PHILADELPHIA – An early deficit proved insurmountable for Penn in an EIWA dual with Army in The Palestra, as the Quakers were knocked off, 21-13.
The Red and Blue won six matches, including four of the last seven, but a 13-0 Army lead through three matches was plenty of cushion for the Black Knights. With this loss, Penn falls to 4-4 in duals while Army improves to 6-3 with the win.
After a forfeit at 125 pounds gave Army a 6-0 lead, the Black Knights added to their lead with a pair of decisions at 133 and 141. Logan Everett rallied in the third period to defeat Ken Bade, 9-7, at 133 pounds. Bade held a 5-2 lead after two periods, but a late reversal and nearfall for Everett secured the win. At 141 pounds, Tyler Rauenzahn defeated Jeff Canfora, 5-3, in sudden victory. Canfora had taken a 3-2 lead in the third period on an escape and a second stalling warning on Rauenzahn, but 2:24 of riding time tied the match for Army. In sudden victory, Rauenzahn scored midway through the extra period for the win.
After missing last weekend with injury, Andrew Lenzi returned to the lineup and picked up Penn’s first victory of the day with a 3-1 decision over Mark Marchetti at 149 pounds. Lenzi scored the bout’s only takedown in the first period, and added an escape in the third for the win.
Paul Hancock denied any Penn momentum with a 9-3 decision over Ray Bethea at 157 pounds. Bethea scored first, but Hancock escaped quickly and added a takedown before the first period was over. Hancock would go on to add a takedown in each of the final two periods to pull away for the win.
No. 17 Casey Kent was patient in his match with Chandler Smith, and it paid off in a 4-0 decision. After Smith was hit for stalling in a scoreless first period after a loose shoelace, Kent scored on a second stalling warning to Smith in the second period, adding an escape as well. In the third, Smith was hit for stalling a third time and Kent would ride out the period for 1:55 of advantage time and the 4-0 decision.
Brad Wukie opened the scoring in his return to the mat at 174 pounds, but Brian Harvey answered with a reversal in the first period. Harvey would break the tie with an escape in the second period, and added an early takedown in the third frame to score a 6-2 decision.
At 184 pounds, No. 13 Lorenzo Thomas did his part to keep Penn in the dual, picking up a major decision over Ryan Tompkins, 12-2. Thomas conceded the first takedown of the match, but rallied with an escape and a takedown before the first period closed. In the second period, Thomas would escape quickly and added a takedown and three nearfall points to pull away. A late takedown in the third period and riding time would close the Quakers to within eight with two matches remaining.
Frank Mattiace needed to win for Penn to stay in the dual, but he was defeated by Bryce Barnes, 9-4. Mattaice scored quickly on single leg, but Barnes reversed to leave the first period tied, 2-2. In the second, Barnes would escape to take a 3-2 lead. The third period saw a pair of takedowns from Barnes as well as riding time and a penalty point following a second stalling warning on Mattiace.
With the dual result decided, Steven Graziano was able to gain some personal momentum with a 5-3 win in sudden victory over Trevor Smith. Graziano had a takedown in the first period and escaped in the second to take a 3-1 lead. The escape in the final seconds of the middle stanza was critical for Graziano, as Smith would escape in the third and add riding time to force overtime. In sudden victory, Graziano would connect on a takedown 27 seconds into the extra period for his first dual meet win of the season.
The Quakers are back in action Feb. 1 when Cornell visits The Palestra.
Match Notes: Takedowns were 11-10 in favor of Army … Reversals were in Army’s favor, 3-1 … Each team had three points of nearfall … Lorenzo Thomas is now 6-2 in dual meets, each win coming with bonus points … He is outscoring his opponents in the team score, 30-6 … Casey Kent is 7-0 in dual meets at 165 pounds (7-1 overall).
125: Hunter Wood (Army) wins by forfeit Army leads, 6-0
133: Logan Everett (Army) dec. Ken Bade (Penn), 9-7 Army leads, 9-0
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (Army) dec. Jeff Canfora (Penn), 5-3 (SV) Army leads, 12-0
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) dec. Mark Marchetti (Army), 3-1 Army leads, 12-3
157: Paul Hancock (Army) dec. Ray Bethea (Penn), 9-3 Army leads, 15-3
165: #17 Casey Kent (Penn) dec. Chandler Smith (Army), 4-0 Army leads, 15-6
174: Brian Harvey (Army) dec. Brad Wukie (Penn), 6-2 Army leads, 18-6
184: #13 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) MD Ryan Tompkins (Army), 12-2 Army leads 18-10
197: Bryce Barnes (Army) dec. Frank Mattiace (Penn), 9-4 Army leads, 21-10
285: Steven Graziano (Penn) dec. Trevor Smith (Army), 5-3 (SV) Army leads, 21-13