Wrestling Heads to Harvard and Brown for Ivy Duals

Follow @PennWrestling

PHILADELPHIA – Penn hits the road for the first time since Han. 19 this weekend with a pair of EIWA and Ivy League duals set against Harvard and Brown. The Quakers will take on the Crimson in the Malkin Athletic Center on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. dual with Brown on Saturday in the Pizzitola Sports Center. Both duals will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

The Quakers have had the better of the all-time series of late with both of its opponents this weekend, carrying a 22-1 mark against the Crimson into Friday’s dual and a 21-0 mark in recent action against the Bears.

The Red and Blue will be looking to snap a two-match losing skid and pick up their first Ivy dual win of the season this weekend in New England.

141-pounder Jeff Canfora enters the weekend with a 13-10 overall record, one win shy from equaling his single-season high in wins. Canfora wrestled in the Harvard dual at 133 pounds last year, picking up an 8-5 win. He is likely to wrestle Todd Preston who is 14-8 overall this season with wins in six of his last seven bouts.

Heavyweight Steven Graziano is 5-0 against Harvard wrestlers all-time, with four of those wins coming against the two wrestlers slated as probable opponents this weekend.

If No. 17 Casey Kent meets up with Devin Gobbo again, it will be a rematch of a 7-5 decision for Kent in last year’s dual – his only career meeting against the Crimson. Kent trailed, 4-1, after the first period last year, but rallied in big fashion for the win.

Andrew Lenzi is 9-8 this season, and sits on 49 career wins entering this weekend. If he can replicate his win from last year, Lenzi could reach the 50-win mark for his career. Last year, Lenzi scored four points in the first period to down Todd Preston, 4-1.

Overall in duals, Harvard is 3-4 this season. The Crimson are 0-1 in Ivy duals and 2-4 against EIWA teams. Last time on the mat, Harvard defeated Boston University, 23-15. The Crimson won four bouts in the dual, led by James Fox’s pin at 197 pounds. The runner-up to Micah Burak at last year’s EIWAs, Fox is 9-7 overall this year.

Harvard is 2-2 against common opponents with the Quakers, defeating Binghamton and B.U. while losing to Cornell and Army.

Brown is 1-6 overall in head coach Todd Beckerman’s first season. Two weeks ago, the Bears defeated Sacred Heart, 34-3, for Beckerman’s first win as a head coach. Brown had three wins with bonus points in the victory over the Pioneers, led by a pin from No. 9 Ophir Bernstein at 184 pounds.

Bernstein is 23-6 overall this season, with 11 wins by fall. His last four wins have come by pin, and he has 20 total wins with bonus points this season. One of his six losses this season has come at the hands of Penn’s No. 13 Lorenzo Thomas, a 10-6 decision at the East Stroudsburg Open in November.

Penn Probables
125: Caleb Richardson, Fr. (9-7) or Jeremy Schwartz, Fr. (1-6)
133: Ken Bade, Fr. (6-11)
141: Jeff Canfora, Jr. (13-11)
149: Andrew Lenzi, Sr. (9-8)
157: Ray Bethea, So. (14-7) or Steve Robertson, Jr. (15-7)
165: No. 17 Casey Kent, So. (13-5)
174: Zach Agostino, Sr. (7-8) or Brad Wukie, Sr. (8-6)
184: No. 13 Lorenzo Thomas, Jr. (17-7)
197: Harrison Cook, Sr. (10-6) or Frank Mattiace, Fr. (13-9)
285: Anthony DiLonardo, Jr. (4-7) or Steven Graziano, Sr. (7-13)

Harvard Probables
125: Max Mejia, Jr. (0-1)
133: Jeffrey Ott, So. (5-6) or Ryan Osleeb, Jr. (4-4)
141: Todd Preston, So. (14-8)
149: Nicholas Stager, So. (3-12)
157: Paul Liguori, Sr. (3-3) or Tyler Grimaldi, Fr. (11-12)
165: Devon Gobbo, So. (6-4) or Brennan Smith, So. (0-2)
174: Eric Morris, Fr. (14-10)
184: Cameron Croy, Sr. (10-9)
197: James Fox, Jr. (9-7)
Hwt: David Ng, Jr. (5-5) or Nicholas Gajdzik, So. (2-7)

Brown Probables
125: Vinny Moita

133: Anthony Finocchiaro
141: Jack Twomey-Kozak or Zack Tanenbaum
149: Steven Galiardo or Cort Choate
157: Justin Staudenmayer
165: Phil Marano or Giuseppi Lanzi
174: Ricky McDonald
184: Ophir Bernstein
197: Gus Marker or Sebastien Levin
285: Ryder Cavey