Cobb Claims Crown at Shorty Hitchcock Classic

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania's wrestling team capped a successful weekend of competiton with five placewinners at the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Classic hosted by Millersville University.

No. 16 C.J. Cobb led the way for the Quakers, winning the championship at 149 pounds. Cobb won five matches en route to the title, including a pin over Rider's Jimmy Morris in the quarterfinals and a major decision over Lehigh's Ian Brown in the semifinals. In the title bout, Cobb edged Lehigh's Laiek Gardiner, 3-2.

Jeff Canfora went 4-1 at the tournament to finish in second place at 141 pounds. All of his matches were close decisions, including a 3-2 decision over Anthony Giraldo of Rutgers in the semifinals.

Penn's third finalist at the tournament was Ray Bethea at 165 pounds. Bethea was 4-1 at the tournament, opening his day with a pin and then adding a technical fall over Troy Taylor of Army in the second round. In the quarterfinals, hed defeated Jake Hensen of Virginia, 9-3. The semifinals saw a 7-5 decision for Bethea over Kyle Bova of Lock Haven. In the title bout, Bethea was edged in sudden victory by Army's Chandler Smith, 3-1.

After a loss in the first round, freshman Joe Velliquette won five matches in the wrestlebacks to finish in sixth place at 157 pounds. He had a major decision during that five match run to the medal bouts, and recorded the shutout in three of them.

Dan McDevitt was Penn's other placewinner, finishing sixth at 165 pounds. McDevitt advanced as far as the semifinals, knocking off Virginia's Garrett Peppelman, 11-10, in the quarterfinals. In the semis, he was edged in a similarly high-scoring match by Army's Chandler Smith, 12-10.

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