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NEW YORK, N.Y. - No. 23 Penn's final road trip of the season resulted in a third Ivy League win as the Quakers won seven of ten bouts to defeat Columbia in the Big Apple, 23-9.
The Red and Blue jumped out to a quick lead, building an 11-0 lead through three matches. The Quakers notched bonus points in two of those bouts on major decisions from No. 20 Mark Rappo and No. 11 C.J. Cobb.
Rappo downed Penn Gottfried, 16-5, to start the dual. Rappo scored seven takedowns in the bout, two in both the first and second period before opening up for three in the final period. Rappo was dominant on top after his takedowns, accumulating 3:56 of riding time in the bout. Jeff Canfora tallied his third Ivy League dual win in a row via an 8-2 decision over Matt Bystol at 133 pounds. Canfora scored a takedown in each period, finishing the match with 2:01 of riding time.
At 141, C.J. Cobb had to rally for his big win after allowing an early takedown against Alec Mooradian. Cobb started his comeback quickly, finishing the first period with a 5-3 lead. Cobb scored three takedowns in the second period to lead, 12-5, after five minutes. In the third, Mooradian climbed back in with an escape and a point for locked hands to momentarily erase the major decision. Mooradian called injury time in the final ten seconds, and Cobb chose neutral to try and find the needed takedown for the bonus points. He did just that, scoring a quick takedown and adding two backpoints for a 19-8 major.
Andrew Lenzi was in control from almost all of his match with No. 6 Steve Santos at 149 pounds, but a four-point move in the final five seconds was the difference in a 7-4 decision for Santos. Lenzi had a 4-2 lead after the first period on a pair of low sweep singles. In the third, Lenzi took two shots to extend his lead, but neither connected. With time winding down, Santos connected on an inside trip to a pair of backpoints to deny Lenzi a huge win.
After a 4-1 win by No. 18 Jake O'Hara over Troy Hernandez closed Penn's lead to just 11-6, the Quakers won four of the final five bouts to pull away. Casey Kent gutted out 1-0 win over Josh Houldsworth at 165 via a second period escape to start the run. Ian Korb trailed 4-1 after the second period against Stephen West, and attempted to rally with a third period takedown, but West reversed to hold on for an 8-4 win.
Canaan Bethea gave the Quakers an eight-point lead with a 7-4 win over Dave Rebling at 184. Bethea had a takedown in each period for the win. No. 9 Micah Burak clinched the dual for the Red and Blue with a 4-3 win over Nick Mills at 197. Burak trailed after an early takedown from Mills, but scored off a Russian tie to lead, 3-2, after the first period. Each wrestler mounted an escape the rest of the way for the final score.
At heavyweight, Steven Graziano capped the win for the Quakers with a 5-3 decision over Chris Manna. Graziano scored all five of his points in the third period, including two takedowns in a ten-second span in the final minute.
The Quakers had a 24-6 edge in takedowns to control the neutral situations in the dual.
The Quakers finish the 2012-13 regular season next weekend with a pair of home duals. On Saturday, the Red and Blue host Princeton for Senior Day. Sunday will see the renewal of a Philadelphia battle as the Quakers host Drexel. Both matches start at 1 p.m.
#23 Penn def. Columbia, 23-9
125: #20 Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Penn Gottfried (CU), 16-5 Penn leads, 4-0
133: Jeff Canfora (Penn) def. Matt Bystol (CU), 8-2 Penn leads, 7-0
141: #11 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. Alec Mooradian (CU), 19-8 Penn leads, 11-0
149: #6 Steve Santos (CU) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 7-4 Penn leads, 11-3
157: #18 Jake O'Hara (CU) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 4-1 Penn leads 11-6
165: Casey Kent (Penn) def. Josh Houldsworth (CU), 1-0 Penn leads, 14-6
174: Stephen West (CU) def. Ian Korb (Penn), 8-4 Penn leads, 14-9
184: Canaan Bethea (Penn) def. Drew Rebling (CU), 7-4 Penn leads, 17-9
197: #9 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Nick Mills (CU), 4-3 Penn leads 20-9
285: Steven Graziano (Penn) def. Chris Manna (CU), 5-3 Penn leads, 23-9