Wrestling Concludes NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team concluded its 2015 NCAA Championships on Friday, with two wrestlers suffering tough losses in the Round of 12.

No. 13 C.J. Cobb was defeated in the national quarterfinals, 4-1, by Cornell’s No. 5 Chris Villalonga. After a scoreless first period, Villalonga escaped in the second for a 1-0 lead. Cobb equalized with an escape of his own to start the second, but a takedown with just over a minute left for Villalonga was the difference.

In the Round of 12, Cobb had the better of the shots in the early portion of the match, but two counter takedowns from No. 15 Bryant Clagon – one in each of the second and third periods – were the difference in a 5-3 loss.

Canaan Bethea scored his second win of the tournament to open his Day Two, defeating Northern Colorado’s Trent Noon, 10-3. Bethea had a takedown in the first period, and both wrestlers traded reversals to send the match to the third period in favor of Bethea, 4-3. In the third, Bethea reversed and then added three backpoints for the wide margin of victory.

Bethea picked up an overtime win to move on to the Round of 12, defeating West Virginia’s Jake Smith, 3-1. Bethea scored the winning takedown with 13 seconds left in sudden victory.

Bethea’s tournament run concluded with a loss to No. 6 Nathan Burak of Iowa. The returning All-American – and younger brother of Penn alums Micah and Gabe – scored four takedowns en route to the win.

No. 10 Lorenzo Thomas opened his day with a major decision over the Big Ten champion and No, 8 seed, Domenic Abounader of Michigan. Thomas scored four takedowns in the match, opening with a scramble win in the first period and locking up the major decision with a takedown in the final 10 seconds.

Thomas was halted in his next match by No. 16 Timothy Dudley of Nebraska, 17-5. Thomas was the aggressor early, but much like his first match on Thursday, a big move changed the course of the bout. Thomas was in deep on a high single, and tried to throw Dudley down to the mat. The move did not work, and Dudley came out on top for five points. From there, Thomas tried more big moves, and couldn’t connect on any of them.

For the second day in a row, Caleb Richardson was defeated in sudden victory by a seeded EIWA rival. This time, it was Lehigh’s No. 10 Mason Beckman who connected on a takedown with 12 seconds remaining in sudden victory in a 3-1 bout.

Penn finished the tournament in 37th place with 6.5 points.

133: Caleb Richardson
First Round: def. #9 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), 4-2
Second Round: lost to #8 Kevin Devoy (Drexel), 3-1 SV
Consolation Second Round: lost to #10 Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 3-1 SV

149: #13 C.J. Cobb
First Round: def. Mike DePalma (Kent State), 8-5
Second Round: def. #4 Brandon Sorenson (Iowa), 4-3
Quarterfinals: lost to #5 Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 4-1
Round of 12: lost to #15 Bryant Clagon (Rider), 5-3

157: Brooks Martino
First Round: lost to #10 Justin DeAngelis (Oklahoma), 6-4
Consolation First Round: lost to Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke), 4-3

184: #10 Lorenzo Thomas
First Round: lost to Willie Miklus (Missouri), Fall 2:15
Consolation First Round: def. Andrew Romanchik (Ohio), 8-4
Consolation Second Round: def. #8 Domenic Abounader (Michigan), 10-2
Consolation Third Round: lost to #16 Timothy Dudley (Nebraska), 17-5

197: Canaan Bethea
First Round: lost to #10 Conner Hartmann (Duke), 8-1
Consolation First Round: def. Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion), 3-1
Consolation Second Round: def. Trent Noon (Northern Colorado), 10-3
Consolation Third Round: def. Jake Smith (West Virginia), 3-1 SV
Round of 12: lost to #6 Nathan Burak (Iowa), 10-3

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Download: 2015 NCAA Final Brackets.pdf