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February 27, 2012

Wrestling All-Ivy -- 2012

Complete 2012 Wrestling All-Ivy Release in pdf format

Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the second-straight season, Cornell and Penn took home the Ivy League Wrestler of the Year and the Rookie of the Year awards, respectively. The Big Red and the Quakers each held forth over the All-Ivy teams, placing three wrestlers on the first team.

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
Big Red 197-pound senior Cam Simaz (Allegan, Mich.) was named Wrestler of the Year for the second-straight year and the first by unanimous decision. Cornell wrestlers have received the League’s top honor for four-straight years after Mack Lewnes claimed the award in 2009 and 2010. Lewnes shared the award with Harvard’s J.P. O’Connor in 2010.

Simaz, the No. 1-ranked 197-pound wrester in the nation by Intermat, finished undefeated in Ivy League action in 2011-12. Four of his five conference wins in 2011-12 were of the extra-point variety, including two technical falls and a pin. He was a unanimous pick to the All-Ivy first team, marking the fourth-straight year he received the honor. Simaz added to his already impressive resume, which includes Ivy League Rookie of the Year and EIWA Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, Ivy League Wrestler of the Year in 2011, three EIWA Championships and three All-American accolades.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Penn 165-pound freshman Lorenzo Thomas (Pittsburgh) became the second-straight Quaker to earn Rookie of the Year honors, as teammate Kyle Cowan received the award in 2011. Thomas did not lose a single Ivy League bout during his rookie season, finishing 5-0 with two major decisions and a pin.

Thomas was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection. He became the first freshman to earn first team honors since Cornell’s Kyle Dake in 2010. Dake was also named Rookie of the Year that season. Thomas is tied for second on the Quaker squad with 21 victories, including 11 in duals action.

A League-high eight Cornell wrestlers were named to the first, second and honorable mention teams, while Penn and Columbia each placed six.

FIRST-TEAM All-IVY
Eight of the All-Ivy first team selections were by unanimous decision, including Cornell seniors Frank Perrelli (125, Hackettstown, N.J.), Steve Bosak (184, State College, Pa.) and Cam Simaz (197, Allegan, Mich.), Penn’s Zack Kemmerer (141, Sr., East Greenville, Pa.), Lorenzo Thomas (165, Fr., Pittsburgh) and Steve Graziano (285, So., Syosset, N.Y.), Harvard junior Steve Keith (133, Shoreham, N.Y.) and Columbia junior Stephen West (174, Fresno, Calif.)

Perrelli was named to the first team for the second-straight year thanks to a 5-0 conference mark. The senior is No. 7 at 125 by Intermat and No. 6 in the latest NCAA Coaches Rankings. Perrelli is fourth on the team with 25 wins.

Keith picked up his first career All-Ivy award after posting a 4-0 mark in Ivy League action. He is ranked No. 12 at 133 by Intermat and leads the Crimson with 27 victories on the year, including a team-high 10 major decisions.

Kemmerer was named All-Ivy for the third-straight year, and was a unanimous first team selection for the second-consecutive season. In 2011-12, the senior is ranked No. 12 at 141 and has a 19-3 overall record with six wins against opponents ranked among the top-20.

Columbia junior Steve Santos (Brick, N.J.) took home his second All-Ivy award after being named to the honorable mention team last season. Santos is 19-7 overall and 4-1 in League action.

Princeton senior Daniel Kolodzik (Bellbrook, Ohio) earned his second All-Ivy award but his first since being named to the second team in 2010. He finished undefeated in conference action in 2011-12 with a 4-0 record.

Thomas is 5-0 in League action and 21-8 overall as a freshman. He has four major decisions and five pins on the year.

West leads Columbia with 29 wins, including four pins, three technical falls and two major decisions. He went 4-1 in Ivy action.

Bosak posted a 4-0 mark against Ivy opponents. He is ranked fifth at 184 by Intermat and is tied for the team lead with 26 wins. He is third on the team in winning percentage at 89.7 (26-3).

Simaz went 5-0 this season to remain undefeated in Ivy action in his career (20-0). He was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection for the fourth-consecutive season.

Graziano also posted an undefeated 5-0 Ivy campaign. He went unbeaten in eight duals bouts overall and won a career-best 16 matches on the year.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY
Cornell placed three wrestlers on the All-Ivy second team, as Chris Villalonga (149, So., Totowa, N.J.), Craig Eifert (165, So., Mason, Mich.) and Maceij Jochym (285, Sr., Williston Park, N.Y.) each received the award. For Jochym, it marks the second-straight year he took home second team honors.

Brown and Penn each put two wrestlers on the second-team. For the Bears, senior David Foxen (174, Garden City, N.Y.) earned his first career All-Ivy award, as did sophomore Billy Watterson (125, Pound Ridge, N.Y.), who is listed at No. 31 in the latest NCAA Coaches Rankings. Quakers senior Bryan Ortenzio (133, Camp Hill, Pa.) returned to the mat after missing last season and earned his fourth All-Ivy honor, while junior Micah Burak (197, Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named to the second-team for the third-straight season. Intermat lists Ortenzio at No. 13 at 133, while Burak comes in at No. 10 at 197.

The other wrestlers named to the second team are Columbia freshman Shane Hughes (184, Sussex, Wis.), Harvard junior Walter Peppelman (157, Harrisburg, Pa.) and Princeton sophomore Adam Krop (141, Urbana, Md.). Peppelman is ranked No. 6 at 157 by Intermat, while Krop is No. 16 at 141.

Even some of the Ivy League honorable mention wrestlers are ranked nationally. Cornell junior Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y.) is Intermat’s top-ranked wrestler at 157, and in the latest NCAA Coaches Rankings, Columbia senior Kyle Gilchrist (Jefferson, Ohio) is No. 30 at 133, Cornell sophomore Mike Nevinger (Perry, N.Y.) is No. 16 at 141, Penn freshman Steve Robertson (Lombard, Ill.) is No. 25 at 149, Brown freshman Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) is No. 31 at 184 and Lions senior Kevin Lester (Nampa, Idaho) is No. 27 at 285.

Wrestler of the Year
Cam Simaz, Cornell, 197 (Sr., Allegan, Mich.)

Rookie of the Year
*Lorenzo Thomas, Penn, 165 (Fr., Pittsburgh)

First Team (10)
*Frank Perrelli, Cornell, 125 (Sr., Hackettstown, N.J.)
*Steve Keith, Harvard, 133 (Jr., Shoreham, N.Y.)
*Zack Kemmerer, Penn, 141 (Sr., East Greenville, Pa.)
Steve Santos, Columbia, 149 (Jr., Brick, N.J.)
Daniel Kolodzik, Princeton, 157 (Sr., Bellbrook, Ohio)
*Lorenzo Thomas, Penn, 165 (Fr., Pittsburgh)
*Stephen West, Columbia, 174 (Jr., Fresno, Calif.)
*Steve Bosak, Cornell, 184 (Sr., State College, Pa.)
*Cam Simaz, Cornell, 197 (Sr., Allegan, Mich.)
*Steve Graziano, Penn, 285 (So., Syosset, N.Y.)

Second Team (10)
Billy Watterson, Brown, 125 (So., Pound Ridge, N.Y.)
Bryan Ortenzio, Penn, 133 (Sr., Camp Hill, Pa.)
Adam Krop, Princeton, 141 (So., Urbana, Md.)
Chris Villalonga, Cornell, 149 (So., Totowa, N.J.)
Walter Peppelman, Harvard, 157 (Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.)
Craig Eifert, Cornell, 165 (So., Mason, Mich.)
David Foxen, Brown, 174 (Sr., Garden City, N.Y.)
Shane Hughes, Columbia, 184 (Fr., Sussex, Wis.)
Micah Burak, Penn, 197 (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Maceij Jochym, Cornell, 285 (Sr., Williston Park, N.Y.)

Honorable Mention (9)
Robert Dyar, Columbia, 125 (Jr., Birmingham, Ala.)
Kyle Gilchrist, Columbia, 133 (Sr., Jefferson, Ohio)
Mike Nevinger, Cornell, 141 (So., Perry, N.Y.)
Steve Robertson, Penn, 149 (Fr., Lombard, Ill.))
Kyle Dake, Cornell, 157 (Jr., Ithaca, N.Y.)
Andy Lowy, Princeton, 174 (Sr., Brookeville, Md.)
Ophir Bernstein, Brown, 184 (Fr., Allen, Texas)
Sterling Hecox, Brown, 197 (Fr., Loves Park, Ill.)
Kevin Lester, Columbia, 285 (Sr., Nampa, Idaho)

*-Unanimous selection