Hempstead, N.Y. No. 22 Penn wrestling team lost a tough match to No. 21 Hofstra, 25-15,on Wednesday evening at Hofstra Arena. Sophomore Lior Zamir defeated his Pride opponent, while senior Mike Silengo and junior Matt Valenti won by forfeit.
Zamir started the Red and Blue off with a 4-3 win over No. 19 Chris Vondruska at 165 pounds. The Pride took the next four matches to jump out to a 12-3 lead. No. 13 Matt Herrington was tested for the first time this season, matching up with No. 4 Mike Patrovich at 174 pounds in the second match of the night. Herrington fell behind early and was unable to recover, falling 10-4. Senior captain Dustin Wiles ran into No. 19 Joe Rovelli for the second time this season. Wiles took the first match at the Las Vegas Invitational, but Rovelli got his revenge tonight, turning Wiles for back points in the third to take the match 6-4. At 197 pounds, senior captain Paul Velekei fell to Chris Weidman, 12-6 and freshman Jack Sullivan was pinned at heavyweight.
Hofstra forfeited at 125 and 133 pound to tie the match at 15. At 141 pounds, freshman Cesar Grajales fell to No. 13 Charles Griffin, 6-3, and classmate Matt Dragon dropped a tough bout to No. 4 Jon Masa, 13-5. In the final bout of the night, junior Gene Zannetti kept it close at 157 pounds but to No. 16 John Strouse, 2-1.
The Quakers fall to 7-3 on the season and the Pride improve 9-4 overall. The Quakers will be back in action Friday, Feb. 3 against Brown at 3 p.m.
Penn 15, Hofstra 25
165 Lior Zamir def. No. 19 Chris Vondruska, D: 4-3
174 No. 12 Matt Herrington lost to No. 4 Mike Patrovich, D: 10-4
184 Dustin Wiles lost to No. 19 Joe Rovelli, D: 6-4
197 Paul Velekei lost to Chris Weidman, D:12-6
285 Jack Sullivan lost to Jon Andriac, F:4:01
125 No. 13 Mike Silengo won by forfeit
133 No. 9 Matt Valenti won by forfeit
141 Cesar Grajales lost to No. 13 Charles Griffin, D: 6-3
149 No. 13 Matt Dragon lost to No. 4 Jon Masa, MD:13-5
157 No. 19 Gene Zannettilost to No. 16 James Strouse, D: 2-1