No. 24 Wrestling Stymies Bucknell, 23-10

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Being a freshman in college is all about learning. No mistake is the end of the world as long as you learn from it. Just ask true freshman Casey Kent. Less than 24-hours after a valuable learning experience at the hands of a three-time national champion, Kent moved on in fine fashion with the biggest win of his short - but vibrantly bright-futured - career with a 5-3 decision over No. 9 Corey Lear as part of Penn's 23-10 defeat of Bucknell.

Yesterday, Kent stuck with three-time national champ and No. 1 Kyle Dake of Cornell until the veteran found the fall late in the second period. Today, Kent countered an early shot from NCAA qualifier Lear into two points for a takedown and two points for nearfall on the edge of the mat. From there, Kent showed he can play the strategy game, as well. Despite a reversal on a restart from Lear in the first period, Kent did not panic. After Lear chose bottom for the start of the middle frame, Kent rode strong for the first minute, building a riding time advantage of 1:31 before cutting Lear out after a stall warning. In the third, Kent elected to start in neutral, maintaining his bank of advantage time. With one stall warning already against him, Kent did not run and engaged in hand fighting, making the needed shot attempts to frustrate Lear and secure the 5-3 win. Kent is now 17-10 overall this season, and 3-1 in duals.

Kent's win was one of seven on the day for the Quakers who improved to 5-3 in duals and 2-1 inside the EIWA. Bucknell fell to 5-9 overall and 2-2 inside the EIWA.

The Quakers were aggressive at the start of most matches, scoring the opening takedown in eight of ten bouts. In all, Penn had the takedown advantage, 23-5 in the dual.

Proceedings were tied, 3-3, after the first two bouts before Penn rattled of wins in six of the next seven matches to pull away. #20 Mark Rappo won his 15th match of the season to start the dual, defeated returning NCAA qualifier Austin Miller, 8-2. Rappo took control early with a takedown and two backpoints in the first minute, eventually leading by a score of 6-2 after one period. Bucknell countered with a 6-3 decision from Paul Petrov over Jeff Canfora at 133 to tie the dual. Canfora had an early lead, but five points from Petrov in the third was the difference.

No. 11 C.J. Cobb continued his dominant performance of late with a 14-5 major decision over Derrik Russell. Cobb had six takedowns in the bout, including five in the first period as he built up 2:59 of riding time in the match. Cobb is now 16-5 this season, with five major decisions and a technical fall. Dating back to the Keystone Classic on Nov. 18, Cobb is 13-3 over his last 16 matches with his three losses by a combined three points.

After a tough loss yesterday, Andrew Lenzi found his hand raised once again via an 11-6 decision over Adam Healy at 149 pounds. Lenzi led, 7-1, after one period off two takedowns and three nearfall points and had a 10-2 lead late. All that stood between him and a major decision was a late headlock from Healy for four points, but Lenzi was quick to make sure that was all he conceded to secure the win.

For the second day in a row, Troy Hernandez suffered a loss in overtime, this time a 3-1 defeat in sudden victory to Vincent Favia. After a scoreless first period, Hernandez escaped in the second - but needed 1:01 to do so. That riding time edge led to Favia choosing neutral for the third and the riding time stood up as neither wrestler found a takedown. In sudden victory, Favia finished a scramble with 21 seconds left in the extra period for the win.

After Kent's big win at 165, Ian Korb followed up with a physical 14-5 major decision at 174 over Robert Schlitt. Right off the whistle, Korb blasted in on a shot and finished with a waistlock takedown for the first of six takedowns on the match. Four of those takedowns came in the opening period and helped build a 2:49 block of riding time for Korb as he matched his career high in wins with his 16th victory of the season.

At 184, Canaan Bethea scored a takedown in each period against Robert Marchese for an 8-3 decision. No. 10 Micah Burak followed with Penn's fourth win in a row via a 3-1 decision over Tyler Lyster. Burak scored the only takedown of the match with 1:18 remaining in the first period, a period of time which mattered greatly after each wrestler put together a full period of riding. Lyster was first to do so in the second period, using his legs to tie up Burak and prevent the escape. In the third, Burak went with frequent returns to keep Lyster down, despite getting called for locked hands once midway through the period.

Bucknell took the last bout, 9-0, at heavyweight in favor of Joe Stolfi over Steven Graziano. After a takedown in the first, Stolfi rode for the entire second period with three nearfall points added to build his big lead.

The Red and Blue are off next weekend before returning to The Palestra on Feb. 9 for a pair of Ivy League duals against Harvard (10 a.m.) and Brown (2 p.m.)

#24 Penn def. Bucknell, 23-10
125: #20 Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Austin Miller (BKN), 8-2 Penn leads, 3-0
133: Paul Petrov (BKN) def. Jeff Canfora (Penn), 6-3 Match tied, 3-3
141: #11 C.J. Cobb (Penn) def. Derrik Russell (BKN), 14-5 Penn leads, 7-3
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) def. Adam Healey (BKN), 11-6 Penn leads, 10-3
157: Vincent Favia (BKN) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 3-1 (SV) Penn leads, 10-6
165: Casey Kent (Penn) def. #9 Corey Lear (BKN), 5-3 Penn leads, 13-6
174: Ian Korb (Penn) def. Robert Schlitt (BKN), 14-5 Penn leads, 17-6
184: Canaan Bethea (Penn) def. Robert Marchese (BKN), 8-3 Penn leads, 20-6
197: #10 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Tyler Lyster (BKN), 3-1 Penn leads, 23-6
285: Joe Stolfi (BKN) def. Steven Graziano (Penn), 9-0 Penn leads, 23-10