LINCOLN, Neb. – Penn entered its dual with No. 8 Nebraska staring down a Cornhusker lineup which was rife with top-five wrestlers in the middle weights. That advantage paid off for the host ‘Huskers in a 30-9 win as part of Nebraska’s first “Tumble N Rumble” gymnastics/wrestling event in front of 2,746 fans.
Frank Mattiace, Jeff Canfora and No. 19 Casey Kent were the winners for Penn, Kent’s victory coming in one of two bouts featuring a pair of Top-20 wrestlers.
Mattiace started the dual for Penn with a win at 197 pounds, downing Spencer Johnson by a score of 7-2. Mattaice opened with a takedown 0:45 into the bout, and separated with two points of nearfall to start the third period. He sealed the victory with a takedown at the buzzer.
The Cornhuskers would win three in a row to take a 10-3 lead before the Red and Blue would get back in the win column. That win came from Jeff Canfora at 141 pounds, a 5-2 win over Colton McCrystal. Canfora had a takedown late in the first period, scoring with eight seconds left in the opening stanza. A second takedown in the middle period was waved off after McCrystal was ruled to have been off the mat, but Canfora was undeterred and added a reversal in the third period to give himself the win.
Nebraska would score bonus points in three of the next four bouts, including falls from No. 4 Jake Sueflohn (149) and No. 4 Robert Kokesh (174) and a technical fall from No. 3 James Green (157) to seal the dual.
Sandwiched in between, No. 19 Casey Kent worked his way to a 3-2 win over No. 17 Austin Wilson at 165 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Kent patiently found a reversal in the second period to take a 2-0 lead. In the third, Wilson chose neutral and connected on a takedown which erased Kent’s riding time advantage. Wilson elected to allow Kent to escape, looking to score a takedown. Kent defended the final 0:30 of the match and secured the win.
In the dual’s final bout, No. 10 Lorenzo Thomas scored twice in the first period against No. 13 T.J. Dudley, but Dudley rallied in the third period for a 9-6 win. The match swung with a full ride in the second period from Dudley and then two sets of nearfall after a Dudley reversal in the third.
Penn falls to 2-3 in dual meets this season, while Nebraska improves to 8-0.
The Quakers return to The Palestra for a Friday night dual against new EIWA foe Binghamton on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The dual will be preceded by a high school dual between Wyoming Seminary (PA) and Bergen Catholic (NJ) starting at 5 p.m.
197: Frank Mattiace (Penn) dec. Spencer Johnson (Nebraska), 7-2 Penn leads, 3-0
285: Collin Jensen (Nebraska) dec. Steven Graziano (Penn), 9-2 Match tied, 3-3
125: #11 Tim Lambert (Nebraska) MD Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 15-3 Nebraska leads, 7-3
133: Shawn Nagel (Nebraska) dec. Ken Bade (Penn), 6-3 Nebraska leads, 10-3
141: Jeff Canfora (Penn) dec. Colton McCrystal (Nebraska), 5-2 Nebraska leads, 10-6
149: #4 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) WBF Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 4:53 Nebraska leads, 16-6
157: #3 James Green (Nebraska) TF Ray Bethea (Penn), 19-4 (7:00) Nebraska leads, 21-6
165: #19 Casey Kent (Penn) dec. #17 Austin Wilson (Nebraska), 3-2 Nebraska leads, 21-9
174: #4 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) WBF Zach Agostino (Penn), 4:50 Nebraska leads, 27-9
184: #13 T.J. Dudley (Nebraska) dec. #10 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), 9-6 Nebraska leads, 30-9