PHILADELPHIA – Winter is coming. And it is likely bringing the Binghamton Bearcats with it.
A wintry forecast which is predicting a heavy snowstorm in the Philadelphia area should be cleared by Sunday’s 1 p.m. scheduled start time for the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team’s fourth consecutive EIWA dual meet. The Quakers won a pair of road matches last weekend, comfortably vanquishing Sacred Heart (31-6) and Army West Point (24-12) for their first dual meet wins of 2015-16.
Setting The Table
The Quakers enter the dual meet with a 2-1 record, and are 0-1 in The Palestra this season. The Bearcats are 6-4 overall (3-4 against Division I opponents), with a dual meet scheduled for Friday at Drexel. The only common opponent for the two schools to this point has been Army West Point. Binghamton dropped a 19-15 decision, while the Quakers were victorious, 24-12, last weekend.
Penn’s Probable Starters
125: Jeremy Schwartz
133: Caleb Richardson
141: Marc Mastropietro or A.J. Vindici
149: C.J. Cobb
157: May Bethea
165: Ray Betheaor Brooks Martino
174: Casey Kent
184: Lorenzo Thomas
197: Joe Heyob or Robert Ng
285: Patrik Garren
Binghamton’s Probable Starters
125: Thiemo Diallo or Steven Bulzomi
133: Jacob Nicholson
141: Dylan Caruana
149: Frankie Garcia
157: Vincent DePrez
165: Anthony DePrez
174: Jack McKeever
184: Steve Schneider
197: Mark Tracy
285: Connor Calkins
The All-Time Series
The all-time series between the two schools is brief – just four dual meets have been contested. Penn has the decided edge in the series, with wins in all four meetings. Last year, the Red and Blue scored a 26-10 win on the road, on the strength of a pin by Caleb Richardson and major decisions from C.J. Cobb and Canaan Bethea.
All-time in The Palestra, Penn holds a 2-0 record against Binghamton.
Lorenzo Thomas Within Striking Distance of Win #100
Only 10 wrestlers in the 111-year history of Penn Wrestling have won 100 matches during their careers. With two victories last weekend, Lorenzo Thomas has put himself in position to become the 11th. He sits at 99 career wins entering this weekend, and with a win on Sunday would become the first Penn grappler to win 100 career matches with the majority of his career spent at 184 pounds. He is 76-21 over his career while competing at 184 pounds.
Bethea vs. DePrez Tag Team Classic at Middleweights
If the probable lineups hold, it is likely that each team will lineup a pair of brothers at 157 and 165 pounds. For Penn, it would be the “Brothers Bethea” as May Bethea and Ray Bethea have started the first three dual meets of the season at those weights, and are a combined 4-6 in dual action. For Binghamton, it is the “DePrez Double” as Vincent and Anthony have posted a combined 11-9 record in dual meets for the Bearcats.
No Dual Rematches on the Docket
A look at the probable lineups for the meet shows no likely rematches from last year’s dual. The Quakers will return six wrestlers from last year – Jeremy Schwartz, Caleb Richardson, C.J. Cobb, Ray Bethea, Lorenzo Thomas, and Patrik Garren. Four of those wrestlers – Richardson, Cobb, Bethea, and Thomas – were victorious last year. For Binghamton, Dylan Caruana, Vincent DePrez, Steve Schneider, and Jack McKeever all competed. Only Schneider scored a win – a 5-3 win over Brad Wukie in a third period of sudden victory.
There might be some rematches from this season, though. Jeremy Schwartz and Marc Mastropietro could have opportunities to avenge losses to open the season at the Bearcat Open hosted by Binghamton. Schwartz lost to Steven Bulzomi, 9-4, while Mastropietro lost to Dylan Caruana, 9-5.