Philadelphia Seniors Jeff Eveleth, Doug McGraw and Kyle Bernholz recorded consecutive major decisions to power the 24th-ranked University of Pennsylvania grapplers to 28-10 victory over Ivy League rival Princeton on Senior Day at The Palestra. With the win, the Quakers (9-3, 4-1 Ivy) extended its winning streak over the Tigers (5-8, 0-5 Ivy) to 14 matches.
Senior Matt Smith got things started for the Red and Blue at heavyweight with a 8-4 decision over the Tigers’ Logan Lowe. Penn extended its lead to 9-0 after senior Mason Lenhard won by forfeit at 125.
The Quakers posted back-to-back-to-back major decisions at 133, 141 and 149 to pull ahead 21-0. At 133 lbs., Eveleth blanked Greg Redman to earn the 8-0 major decision.
At 141, McGraw posted a 9-1 major decision over Eric Macrotulli. McGraw put the first points on the board with a takedown 15 seconds into the bout and went on to score six unanswered points. A takedown in the final seconds gave McGraw the major.
Bernholz continued the trend at 149 with a 14-4 major decision over Andy Ianuzzi. Bernholz scored first with a takedown and never looked back. With a 4-1 lead in the second period, Bernholz continued the attack posting an escape, a takedown and two near fall points. He posted two takedowns in the final period as well.
The most exciting bout of the day came at 165 as senior Rich Ferguson posted a takedown 15 seconds into the second sudden victory period to come away with a 5-3 decision over Charlie Wiggins. Wiggins scored first with a takedown, but Ferguson countered with a reversal. Wiggins opened the second period with an escape to pull ahead 3-2. With 1:27 remaining, Ferguson was awarded a penalty point to even the score which would eventually lead to overtime.
It was a high scoring match at 174 as junior Dustin Wiles earned a 18-10 major decision over Matt DeNichilo to put Penn up 28-3. Wiles touted an 8-5 advantage after the first period with three takedowns and a reversal and continued the onslaught over the next two periods by outscoring DeNichilo, 10-5.
The Quakers, winners of eight of their last nine, are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 20, as they travel to No. 4 Lehigh for a 2 p.m. start.
No. 24 Penn 28, Princeton 10
125: Mason Lenhard (Penn) won by forferit
133: Jeff Eveleth (Penn) maj. Greg Redman (Pr), 8-0
141: #15 Doug McGraw (Penn) maj. Eric Marcotulli (Pr), 9-1
149: Kyle Bernholz (Penn) maj. Andy Ianuzzi (Pr), 14-4
157: Alex Enriquez (Pr) dec. Brock Wittmeyer (Penn), 7-4
165: Rich Ferguson (Penn) dec. Charlie Wiggins (Pr), 5-3 (sv-2)
174: Dustin Wiles (Penn) maj. Matt DeNichilo (Pr), 18-10
184: Jack Fleming (Pr) dec. Dan Gallagher (Penn), 6-3
197: Jake Butler (Pr) maj. Marcus Schontube (Penn), 10-0
*285: Matt Smith (Penn) dec. Logan Lowe (Pr), 8-4
*Indicates starting weight class
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant