Wrestling Edged by Hofstra, 18-15

PHILADELPHIA - Nine of ten bouts were settled by decision in Penn's dual with Hofstra, but unfortunately for the Quakers, six of those decisions were in favor of the Pride who took the dual via an 18-15 score.

No. 6 Lou Ruggirello got the dual started with a big win at 133 pounds over No. 4 Rollie Peterkin, 3-1. The only takedown of the bout came early, as Ruggirello attacked quickly and scored 41 seconds into the match. He then put together a full ride for the rest of the period and added two more minutes of riding time in the second period despite being dinged for a technical violation for a figure-four on the body. In the third, Peterkin attempted to play to his strength and work for a turn, but couldn't flip Ruggirello over despite two minutes of riding time. In the end, Ruggirello's dominant first period was the difference as he avenged a 6-0 loss in the final of the Southern Scuffle.

No. 9 Zack Kemmerer won his 27th match of the season at 141, defeating Vince Varela, 4-1. Kemmerer broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with an escape, then added a takedown in the final moments for the win.

With the dual tied, 3-3, freshman Andrew Lenzi gave Penn a brief lead with a 3-2 win over Matt Spataro at 149. Lenzi trailed, 1-0, entering the third but took the lead with a reversal to go with 1:08 of riding time.

Hofstra then won the next four matches to take a 15-6 lead and pull away. Tyler Banks defeated brad Wukie at 157, 5-2, coming all the way back after Wukie scored the first takedown. At 165, No. 10 P.J. Gillespie broke the 1-1 tie all-time against No. 18 Gabriel Burak with a 4-2 win. Gillespie had a big second period in the bout, reversing from a bottom start and then adding a takedown. Burak escaped in the third and brought the effort in the final moments, but could not secure a tying takedown. At 174, No. 16 Ryan Patrovich defeated Canaan Bethea, 3-2. Patrovich scored all his points in the second period, escaping and then taking Bethea down. Bethea closed the gap with a takedown in the final 10 seconds, but couldn't get a turn and there wasn't enough time to cut and takedown. Ben Clymer capped the four-match run with a 2-0 win over Erich Smith at 184. The only points in the bout were an escape from Clymer in the third and 1:40 of riding time after a two-minute second-period ride.

At 197, No. 6 Micah Burak did his best to pick up some bonus points or Penn, but could only muster a 14-9 decision over Matt Loew. Burak had a major decision in reach late, but an attempted lat-throw was countered into a takedown by Loew. Burak escaped but surrendered another takedown while going for broke at the buzzer.

Freshman Kyle Cowan needed to win in order to keep Penn alive in the dual, but was just edged by Paul Snyder, 5-4. Snyder scored the first takedown and then built a 5-1 lead after two periods, but Cowan came back in the third. Cowan chose top position and was working a tilt when Snyder called for injury time, surrendering a two-point nearfall to Cowan. The rookie rode the whole period, gaining the riding time point in the process, but was still one point shy as Hofstra took an insurmountable 18-9 lead which became an 18-15 final when Hofstra forfeited at 125.

The Quakers are back in The Palestra next weekend for three Ivy League duals starting with Brown on Saturday at 10 a.m. Harvard completes the double header at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Princeton comes to Philly on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Hofstra (8-3-1) def. Penn (6-4)
133 - No. 6 Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) def. No. 4 Rollie Peterkin (Penn), 3-1 (Hofstra leads, 3-0)
141 - No. 9 Zack Kemmerer def. Vince Varela (Hofstra), 4-1 (Match tied, 3-3)
149 - Andrew Lenzi (Penn) def. Matt Spataro (Hofstra), 3-1 (Penn leads, 6-3)
157 - Tyler Banks (Hofstra) def. Brad Wukie (Penn), 5-2 (Match tied, 6-6)
165 - No. 10 P.J. Gillespie (Hofstra) def. No. 18 Gabriel Burak (Penn), 4-2 (Hofstra leads, 9-6)
174 - No. 16 Ryan Patrovich (Hofstra) def. Canaan Bethea (Penn), 3-2 (Hofstra leads, 12-6)
184 - Ben Clymer (Hofstra) def. Erich Smith (Penn), 2-0 (Hofstra leads, 15-6)
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak (Penn ) def. Matt Loew (Hofstra), 14-7 (Hofstra leads, 15-9)
285 - Paul Snyder (Hofstra) def. Kyle Cowan (Penn), 5-4 (Hofstra leads, 18-9)
125 - No. 19 Mark Rappo wins via forfeit (Hofstra leads, 18-15)