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PHILADELPHIA - On Senior Day, Penn's four senior wrestlers went 3-1, propelling No. 23 Penn to a 31-8 pounding of Princeton.
No. 8 Micah Burak and No. 14 Mark Rappo capped their Senior Day with major decision wins, two of five bonus-point wins for the Quakers against their archrivals.
Rappo began the dual with an 18-7 major decision over Max Rogers, scoring eight takedowns in the bout. The wide disparity in takedowns at 125 helped Penn to a 34-5 advantage in takedowns for the dual.
Jeff Canfora followed with his fourth consecutive win, defeating Andrew Hirai, 16-5. The win puts Canfora at 4-1 in Ivy League duals by a combined score of 44-19. Canfora had four takedowns and two sets of backpoints in the win.
No. 9 C.J. Cobb continued his dominant season at 141 with an 18-2 technical fall in the second period over Kevin Moylan. Cobb led, 10-1, after the first period via two takedowns and six backpoints. In the second period, Cobb finished the tech fall with two more takedowns and three backpoints after starting the period with an escape.
Andrew Lenzi again showed he can score early and often against quality opponents, but as was the case last weekend against Columbia, he was caught in the final seconds for a late loss. This weekend, Lenzi led, 4-1, after one period and 4-2 after two frames, but Zach Bintliff snuck a late shot into a takedown and two backpoints for a 6-4 decision.
Senior Troy Hernandez regained momentum for Penn with a 12-5 decision over Seth Hazelton at 157 pounds. Hernandez scored five takedowns and mounted up over two minutes of riding time for the win.
Casey Kent showed on Senior Day that the cupboard is quite full for the Quakers as the freshmen needed little over three minutes for a 15-0 technical fall at 165. Kent held an 11-0 lead after one period over Judd Ziegler after a takedown and three sets of three-point nearfall. He finished the match with a takedown and two backpoints early in the second.
Ian Korb clinched the dual for the Quakers with a 10-4 decision over Ryan Callahan at 174. Korb broke a scoreless tie midway through the first period to lead, 2-1, after one. Korb would build a 5-2 lead after two periods, and opened up for two takedowns in the third to finish the match.
Princeton got its second win at 184 via a tech fall from Scott Gibbons over Mike Steltenkamp. With starter Canaan Bethea out with illness, Steltenkamp again stepped in as he had done over his four years with the Quakers.
No. 8 Micah Burak came up with a three-quarters nelson early in his match with Dan Santoro, using the move for five points en route to a 10-0 major decision - his first bonus points of the season. Steven Graziano finished the dual with a 9-4 decision, scoring two takedowns in the final 45 seconds to seal the win.
Penn improves to 9-3 in duals and 5-1 at The Palestra this season. The win secures second place once again for the Quakers in the Ivy League with a 4-1 mark in the League. The Red and Blue conclude the 2012-13 regular season on Sunday with a dual against Drexel at 1 p.m.
Notes: Rappo improves to 11-1 in duals this season with a team point score of 38-3 ... C.J. Cobb is 10-2 in duals with a team score of 38-6 ... Casey Kent finishes the regular season 11-1 against EIWA opponents ... 11 of Kent's 21 wins have come with bonus points ... Ian Korb leads all Quakers with eight wins against Ivy opponents ... Micah Burak finished the regular season undefeated against EIWA (7-0) and Ivy foes (6-0) ... 16 of Steven Graziano's 17 wins have been by decision ... Penn has won 22 duals in a row against Princeton.
#23 Penn Defeats Princeton, 31-8
125: #14 Mark Rappo (Penn) def Max Rogers (PU), 18-7 Penn leads, 4-0
133: Jeff Canfora (Penn) def. Andrew Hirai (PU), 16-5 Penn leads, 8-0
141: #9 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. Kevin Moylan (PU), 18-2 Penn leads, 13-0
149: Zach Bintliff (PU) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 6-4 Penn leads, 13-3
157: Troy Hernandez (Penn) def. Seth Hazelton (Penn), 12-5 Penn leads, 16-3
165: Casey Kent (Penn) def. Judd Ziegler (PU), 15-0 Penn leads, 21-3
174: Ian Korb (Penn) def. Ryan Callahan (PU), 10-4 Penn leads, 24-3
184: Scott Gibbons (PU) def. Mike Steltenkamp (Penn), 16-0 Penn leads, 24-8
197: #8 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Dan Santoro (PU), 10-0 Penn leads, 28-8
285: Steven Graziano (Penn) def. Cole Lampman (PU), 9-4 Penn leads, 31-8