Wrestling Starts Ivy Campaign with 35-6 Win over Brown

PROVIDENCE - Penn scored bonus points in five matches to strom out to a 32-0 lead over Brown. All total, the Quakers won eight of 10 bouts for a 35-6 win. The Quakers improve to 7-4 in dual meets and are 1-0 in Ivy action.

Mark Rappo began the dual with a convincing 13-4 major decision over Greg Einfrank at 125 pounds. Rappo wasted little time in taking the advantage, attacking off the first whistle and securing the opening takedown at 0:22. After Einfrank escaped off a restart at 0:44, Rappo came in on a double at 1:15 to up his lead to 4-1. In the second period, Rappo again scored on a double leg at 4:21 and entered the third with a 7-3 lead. In the third, Rappo turned Einfrank from a top starting position, picking up three backpoints at 5:35. After Einfrank escaped, Rappo countered a single leg shot with a go-behind at 6:12 to finalize the major decision.

Bryan Ortenzio pounced on Mike Piccirillo quickly, taking a 4-0 lead on a four-point move just 10 seconds into the bout. Ortenzio then locked in a cradle and flipped Piccirillo to his back for the fall at 0:51. A forfeit at 141 gave the Quakers a 16-0 lead after three bouts.

No. 9 Cesar Grajales won his second bout in his return from injury via a 5-2 decision over Philip Marano. The first period was slow developing until Grajales scored on a single to the right leg at 2:45. The only point of the second period came via a Marano escape from a bottom start. In the third, Grajales added a second takedown with a snap-circle at 5:27. Maran found a way out at 6:30 but couldn't get close and 2:35 of riding time scored the win for Penn's tri-captain.

Another tri-captain added to Penn's lead at 157 pounds as No 15 Matt Dragon defeated Gabriel Brotzman, 7-4. Dragon showed he was game for the bout early witha quick takedown just six seconds in. Dragon was tough on top, rolling Brotzman around at the edge of the mat, keeping him in bounds to add to his advantage time. Dragon's work paid off at 2:45 as he picked up two backpoints to double his lead. In the second, Brotzman got back in the bout with a takedown at 3:16. Dragon countered with a reversal at 4:39, rolling through a Brotzman tilt attempt and coming out on top. Brotzman added two more points in the third off a second and third stall call on Dragon.

No. 18 Gabriel Burak added more bonus points for the Quakers at 165 with a 13-2 major decision over Jeffrey Lemmer. The bout was only 2-0 after the first period as Burak scored a takedown at 0:27 but couldn't get Lemmer to turn. It wasn't for a lack of effort by Burak as he threw big steps and crossfaces at Lemmer. In the second, Burak jumped out eight seconds in and then shot for the takedown at 3:21. In the third, Burak took Lemmer down at 5:20 and finally got his back points at 5:50. Lemmer escaped late, but Burak doubled the ankles at 6:37 for the final takedown.

No. 19 Scott Giffin was the third tri-captain to win in the dual, pinning Marcos Aranda at 5:30. Giffin was dominant, leading 17-1 (21-1 if you count the backpoints he scored off the takedown that led to the fall) before throwing Aranda to his back in the third period. The first period was a workman-like one for Giffin. He took the lead on a takedown at 0:32. It took him until 2:52 to add nearfall points for a 5-0 lead after one. In the second, Giffin needed nine seconds to add to his lead. He came in on a single, locked up both legs and dumped Aranda to his back for three more points. After an escape at 4:00, Giffin brought Aranda back down at 4:20 before adding three more backs at the buzzer for a 15-1 lead.

After Cory Beaver was defeated at 184 by Bran Crudden and No. 20 Micah Burak was upset at 197 by Branden Stearns, Tyler Blakely ended the dual on a high note for the Red and Blue with a 3-1 win. After a scoreless first, Blakely escaped quickly in the second period and added the only takedown of the match at 4:45 on a nice low single. In the third, Larry Otsuka escaped at 5:09 to get within two. Blakely shot late on the edge of the mat, and Otsuka was close on a counter, but the two went out of bounds.

Penn def. Brown, 35-6
125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Greg Einfrank (Brown), 13-4; Penn leads 4-0
133 - Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Mike Piccirillo (Brown), FALL 0:51; Penn leads 10-0
141 - Zack Kemmerer (Penn) wins via forfeit; Penn leads 16-0
149 - No. 9 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def. Philip Marano (Brown), 5-2; Penn leads 19-0
157 - No. 15 Mat Dragon (Penn) def. Gabriel Brotzman (Brown), 7-4; Penn leads 22-0
165 - No. 18 Gabriel Burak (Penn) def. Jeffrey Lemmer (Brown), 13-2; Penn leads 26-0
174 - No. 19 Scott Giffin (Penn) def. Marcos Aranda (Brown), FALL 5:30; Penn leads 32-0
184 - Bran Crudden (Brown) def. Cory Beaver (Penn), 6-1; Penn leads 32-3
197 - Branden Stearns (Brown) def. No. 20 Micah Burak (Penn), 7-4; Penn leads 32-6
285 - Tyler Blakely (Penn) def. Larry Otsuka (Brown), 3-1; Penn leads 35-6