Wrestling Opens Dual Meet Season Sunday

PHILADELPHIA – The 19th head coach in the history of the University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling program, Alex Tirapelle, will begin his dual-meet coaching career on Sunday as the Quakers venture to Lawrenceville, N.J. for a pair of duals with Clarion and host No. 25 Rider. The Quakers will take on Clarion starting at 2 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. dual with the Broncs.

Penn has competed with Clarion in dual competition twice, splitting a pair of duals. Most recently, the Red and Blue defeated the Golden Eagles, 24-18, on Jan. 23, 2010. Pins from Gabriel Burak and Scott Giffin helped the Quakers rally from a halftime deficit.

The Quakers and Broncs have met five times, with Penn earning the win in each meeting. The last time the two schools met in a dual meet was on Jan. 8, 2012 – a 22-9 win for the Quakers at The Palestra. The Red and Blue pulled away in that dual, winning the final three bouts to turn a 13-9 lead into the final score. Lorenzo Thomas was the only current Quaker to compete in that dual, scoring an 8-2 win at 165 over James Brundage.

While the Quakers have yet to compete in a dual meet this season, they have engaged in a pair of tournaments. Two weeks ago, No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas took the title at 184 pounds at the ESU Open, following that up with a second-place finish at the Keystone Classic last weekend. He is 9-1 this season, his only loss coming to then-No. 4 Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh in the Keystone final. Overall in his career, Thomas is 22-6 in dual meets.

Penn’s leader in wins through two weeks of competition is Caleb Richardson. The sophomore is 10-2 at 133 pounds this season, posting matching 5-1 records at the early season tournaments. After a loss in the second round last weekend, he powered through for a third place finish at Keystone – winning a pair of sudden victory matches in his final two bouts. Last season, Richardson has 12 wins over the course of the entire season.

Richardson is expected to take on Rider’s No. 19 Robert Deutsch this weekend. The two have not met this season, but Deutsch scored a 5-3 win last year when the two were competing at 125 pounds. Deutsch is 7-1 this season, coming off a runner-up finish at Keystone last weekend. He is 4-0 in dual meets, including a win over No. 20 Bradley Taylor of Wisconsin.

The young members of the Penn roster could get their first glimpse of dual meet action as collegiate wrestlers on Sunday as five freshmen and a sophomore transfer are listed in the probable lineup. In addition, Quinton Hiles, Dan McDevitt and Brooks Martino are returners who could also see their first action in dual meets for the Red and Blue.

Penn Probable Lineup
125: Marc Mastropietro, Fr. (0-0)

133: Caleb Richardson, So. (10-2)
141: Andrew Lenzi, Sr. (3-2) or Jeff Canfora, Sr. (5-3)
149: No. 13 C.J. Cobb, Sr. (0-0) or Joe Velliquette, Fr. (6-4)
157: May Bethea, Fr. (6-4) or Brooks Martino, Jr. (4-3)
165: Quinton Hiles, So. (7-4)
174: Joe Heyob, Fr. (6-4) or Dan McDevitt, So. (7-3)
184: No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas, Sr. (9-1)
197: Carson Stack, So. (1-2)
285: Patrik Garren, Fr. (2-3)

Clarion Probable Lineup
125: Seth Carr, Fr. (2-6)
133: Matt Liggett, Fr. (0-7)
141: John Pezze, Jr. (1-7)
149: Sam Sherlock, Sr. (3-7)
157: Evan DeLong, Fr. (7-6)
165: Slade Horner, Jr. (5-6) or Kyle Braddock, Sr. (3-6)
174: Michael Pavasko, Jr. (7-5) or Dom Rigous, Fr. (3-4)
184: Daniel Sutherland, Sr. (6-6)
197: Ryan Darch, Sr. (6-5)
285: Evan Daley, So. (6-5) or Joshua Davis, Jr. (3-2)

Rider Probable Lineup
125: J.R. Wert, Fr. (5-4)
133: No. 19 Robert Deutsch, Jr. (7-1)
141: No. 18 Chuck Zeisloft, Sr. (6-2)
149: B.J. Clagon, Fr. (9-1)
157: Chad Walsh, Fr. (6-3)
165: Conor Brennan, Jr. (1-5) or Andrew Reca, Jr. (3-5)
174: Ryan Wolfe, So. (5-4)
184: Clint Morrison, Sr. (2-1)
197: Donald McNeil, Sr. (5-4)
285: Greg Velasco, Jr. (4-4)