Wrestling Hits The Road for EIWA Duals

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PHILADELPHIA –
A pair of dual meets on the road are up next for the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team as the Quakers visit Sacred Heart (12 p.m.) and Army West Point (5 p.m.) on Sunday in EIWA competition.

The Quakers are 0-1 in dual meets this season, coming off a 27-10 loss to No. 10 Lehigh last weekend. Sacred Heart is 1-3 entering the weekend, while Army West Point is 2-3.

After waiting the longest of any Division I program to compete in a dual meet, the Quakers will compete in 11 duals over the next six weeks – all but one inside the EIWA.

Setting The Table
Inside the conference, every win is important. The Quakers have two chances to help establish a pecking order for EIWA seeding come March with their duals against the Pioneers and Black Knights.

Penn’s Probable Starters
125: Jeremy Schwartz
133: Caleb Richardson
141: Marc Mastropietro or A.J. Vindici
149: No. 11 C.J. Cobb
157: May Bethea or Brooks Martino
165: Ray Bethea
174: No. 15 Casey Kent
184: No. 11 Lorenzo Thomas
197: Frank Mattiace or Joe Heyob
285: Patrik Garren

Sacred Heart’s Probable Starters
125: Gerard Daly
133: Timothy Johnson
141: Alex Harnsberger
149: Brandon Levesque
157: Matt Fisher
165: Casey Mitchell
174: Johnny Vrasidas
184: Elliot Antler
197: Sasha Olyniik
285: Ray Sherwood

Army’s Probables Starters
125: Sean Badua or Conner Ziegler or Jacob Fontanez
133: Austin Harry
141: Logan Everett
149: Mark Marchetti or Javier Rodriguez
157: No. 14 Russell Parsons Jr.
165: Andrew Mendel
174: Brian Harvey
184: Samson Imonode
197: Bryce Barnes
285: Trevor Smith or David Farr

The All-Time Series
The series between Penn and Sacred Heart is a short one, just two dual meets during competition at the Northeast Duals. Penn owns a 2-0 record against the Pioneers, and the two schools have not met since the 2011-12 season, a 48-0 win for the Quakers on November 27.

There is more history between the Quakers and Army West Point, with Army West Point holding a slim 12-11-3 edge over the previous 26 meetings. Most of the history between the two schools is of the ancient variety, though, with only three meetings since 2008. Penn is 2-1-0 in those three clashes.

Sunday will be Penn’s first visit to West Point since January 15, 1972 – a 20-12 loss for the Quakers.

Casey At The Mat
There has been little joy for wrestlers lining up opposite Casey Kent of late. He is 10-1 over his last 11 matches, with four major decisions, two tech falls and a pin over that span. Not counting his win by fall, Kent has outscored his opponents, 111-29, since December 6.

Win No. 100 Looms For Lorenzo
No. 11 Lorenzo Thomas enters the weekend with a 97-31 career record. He is three victories away from becoming the 11th Penn Wrestler to reach 100 career wins in the 111-year history of the Penn Wrestling program. He would be the first to do so with the majority of his matches coming at 184 pounds. Thomas has been remarkably consistent over his Penn career. He enters this weekend with losses in his last two matches – just the fifth time in his career that he has dropped consecutive matches. He only has lost three in a row once – a stretch of four losses (to Ed Ruth, Brett Pfarr, Kevin Steinhaus and T.J. Dudley) in 2013-14. Thomas has only lost consecutive dual meet bouts once in his career – to No. 9 Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) and No. 2 Josh Asper (Maryland) at 165 while competing as a true freshman in 2011.

Cobb Finds Pinning to be Sweet
No. 11 C.J. Cobb is tied for the team lead in falls with five this season. His five falls this season are more than he had accumulated in his previous three seasons combined. His first pin this season came against his likely opponent from Sacred Heart, Brandon Levesque, at the Binghamton Open.

Russell Parsons Leads Army
The only ranked wrestler in either lineup Penn will face on Sunday is Army’s Russell Parsons, who is ranked No. 14 at 157 pounds. Parsons is 18-7 this season, and recently took sixth at the Southern Scuffle. He is 4-1 in dual meets this season.

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