LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team opened its 2014-15 dual meet season with a split of two matches at Rider, beating Clarion, 25-13, before dropping a meet to the host Broncs, 21-12.
#3 Lorenzo Thomas and #13 C.J. Cobb went 2-0 in the duals, while four freshmen recorded their first career dual meet victories for the Quakers.
Alex Tirapelle recorded the win in his first dual meet as a head coach as Penn defeated Clarion to open the day. The Quakers won seven of the ten bouts – including the first four – and picked up bonus points in three matches.
A young Quakers contingent sent four freshmen and another two sophomores making their first dual meet starts to the mat and youth was served as the first-timers posted a 4-2 record. Freshman Marc Mastropietro started the dual with a dominant 15-6 major decision, scoring six takedowns and adding 3:07 of riding time to best Matt Liggett.
Andrew Lenzi, who had wrestled at 149 pounds the past two seasons, returned to 141 with a 7-2 dispensing of John Pezze. Lenzi controlled the first period, with a takedown and three backpoints to build his commanding lead.
No. 13 C.J. Cobb continued the run with an 11-2 major decision over Sam Sherlock. Competing in his first match since the 2013 NCAA Championships, Cobb scored a takedown 24 seconds in and blew open the match with six points in the third period. May Bethea followed with a 3-1 decision at 157 pounds, a second-period takedown the difference in the win over Evan DeLong.
After Clarion got on the board with a major decision at 165, a third freshman picked up a win for the Quakers when Joe Heyob defeated Dom Rigous, 5-2. Heyob conceded the first takedown, but rallied to lead 3-2 after the first period. The lead was 4-2 after two periods, and Heyob iced the match with a full ride in the third period.
No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas put the match away for the Quakers with a technical fall at 184, defeating Daniel Sutherland, 16-1. Thomas had two takedowns and two sets of nearfall in the first period for a 9-1 lead, and a reversal into three nearfall in the third period salted away the tech fall.
Following a close decision loss for Carson Stack, 2-0, at 197, a fourth freshman picked up a win for the Quakers when heavyweight Patrik Garren won the third period against Josh Davis for a 3-0 decision. The match was scoreless after two, but an escape for Garren early and then a late takedown from the rookie secured the win.
In the nightcap, Penn stormed out to a 9-0 lead with three exciting decisions before the Broncs would rally for the win.
Caleb Richardson started the dual with a 3-2 decision over No. 19 Rob Deutsch at 133 pounds. The decisive points came via a first-period takedown by Richardson as he countered some funk from Deutsch.
Jeff Canfora followed with a last-second win at 141 pounds over Chuck Zeisloft. Canfora trailed early, but found a takedown late in the first period to tie the match, 3-3, after one. Trailing by one entering the third, Canfora worked an escape then scored the winning takedown with 1.9 seconds left off a duck-under to a high single.
C.J. Cobb picked up his second win of the day with an overtime decision over B.J. Clagon. Neither man scored an offensive point until the second period of sudden victory when Cobb found the winning takedown 15 seconds into the second overtime.
Rider rallied with three straight wins in the middle weights to tie the match, 9-9. Brooks Martino made his dual meet debut for the Quakers at 157, but he was edged by Chad Walsh, 9-7. The second period was frantic, with Walsh scoring two reversals to one for Martino. In the third, Martino added another reversal, but was unable to find a turn to tie the match.
No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas stopped the Rider roll with a 5-3 decision in sudden victory over Clint Morrison. After a scoreless first period, Thomas took the lead with an escape in the second. Morrison added an escape of his own to start the third, but a Thomas takedown on the edge gave the returning All-American the lead. Off a restart late in regulation, Thomas was reversed from a bad spot, allowing Morrison to tie the match. In overtime, Thomas would win a scramble for the decisive points.
An early takedown from Greg Velasco against Patrik Garren did not allow Garren to get on track at heavyweight, and he dropped a 4-0 decision.
Penn def. Clarion, 25-13
133: Marc Mastropietro (Penn) MD Matt Liggett (Clarion), 15-6 Penn leads, 4-0
141: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) DEC John Pezze (Clarion), 7-2 Penn leads, 7-0
149: #13 C.J. Cobb (Penn) MD Sam Sherlock (Clarion), 11-2 Penn leads, 11-0
157: May Bethea (Penn) DEC Evan DeLong (Clarion), 3-1 Penn leads, 14-0
165: Slade Horner (Clarion) MD Quinton Hiles (Penn), 13-0 Penn leads, 14-4
174: Joe Heyob (Penn) DEC Dom Rigous (Clarion), 5-2 Penn leads, 17-4
184: #3 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) TF Daniel Sunderland (Clarion), 16-1 (5:35) Penn leads, 22-4
197: Ryan Darch (Clarion) DEC Carson Stack (Penn), 2-0 Penn leads, 22-7
285: Patrik Garren (Penn) DEC Josh Davis (Clarion), 3-0 Penn leads, 25-7
125: Clarion wins by forfeit, Penn leads, 25-13
#25 Rider def. Penn, 21-12
133: Caleb Richardson (Penn) DEC #19 Rob Deutsch (Rider), 3-2 Penn leads, 3-0
141: Jeff Canfora (Penn) DEC Chuck Zeisloft (Rider), 6-4 Penn leads, 6-0
149: #13 C.J. Cobb (Penn) DEC B.J. Clagon (Rider), 4-2 SV2 Penn leads, 9-0
157: Chad Walsh (Rider) DEC Brooks Martino (Penn), 9-7 Penn leads, 9-3
165: Connor Brennan (Rider) DEC Quinton Hiles (Penn) 9-3 Penn leads, 9-6
174: Ryan Wolfe (Rider) DEC Dan McDevitt (Penn), 10-7 Match tied, 9-9
184: #3 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) DEC Clint Morrison (Rider), 5-3 SV Penn leads, 12-9
197: Donald McNeil (Rider) DEC Carson Stack (Penn), 11-5 Match tied, 12-12
285: Greg Velasco (Rider) DEC Patrik Garren (Penn), 4-0 Rider leads, 15-12
125: Rider wins by forfeit Rider leads, 21-12
The Quakers return to action on December 6, heading to Bethlehem for their annual meeting with Lehigh at 2 p.m.