Wrestling Sends Three to EIWA Semifinals

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team sent three wrestlers on to the semifinals of the 2015 EIWA Championships, and another four are guaranteed podium finishes and are still alive in wrestleback action as the Quakers finished Day One in fourth place overall.

No. 2 C.J. Cobb, No. 4 Lorenzo Thomas and No. 4 Canaan Bethea each won two matches on Day One to secure semifinal berths.

Lorenzo Thomas was dominant in both of his wins, pinning Army’s Samson Imonode in the first period and following up with a 10-1 major decision over No. 5 seed – and returning All-American – Ophir Bernstein of Brown. Thomas will meet the No. 1 seed, Gabe Dean of Cornell, tomorrow morning in the semifinals.

C.J. Cobb scored four takedowns in his first match of the day, defeating Brown’s Steven Galiardo. In the quarterfinals, he connected on six takedowns for a 15-6 major decision over No. 7 Javier Rodriguez of Army. Cobb will wrestle No. 6 seed Chris Perez of Princeton in Saturday’s semifinals.

Canaan Bethea did not allow a takedown in either of his two matches, opening with a 4-1 decision over Steben Cervantes of Navy and following with a 9-1 major decision over Army’s No. 5 Bryce Barnes. Bethea will get a third crack at Princeton’s No. 1 Abram Ayala tomorrow morning in the semifinals. The previous two meetings have been one-point wins for Ayala.

No. 3 Caleb Richardson opened his tournament with a fall over F&M’s Patrick Quinlan, but was knocked off in the quarterfinals by No. 6 seed Angelo Amenta of Columbia, 6-4. The match swung in the first period when Richardson needed to take injury time and Amenta scored a reversal off his choice. Amenta would add an escape and takedown in the second period to pull away. Richardson reversed in the third, but could not complete the comeback. Richardson rallied with a 7-3 win over Brown’s Zeke Salvo in a consolation match, and will open his action on Saturday against No. 7 seed Grim Gonzalez of Bucknell.

No. 7 Jeff Canfora picked up his first career pin to open his tournament, sticking F&M’s Robert Ruiz in the second period. In the quarterfinals, he was edged by No. 2 seed – and national No. 14 – Jamel Hudson of Hofstra, 3-2. Canfora bounced back with a 12-3 major decision over Sacred Heart’s Kyle Brady. Up next for Canfora is No. 6 seed Logan Everett of Army.

No. 8 Brooks Martino took care of business in his first match, defeating Binghamton’s Vincent Deprez, 3-0. In the quarterfinals, he ran into the No. 1 seed – and national No. 4 – Brian Realbuto of Cornell. Martino was defeated in that bout, but rallied with a 9-5 win over F&M’s Rob King. He will wrestle Columbia’s No. 5 Markus Scheidel tomorrow morning.

No. 4 Ray Bethea opened his tournament with a 5-3 win over Brown’s Richard Muniz, before falling to No. 5 Jonathan Schleifer of Princeton in the quarterfinals, 2-1. Bethea would bounce back with a 6-1 win over Bucknell’s Rob Schlitt in wrestlebacks. He will wrestle Binghamton’s No. 7 seed Zack Zupan in Saturday’s consolation quarterfinals.

No. 4 seed Brad Wukie went 1-2 at 174 pounds, adding a major decision in wrestlebacks for the team score. Freshman Patrik Garren went 1-2 in his first EIWA Championships, defeating Drexel’s Joey Goodhart in a wrestleback match. Jeremy Schwartz was 0-2 at 125 pounds.

In terms of NCAA Championships qualifiers, only Lorenzo Thomas has secured his automatic entry to the national tournament so far. He can finish no lower than sixth at EIWAs and the conference will send six automatic entrants to NCAAs.

The other six Penn wrestlers still in contention have varying roads to an automatic NCAA bid.
133: Caleb Richardson needs to win his next three matches to secure one of three automatic bids.
141: Jeff Canfora needs to finish in the top five. A win in his next match and then one more win can secure that.
149: A win in the semifinals for C.J. Cobb locks up an automatic bid. With three AQs at the weight, he can lock up an automatic entry with two consecutive wins in the wrestlebacks if he does not reach the final.
157: Brooks Martino needs to win one match tomorrow to obtain one of the seven automatic bids at 157.
165: Ray Bethea needs two straight wins to start his day tomorrow and obtain one of the four automatic bids at the weight.
197: Canaan Bethea needs one win tomorrow to lock up his automatic bid. The EIWA has five automatic bids, and Bethea is guaranteed to wrestle at least for fifth place.

Penn's EIWA Results
125: Jeremy Schwartz
First Round: lost to #4 Scott Parker (Lehigh), FALL 1:09
Consolation First Round: lost to Bryan Damon (Hofstra), 2-0

133: #3 Caleb Richardson
First Round: def. Patrick Quinlan (F&M), FALL 4:37
Quarterfinals: lost to #6 Angelo Amenta (Columbia), 6-4
Consolation Second Round: def. Zeke Salvo (Brown), 7-3

141: #7 Jeff Canfora
First Round: def. Robert Ruiz (F&M), FALL 4:44
Quarterfinals: lost to #2 Jamel Hudson (Hofstra), 3-2
Consolation First Round: def. Kyle Brady (Sacred Heart), 12-3

149: #2 C.J. Cobb
First Round: def. Steven Galiardo (Brown), 10-3
Quarterfinals: def. #7 Javier Rodriguez (Army), 15-6

157: #8 Brooks Martino
First Round: def. Vincent Deprez (Binghamton), 3-0
Quarterfinals: lost to #1 Brian Realbuto (Cornell), 12-2
Consolation Second Round: def. Rob King (F&M), 9-5

165: #4 Ray Bethea
First Round: def. Richard Muniz (Brown), 5-3
Quarterfinals: lost to #5 Jonathan Schleifer (Princeton), 2-1
Consolation First Round: def. Rob Schlitt (Bucknell), 6-1

174: #5 Brad Wukie
First Round: lost to Conan Schuster (Sacred Heart), 5-3
Consolation First Round: def. Gordon Bolig (F&M), 12-3
Consolation Second Round: lost to #6 Shane Hughes (Columbia), FALL 6:30

184: #4 Lorenzo Thomas
First Round: def. Samson Imonode (Army), FALL 2:53
Quarterfinals: def. #5 Ophir Bernstein (Brown), 10-1

197: #4 Canaan Bethea
First Round: def. Steben Cervantes (Navy), 4-1
Quarterfinals: def. #5 Bryce Barnes (Army), 9-1

285: Patrik Garren
First Round: lost to #2 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell), FALL 2:59
Consolation First Round: def. Joey Goodhart (Drexel), 5-2
Consolation Second Round: lost to #8 Ray O’Donnell (Princeton), 6-2

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Download: Day One Brackets.pdf