PROVIDENCE - The winning streak for the Quakers is up to five following a 25-9 win over Brown in the Ocean State on Saturday afternoon. Penn won seven of ten matches to secure the victory.
"Our men went out and did their jobs today," head coach Zeke Jones said. "It is always touugh with minimal recovery time, but they did what good teams do."
The day started at 125 pounds and #8 Rollie Peterkin got the Quakers out to a quick lead with a 15-3 major decision over Brown's Mike Piccirillo. Peterkin is now 21-2 on the season, with only one loss in his last 14 bouts.
The Bears got back in the match with a 2-1 decision win for Jeff Schell at 133 pounds over Bryan Ortenzio.
The Red and Blue put together three straight wins to extend their lead to 14-3. Rick Rappo got things started at 141 pounds with a 15-11 decision over Mark Savino. #14 Cesar Grajales followed with a 4-1 win at 149 pounds over Mark Bloom to get back in the win column following last night's loss to #2 J.P. O'Connor of Harvard. Rob Hitschler continued his hot streak at 157 pounds, scoring a major decision win over Tom Fazio, 14-3. Hitschler is now 13-3 in the 2007-08 season, which he got a late start on coming off an injury.
Chris Musser added three points to Brown's total with a 3-1 decision over Tom Timothy at 165 pounds.
Scott Giffin came back at 174 pounds with perhaps the day's most dominating performance. He defeated Kasey McCurdy via tech fall, 21-6, to put five more points up for the Quakers.
Lior Zamir beat Matt Gevelinger, 9-3, to continue his march back into the national rankings. The win on Saturday was the second time Zamir defeated Gevelinger this season, the first an 18-5 major decision in November.
Branden Stearns provided Brown with their final win of the day, a 2-1 decision over Colin Hitschler at 197 pounds.
Trey McLean finished the day off with an 11-5 win in the heavyweight bout over Zach Zdrada. This was McLean's second victory over Zdrada in 07-08, also winning a 6-4 decision in the first round of the Keystone Classic at Penn in November.
"Trey had a great weekend and is really peaking at the right time," Jones said. "It would have been a great match to see him wrestle Levon Mock again in a rematch from the Keystone because Trey was really ready."
The two teams also held three exhibition matches.Dave FoxenpinnedPhil Boyerat 141 pounds, scoring the fall at the 6:25 mark. Brian Spangler defeated Bryan Tracy, 10-3, in a 149 pound match. Finally, Leo Saniuk defeated Dan Zander, 4-2, in a 197 pound match.
Jones was confident that the two wins this weekend, and more importantly the manner in which those wins came, will pay dividends for the Quakers down the road.
"Our goal for the weekend was to train as hard as we could straight through and treat this like the opening rounds of a conference or NCAA tournament,"Jones said."We wanted to get conditioned like we will need to be in March. Our guys were tired, but they had the will to win. Only the best in the country know how to wrestle when they are out of gas and are relying on will and instinct. After this weekend, our wrestlers should know how that feels."
#25 Penndef Brown, 25-9
125 lbs. - #8 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def Mike Piccirrillo (Brown), Maj Dec. 15-2; Penn leads 4-0
133 lbs. - Jeff Schell (Brown) def Bryan Ortenzio (Penn), Dec 2-1; Penn leads 4-3
141 lbs. - Rick Rappo (Penn) def Mark Savino (Brown), Dec 15-11; Penn leads 7-3
149 lbs. - #14 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def mark Bloom (Brown), Dec 4-1; Penn leads 10-3
157 lbs. - Rob Hitschler (Penn) def Tom Fazio (Brown), Maj Dec 14-3; Penn leads 14-3
165 lbs. - Chris Musser (Brown) def. Tom Timothy (Penn), Dec 3-1; Penn leads 14-6
174 lbs. - Scott Giffin (Penn) def Kasey McCurdy (Brown), Tech Fall 5 21-6; Penn leads 19-6
184 lbs. - Lior Zamir (Penn) def Matt Gevelinger (Brown), Dec 9-3; Penn leads 22-6
197 lbs. - Branden Stearns (Brown) def Colin Hitschler (Penn), Dec 2-1; Penn leads 22-9
HWT. - Trey McLean (Penn) def Zach Zdrada (Brown), Dec 11-5; Penn wins 25-9
141 lbs. - Dave Foxen (Brown) def Phil Boyer (Penn), Fall 6:25
149 lbs. - Brian Spangler (Penn) def Bryan Tracy (Brown), Dec 10-3
197 lbs. - Leo Saniuk (Brown) def Dan Zander (Penn), Dec 4-2
The Quakers are now 11-4 on the season in dual meets. Next weekend brings two Empire State teams to The Palestra - Columbia on Friday at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the Quakers host #15 Cornell. Saturday's action will also include a ceremony honoring the 70th anniversary of Penn's Grappler's Club. The Friday match will be available via the Penn Sports Network on www.pennathletics.com. On Saturday, CSTV will be at The Palestra, taping the match for airing on Monday, February 18 at 8 p.m.