Wrestling Falls Late to Bloomsburg, 25-23

PHILADELPHIA - Penn's first home dual of the season surely kept the attention of those in attendance, with eight of ten bouts resulting in bonus points and the team result in question until the final whistle. Unfortunately for those supporting the Quakers, a win at heavyweight by Bloomsburg gave the Huskies a 25-23 win in an entertaining Keystone State dual.

The loss puts a damper on the fantastic start Penn put together with bonus points from No. 19 Mark Rappo (13-5 major decision), No. 4 Rollie Peterkin (13-2 major decision) and No. 13 Zack Kemmerer (Fall at 3:56). That run gave Penn a 14-0 lead after three bouts. However, the Huskies came up with bonus points of their own at 149 (12-2 win for Josh Roosa over Andrew Lenzi) and a win by injury default at 157 for Frank Hickman over Brad Wukie.

With the match close at 14-10 in favor of the Quakers, Gabriel Burak righted the ship temporarily for the Red and Blue with a pin over Josh Beltre at 4:54. Ahead 20-10, Penn looked to be in control once again, but the next two matches resulted in falls for Bloomsburg - 4:53 at 174 for Mike Dessino and 2:43 at 184 for Nathan Graham. The 12 points gave the Huskies a 22-20 lead with two bouts to go.
Penn relied on No. 7 Micah Burak to give them back the lead at 197, and the sophomore did so with a 7-0 win over Richard Perry. Burak controlled the whole match with his Russian ties, drawing two points off stalling by Perry and two more points on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for aggressive hands to the face. Burak was finally able to score a takedown with seven seconds to go, but couldn't get to bonus points.

At heavyweight, Zac Walsh took the match for Bloomsburg with a 3-2 win over Kyle Cowan - the winning point coming via riding time as Walsh accumulated 2:08 of advantage time. The match went almost five minutes without scoring before Cowan escaped at the buzzer in the second period. From neutral in the third, Walsh scored a takedown with 20 seconds left, countering a Cowan double and circling for the score. Cowan escaped with eight seconds left, but that didn't overcome the riding time point Walsh had for the winning points in the bout and dual.

Penn is now 3-3 in duals this season while Bloomsburg improves to 11-2. The Quakers are back in action January 19 at Virginia for duals against the Cavaliers and V.M.I. starting at 1 p.m.

Bloomsburg def. Penn, 25-23
125 - No. 19 Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Sean Boylan (BU), 13-5 (Penn, leads 4-0)
133 - No.4 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def. Nick Wilcox (BU), 13-2 (Penn, leads 8-0)
141 - No. 13 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. Derek Shingara (BU), FALL 3:56 (Penn leads, 14-0)
149 - Josh Roosa (BU) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 12-2 (Penn leads, 14-4)
157 - Frank Hickman (BU) def. Brad Wukie (Penn), Inj. Def. (Penn leads, 14-10)
165 - Gabriel Burak (Penn) def. Josh Veltre (BU), FALL 4:54 (Penn leads, 20-10)
174 - Mike Dessino (BU), def. Canaan Bethea (Penn), FALL 4:53 (Penn leads 20-16)
184 - Nathan Graham (BU), def. Harrison Cook (Penn), FALL 2:43 (BU leads, 22-20)
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Richard Perry (BU), 7-0 (Penn leads, 23-22)
285 - Zac Walsh (BU) def. Kyle Cowan (Penn), 3-2 (BU leads, 25-23)

125 - Rappo begins bout with a takedown early in the first period. After Boylan escaped, Rappo closed out the period with a takedown and a 4-1 lead entering the second. In the middle frame, Rappo came out from bottom quickly and added two more takedowns for a 9-2 lead after two. In the third, Boylan closed the gap a bit with an escape and a takedown, but Rappo came back with an escape and a takedown late. His 2:15 of riding time locked up the major, 13-5.

133 - Nick Wilcox came out firing on Rollie Peterkin, scoring the first takedown off the whistle. Peterkin calmly reversed out and locked in a figure-four on the legs and a crossface for two back points. After releasing that hold, Peterkin added three more backs before the end of the first period. In the second, Wilcox chose bottom and Peterkin went back to the well for three more back points and a full ride. Peterkin went from bottom in the third, reversing out for the final score of the match. His 4:51 of riding time added a 13th point and a 13-2 win.

141 - Zack Kemmerer had a 4-2 lead on Derek Shingara in a rematch from the Southern Scuffle when the 13th-ranked wrestler in the country locked Shingara's shoulders on the mat for a pin. In the two periods, it was a takedown for Kemmerer and an escape for Shingara.

149 - Josh Roosa had full control over Andrew Lenzi, with two takedowns in the first period as he used his size advantage to counter Lenzi's reach. In the middle stanza, Roosa escaped to start and added a third takedown. Lenzi found a way out in the third, but Roosa took him back down and added three important backpoints late for a 12-2 win. The backs came as Lenzi was close to escaping to erase the major, when Roosa caught Lenzi with his arm and returned him to his back.

157 - Brad Wukie was close on the first points of the match in the first period, countering a Frank Hickman shot. However, when Hickman went to a counter of his own, his knee caught Wukie on the head and the collision resulted in an injury default for Wukie.

165 - Gabriel Burak added Penn's second pin of the day, turning Josh Veltre from top position in the second period. Burak had a 3-2 lead at the time, coming back after Veltre scored first. In the second, Veltre chose bottom and Burak turned him for the fall.

174 - Bloomsburg added a fall from Mike Dessino, who pinned Canaan Bethea at 4:53. Bethea had a 2-1 lead at the time, with the only takedown of the bout in the first period. However, Dessino came through from top position in the second, forcing Bethea to his back with a double arm bar.

184 - Back-to-back pins for Bloomsburg as Nathan Graham needed 2:43 to defeat Harrison Cook. Graham had the only takedown in the first period and then worked the fall.

197 - No. 7 Micah Burak pushed the issue against Richard Perry, going to a Russian tie on Perry's right arm the whole match. With Perry backing away from the tie the whole bout, he was hit for three stalling warnings, resulting in two points for Burak. In the third period, Burak was awarded two more points after Perry was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after a series of aggressive slaps to the head. That being his third penalty, it resulted in two points for Burak who added a takedown with eight seconds left but couldn't reach bonus points.

285 - Neither Kyle Cowan nor Zac Walsh could score in the first 4:58 of the deciding match, but Cowan scored an escape at the buzzer of the second period to take a 1-0 lead. However, the timing of the escape meant Walsh had two minutes of riding time. Walsh chose neutral and hit a takedown with 20 seconds to go in the bout. Cowan escaped to tie the match on the scoreboard, but the 2:08 of riding time was the winning point.