ST. LOUIS – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team will send four wrestlers to the second day of the 2015 NCAA Championships, the most since Penn also sent four to the second day in 2013.
C.J. Cobb highlights the contingent moving on to the second day, earning a spot in the quarterfinals at 149 pounds. He is Penn’s first quarterfinalist since Micah Burak reached the quarters at 197 in 2013.
No. 13 C.J. Cobb connected on an early takedown against No. 4 Brandon Sorenson of Iowa, and would go on to put together a 4-3 win and reach the quarterfinals at 149 pounds.
Cobb scored on a slide-by with 15 seconds left in the first period, and an escape early in the third built him a 3-1 lead. Sorenson would score a takedown of his own with 45 seconds left to tie the match, but Cobb would escape seconds later for the eventual winning point.
Cobb is one win away from securing Penn’s first All-American finish at 149 pounds since Brett Matter finished fifth in 1999. Friday morning, Cobb will wrestle Cornell’s No. 5 Chris Villalonga in the quarterfinals. The two met earlier this season, a 4-2 win for Cobb in sudden victory.
Cobb had to rally in his opening match after Mike DePalma scored a quick takedown and added two backpoints for 4-1 first period lead. Cobb patiently worked his way back into the match, scoring a takedown in the second period and adding a point after the second stalling warning on DePalma. In the third, Cobb scored a second takedown and rode out on his way to an 8-5 win.
Caleb Richardson started things off for Penn in fine fashion, knocking off two-time All-American No. 9 A.J. Schopp of Edinboro, 4-2. After a scoreless first period, Richardson turned Schopp’s choice of top against him, reversing early in the second period. In the third period, Schopp lunged in on a bad shot attempt, and Richardson countered for a takedown and the needed separation for the victory.
In the second round, Richardson went to sudden victory with his second seeded opponent of the day, but No. 8 Kevin Devoy scored the winning takedown after a big headlock attempt from Richardson did not pay off in a 3-1 bout.
Returning All-American Lorenzo Thomas will have some work to do in order to reclaim a place on the podium after he was caught in a scramble and pinned by Missouri’s Willie Miklus in the first period. Thomas had scored two early takedowns, and was in a tie match when his reversal attempt was denied by Miklus for the fall.
Thomas started his potential journey to a second All-American award with an 8-4 decision over Ohio’s Andrew Romanchik. Thomas had a takedown in the first period to take an opening lead, but needed a third period takedown to answer a pair of Romanchik reversals.
Canaan Bethea was never able to get on track against returning All-American No. 10 Conner Hartmann of Duke in an 8-1 loss. Hartmann scored a first period takedown and added five points in the third period to pull away for the win.
Bethea bounced back with a 3-1 win over Old Dominion’s Kevin Beazley in a consolation bout. A second period takedown was the winning move for Bethea.
In his first NCAA Championships appearance, Brooks Martino was edged by No. 10 seed Justin DeAngelis of Oklahoma, 6-4. DeAngelis scored first, getting a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the opening period. Martino would climb back onto the match with a takedown in the second period, but a score from DeAngelis in the third period was the difference.
Action resumes on Friday with the quarterfinals and more consolation matches starting at 11 a.m. EST. All matches will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App. The quarterfinals will also be available on ESPNU.
133: Caleb Richardson
First Round: def. #9 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), 4-2
Second Round: lost to #8 Kevin Devoy (Drexel), 3-1 SV
149: #13 C.J. Cobb
First Round: def. Mike DePalma (Kent State), 8-5
Second Round: def. #4 Brandon Sorenson (Iowa), 4-3
157: Brooks Martino
First Round: lost to #10 Justin DeAngelis (Oklahoma), 6-4
Consolation First Round: lost to Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke), 4-3
184: #10 Lorenzo Thomas
First Round: lost to Willie Miklus (Missouri), Fall 2:15
Consolation Second Round: def. Andrew Romanchik (Ohio), 8-4
197: Canaan Bethea
First Round: lost to #10 Conner Hartmann (Duke), 8-1
Consolation Second Round: def. Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion), 3-1
Download: NCAA DI Wrestling Session II .pdf