125 pounds - Mark Rappo
After finishing second at the EIWA Championships two weekends ago, Rappo will face the tournament’s ninth seed, Jonathan Morrison from Oklahoma State. If Rappo, who is 27-8 on the season, reaches the quarterfinals, he could face top-seeded, one-legged Anthony Robles out of Arizona State.
133 pounds - Rollie Peterkin
Peterkin, the Quakers’ most experienced grappler, is participating in his third NCAA tournament, but his first at 133 pounds. Seeded tenth, he will square off against Utah Valley senior Flint Ray in the first round. Peterkin may face a familiar foe in the second round in Frank Cagnina. The Lehigh freshman has defeated Peterkin twice already this year.
141 pounds - Zack Kemmerer
No. 12 Kemmerer will enter the NCAA Championship with 35 wins this season, one shy of the program’s single-season record. He faces former ACC champion Jon Kohler from Maryland in the first round this morning.
165 pounds - Gabe Burak
The senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., is a returning NCAA Championship qualifier. Last year, Burak bowed out after only two matches. Unseeded this year, he will face the winner of the play-in match between Drexel’s Joe Booth and North Carolina’s Thomas Scotton.
174 pounds - Scott Giffin
Giffin earned All-America honors last year with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championship. After finishing sixth in EIWAs, he received an at-large bid and faces eighth-seeded Mike Letts from Maryland in the first round.
197 pounds - Micah Burak
The younger Burak missed out on an EIWA championship this year after barely losing to national No. 1 Cam Simaz of Cornell, but his strong performance earned him the sixth seed in the NCAA bracket. Burak will face Peter Capone of Ohio State in what is already the sophomore’s second appearance at the postseason tournament.Comments powered by Disqus
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