PHILADELPHIA – A strong rally from Rider University overcame an early lead for the host Penn Quakers as the Red and Blue fell to the Broncs, 22-12, at The Palestra.
Three of Penn’s four Top-20 wrestlers came through with wins, led by a convincing win from No. 20 May Bethea over No. 12 Chad Walsh at 157 pounds to open the dual. However, after a technical fall from No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas at 184 pounds gave Penn a 12-3 lead, the final six matches all went to the Broncs.
Bethea defeated Walsh for the second time this season on the strength of a dominant first period. Bethea scored two takedowns in the first frame, building a 4-1 lead. In the third, Walsh chose down and scored a reversal, but an escape and a second stalling warning on Walsh helped put the match out of reach for the final score of 7-3 in favor of Bethea.
After Brooks Martino was unable to knock off No. 20 Connor Brennan in a 9-3 loss at 165 pounds, No. 17 Casey Kent and No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas scored bonus points to give the homestanding Quakers what looked to be a controlling lead, 12-3.
Kent scored a takedown in each of the first two periods, and then connected for a pair of scores in the third period – including a final one just before the buzzer – for a 10-2 major decision over Wayne Stinson.
At 184, Thomas connected on a quick takedown and then added two sets of four-point nearfall to build a 10-0 lead over Michale Fagg-Davies after one period. A takedown from Thomas in the second and then four points of nearfall in the third locked up a 16-0 tech fall at 5:38.
After that win from Thomas, it was all Rider.
Ryan Wolfe started the momentum for the Broncs with a major decision over Robert Ng at 197 pounds, 11-1. At heavyweight, Mauro Correnti connected on the match’s only takedown 16 seconds into overtime to knock off Patrik Garren, 3-1. A win from Zach Valcarce over Jeremy Schwartz, 7-1, at 125 pounds gave Rider a 13-12 lead.
At 133 pounds, Robert Deutsch edged Caleb Richardson, 2-1, via riding time. Each man had an escape – Richardson in the second period and Deutsch in the third – but the 1:33 of riding time for Deutsch was the difference.
Paul Kirchner built an early lead on Marc Mastropietro at 141, with a takedown and two backpoints in the first period Mastropietro closed to within one with a takedown in the second, and scored another late but was just short in a 10-7 decision loss.
At 149 pounds, a marquee matchup between No. 10 C.J. Cobb and No. 18 B.J. Clagon resulted in a 3-1 decision for the returning All-American from Rider. Clagon scored the only takedown of the match in the first period, and Clagon was able to evade Cobb’s offense in the final period for the win.
Rider defeats Penn, 22-12
157: #20 May Bethea (Penn) DEC #12 Chad Walsh (Rider), 7-3 Penn leads, 3-0
165: #20 Connor Brennan (Rider) DEC Brooks Martino (Penn), 9-3 Match tied, 3-3
174: #17 Casey Kent (Penn) MD Wayne Stinson (Rider), 10-2 Penn leads, 7-3
184: #12 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) TF Michale Fagg-Davies (Rider), 16-0 (5:38) Penn leads, 12-3
197: Ryan Wolfe (Rider) MD Robert Ng (Penn), 11-1 Penn leads, 12-7
285: Mauro Correnti (Rider) DEC Patrik Garren (Penn), 3-1 (SV), Penn leads, 12-10
125: Zach Valcarce (Rider) DEC Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 7-1 Rider leads, 13-12
133: Robert Deutsch (Rider) DEC Caleb Richardson (Penn), 2-1 Rider leads, 16-12
141: Paul Kirchner (Rider) DEC Marc Mastropietro (Penn), 10-7 Rider leads, 19-12
149: #18 B.J. Clagon (Rider) DEC #10 C.J. Cobb (Penn), 3-1 Rider leads, 22-12
The Quakers are on the road for Ivy League meets next weekend, wrestling Brown (1 p.m.) and Harvard (6 p.m.) on February 6.