PHILADELPHIA – In front of 5,284 wrestling fans, a pair of University of Pennsylvania wrestlers took to The Palestra mats and gave the hometown fans a show as the Quakers opened the season hosting the 49th NWCA All-Star Classic.
The Red and Blue were 1-1 in their two Showcase Matches, with Lorenzo Thomas picking up where he left off last season with bonus points and C.J. Cobb showcasing the high-paced offense he is known for in a point-filled loss to a former national finalist.
Returning All-American Lorenzo Thomas opened his season with a 16-1 technical fall over Rider’s Clint Morrison. Thomas, the preseason No. 3-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds, dominated in the first period, opening up an 8-1 lead off a takedown and two sets of nearfall. In the second period, he worked a cradle off a takedown, locking up five more points in the waning seconds of the middle frame for a 14-1 lead. In the third, Morrison looked for a miracle headlock turn, but the move was an illegal hold and gave Thomas another point. Seconds later, Thomas escaped for the final point.
No. 20 C.J. Cobb came out firing against his opponent, No. 3 Devin Carter, scoring twice in the opening minute for a 4-1 lead. Carter would come back though, breaking open a tied match in the third period with two late takedowns for a 17-11 decision. The match was an active one, as you would expect in an exhibition match, with eight combined takedowns.
NWCA All-Star Classic
165: #1 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma St.) DEC #2 Nick Sulzer (Virginia), 4-2
174: #2 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) DEC #1-NAIA Brock Gutches (Southern Oregon), 8-2
184: #1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) DEC #2 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion), 5-2
197: #2 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) SV #1 J’den Cox (Missouri), 5-3
285: #2 Michael McMullan (Northwestern) DEC #1 Nick Gwiazdowski (N.C. State), 8-4
125: #3 Alan Waters (Missouri) DEC #4 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech), 4-3
149: #1 Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) DEC #2 Josh Kindig (Oklahoma State), 4-1
157: #2 James Green (Nebraska) DEC #3 Ian Miller (Kent State), 6-4
133: #1 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) DEC #2 Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 4-2
133 lbs. – Kevin Devoy (Drexel) DEC Alex Gomez (Ithaca), 9-4
141 lbs. – Jordan Laster (Princeton) DEC Ryan Diehl (Liberty), 10-7
149 lbs. – #3 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech) DEC #20 C.J. Cobb (Penn), 17-10
184 lbs. – #3 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) TF Clint Morrison (Rider), 16-1 (5:32)
Women’s Freestyle: Helen Maroulis (USA) TF Jillian Gallays (Canada), 10-0
Outstanding Wrestlers: James Green, Michael McMullan