victory of the tournament.