PHILADELPHIA - Penn-Princeton always has a lot of importance for both schools when they meet in any sport, and with a potential 3-0 start to Ivy wrestling on the line, the Quakers came through with a third big win of the weekend, taming the Tigers, 37-10, inside The Palestra.
The Penn wrestler with the most on the line was No. 19 Mark Rappo at 125 pounds, and the junior came up with arguably his biggest win of the season, defeating No. 17 Garret Frey, 5-3, to start the dual.
Rappo held a win over Frey in their dual meeting last season, but this year Frey has had the better run in the national viewpoint with the higher ranking in both the national and conference eyes. Rappo, who was listed as No. 4 in the EIWA in the latest coaches ranking, took down the EIWA top-ranked 125-pounder 56 seconds into the bout and rode tough to put up a big first period with a 2-0 lead and 2:04 of riding time. In the middle period, Frey escaped 38 seconds in to get on the board. However, with 1:34 gone in the second, Rappo again scored a takedown to push his lead to 4-1. Rappo went from bottom in the third, escaping 41 seconds in to improve his lead to 5-1. Frey came right back 27 seconds later with his only takedown of the match to close within two points. Frey was able to erase Rappo's riding time, but couldn't turn the Penn wrestler and Rappo came away with his 23rd win of the season.
That decision was the lone non-bonus point bout of the day as Penn finished with four major decisions, two falls and a forfeit in its final seven wins and Princeton scored a major and a fall.
Penn two falls came from No. 18 Gabriel Burak at 165 and Kyle Cowan at 285. Burak pinned Andy Lowy in 4:22, his third win by fall over Lowy in the last two seasons. Burak held a 4-0 lead at the point of the fall, with a takedown in the first and one in the second after a neutral start. Burak's takedown in the second came 33 seconds in and he needed 50 seconds to lock in the fall for his second pin of the weekend.
At heavyweight, Cowan closed out the dual with a fall at 3:37 over Bobby Grogan. Cowan was dominant in the first, taking Grogan down at 1:25 and rolling him for three back points at 2:26. In the second period, Cowan chose top position and locked in some legs quickly, using his leverage to roll Grogan over in just 27 second for the fall.
Those falls along with a forfeit win at 174 for Scott Giffin added 18 points to Penn's team score, coupling with the four majors for the lopsided result. No. 6 Rollie Peterkin had Penn's first major of the day, downing Tony Communale, 10-0, at 133 pounds. Peterkin had two takedowns, one each in the first and third periods, adding two backpoints with each takedown for his win. No. 10 Zack Kemmerer followed suit at 141 with an 11-3 win over Adam Krop. Kemmerer had four takedowns throughout the match, adding a reversal in just five seconds to start the third period and 4:34 of riding time for a convincing win - his 29th of the season. Freshman Andrew Lenzi is now 3-0 in Ivy competition after a 9-0 shutout of Jason Ott at 149. Lenzi put together his most complete dual match of his short Penn career, taking Ott down 38 seconds into the match and adding three backpoints on a nicely-executed hazard roll in the first. In the third, Lenzi built on his then 8-0 lead with a full ride and over four minutes of riding time to end the match. Penn's final major decision was a 15-4 win at 197 pounds for No. 6 Micah Burak over Dan Santoro. Burak built a 7-2 lead after two periods on three takedowns and extended that lead to the bonus points with a two more takedowns and three nearfall points in a busy third period.
The only two blemishes on the day for Penn came at 157 where Brad Wukie was downed by Daniel Kolodzik, 15-4, and at 184 where Travis Erdman scored a fall over Erich Smith at 1:19. Wukie held an early lead on Kolodzik before Kolodzik pulled away in the third period with two takedowns and three back points. At 184, Erdman scored a takedown, bringing Smith to his back for the fall.
Penn is now 9-4 in dual meets and 3-0 in the Ivy League. If Penn is to capture its 12th Ivy title, the Quakers must dethrone No. 1 Cornell next Friday night in Ithaca (6:30 p.m. start). The Big Red are 9-1 in dual meets and 1-0 in the Ivy League.
Penn def. Princeton, 37-10
125 - No. 19 Mark Rappo (Penn) def. No. 17 Garrett Frey (Princeton), 5-3 (Penn leads, 3-0)
133 - No. 6 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def. Tony Communale (Princeton), 10-0 (Penn leads, 7-0)
141 - No. 10 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. Adam Krop (Princeton), 11-3 (Penn leads, 11-0)
149 - Andrew Lenzi (Penn) def. Jason Ott (Princeton), 9-0 (Penn leads, 15-0)
157 - Daniel Kolodzik (Princeton) def. Brad Wukie (Penn), 15-4 (Penn leads, 15-4)
165 - No. 18 Gabriel Burak (Penn) def. Andrew Lowy (Princeton), FALL 4:22 (Penn leads, 21-4)
174 - Scott Giffin wins via forfeit (Penn leads, 27-4)
184 - Travis Erdman (Princeton) def. Erich Smith (Penn), Fall 1:19 (Penn leads, 27-10)
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Dan Santoro (Princeton), 15-4 (Penn leads, 31-10)
285 - Kyle Cowan (Penn) def. Bobby Grogan (Princeton), FALL 3:23 (Penn leads, 37-10)