Penn Defeats No. 21 Wrestling, 19-16

Feb. 2, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - With the dual tied after nine matches, Penn's nationally ranked Rollie Peterkin won by decision at 125 pounds to give the Quakers a 19-16 win against the No. 21 Maryland wrestling team on February 2 at The Palestra.

The Terps opened the match with two wins to take an early 9-0 lead. Sophomore Steven Bell won by decision, 11-6, in the opening contest at 133 pounds before classmate Jon Kohler picked up his fourth pin of the season, this one in the first period, to give Maryland the nine point lead.

Cesar Grajales, ranked No. 14 at 149 pounds, started the Penn comeback with an 8-2 decision and then the next two matches were also won by the Quakers with decisions to tie up the dual, 9-9.

Sophomore Mike Letts returned the lead to the Terps with a 14-4 major decision at 174 pounds to make it 13-9, but then Lior Zamir picked up a 2-0 decision in the next match to pull the Quakers within one.

Sophomore Hudson Taylor earned a decision at 197 pounds to push the Maryland lead to 16-12, but Trey McLean won by major decision at heavyweight to tie the dual for the second time, 16-16.

Finally, in the 125 pound match, Peterkin, ranked No. 8 nationally, held off sophomore Brendan Byrne, 6-0, to give the Quakers the win.

Maryland (12-4) wraps up its weekend on Sunday when it travels to New York City to take on Columbia in another non-conference match up.

133 lbs. - Steven Bell (MD) dec. Bryan Ortenzio, 11-6 (3-0)
141 lbs. - Jon Kohler (MD) pinned Andrew Valenti, 2:21 (9-0)
149 lbs. - No. 14 Cesar Grajales (Penn) dec. Eric Medina, 8-2 (9-3)
157 lbs. - Rob Hitschler (Penn) dec. Brian Letters, 3-2 (9-6)
165 lbs. - No. 17 Zack Shanaman (Penn) dec. Ryan Kennett, 8-2 (9-9)
174 lbs. - No. 9 Mike Letts (MD) major dec. Jeff Zannetti, 14-4 (13-9)
184 lbs. - Lior Zamir (Penn) dec. No. 17 Josh Haines, 2-0 (13-12)
197 lbs. - No. 7 Hudson Taylor (MD) dec. Thomas Shovlin, 3-0 (16-12)
HWT - Trey McLean (Penn) major dec. Patrick Gilmore, 17-7 (16-16)
125 lbs. - No. 8 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) dec. Brendan Byrne, 6-0 (16-19)