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Courtesy: Hunter Martin
Wrestling Places Two at Southern Scuffle
Courtesy: Charles Dorman, associate director of athletic communications  
Release:  01/02/2014

CHATTANOOGA – Penn sent two wrestlers to the podium at a very loaded Southern Scuffle, with sixth-place finisher Lorenzo Thomas leading the way. He was joined on the podium by eighth-place finisher Caleb Richardson as the Quakers kicked off the 2014 portion of their season against a field likely to resemble the one many Penn grapplers hope to see in March at the NCAA Championships.

Caleb Richardson was a revelation for the Quakers at 125 pounds, garnering national notoriety with wins over multiple top-ranked opponents. After a convincing 6-0 win over No. 4 seed and national No. 7 Corey Keener on Day One, Richardson rebounded from a frustrating 4-3 loss in the quarterfinals to American’s No. 5 seed and national No. 9 David Terao defeat No. 6 seed Anthony Zanetta of Pitt, 9-7, in the Round of 12 to place. Richardson had four takedowns in the match, scoring twice in the first period to build a 4-1 lead. A takedown midway through the third period provided the separation needed to stave of Zanetta. In the Seventh Place Match, Richardson allowed three backpoints early in the second period, and couldn’t recover to former Blair Academy teammate Evan Silver in a 7-1 loss.

No. 5 seed and national No. 9 Lorenzo Thomas wrestled to sixth place at 184 pounds, posting a 3-3 record in the tournament. All of his losses were to ranked opponents, including No. 1 seed and national No. 1 Ed Ruth of Penn State in the semifinals. Thomas was able to hang with the two-time defending national champion in the first period, trailing 7-3 after three minutes – notching a reversal along the way – but Ruth picked up his 84th consecutive win by racking up the points in the third period en route to a 22-7 win.  In the sixth place match, Thomas allowed a takedown late in the first period after No. 2 seed Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota secured a body lock. Thomas was able to get back in the match after a full ride in the second period, but two takedowns from Steinhaus in the third were the difference. The highlights for Thomas were his team-high seventh pin in the second round on Day One, and a decision over No. 4 seed Matt McCutcheon of Penn State in the quarterfinals.

As a team, the Quakers finished 19th with 31 points.

The Red and Blue return to the mats Jan. 11 at Nebraska at 6 p.m.

125: Caleb Richardson – Eighth Place
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Byron Smith (Chattanooga), 15-0 (5:55)
Third Round: def. #4 Corey Keener (Central Michigan), 6-0
Quarterfinals: lost to #5 David Terao (American), 4-3
Round of 12: def. #6 Anthony Zanetta (Pittsburgh), 9-7
Consolation Quarterfinals: lost to Brandon Jaske (Old Dominion), 3-1
Seventh Place Match: lost to #8 Evan Silver (Stanford), 7-1

133: Ken Bade
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Brandon Gambucci (Duke), 3-2
Consolation Second Round: lost to Dakota Bauer (Iowa State), 9-7

141: Jeff Canfora
First Round: lost to #12 Joe Spisak (Virginia), 6-4
Consolation First Round: def. David Walker (Air Force), 5-2
Consolation Second Round: def. Jake Smith (Appalachian State), 4-1
Consolation Third Round: def. Eric Orozco (South Dakota St.), 8-4
Consolation Fourth Round: lost to #9 Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State), 7-2

149: Andrew Lenzi
First Round: lost to #5 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State), 4-0
Consolation First Round: lost to Mike Racciatto (Pittsburgh), 12-6

149: A.J. Murabito
First Round: lost to #2 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri), 17-0
Consolation First Round: lost to Natrelle Demison (Air Force), FALL 3:07

157: #11 Ray Bethea
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Brad Dolezal (Minnesota) FALL 4:48
Third Round: lost to #6 Ian Miller (Kent State), 11-5
Consolation Third Round: lost to Cole Sheptock (Pittsburgh), 4-2

157: Steve Robertson
First Round: lost to Brendon Kingsley (Minnesota), 12-0
Consolation First Round: lost to Logan Molina (Iowa State), 4-3

165: #9 Casey Kent
First Round: def. Nick Becker (Central Michigan), 2-0
Second Round: def. Zack Strickland (Appalachian State), 4-1
Third Round: lost to #8 Dylan Palacio (Cornell), 4-1
Consolation Third Round: lost to Joseph Brewster (South Dakota St.), 3-2 (SV)

165: Quinton Hiles
First Round: lost to Harrison Hightower (Ohio) FALL 1:25
Consolation First Round: lost to Nick Rex (Arizona State), 14-1

174: Zach Agostino
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to #4 Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh), 17-4
Consolation First Round: lost to     Josh VanTine (Northern Colorado), 2-1 (TB)

184: #5 Lorenzo Thomas -- Sixth Place
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. John Lampe (Chattanooga), 7-4
Third Round: def. Austin Moorehead (Oregon State), FALL 2:02
Quarterfinals: def.  #4 Matt McCutcheon (Penn State), 4-2
Semifinals: lost to #1 Ed Ruth (Penn State), 22-7
Consolation Semifinals: lost to #12 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota), 4-2
Fifth Place Match: lost to #2 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), 6-3

197: #9 Frank Mattiace
First Round: Bye
Second Round: def. Chace Eskam (Arizona State), 6-2
Third Round: lost to #8 Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State), 4-1
Consolation Third Round: lost to Jackson Lewis (Central Michigan), 6-3

197: Harrison Cook
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to #4 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), FALL 4:06
Consolation Second Round: def. Paul Rands (Navy), 3-2
Consolation Third Round: lost to #11 Connor Hartmann (Duke), 11-0

285: Steven Graziano
First Round: lost to #12 Jonathan Gingrich (Penn State), 10-1
Consolation First Round: def. Josh Marchock (Stanford), 5-2
Consolation Second Round: lost to Henry Chirino (Northern Colorado), 5-2

285: Anthony DiLonardo
First Round: lost to Gerald Johnson (The Citadel), 2-1
Consolation First Round: lost to Justin Heberlie (Missouri), 8-2

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