Wrestling Primed for EIWA Championships

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PHILADELPHIA – Conference titles and bids to the NCAA Championships are on the line for the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team this weekend at the EIWA Championships hosted by Princeton University.

10 Quakers will take to the mats as the Red and Blue set out in search of their fifth EIWA team championship at the nation’s oldest collegiate wrestling tournament.

While the major goal is climbing to the top of the podium, there is obviously an eye towards Madison Square Garden and the 2016 NCAA Championships. Every wrestler entered in the tournament can win his way to the Big Apple with a certain finish at the tournament. A strong EIWA conference has at least three automatic bids available in each weight class, with extremely deep 174 and 184 pound groups hunting for one of seven bids.

Automatic Qualification Spots Available at EIWAs:
125: 3
133: 3
141: 6
149: 5
157: 6
165: 4
174: 7
184: 7
197: 4
285: 6

• Penn has won four EIWA Championships as a team, seventh-most all-time and fourth among schools currently active in the EIWA.

• Individually, Penn has won 63 EIWA titles. That is good for fifth-most all-time and fourth among schools entered in this year’s tournament.

• Micah Burak was the last EIWA champion for the Quakers, winning at 197 pounds in 2013.

• The last time the EIWA Championships were hosted by Princeton, Bryan Ortenzio won the 133-pound crown. As a team, Penn placed nine wrestlers and finished fourth with 94.5 points.

• Penn has had at least one finalist in each of the past 25 EIWA Championships, totaling 73 finalists.

• Last year, the Red and Blue were fifth with 81 points. Penn had seven wrestlers earn placewinner finishes, led by Canaan Bethea who was second at 197 pounds. Lorenzo Thomas was third at 184 pounds for his third career placement at the conference meet.

• Six of Penn’s entrants from last season’s EIWA Championships return for this installment -- each at the same weight he competed at last season.

• Only two Quakers -- Marc Mastropietro and May Bethea -- will be making their EIWA Championships debuts this weekend. Casey Kent and Frank Mattiace return after one year absences while not competing.

• If May and Ray Bethea place, they’ll be the first set of brothers to do so at the same EIWAs for Penn since Josh and Joe Henson in 2002.

Jeremy Schwartz – 125 pounds
2015-16 Record: 2-15
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 2-12
All-Time at EIWAs: 0-2
Career EIWA Placements: None
Penn’s full-time starter at 125 pounds … Defeated Columbia’s Britain Carter. 4-3, in dual meet … Defeated F&M’s Edgar Garcia, 9-3.

Caleb Richardson – 133 pounds
2015-16 Record: 18-11
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 12-5
All-Time at EIWAs: 2-3
Career EIWA Placements: Eighth (2015)
56-33 overall career record … Two-time NCAA qualifier … Placed fourth at this season’s Keystone Classic and Nittany Lion Open … Seven career wins by fall … 2-1 at last year’s EIWAs, but was injured in second round and defaulted to eighth.

Marc Mastropietro – 141 pounds
2015-16 Record: 7-15
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 6-9
All-Time at EIWAs: 0-0
Career EIWA Placements: None
Making first career EIWA start … Spent last season as backup at 133 pounds … 0-6 against Top-20 wrestlers this season … Five of those losses are by three points or less … Defeated Army West Point’s Logan Everett, 8-5, in tiebreakers … Lost to Harvard’s Todd Preston twice, by 5-4 (TB) and 3-1 decisions … Defeated by F&M’s Richard Durso, 3-2 … Knocked off Cornell’s Mark Grey, 8-6, in overtime.

C.J. Cobb – 149 pounds
2015-16 Record: 20-4
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 14-1
All-Time at EIWAs: 6-3
Career EIWA Placements: Second (2013), Fifth (2015)
73-22 overall career record … 46-10 all-time against EIWA opponents … Ranked No. 14 in final NCAA Coaches Panel … Was ranked as high as No. 6 by Intermat this season … 2-0 against Lehigh’s Laike Gardner this season … Binghamton Open and Keystone Classic champion this season … Nine career wins by fall … 16 career major decisions … Two-time NCAA qualifier … Reached Round of 12 at 149 pounds last season after advancing to the quarterfinals.

May Bethea – 157 pounds
2015-16 Record: 20-10
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 12-7
All-Time at EIWAs: 0-0
Career EIWA Placements: None
Making first career EIWA start … 29-10 career record … 15-14 all-time against EIWA opponents … Led the Quakers in dual meet takedowns with 29 over 12 bouts … Owns to wins over Rider’s Chad Walsh this season … Keystone Classic champion … Finished fourth at the Nittany Lion Open … Defeated Army’s Russell Parsons, 2-1, in sudden victory … 1-1 against Lehigh’s Ian Brown, including a 14-6 win.

Ray Bethea – 165 pounds
2015-16 Record: 9-5
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 5-1
All-Time at EIWAs: 4-5
Career EIWA Placements: Sixth (2015)
Appearing at third EIWA Championships … 46-25 career record … 30-13 all-time against EIWA Opponents … Missed five weeks of competition in the winter with injury … 3-3 at the 2015 EIWA Championships to finish sixth … 1-2 at the 2014 EIWA Championships.

Casey Kent – 174 pounds
2015-16 Record: 24-5
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 14-3
All-Time at EIWAs: 3-4
Career EIWA Placements: Fourth (2014)
68-28 career record … 36-11 all-time against EIWA opponents … Ranked No. 13 in final NCAA Coaches Panel … Ranked as high as No. 14 by Intermat during the season … Ranked No. 9 by Flowrestling … Finished third at the Southern Scuffle … Went 7-1 at the Scuffle, defeating No. 1 Brian Realbuto, 8-5, along the way … Defeated Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rodgers, 10-0, at the Scuffle … Third at the Nittany Lion Open … Has eight wins by major decision and four wins by technical fall this season … 3-2 at 2014 EIWA Championships to finish fourth at 165 pounds … 0-2 at 2013 EIWAs … 2014 NCAA Championships qualifier … Will return for fifth year in 2016-17 after missing all of 2014-15 with injury.

Lorenzo Thomas – 184 pounds
2015-16 Record: 26-5
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 14-5
All-Time at EIWAs: 9-4
Career EIWA Placements: Second (2014), Third (2015), Seventh (2012)
107-32 career record … 53-18 career record against EIWA opponents … Ranks No. 8 all-time at Penn in career wins, and is tops among anyone to ever compete at 184 pounds … 23 career wins by fall … 28 career wins by major decision … Six career wins by technical fall … Ranked. No. 16 in final NCAA Coaches Panel ... Ranked as high as No. 16 by Intermat this season ... Keystone Classic champion … Fourth at the Southern Scuffle … Second at the Nittany Lion Open, going 4-0 before illness caused him to forfeit the final … Second at the Binghamton Open … 10-1 since the Southern Scuffle … 1-1 this season against Navy’s Mat Miller … 0-2 against Lehigh’s Nate Brown and Cornell’s Gabe Dean … Defeated Oklahoma State’s Nolan Boyd by fall (2:46) … Defeated Princeton’s Abe Ayala, 5-4, in the dual meet … Two-time NCAA Championships qualifier … All-American at 184 pounds in 2014, finishing sixth … Penn’s first-ever All-American at 184 pounds.

Frank Mattiace – 197 pounds
2015-16 Record: 19-8
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 11-3
All-Time at EIWAs: 2-3
Career EIWA Placements: Eighth (2014)
35-24 career record … 17-15 all-time against EIWA opponents … Seven career wins by fall … Fourth place at the Keystone Classic … Fifth at the Nittany Lion Open … Semifinalist at Binghamton Open … Missed a month with an injury suffered during the Lehigh dual … 6-0 since returning from injury … 2-3 at EIWAs in 2014 to finish eighth … Did not compete during the 2014-15 season.

Patrik Garren – 285 pounds
2015-16 Record: 12-13
2015-16 vs. EIWA Opponents: 5-9
All-Time at EIWAs: 1-2
Career EIWA Placements: None
24-28 overall career record … 4-7 in EIWA duals this season … Defeated Sacred heart’s Josh Hartnett, 9-3, in dual meet … Scored 7-4 win over David Farr of Army West Point in the dual … 1-2 at EIWAs in 2015.

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