PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team will make its final road trip of the regular season this weekend, heading to Columbia for a Valentine’s Day date with the Lions at 7 p.m. in University Gym.
The Quakers have won seven in a row against the Lions and 19 of the last 20 meetings. The last loss for the Quakers at the hands of Columbia came in 2007, a 22-12 loss in the Big Apple.
Last year, Penn tamed the Lions, 24-10, in The Palestra. The Quakers won eight of ten bouts, all by decision. The highlight win came from No. 16 Casey Kent over No. 20 Josh Houldsworth at 165 pounds via a 4-2 decision. The Quakers were strong in the tight matches, winning seven of their eight bouts by three points or less. Only Andrew Lenzi had a comfortable win, defeating Ryan Ponte at 149 pounds, 7-2.
The lone rematch on the probable card will come at 184 pounds. No. 5 Lorenzo Thomas defeated Zack Hernandez, 3-1, with a third period takedown the difference. Thomas, a returning All-American, is 20-4 all-time against Ivy League opponents. Hernandez, fourth place at EIWAs last season and a NCAA qualifier, is 9-10 this season.
No. 19 Caleb Richardson leads all Penn wrestlers with 21 wins this season, already nine more than he had all of last campaign. He has won six in a row, including a fall, a technical fall and two major decisions. He is 3-0 against Ivy League opponents in dual meets this season and 5-0 against Ivy foes overall this season – including a 10-3 win over Angelo Amenta, his likely opponent on Saturday.
Brooks Martino is coming off his biggest win of the season, a 2-1 decision in a tiebreaker over No. 20 Justin Staudenmayer of Brown. Tyler Zimmer is listed as his probable opponent for the weekend, and he enters the match with an 11-5 record with five wins by fall. Another Columbia 157-pounder, Markus Sheidel, is 14-3 this season and 6-0 in dual meets. Scheidel was runner-up at EIWAs last season and a NCAA qualifier, but has not competed since January 25.
Penn’s Probable Lineup
125: Jeremy Schwartz, So. (1-6)
133: No. 19 Caleb Richardson, So. (21-7)
141: Jeff Canfora, Sr. (15-9) or Andrew Lenzi, Sr. (7-7)
149: No. 8 C.J. Cobb, Sr. (15-3)
157: May Bethea, Fr. (9-8) or Brooks Martino, Jr. (9-8)
165: Quinton Hiles, So. (9-13)
174: Brad Wukie, Sr. (7-6)
184: No. 5 Lorenzo Thomas, Sr. (20-3)
197: Canaan Bethea, Sr. (9-5)
285: Patrik Garren, Fr. (10-11)
Columbia’s Probable Lineup
125: Johnson Mai. Jr. (9-12)
133: Angelo Amenta, Jr. (14-10)
141: Jacob Macalolooy, Fr. (8-11)
149: Connor Sutton, Jr. (13-11)
157: Tyler Zimmer, Fr. (11-5)
165: Tyrel White, Fr. (17-11)
174: Shane Hughes, Sr. (11-9)
184: Zack Hernandez, Jr. (9-10)
197: Matt Idelson, Sr. 12-9)
285: Garret Ryan, Fr. (16-11)