BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team struggled to gain any traction on the road at No. 10 Lehigh, dropping the first six matches en route to a 31-6 loss to the Mountain Hawks.
No. 12 C.J. Cobb and Joe Heyob had the wins for the Quakers, both coming after intermission as the Red and Blue were able to stem the tide a bit following the break.
Cobb had to gut out a win over Drew Longo at 149 pounds, scoring a takedown in each period for an 8-5 decision. Cobb led, 4-3, after two periods as Longo closed the gap with two escapes and a point for an illegal hold by Cobb in the middle period. In the third, Cobb escapes and added his third takedown to take an 8-3 lead, but a third caution on Cobb and then an escape from Longo closed the gap. Cobb had to defend on the edge – right in front of the Lehigh bench – in the final seconds to provide the Quakers with their first win of the day.
In the final bout of the match, freshman Joe Heyob knocked off fifth-year senior, Marshall Peppelman, 7-4. Once again, Heyob pulled off a rally, coming back after conceding the first takedown. In the second period, Heyob picked up three back points to take a 3-2 lead, drawing a stall warning on Peppelman in the process. In the third, Heyob would build his lead with a reversal early in the final frame. He then would add a sixth point when Peppelman was hit for stalling a second time. Peppelman would reverse in the final 10 seconds, but riding time was more than enough cushion for the win for the rookie.
Caleb Richardson was one takedown away from knocking off No. 6 Mason Beckman at 133 pounds, getting in on a shot in the final ten seconds but unable to finish in a 3-2 loss. Richardson trailed, 3-1, late after a takedown from Beckman with 30 seconds left, but a nice roll off a restart brought Richardson within one. Richardson’s late sweep single attempt was close, but unable to be secured.
Penn was without No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas at 184 pounds, Thomas sitting out following an injury suffered late in his match against Rider last weekend. No. 4 Nathaniel Brown capitalized for Lehigh, opening the dual with a pin of Daniel McDevitt in the first period. That was one of four wins with bonus points for the Mountain Hawks in the dual.
#10 Lehigh def. Penn, 31-6
184: #4 Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) FALL Dan McDevitt (Penn), 2:38 Lehigh leads, 6-0
197: #14 Elliot Riddick (Lehigh) MD Carson Stack (Penn), 14-4 Lehigh leads, 10-0
285: Doug Vollaro (Lehigh) DEC Patrik Garren (Penn), 8-1 Lehigh leads, 13-0
125: Scott Parker (Lehigh) TF Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 19-4 (7:00) Lehigh leads, 18-0
133: #6 Mason Beckman (Lehigh) DEC Caleb Richardson (Penn), 3-2 Lehigh leads, 21-0
141: #19 Randy Cruz (Lehigh) MD Jeff Canfora (Penn), 8-0 Lehigh leads, 25-0
149: #12 C.J. Cobb (Penn) DEC Drew Longo (Lehigh), 8-5 Lehigh leads, 25-3
157: Will Switzer (Lehigh) DEC May Bethea (Penn), 5-2 Lehigh leads, 28-3
165: Santiago Martinez (Lehigh) DEC Quinton Hiles (Penn), 8-3 Lehigh leads, 31-3
174: Joe Heyob (Penn) DEC Marshall Peppelman (Lehigh), 7-4 Lehigh leads, 31-6
Penn is off from competition until after the holidays, heading to the Midlands Championships at Northwestern on Dec. 29-30.