Bonus Points Puts Wrestling Past Maryland, 34-6

PHILADELPHIA – Five Quakers won their matches by bonus points as the No. 25 Penn wrestling team cruised to a 34-6 victory over visiting Maryland at The Palestra on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Matt Valenti and senior Dustin Wiles pinned their Terrapin opponents, while fellow captain Paul Velekei won by technical fall. Juniors Gene Zannetti and Matt Herrington won their matches by major decision. The Red and Blue won eight of the matches overall to improve to 2-1 in dual action this season.

Senior Mike Silengo started the meet off with a 5-1 victory over James Knox at 125 lbs. Valenti followed with a fall in 5:33 at 133 pounds to add six team points to the score. At 141 pounds, Cesar Grajales defeated Jason Gribschaw, 6-2, to give Penn a 12-0 lead. Freshman Matt Dragon put three more points on the board with a 6-1 win over Andrew Schlaffer. At 157 pounds, Zannetti used three nearfall points in the second period to put his match away and earned a 14-6 win over Adam James.

Maryland won their first match of the afternoon at 165 pounds. Adam DeCosmo defeated Penn’s Andrew Coles, 6-3, to make the score, 19-3. Herrington, competing for the Quakers for only the second time since the 2004 NCAA Championships, dominated his 174 pound match, defeating Dominic Buckman, 14-4. Wiles followed with a fall in 4:44 to put the Red and Blue up 29-3. Velekei earned three three-point nearfalls to win 18-3. Maryland earned their second victory of the day when Bryan Reiss defeated Jayson Bowlsby, 3-1, at heavyweight.

Penn returns to action at the Virginia Duals next weekend at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va.


125 - Mike Silengo def. James Knox, D; 5-1

133 – No. 11 Matt Valenti def. Brendan Byrne, F; 5:33

141 – Cesar Grajales def. Jason Gribschaw, D; 6-2

149 - Matt Dragon def. Andrew Schlaffer, D; 6-1

157 – Gene Zannetti def. Adam James, MD; 14-6

165 - Adam DeCosmo def. Andrew Coles, D; 9-3

174- Matt Herrington def. Dominic Buckman, MD; 14-4

184 – Dustin Wiles def. Luke Stauffer, F; 4:44

197 – Paul Velekei def. Jerry Afari, TFall; 18-3

285 – Bryan Reiss def. Jayson Bowlsby, D; 3-1