Wrestling Falters at Drexel, 23-16

PHILADELPHIA –An undermanned University of Pennsylvania wrestling team attempted to mount a rally in a Philadelphia rivalry match, but the hole was too large to climb out of in a 23-16 loss to Drexel.

Four losses to begin the dual meet had the Quakers behind, 17-0, before Penn would rattle off four wins of their own to climb within one point.

May Bethea sparked the Quakers with a fall at 157 pounds over Mike Communale. Bethea had four takedowns in the first period, working the fall off the fourth for the pin at 2:43.

Brooks Martino followed with a 5-3 decision at 165 pounds over Austin Rose. A takedown in the first period and a good ride in the third period to build riding time was the difference for Martino.

No. 15 Casey Kent scored a major decision for the Quakers at 174, defeating Nick Elmer, 9-1. Elmer didn’t present himself much in the first two periods, but Kent powered through the wall in the third period with two takedowns to secure the major.

No. 15 Lorenzo Thomas closed his team to within one point via a frustrating decision win at 184 pounds. Thomas did everything he could to engage with Stephen Loiseau, and found an 8-3 win. Thomas was close to backpoints in the first period, but ran out of real estate on the edge of the mat. After that, Thomas had two more takedowns but couldn’t score the nearfall through the defensive strategy of Loiseau.

A tough loss at 197 for Joe Heyob halted the rally. Up against Josh Murphy, Heyob couldn’t hold off a shot in the final seconds, and was edged, 3-1, with 0:01 to go. At heavyweight, Penn needed a big move from Patrik Garren, but it never came in a 2-0 loss to Joey Goodhart.

Caleb Richardson had the majority of the offensive looks in his match with David Pearce at 133 pounds, but an escape and riding time followed by a counter of a late Richardson shot attempt was enough for Pearce to score a 4-1 decision. Richardson had three solid looks on offense in the first period, but the ride and evasive maneuvers from Pearce stalled any chance for Richardson.

Zach Fuentes scored a fall over Jeremy Schwartz at 4:58 to open the dual. Off a restart, Fuentes locked in a near-wrist tilt for the fall.

A.J. Vindici was called into the starting lineup with Marc Mastropietro out injured, and Vindici was unable to gain any traction during his match with veteran Kevin Devoy. A late takedown by Devoy secured the major decision, 11-3

Drexel defeats Penn, 23-16
125: Zach Fuentes (Drexel) FALL Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 4:58 Drexel leads, 6-0
133: David Pearce (Drexel) DEC Caleb Richardson (Penn), 4-1 Drexel leads, 9-0
141: Kevin Devoy (Drexel) MD A.J. Vindici (Penn), 11-3 Drexel leads, 13-0
149: No. 11 Matt Cimato (Drexel) MD Eric Friedman, 10-2 Drexel leads, 17-0
157: May Bethea (Penn) FALL Mike Communale (Drexel), 2:43 Drexel leads, 17-6
165: Brooks Martino (Penn) DEC Austin Rose (Drexel), 5-3 Drexel leads, 17-9
174: No. 15 Casey Kent (Penn) MD Nick Elmer (Drexel), 9-1 Drexel leads, 17-13
184: No. 15 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) DEC Stephen Loiseau (Drexel), 8-3 Drexel leads, 17-16
197: Josh Murphy (Drexel) DEC Joe Heyob (Penn), 3-1 Drexel leads, 20-16
285: Joey Goodhart (Drexel) DEC Patrik Garren (Penn), 2-0 Drexel leads, 23-16

The Quakers are off until the EIWA Championships at Princeton University March 5-6.