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PHILADLEPHIA - After a first month of the season which featured three day-long tournaments and a festival of duals against four other teams on one day, the Penn wrestling team finally can set its focus solely on one opponent this Sunday as the Quakers head to Lawrenceville, N.J. for a match against Rider (4 p.m.)
The wrestlers in Penn's probable lineup for Sunday are very familiar with Rider, as the two teams have both competed at the Binghamton Open, Keystone Classic and Nittany Lion Open this season.
Here are the probable matches based on recent lineups from both teams:
125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) 11-4 vs. Chuck Zeisloft (Rider) 4-6
133 - No. 11 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) 10-1 vs. Jimmy Kirchner (Rider) 9-3
141 - Zack Kemmerer (Penn) 15-3 vs. Aaron Nestor (Rider) 8-5
149 - Andrew Lenzi (Penn) 7-4 vs. Zac Cibula (Rider) 11-3
157 - Brad Wukie (Penn) 6-5 vs. Ramon Santiago (Rider) 7-6
165 - Gabriel Burak (Penn) 6-2 vs. No. 12 Jim Resnick (Rider) 4-0
174 - No. 19 Scott Giffin (Penn) 8-4 or Canaan Bethea (Penn) 10-6 vs. Rob Morrison (Rider) 10-2
184 - Harrison Cook (Penn) 9-8 vs. Joe Ferber (Rider) 3-2
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak (Penn) 9-1 vs. Tyler Smith (Rider) 0-0
285 - Kyle Cowan (Penn) 9-6 vs. Evan Craig (Rider) 3-5
Already this season, the following matches have taken place between the men listed in the probables...
125 - Mark Rappo defeated Zeisloft in the consolation semifinals of the Keystone Classic via Fall in 0:53.
157 - At the Keystone Classic in November, Brad Wukie defeated Santiago, 8-6, in the first round.
165 - In the final at Keystone, Resnick downed Gabriel Burak, 8-0, for the title.
In addition, last year in the Penn-Rider dual, Zack Kemmerer defeated Nestor, 5-4, and Micah Burak downed Smith, 6-0.
The Quakers are 2-2 in dual meets this year, with all four taking place at the Northeast Duals two weeks ago. Rider enters the weekend with a 2-1 mark in duals, with its lone loss against Virginia. Before the Broncs square off with Penn on Sunday, they will have two duals earlier in the weekend with other EIWA schools, Army (12/10 at 7:30 p.m.) and Princeton (12/12 at 1 p.m.) The Broncs have four returning NCAA qualifiers, all at weights Penn has NCAA qualifiers as well, giving the dual a dose of star power at 133, 165, 174 and 197.