Wrestling Outgunned at No. 24 Hofstra, 23-13

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - For the first time this season, Penn (4-5) put itself in a serious hole to start a dual, and the Quakers could not recover on Long Island in a 23-13 loss to No. 24 Hofstra.

The Pride (10-0) held a 17-3 lead after five matches, with a tech fall and pin giving Hofstra crucial bonus points. The Quakers did not take advantage of Hofstra's true lack of match scoring, as the Pride connected on just three takedowns in the first five matches.

After No. 12 Steve Bonnano pushed Hofstra to a 5-0 lead with a 15-0 tech fall at 125, No. 13 Bryan Ortenzio got Penn on the board with a 4-2 win at 133. He was aggressive to start, scoring in the first ten seconds, but couldn't really add to his lead the rest of the way.

No. 11 Zack Kemmerer was upset in a tiebreaker at 141, dropping a 2-1 decision to Luke Vaith. Neither man scored in the first period, and each could only must an escape at the start of the next two periods to send the match to sudden victory. After the minute past scoreless, Vaith escaped quickly to start his thirty -second tiebreaker and then he held on to Kemmerer's ankle in the final seconds of the next ride out for a 2-1 win.

No. 25 Steve Robertson was even with No. 30 Justin Accordino through almost two periods at 149, but a cement mixer on the edge with 11 seconds remaining in the middle period was enough for an Accordino fall at 4:49 in a pivotal swing bout.

In what was a common theme in the dual, the first period at 157 went scoreless before Tyler banks escaped and added a takedown against Troy Hernandez in the second period. Hernandez could not get out from bottom the rest of the way and was defeated, 4-0.

After the break, however, Penn came out with some increased aggression and won three of the final five matches. After No. 29 Lorenzo Thomas was defeated by returning All-American No. 15 P.J. Gillespie, 2-1, on a third-period reversal.

Ian Korb won at 174 for three more points Penn's way. Korb scored the only takedown of the match in the first period, riding Jermaine John out to build a big riding time lead. In the second, Korb escaped and his advantage time stood at 1:18 after a neutral third period for a 4-0 win.

No. 31 Erich Smith was again opposite a top-12 wrestler, and he was edged by No. 12 Ben Clymer, 4-1. The second period was the difference maker as Clymer escaped and pounced for a takedown to build a 3-1 lead.

No. 8 Micah Burak scored bonus points for Penn at 197 with an 11-2 major decision over Tim Murphy. Burak had four takedowns in the match, opening up in the third period with two takedowns to go with an escape and 2:57 of riding time.

At heavyweight, Long Island native Steve Graziano avenged a loss earlier in the season to Paul Snyder with a convincing 7-2 win. Graziano was in control the whole way with a takedown in each period, including a win of a bear hug scramble on the edge in the final seconds of the middle period.

The Quakers will get back into Ivy League action next Saturday with a pair of duals in New England. Up first is a trip to Beantown against Harvard at 10 a.m. followed by a jaunt down I-95 to Providence and a dual with Brown at 2 p.m.

No. 24 Hofstra def. Penn, 23-13
125 - #12 Steve Bonnano (HU) def. Karim Shafi (Penn), 15-0 (3:58) Hofstra leads, 5-0
133 - #13 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. #27 Jamie Franco (HU), 4-2 Hofstra leads, 5-3
141 - Luke Vaith (HU) def. #11 Zack Kemmerer (Penn), 2-1 TB Hofstra leads, 8-3
149 - #30 Justin Accordino (HU) def. #25 Steve Robertson (Penn) FALL 4:49 Hofstra leads, 14-3
157 - Tyler Banks (HU) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 4-0 Hofstra leads, 17-3
165 - #15 P.J. Gillespie (HU) def. #29 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), 2-1 Hofstra leads, 20-3
174 - Ian Korb (Penn) def. Jermaine John (HU), 4-0 Hofstra leads, 20-6
184 - #12 Ben Clymer (HU) def. #31 Erich Smith (Penn), 4-1 Hofstra leads, 23-6
197 - #8 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Tim Murphy (HU), 11-2 Hofstra leads, 23-10
285 - Steve Graziano (Penn) def. Paul Snyder (HU), 7-2 Hofstra wins, 23-13

Match by Match
125 - Shafi with a shot off the whistle, but Bonnano counters and circles for the takedown 12 seconds in. 0-2. Off a restart, Bonnano scores three nearfall on a cross-wrist. 0-5. Three more backpoints off a second cross wrist for Bonnano. 0-8. Three more backpoints off the cross wrist at the buzzer. 0-11. SECOND PERIOD: Escape for Bonnano off the whistle. 0-12. Low single and circle for a Bonnano takedown at 3:25. 0-14. Three backpoints on a cross wrist score the technical fall at 3:58.

133 - Ortenzio scores on a single nine second in. 2-0. Franco escapes 43 seconds later. 2-1. SECOND PERIOD: Ortenzio chooses bottom and escapes at 3:06. 3-1. THIRD PERIOD: Stalling warning issued to Ortenzio midway through the period. Franco escapes with 42 seconds left. 2-3. 1:52 of riding time for Ortenzio.

141 - Vaith close to a score one minute in, but Kemmerer defends on the edge to a stalemate. 0-0 after one. SECOND PERIOD: Vaith chooses down and escapes at 3:06. 0-1. THIRD PERIOD: Kemmerer escapes at 5:12. SUDDEN VICTORY: Vaith has best shot in final 15 seconds and Kemmerer has to fight off the takedown and pin in final seven seconds. TB 1: Vaith escapes in nine seconds. Kemmerer unable to escape, as Vaith catches the left leg on a clear attempt.

149 - Scoreless through one. SECOND PERIOD: Robertson escapes 38 seconds into the period. 1-0. With time winding down, Accordino hits a cement mixer and fall at 4:49.

157 - Scoreless through one. Each wrestler with one decent shot. SECOND PERIOD: Banks escapes at 3:19. 0-1. Banks then pushes through a single for the first takedown of the match at 3:52, 0-3. THIRD PERIOD: Full ride for Banks.

165 - Scoreless after one. SECOND PERIOD: Thomas with his escape at 3:58. 1-0. THIRD PERIOD: Reversal for Gillespie with 40 seconds left. 1-2. Thomas tries a Granby roll with nine seconds left, but can't convert.

174 - Ian Korb opens the scoring with a sweep single at 0:52. 2-0. Korb rides out the period with two big mat returns. SECOND PERIOD: Korb chooses down and escapes at 3:52. 3-0. THIRD PERIOD: No scoring, but two shots from Korb keep John at bay and allow for a 4-0 win with 1:18 riding time.

184 - No score in the first period. SECOND PERIOD: Escape for Clymer and then a takedown at 3:40. 0-3. Smith escapes before the period finishes. 1-3. THIRD PERIOD: Full ride for Clymer.

197 - Takedown for Burak off a Russian tie at 2:03. 2-0. SECOND PERIOD: Escape for Murphy at 3:30 followed by a go-behind takedown from Burak.4-1. On a restart, Murphy called for his third caution, awarding a point to Burak. 5-1. THIRD PERIOD: Burak escapes off the whistle. 6-1. Two more takedowns for Burak plus 2:57 of riding time for the major decision.

285 - Graziano sweeps a single at 2:45 for the takedown. 2-0. SECOND PERIOD: Graziano works and escape at 3:30. 3-0. Graziano then wins a bear hug scramble for a takedown at 4:35. 5-0. Snyder out off the restart. 5-1 THIRD PERIOD: Snyder escapes to start. 5-2. Graziano with a takedown at the end. 7-2.