PHILADLEPHIA - In its first EIWA dual of the season, Penn treated it like it was like the rest of the team competitions it has been involved in this year - run out to an early lead and count on big wins late to secure the win.
This edition of "Catch Us if You Can" resulted in a 24-11 win for the Red and Blue (6-3, 0-0 Ivy, 1-0 EIWA) over visiting Bucknell (4-10, 0-4 EIWA).
The swing bout was the 165-pound match between No. 18 Gabriel Burak and Corey Lear. After two wins in a row had cut Penn's lead to 12-8, Lear looked to continue the momentum for Bucknell with the opening takedown and over 2:25 of riding time in the first period. However, in the second, Lear chose bottom, giving Burak a crack at his favorite position - top. Burak was unable to score in the second, but put together a full ride and cut the riding time to just 0:25 for Lear. In the third, Burak chose neutral and finally finished a scramble with a takedown in his favor with about forty seconds left. The bout ended regulation with the score knotted 2-2 and headed to overtime. The match went through the first sudden victory and the tiebreaker with no score despite reversal attempts that were narrowly avoided in both 30-second periods. In the second sudden victory period, Burak used his never-ending gas tank to score the winning takedown at 9:45.
As has been the case eight times now in 2010-11, No. 19 Mark Rappo started things off with a win at 125 pounds. The junior knocked off former NCAA qualifier Derek Reber, 8-1, on the strength of two first-period takedowns and two backpoints in the third.
After a forfeit at 133 by the Bison gave Penn a 9-0 lead, No. 9 Zack Kemmerer continued his impressive season with a 10-3 win over Zac Hancock. Kemmerer's 26th win of the season was high seventh in dual action and made him a perfect 10-0 over EIWA opponents this campaign. Kemmerer started his match with a four-point move, taking Hancock down to his back for a quick pair of backpoints. Kemmerer added two more takedowns to up his season point total to 176.
Bucknell got on the board at 149 thanks to an 11-3 win by No. 6 Kevin LeValley over freshman Andrew Lenzi. The rookie held his own for opening portions of the match against the 2010 All-American, scoring the first takedown in the opening 10 seconds to take an early lead. Lenzi was in again later in the first period, but LeValley showed veteran poise and countered with some solid scrambling to score the points. That takedown was one of four for LeValley who closed the team score to 12-4 in favor of Penn.
Brantley Hooks added to Bucknell's score with an 11-3 win of his own over Brad Wukie at 157. As in the previous bout, Wukie scored first but couldn't hold on. Lear controlled most of the rest of the bout, finishing with 3:26 of riding time and closing the gap to four points with Penn ahead, 12-8.
Momentum for the Bison came to an end with Burak's win at 165 and the subsequent 3-2 by Canaan Bethea at 174. In a battle of true freshman, Bethea broke a scoreless tie with an escape at the start of the second against Stephen McPeak. The Bucknell wrestler scored a takedown later in the second to take a brief 2-1 lead, but a second Bethea escape squared the bout. In the third, McPeak chose bottom looking to get the escape point. However, Bethea rode out the period, accumulating 1:44 of riding time and the win.
With an 18-11 lead entering 184, Penn looked to Harrison Cook with the dual result close to being decided. He was unable to lock things up, as Rob Waltkow scored three takedowns for a 7-4 win.
No. 6 Micah Burak made sure any hope for a comeback went by the wayside with a 5-2 win over Jay Hahn at 197. Burak was patient, working his escape in the second for the first points of the match and then taking Hahn down. Hahn escaped in the second and at the start of the third to close within one, but a second Burak takedown late finished the bout and gave the Quakers a 21-11 lead.
Kyle Cowan put together his third win in a row to finish the dual, downing Joe McMullan at heavyweight, 7-3. Cowan was dominant, taking McMullan down in the first. In the second, he put forth a two-minute ride and in the third, Cowan worked a reversal and added a takedown for good measure.
Penn def. Bucknell, 24-11
125 - No. 19 Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Derek Reber (Bucknell), 8-1 (Penn leads, 3-0)
133 - Geoffrey Bostany (Penn) win by forfeit, (Penn leads, 9-0)
141 - No. 9 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. Zac Hancock (Bucknell), 10-3 (Penn leads, 12-0)
149 - No. 6 Kevin LeValley (Bucknell) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 11-3 (Penn leads, 12-4)
157 - Brantley Hooks (Bucknell) def. Brad Wukie (Penn), 11-3 (Penn leads, 12-8)
165 - No. 18 Gabriel Burak (Penn) def. Corey Lear (Penn), 4-2 SV2 (Penn leads, 15-8)
174 - Canaan Bethea (Penn) def. Stephen McPeak (Penn), 3-2 (Penn leads, 18-8)
184 - Rob Waltkow (Bucknell) def. Harrison Cook (Penn), 7-4 (Penn leads, 18-11)
197 - No. 6 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Jay Hahn (Bucknell), 5-2 (Penn leads, 21-11)
285 - Kyle Cowan (Penn) def. Joe Mc Mullan (Bucknell), 7-3 (Penn leads, 24-11)