No. 22 Wrestling To Take on Stanford/Arizona State Sunday
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Penn's 12-day road trip concludes with a pair of duals on Sunday against Stanford (6:45 EST) and Arizona State (8:30 EST) as the Red and Blue obtain some west coast exposure as the calendar flips to 2013 and the sprint toward the NCAA Championships begins in earnest.
The Quakers are 2-1 in duals this season, 1-1 away from The Palestra. The last time Penn competed in a dual on road mats, the Quakers knocked off then-No. Lehigh, 21-12.
Penn has defeated Stanford the only three times the schools have met in a dual. The first win came in 1998, a 28-6 win for the Quakers in Palo Alto. Penn again was victorious in Palo Alto in 2002-03, 38-6. In the 2010-11 season, the two programs met at the Northeast Duals, a 31-7 win for the Red and Blue on Nov. 27.
There is only one potential rematch from the dual with the Cardinal back in 2010 on the docket this weekend, and it could come at 149 pounds. Andrew Lenzi defeated Timmy Boone, 10-4, in 2010 and did so, 4-2, last weekend at the Midlands Championships. If Harrison Cook gets the nod for Penn at 174, he could meet up with one of his opponents from Midlands, Tommy Kimbrell. Cook scored a 6-1 win in the first round over the Stanford wrestler.
The Cardinal enter the weekend with a 4-3 overall record in duals, but a 1-3 record against Division I programs. Boone shares the team lead in wins among non-redshirt wrestlers with seven against Division I wrestlers with 125-pounder Evan Silver.
Penn has never defeated Arizona State in a dual, entering the weekend with an 0-4 record against head coach Rob Eiter's alma mater. Eiter has only been at the helm for one of those losses, a 21-20 defeat last season at Northeast Duals. The two teams split the ten bouts, but a team point deducted from Penn was the difference.
The Sun Devils were ninth last week at the Southern Scuffle, sending four wrestlers to the podium, including second-place finisher Jake Meredith at 197 pounds. Meredith, ranked No. 8 this week, was 4-1 at the Scuffle, his loss coming to No. 3 Quentin Wright in the final by fall at 5:34. The Sun Devils have four wrestlers ranked in this week's InterMat Top-20, Levi Cooper (No. 14 at heavyweight), Blake Stauffer (No. 14 at 174) and Kevin Radford (No. 15 at 184), joining Meredith in the Top-20. Cooper is a former All-American, earning eighth place honors at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Radford went 1-1 with Penn's Erich Smith last season, winning in the dual before Smith gained revenge at the NCAA Championships.
No. 7 Micah Burak is expected back in the lineup for Penn this weekend at 197 pounds after missing the last six weeks with injury. He is 3-1 this season and 2-2 in his career against wrestlers from Stanford and Arizona State. No. 12 C.J. Cobb is 11-5 this season, and coming off his biggest win as a collegiate wrestler with his 3-2 decision over Virginia Tech's No. 8 Zach Neibert at Midlands. Andre Lenzi was 3-2 overall at Midlands, 3-1 against collegiate wrestlers and sits with a team-best 12-5 record through the 2012 portion of the season.
No. 22 Penn's Probable Lineup for Stanford/Arizona State
125: Mark Rappo, Sr. (8-3)
133: Geoffrey Bostany, Jr. (6-8)
141: No. 12 C.J. Cobb, So. (11-5)
149: Andrew Lenzi, Jr. (12-5)
157: Troy Hernandez, Sr. (6-5)
165: Casey Kent, Fr. (12-7) or Brad Wukie, Jr. (8-5)
174: Harrison Cook, Sr. (4-7) or Ian Korb, So. (9-8)
184: Canaan Bethea, Jr. (10-5)
197: No. 7 Micah Burak, Sr. (3-1)
285: Kyle Cowan, Jr. (5-5) or Steven Graziano, Jr. (11-8)