ST. LOUIS â€“ Rollie Peterkinâ€™s quest to become Pennâ€™s 24th All-American ended one bout short at the 2009 NCAA Championships, doing so for the second-straight season.
Peterkin, who entered the tournament seeded eighth, had advanced to the quarterfinals with two wins on Friday, but Saturday was a different story.
In the quarters, he ran into 2007 national champion, Paul Donahoe of Edinboro. Donahoe, the #1 seed in the tournament and a two-time All-America, defeated Peterkin, 7-3.
In the Round of 12, Peterkin was defeated by #10 Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan, 4-0.
The All-American match was as close as the score indicated, with Sentes scoring a takedown in the first and third periods for the win. Peterkin rode Sentes the entire second period, erasing Sentesâ€™ riding time advantage. Peterkin was close to two separate tilts in the second, but couldnâ€™t quite turn Sentes. Unquestionably, backpoints in the second period would have turned the tide of the bout drastically.
Peterkinâ€™s season ends with a record of 23-7.
The loss in the Round of 12 brought an end to Pennâ€™s weekend at the NCAA Championships. Over the weekend, Penn picked up six wins, with three of its six qualified wrestlers advancing to the second day of competition.
Cesar Grajales had a solid tournament for the Quakers, finishing with a 3-2 record, falling one bout shy of the Round of 12. He had a tough draw in the first round, taking on #3 Darrion Caldwell of N.C. State, who pinned Grajales in 3:27. From there, Grajales won three wrestleback bouts in a row before bowing out to Oregon Stateâ€™s Heinrich Barnes, 11-3. Barnes competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics for South Africa, his native country.
Scott Giffin was the only other Penn wrestler to win a bout at the tournament, scoring an upset at 174 in the first round with a 6-3 decision over #10 Kurt Brenner of West Virginia. Giffin was defeated by #7 Mike Miller of Central Michigan in the second round, 4-1 and was eliminated after a 5-3 loss to Wyomingâ€™s Shane Onufer.
Rick Rappo took #5 Marcus Hoehn of Missouri to a tiebreaker at 141 before falling, 3-2. In the consolation round, he lost, 7-0, to Cory fish of Boise State.
The Broncos put a loss on Penn in a pigtail match at 157 when #8 Adam Hall defeated Matt Dragon, 8-5. Dragon was eliminated from the tournament in his next match â€“ an 11-8 loss to Ohio Stateâ€™s Jason Johnstone.
Trey McLean was Pennâ€™s sixth wrestler in action at the tournament. He had an early lead on Indianaâ€™s Nathan Everhart, but the Hoosier rallied for an 11-5 win. McLean was bounced from contention when he lost his wrestleback bout, 3-1, to Cornellâ€™s Zach Hammond.