BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team was able to quickly put a tough loss to No. 6 Cornell in the rear-view mirror as the Quakers won seven of ten bouts to knock off Binghamton, 26-10. The win is the first road win of the season for the Quakers and the first in head coach Alex Tirapelle's tenure.
Jeff Canfora, No. 14 C.J. Cobb and Caleb Richardson each capped a 2-0 weekend with dominating wins to help the Quakers build a 13-3 lead.
Richardson started a run of five consecutive wins for the Red and Blue with a pin of Joe Nelson in the first period. Richardson had two takedowns before the opening period was halfway over, finally flipping Nelson to his back at 1:33.
Canfora followed with an 8-2 decision over Dylan Caruana at 141 pounds. Canfora scored a takedown in each period for the comfortable victory.
At 149 pounds, No. 14 C.J. Cobb scored five takedowns, including three in a busy first period en route to an 18-4 major decision over Nick Tighe. Cobb added two sets of back points, scoring three nearfall in both the second and third periods, tacking on 3:48 of riding time.
Penn’s next two wins came after Brooks Martino and Ray Bethea had to navigate scoreless first periods. At 157, Martino would ride out Vincent DePrez in the second period, and add an escape and a takedown in the third period for a 4-0 decision.
Ray Bethea followed with a 4-3 decision at 165. Zack Zupan had an escape to start the second period, but Bethea blasted in on a double near the end of the period to lead, 2-1. In the third, Bethea added to his lead with an escape. Zupan came back, tying the match with a late takedown but an escape from Bethea in the final 20 seconds secured the one-point win.
Brad Wukie and Steve Schneider engaged in a marathon match at 174 pounds, needing three sudden victory periods before Schneider scored the winning takedown in a 5-3 match.
No. 5 Lorenzo Thomas broke open a 4-2 match against Jack McKeever in the third period, scoring a takedown and riding out for 2:32 of riding time and a 7-2 decision.
At 197, Canaan Bethea was in control the entire match against Caleb Wallace, rolling to a 12-0 major decision. Bethea opened the match with a takedown and three nearfall, adding three more backpoints in the second period. A takedown in the third period helped Bethea to 3:57 of riding time.
The Bearcats finished the dual with a 15-5 major decision from Tyler Deuel at heavyweight over Patrik Garren. That win bookended the dual for Binghamton as David White defeated Jeremy Schwartz, 7-2, in the opening bout.
The Quakers are off next weekend before hosting Brown (1 p.m.) and Harvard (6 p.m.) on February 7.
Penn defeats Binghamton, 26-10
125: David White (BU) DEC Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 7-2 Binghamton leads, 3-0
133: Caleb Richardson (Penn) FALL Joe Nelson (BU), 1:33 Penn leads 6-3
141: Jeff Canfora (Penn) DEC Dylan Caruana (BU), 8-2 Penn leads, 9-3
149: #14 C.J. Cobb (Penn) MD Nick Tighe (BU), 18-4 Penn leads, 13-3
157: Brooks Martino (Penn) DEC Vincent DePrez (BU), 4-0 Penn leads, 16-3
165: Ray Bethea (Penn) DEC Zack Zupan (BU), 4-3 Penn leads, 19-3
174: Steve Schneider (BU) DEC Brad Wukie (Penn), 5-3 (SV3) Penn leads, 19-6
184: #5 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) DEC Jack McKeever (BU), 7-2 Penn leads, 22-6
197: Canaan Bethea (PENN) MD Caleb Wallace (BU), 12-0 Penn leads, 26-6
285: Tyler Deuel (BU) MD Patrik Garren (Penn), 15-5 Penn leads, 26-10