No. 22 Wrestling Sweeps Through Stanford and Arizona State
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - In a season of firsts for Penn, another was crossed off the checklist with the program's first-ever win over Arizona State in a dual as part of a sweep for Penn at the 2013 Stanford Duals.
The Red and Blue, ranked No. 22 in the country, scored 27 points in each of its duals, finishing the day with a 27-10 win over the Sun Devils after a 27-6 win over Stanford to start the day. The win over Arizona State was the first in five tries, while the victory over Stanford improves Penn to a perfect 4-0 against the Cardinal all-time.
The Red and Blue dominated early against both opponents, starting its day with four consecutive wins against Stanford. Geoffrey Bostany opened the afternoon with an 8-0 major decision, before No. 12 C.J. Cobb unleashed some serious fireworks at 141 pounds. Cobb scored ten takedowns in his match against Josh Lauderdale, adding two escapes and three nearfall points for an explosive 26-11 technical fall.
Andrew Lenzi followed with two takedowns and a reversal on his way to his second win over Timmy Boone in a week - and third overall - by a 7-3 score. Troy Hernandez extended Penn's lead to 15-0 with a 3-2 decision at 157 pounds. After a loss at 165, Penn rattled off three consecutive wins to clinch the dual. Ian Korb started the run with a 6-3 decision at 174 over Dylan Morris before Canaan Bethea added a 10-3 decision over Alan Yen. No. 7 Micah Burak returned to the mat for Penn after a six-week layoff due to injury and did not miss a beat, defeating Michael Sojka, 6-1. Following a loss in sudden victory at heavyweight, Mark Rappo sealed the convincing win with a 3-2 decision over Evan Silver.
Immediately after the win over the Cardinal, Penn got to work on providing head coach Rob Eiter his first win over his alma mater. Eiter, a 1991 Arizona State grad, saw Bostany again provide a comfortable early margin with an 18-2 major decision over Ares Carpio. Bostany scored three takedowns in the first period, added a reversal and two sets of backpoints in the second, and secured the tech fall in the third with three more nearfall points.
C.J. Cobb notched a 6-4 decision over Matt Krauss before Andrew Lenzi padded the lead via a 12-0 major decision to put Penn in front, 12-0, after three matches. Lenzi led, 8-0, after the first period via a takedown and six backpoints and cruised from there.
After a loss at 157, Penn added six team points when Brad Wukie defeated Hans Rasmusson by injury default at 3:04. Wukie was ahead, 11-3, at the time of the default. Harrison Cook took No. 14 Blake Stauffer down early in their bout at 174, but Stauffer rallied for a 14-2 major decision to close the gap to 18-7 heading into crucial bouts.
Penn won the two big bouts at the upper weights, Canaan Bethea pulling out a 5-4 decision over No. 15 Kevin Radford at 184. Bethea trailed, 2-1, after the first period, but rallied with an escape and a takedown in the second period. In the third, Radford reversed to tie the match, but a Bethea escape was the difference in Bethea's biggest win to date.
Burak had a test in his second match back, but knocked off No. 8 Jake Meredith, 5-2. Burak scored the only two takedowns in the match, and added 1:30 of riding time from a solid third-period ride to ensure his place atop the nation' elite.
Kyle Cowan came very close to breaking through against No. 14 Levi Cooper at heavyweight, but after a 1:41 ride in the second, which featured a few close calls for backpoints, Cooper was able to escape. In the third, the returning All-American survived a pair of Cowan quick starts from bottom position and was able to keep Cowan down for a 2-0 win. Mark Rappo closed out Penn's day - and a win - with a 10-6 decision over Dalton Miller.
Overall, Penn scored 41 takedowns during its two duals to just 12 conceded to its opponents. In terms of backpoints, Penn scored 29 nearfall points to just five allowed.
The Quakers, 4-1 overall, return home to take on Iowa State Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. in The Palestra.
#22 Penn def. Stanford, 27-6
133: Geoffrey Bostany (Penn) def. Alex Manley (Stanford), 8-0 Penn leads, 4-0
141: #12 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. Josh Lauderdale (Stanford), 26-11 Penn leads, 9-0
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) def. Timmy Boone (Stanford), 7-3 Penn leads, 12-0
157: Troy Hernandez (Penn) def. Donovan Halpin (Stanford), 3-2 Penn leads, 15-0
165: Bret Baumbach (Stanford) def. Brad Wukie (Penn), 8-4 Penn leads, 15-3
174: Ian Korb (Penn) def. Dylan Morris (Stanford), 6-3 Penn leads, 18-3
184: Canaan Bethea (Penn) def. Alan Yen (Stanford), 10-3 Penn leads, 21-3
197: #7 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Michael Sojka (Stanford), 6-1 Penn leads, 24-3
285: Dan Scherer (Stanford) def. Steven Graziano (Penn), 3-1 (SV) Penn leads, 24-6
125: Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Evan Silver (Stanford), 3-2 Penn leads, 27-6
#22 Penn def. Arizona State, 27-10
133: Geoffrey Bostany (Penn) def. Ares Carpio (ASU), 18-2 Penn leads, 5-0
141: #12 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. Matt Krauss (ASU), 6-4 Penn leads, 8-0
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) def. Nathan Hoffer (ASU), 12-0 Penn leads, 12-0
157: Joel Smith (ASU) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 6-1 Penn leads, 12-3
165: Brad Wukie (Penn) def. Hans Rasmusson (ASU), Injury Default (3:04) Penn leads, 18-3
174: #14 Blake Stauffer (ASU) def. Harrison Cook (Penn), 14-2 Penn leads, 18-7
184: Canaan Bethea (Penn) def. #15 Kevin Radford (ASU), 5-4 Penn leads, 21-7
197: #7 Micah Burak (Penn) def. #8 Jake Meredith (ASU), 5-2 Penn leads, 24-7
285: #14 Levi Cooper (ASU) def. Kyle Cowan (Penn), 2-0 Penn leads, 24-10
125: Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Dalton Miller (ASU), 10-6 Penn leads, 27-10