Wrestling Renews Rivalry With Lehigh Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team will revisit one of its oldest rivalries this weekend, heading to Bethlehem on Saturday for a dual with No. 10 Lehigh at 2 p.m. inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall.

Saturday’s dual will be the 55th meeting all-time between the two schools, Penn looking to improve upon a 10-43-1 record in the all-time series.

Penn’s last win in the series was a memorable one, coming in Leeman-Turner Arena on December 1, 2012 via a 24-12 defeat over the then-No. 21 Mountain Hawks. The Quakers won the first four bouts of that dual to build a 12-0 lead, and sealed the win with late victories from Canaan Bethea and Steven Graziano.

Only two Penn wrestlers who competed in the dual two years ago are listed in the probable lineup for this weekend, C.J. Cobb and Andrew Lenzi. Each had a win two years ago, Cobb dominating Anthony Salupo for a 12-5 decision and Lenzi scoring late to defeat No. 19 Shane Welch, 3-2. Lehigh only lists two competitors from two years ago – Nathaniel Brown and Jon Bolich. Brown, ranked No. 19 at 174 pounds at the time, picked up a 7-1 win over Ian Korb while Bolich was defeated by Bethea at 197, 3-1.

This year, Brown is ranked No. 4 at 184 pounds by InterMat entering the week. He is one spot behind No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas, part of a contingent of four EIWA wrestlers inside the Top-12 at the weight. The two have met once, a 7-4 win for Brown last year at the ESU Open.

No. 12 C.J. Cobb won both of his matches in his return to the mat for the Quakers after sitting out the 2013-14 season. After a major decision win against Clarion, he gutted out a 5-3 decision in the second sudden victory period over Rider’s B.J. Clagon. In 15 career dual-meet matches, Cobb is 13-2.

Caleb Richardson is unranked according to InterMat this week, but enters the weekend with an 11-2 overall record this season and a recent 3-2 win over No. 19 Robert Deutsch of Rider fresh in his mind. Richardson will take on his second consecutive Top-20 opponent on Saturday, wrestling No. 6 Mason Beckman. An All-American last season, Beckman is 5-1 this season with his only loss coming to No. 5 Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State.

Lehigh will line up four ranked wrestlers, with No. 19 Randy Cruz (141 pounds) and No. 14 Elliot Riddick (197) set to compete.

Penn’s Probable Lineup
125: Jeremy Schwartz, So. (0-0)
133: Marc Mastropietro, Fr. (1-0) or Caleb Richardson, So. (11-2)
141: Jeff Canfora, Sr. (6-3) or Andrew Lenzi, Sr. (4-2)
149: No. 12 C.J. Cobb, Sr. (2-0) or Joe Velliquette, Fr. (6-4)
157: May Bethea, Fr. (7-4) or Brooks Martino, Jr. (4-4)
165: Quinton Hiles, So. (7-6)
174: Joe Heyob, Fr. (7-4) or Dan McDevitt, So. (7-4)
184; No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas, Sr. (11-1)
197: Carson Stack, So. (1-4)
285: Patrik Garren, Fr. (3-4)

Lehigh's Probable Lineup
125: Scott Parker, Fr. (5-1)
133: No. 6 Mason Beckman, Jr. (5-1)
141: No. 19 Randy Cruz, So. (5-1)
149: Drew Longo, Fr. (1-5)
157: Dylan Milonas, Fr. (3-0) or Will Switzer, So. (1-2)
165: Santiago Martinez, Sr. (2-4)
174: Marshall Peppelman, Sr. (4-2)
184: No. 4 Nathaniel Brown, Jr. (5-1)
197: John Bolich, Jr. (6-1) or No. 14 Elliot Riddick, So. (5-1)
285: Doug Vollaro, So. (4-2)