Wrestling Defeats Columbia, 32-6

NEW YORK – Penn picked up bonus points in five of its eight wins on Saturday against Columbia en route to a 32-6 win over the Lions. With the win, Penn ups its overall record to 11-5. The Quakers now stand at 4-0 in the Ivy League with one Ivy dual remaining on Sunday at No. 3 Cornell.

Rollie Peterkin kicked things off for Penn with a 15-0 shutout of Kevin Tao at 125 pounds. Peterkin, ranked 11th in the country, held a 7-0 lead after one period thanks to a quick takedown and two separate nearfalls. Peterkin added another takedown and three more backpoints in the second period for a 12-0 lead entering the final frame. Starting on bottom in the third, Peterkin escaped quickly and then shot for the final takedown at the 5:25 mark to end the match and put five team points on the board for Penn.

Bryan Ortenzio followed at 133 with a 6-4 decision over Andrew Grabfelder. Ortenzio took the lead with a takedown 12 seconds into the bout. After Grabfelder escaped, Ortenzio capitalized on a scramble with a minute to go in the period for two more points. In the second, Grabfelder was close to riding out the full two minutes, but Ortenzio countered with a reversal at the end of the period for a 6-2 lead entering the third. In the final period, Grabfelder escaped and added the riding time point, but Ortenzio prevailed.

After an 8-0 major decision from Rick Rappo at 141, No. 11 Cesar Grajales scored Penn’s only pin of the day, defeating Matt Dunn at 6:19. Grajales was in control throughout the match and was leading 14-2 at the time of the fall.

No. 18 Matt Dragon increased Penn’s lead to 21-0 with an 8-1 win over Derek Sickles at 157. Dragon broke a scoreless tie in the second period with a three-point nearfall from top position. Dragon added a reversal in the third period and two backpoints on his way to the win.

Andrew Coles and Eren Civan needed overtime to settle their bout at 165 pounds. Civan scored a takedown in sudden victory for the 4-2 win to get Columbia on the board.

At 174 pounds, Scott Giffin picked up Penn’s second major decision of the day with a 15-3 win over Mike Wolfer. Giffin recorded six takedowns in the bout to go with two backpoints and riding time for the bonus-point win.

Colin Hitschler also won via major decision, 9-1 over Kenji Porter. Hitschler broke open a 3-1 match in the third period with a late takedown and three backpoints at the end of the match.

Thomas Shovlin fought through a pair of bloodied nostrils at 197 for a 4-2 decision over Lou Miller. An escape in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and his exact one minute of riding time secured the win.

The final bout of the day featured Trey McLean taking on No. 13 Ryan Flores at heavyweight. The first period featured a lot of action on both sides. McLean scored first with a takedown, but Flores reversed for two points. He then added three back points. McLean escaped near the end of the first period and the two headed to the second period with Flores in front, 5-3. Flores escaped at the start of the second and the two went neutral for the majority of the period. McLean added two points with 13 seconds left in the second period to get back within one point. Flores escaped at the buzzer to enter the third period with a 7-5 lead. McLean chose to start the third period neutral, looking for a takedown to tie the bout. McLean was the aggressor and Flores was called for two stalling warnings, resulting in a point for McLean. Off a restart with four seconds left, McLean dove for the legs, but Flores was able to swing to the back for two final points and a 9-6 win.

Penn def. Columbia, 32-6

125 – Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def. Kevin Tao (CU), Tech Fall 15-0 (5:25); Penn leads 5-0

133 – Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Andrew Grabfelder (CU), Dec. 6-4; Penn leads 8-0

141 – Rick Rappo (Penn) def. Shane Strumwasser (CU), Maj. Dec. 8-0; Penn leads 12-0

149 – Cesar Grajales (Penn) def. Matt Dunn (CU), FALL 6:19; Penn leads 18-0

157 – Matt Dragon (Penn) def. Derek Sickles (CU), Dec. 8-1; Penn leads 21-0

165 – Eren Civan (CU) def. Andrew Coles (Penn), SV 4-2; Penn leads 21-3

174 – Scott Giffin (Penn) def. Mike Wolfer (CU), Maj. Dec. 15-3; Penn leads 25-3

184 – Colin Hitschler (Penn) def. Kenji Porter (CU), Maj. Dec. 9-1; Penn leads 29-3

197 – Thomas Shovlin (Penn) def. Lou Miller (CU), Dec. 4-2; Penn leads 32-3

Hwt. – Ryan Flores (CU) def. Trey McLean (Penn), Dec. 9-6; Penn leads 32-6