PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Troy Hernandez was the lone bright spot for Penn against No. 6 Cornell on Saturday, giving the Quakers their lone win via a 5-2 decision at 157 pounds. The Big Red captured the nine other bouts for a 31-3 win.
With the loss, Penn drops to 8-5 in dual meets and 2-1 in the Ivy League. Cornell improves to 6-4-1 and 2-0 in the Ancient Eight.
Hernandez stopped a run of four Cornell wins to open the dual with a 5-2 decision over Derek Schreiner. The win was the freshman's 10th of the season - and first at 157 pounds. Hernandez opened the scoring at 1:19 with a takedown. Schreiner escaped at 1:34 and the bout entered the second period with a 2-1 score in favor of Hernandez. Starting from bottom position in the second period, Hernandez worked out at 3:19 top increase his lead. In the third period, Schreiner closed within one after an escape of his own at 5:10. Hernandez, rather than look to simply hold on for the one-point win, attacked at the end of the match scoring insurance points via a takedown at 6:48.
Penn's win followed the lone upset of the dual as Cornell's Corey Manson used a riding time advantage to defeat No. 9 Cesar Grajales at 149 pounds. Manson had a 2-1 lead after the first period following a takedown at 1:05. He added to his lead early in the second on an escape at the whistle. Grajales came back with a low single at 3:15 to square the bout. Manson escaped after a restart to take a 4-3 lead to the third. In the final period, Grajales again tied the match at 5:14, this time on an escape. Manson quickly reclaimed the lead at 5:25 with a high-leg shot. Grajales was very close to evening the match with a reversal around the 6:20 mark, but no points were awarded and a stalemate was called. With about 15 seconds to go, Grajales was awarded a point on a technical violation by Manson. Grajales then got the match back to 6-6 with an escape at 6:54. However, Manson had accumulated 1:47 of riding time throughout the match for the one-point win.
At 165 pounds, No. 18 Gabriel Burak was narrowly edged by No. 16 Justin Kerber, 3-1. The match was slow to develop, as there were no points in the first period. In the second, Burak got on the board first with an escape at 3:20. Near the end of the period, stalling warnings were called on both men after little action. That led to a quick single attempt by Burak, but time expired before he could score. In the third, Kerber got out at 6:09 to square the match. He the added the only takedown of the bout at 6:50 for the win.
Penn is back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m. at home against Columbia. Before the match, Penn's three seniors - Tyler Blakely, Matt Dragon and Cesar Grajales will be honored as part of Senior Day.
No. 6 Cornell def. Penn, 31-3
125 - Frank Perrelli (Cornell) def. Mark Rappo (Penn), 6-3; Cornell leads 3-0
133 - No. 11 Mike Grey (Cornell) def. Bryan Ortenzio (Penn), 10-3; Cornell leads 6-0
141 - No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) def. Zack Kemmerer (Penn), 7-0; Cornell leads 9-0
149 - Corey Manson (Cornell) def. No. 9 Cesar Grajales (Penn), 7-6; Cornell leads 12-0
157 - Troy Hernandez (Penn) def. Derek Schreiner (Cornell), 5-2; Cornell leads 12-3
165 - No. 16 Justin Kerber (Cornell) def. No. 18 Gabriel Burak (Penn), 3-1; Cornell leads 15-3
174 - No. 1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) def. No. 17 Scott Giffin (Penn), 13-4; Cornell leads 19-3
184 - No. 17 Steve Bosak (Cornell) def. Harrison Cook (Penn), FALL 4:32; Cornell leads 25-3
197 - No. 5 Cam Simaz (Cornell) def. Micah Burak (Penn), 5-3; Cornell leads 28-3
285 - Josh Arnone (Cornell) def. Tyler Blakely (Penn), 6-2; Cornell leads 31-3