PHILADELPHIA - After two near misses against nationally-ranked opponents in home duals this season, Penn finally got in the win column inside The Palestra with a 22-9 win over Rider on Sunday. The Quakers won seven of ten matches, including a major decision from Steve Robertson at 149 to improve to 4-3 overall and 5-0 all-time against the Broncs.
Bryan Ortenzio, Zack Kemmerer, Lorenzo Thomas, Erich Smith, Micah Burak and Steven Graziano all joined Robertson in the win column for Penn, as the Quakers closed out the dual with wins at 184, 197 and heavyweight to seal their first home win of the season.
After Karim Shafi suffered a 5-1 defeat in his first career dual match, Ortenzio started a three-match win streak for Penn with a 7-3 decision over Jimmy Morris at 133. Ortenzio recorded three takedowns over the course of the match to pick up his 19th win of the season.
At 141, Zack Kemmerer remained undefeated in dual matches this season with a 13-7 win over Jimmy Kirchner. Kemmerer was in control the whole way, with a five-point throw in the second period to open a big gap. Kemmerer was in line for a major decision before a takedown in the final 10 seconds by Kirchner as he countered a Kemmerer shot.
Robertson did score the major decision, his fourth of the season, at 149 with an 8-0 win over Patrick Sabatini. Robertson had a five-point move in his match, turning a 2-0 lead into a 7-0 lead which Sabatini could not come back on.
Ramon Santiago stopped Penn's run with a 7-1 win over Troy Hernandez at 157. Santiago turned a 2-0 first-period lead into a 5-0 lead with a tilt to start the second period, but Hernandez was able to get off his back and not surrender the fall, saving big team points for the Quakers.
At 165, Lorenzo Thomas fell behind early, 2-0, to James Brundage, but battled back to take a 6-2 lead early in the second period and cruse to an 8-2 decision.
Ian Korb took the match to No. 13 Jim Resnick at 174, but a third-period takedown was the difference as Korb was unable to knock off the nationally-ranked wrestler.
Erich Smith continued his progression at 184 with a 4-0 win over Brandon Lintner. Smith scored the only takedown of the match in the first period and Lintner was never close to taking Smith down to get back in the match.
No. 8 Micah Burak allowed a late takedown to Donald McNeil at 197, but that was not enough as Burak had opened a wide enough lead for a 6-3 decision that clinched the dual for Penn.
At heavyweight, Steven Graziano picked up his first dual win of 2011-12 with a 3-2 decision over Evan Craig. Graziano trailed, 1-0, entering the third period, but escaped at the start of the period and then scored the only takedown of the match with under 40 seconds remaining for the winning points.
The Quakers are home again on Jan. 14 to take on defending Ivy League and EIWA champion No. 3 Cornell at 1 p.m.
Penn defeats Rider, 22-9
125 - Chuck Zeisloft (Rider) def. Karim Shafi (Penn), 5-1 Rider leads, 3-0
133 - #15 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Jimmy Morris (Rider), 7-3 Match tied, 3-3
141 - #12 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. Jimmy Kirchner (Rider), 13-7 Penn leads, 6-3
149 - Steve Robertson (Penn) def. Patrick Sabatini (Rider), 8-0 Penn leads, 10-3
157 - Ramon Santiago (Rider) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 7-1 Penn leads, 10-6
165 - Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) def. James Brundage (Rider), 8-2 Penn leads, 13-6
174 - #13 Jim Resnick (Rider) def. Ian Korb (Penn), 4-1 Penn leads, 13-9
184 - Erich Smith (Penn) def. Brandon Lintner (Rider), 4-0 Penn leads, 16-9
197 - #8 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Donald McNeil (Rider), 6-3 Penn leads, 19-9
285 - Steven Graziano (Penn) def. Evan Craig (Rider), 3-2 Penn leads, 22-9