TROY, N.Y. - The second week of the college wrestling season began much like the first for Penn's Zack Kemmerer ... four straight wins and another gold medal. Unfortunately, the end of that second week wasn't quite the same.
The 141-pound Kemmerer, a two-time PIAA champion and four-time state medalist before graduating from Upper Perkiomen, opened with a sweep at the Binghamton Open. He duplicated that effort just over a week ago during the Keystone Classic at the Palestra. However, he dropped his first two bouts before bouncing back to win two during the grueling Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals at Hudson Valley C.C.
The No. 17 ranked Kemmerer's run of eight straight wins ended with a 4-0 setback in the Quakers' 25-10 loss to Maryland and continued with a narrow 4-2 setback to No. 3 ranked and returning All-American Tyler Nauman in a 16-10 loss to Pitt. However,
Kemmerer regrouped and posted a major decision and technical fall to help Penn defeat both Sacred Heart and Stanford by lopsided scores of 48-0 and 31-7, respectively.
The Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals - which include a number of nationally ranked teams among the 15 Division I programs in the field - is tagged as the "toughest duals east of the Mississippi." Rutgers, ranked No. 18, was the only unbeaten (3-0) team after the two days of wrestling. No. 12 Lehigh, No. 16 Missouri, No. 17 Pitt and No. 25 American all went 2-1, while No. 24 Virginia went 1-2.
Earlier, Kemmerer and Mark Rappo (Council Rock South) helped Penn lead the 12-team field at the Keystone Classic. Kemmerer used a major and two decisions to get to the 141-pound final, where he held off American's No. 18 ranked Matt Mariacher, 3-1. Rappo offset a semifinal loss with a 52-second pin and decision to take third place at 125 pounds.
Rider's Fred Rodgers (Boyertown) went 4-2, coming within a win of a medal at 149, while Broncs' teammate Jim Resnick (Penncrest) - ranked No. 16 nationally - converted a pair of majors and a decision to get into the 165-pound final, where he blanked top-seeded Stephen Burak of Penn, 8-0, for the gold medal.