Wrestling Preps for Pair of Duals This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA – Penn returns to The Palestra on Friday night, hosting new EIWA foe Binghamton (7:30 p.m.) to begin a stretch of four duals in 16 days as the Quakers commence a busy stretch with all eyes on the road to March and the NCAA Championships. On Sunday, the Quakers are right back on the mat in EIWA action at Bucknell (2 p.m.)

The dual will be preceded by a high school meet featuring No. 6 Wyoming Seminary (PA) and No. 7 Bergen Catholic (NJ) at 5 p.m. in The Palestra.

The Quakers and Bearcats have just two meetings between them all-time, both wins for the Red and Blue. The most recent matchup came in 2010, a 24-13 win for the Quakers in The Palestra on Jan. 9. Penn bested the Bearcats in that dual on the strength of seven wins, including three major decisions.

Friday night’s dual will be Penn’s third inside the EIWA this season, the Quakers entering with a 1-1 record in EIWA duals following a 29-9 win over Boston University and a 21-12 loss to No. 23 Lehigh. That Lehigh match has been the only home dual of the season to date for Rob Eiter’s team. Starting on Friday, three of Penn’s next four duals will be in the friendly confines of The Palestra.

No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas leads all Penn wrestlers with 14 wins this season. His 14-6 record at 184 pounds includes seven wins by fall. Thomas has hit a rough patch of late, with four losses in a row, three of which have come against ranked wrestlers including the No. 1 and No. 5 wrestlers at 184.

No. 17 Casey Kent is coming off a 3-2 win over then-No. 17 Austin Wilson last weekend at Nebraska, Kent’s third win over a ranked opponent this season. He enters the weekend with a 10-4 record, including three major decisions.

141-pounder Jeff Canfora has won four of his last five matches, his only loss coming to No. 17 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State at the Southern Scuffle. Last weekend, Canfora scored a 5-2 win at Nebraska to improve his record to 11-8 this season.

Binghamton enters the weekend with a 2-7 record in dual meets this season, including a 1-4 mark against EIWA opponents. Last weekend the Bearcats split a pair of duals in Boston, defeating Brown, 23-17, before falling to Harvard, 22-15.

Junior Tyler Duell has been a rock in the lineup at heavyweight during the dual season, posting a 7-2 record with 31 team points scored. Overall this season, he is 18-5 with six pins and five tech falls. Two-time NCAA qualifier Cody Reed is 16-8 this season, with a 6-3 record in duals. One of Reed’s losses came to Penn’s Frank Mattiace at the season-opening East Stroudsburg Open, 5-4.

On Sunday, Penn will tangle with Bucknell for the 11th time. Overall, the Quakers hold a 7-3 record against the Bison with wins in four straight. After not competing against each other from 1996-2010, the two teams have met each of the last three seasons. Last year at The Palestra, Penn scored a 23-10 win. The Quakers won seven bouts in the dual, including two major decisions. Casey Kent had the big win for the Quakers with a 5-3 decision over No. 9 Corey Lear at 165 pounds. The only scheduled rematch from last year will come at heavyweight, where Steven Graziano is slated to take on No. 19 Joe Stolfi. Last year, Stolfi won in the dual, 9-0, and picked up a win by fall at EIWAs.

Stolfi is tied for the Bucknell team lead with a 17-6 record, including a 6-3 record in duals. Five of his losses have come to Top-20 wrestlers, and he enters the weekend with 13 wins by fall. All 17 of his wins have come with bonus points, with three major decisions and an injury default to go with his 13 pins.

Penn’s Probable Lineup vs. Binghamton/Bucknell
125: Caleb Richardson, Fr. (9-6)
133: Ken Bade, Fr. (4-9)
141: Jeff Canfora, Jr. (11-8)
149: Andrew Lenzi, Sr. (8-7)
157: Ray Bethea, So. (12-6)
165: No. 17 Casey Kent, So. (10-4)
174: Zach Agostino, Sr. (6-7)
184: No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas, Jr. (14-6)
197: Frank Mattiace, Fr. (12-6)
285: Steven Graziano, Sr. (6-9)

Binghamton Probable Lineup
125 - David White (16-6)
133 - Mike Sardo (5-10)
141 - Nick Tighe (20-14)
149 - Dylan Caruana (14-13)
157 - Colton Perry (6-16)
165 - Vincent Grella (4-9)
174 - Jack McKeever (19-10)
184 - Caleb Wallace (10-8)
197 - Cody Reed (16-8)
Hwt - Tyler Deuel (18-5)

Bucknell Probable Lineup
125: Paul Petrov (17-6)
133: Grim Gonzalez (12-15)
141: Connor Lapresi (9-13)
149: Victor Lopez (12-13)
157: Logan Kerin (5-15) or Ray Schlitt (13-12)
165: Rustin Barrick (11-13) or Robert Schlitt (11-8)
174: Joey Krulock (6-9)
184: Rory Bonner (6-9)
197: Tyler Lyster (11-11)
285: No. 19 Joe Stolfi (17-6)