PHILADELPHIA – Decisions, decisions.
All 10 matches between the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team and No. 15 Cornell came down to decisions, but the Quakers were only able to come out on the winning side in three of the matches during a 21-9 loss to the Big Red at The Palestra.
Sophomore Marc Mastropietro had the biggest win for the Quakers, knocking off two-time NCAA qualifier Mark Grey in overtime, 8-6. Mastropietro found himself behind, 4-1, after the first period, but rallied with a pair of takedowns in the third to force sudden victory. Mastropietro pushed the action in the extra frame, finding the winning takedown with under ten seconds remaining.
May Bethea picked up his 18th win of the season with a 7-3 decision over Taylor Simaz at 157 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Bethea connected on a takedown in the second and then two more in the third period for the win.
Frank Mattiace closed out the dual with a win at 197 pounds, defeating Ben Honis, 6-1. Mattaice scored takedowns in the first and third periods, and over 3:00 of riding time added the sixth point for his second win since returning from injury last week.
A pair of matches between nationally-ranked wrestlers went to Cornell, helping provide the final margin of victory. At 184 pounds, No. 15 Lorenzo Thomas pushed No. 1 Gabe Dean to the brink but a scramble in the final second of overtime ended up with Dean on top for the winning takedown in a 7-5 decision. All three of Dean’s takedowns in the match were similar in fashion – each came off a scramble where Thomas tried to funk roll his way out of a shot and Dean would work the score after some mat wrestling. In the second period, Dean chose down and Thomas was able to earn two backpoints with a cross-wrist tilt to help force overtime.
At 174 pounds, No. 5 Brian Realbuto evened the season series with No. 15 Casey Kent a one apiece with an 8-2 decision. Realbuto had the edge quickly, connecting on a pair of takedowns in the first period and adding one more in the third.
Another swing match that went in Cornell’s favor was a 5-2 decision for Joey Galasso over No. 11 C.J. Cobb at 149 pounds. Galasso struck early, scoring less than 30 seconds in and a takedown off a Cobb last-ditch shot in the third period iced the match for the Philadelphia native.
At 133 pounds, No. 1 Nahshon Garrett defeated Caleb Richardson, 9-3. Garrett had three takedowns in the match, including two in the first period. The Garrett win was one of three for the Big Red to open the dual, with Jeramy Sweany (7-1) and Dalton Macri (12-5) also earning decisions.
The Quakers are right back at it on Sunday, hosting Columbia (1 p.m.) and Bucknell (3 p.m.) in The Palestra. Senior Day ceremonies will be held between the duals.
#15 Cornell defeats Penn, 21-9
285: Jeramy Sweany (Cornell) DEC Patrik Garren (Penn), 7-1 Cornell leads, 3-0
125: Dalton Macri (Cornell) DEC Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 12-5 Cornell leads, 6-0
133: No. 1 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) DEC Caleb Richardson (Penn), 8-3 Cornell leads, 9-0
141: Marc Mastropietro (Penn) DEC Mark Grey (Cornell), 8-6 (SV), Cornell leads, 9-3
149: Joey Galasso (Cornell) DEC No. 11 C.J. Cobb (Penn), 5-2 Cornell leads, 12-3
157: May Bethea (Penn) DEC Taylor Simaz (Cornell), 7-3 Cornell leads, 12-6
165: No. 15 Duke Pickett (Cornell) DEC Brooks Martino (Penn), 8-2 Cornell leads, 15-6
174: No. 5 Brian Realbuto (Cornell) DEC No. 15 Casey Kent (Penn), 8-2 Cornell leads, 18-6
184: No. 1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) DEC No. 15 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), 7-5 (SV) Cornell leads, 21-6
197: Frank Mattiace (Penn) DEC Ben Honis (Cornell), 6-1 Cornell leads, 21-9