Wrestling Staves Off Rider, 23-18

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - After cruising to a 13-0 lead after three bouts, Penn watched as Rider crept back into the dual with wins in three of four middleweight matches, forcing the Quakers to come up big in the upper weights in order to take the team win.

Harrison Cook came up with a big momentum-changing win in dominating fashion at 184 pounds, shutting down and shutting out Joe Ferber, 6-0. Then, at 197 pounds, Penn's highest-ranked wrestler took care of one of Rider's top wrestlers with a 9-1 major decision for No. 7 Micah Burak over Tyler Smith. Those two wins gave Penn an insurmountable lead at 23-12, and after a forfeit at heavyweight by the Red and Blue, Penn took the dual, 23-18. The Quakers are now 3-2 in dual meets this season.

Mark Rappo wasted no time getting things started for Penn, shooting off the whistle and locking down the takedown with a single to the right leg just 18 seconds in. After Zeisloft escaped, Rappo came right back for a second takedown followed by three backpoints after catching Zeisloft while he attempted to roll out. In the second, after escaping quickly, Rappo countered a Zeisloft shot with a go-behind before adding two more takedowns for a 16-4 lead after two. At the end of the final period, Rappo had added eight more points, including 3:03 of riding time for a 24-9 win.

Peterkin scored first against Kirchner at 133, rolling through a shot attempt by Kirchner for two points and then three nearfall with a spladle. Kirchner was able to use it against Peterkin for a reversal, but Peterkin answered with a reversal of his own with 30 seconds to go. Peterkin was close to tilts in the second, but settled for a full ride to build a 2:45 lead in riding time. In the third, Peterkin escaped in short time before adding a takedown with headlock.

At 141, Kemmerer ducked under Aaron Nestor's handfighting for a single to the right calf a minute in to take an early lead. After Nestor worked out, Kemmerer again went low to the right, finishing a scramble on the edge of the mat for a second score. In the middle period, it took Kemmerer a minute to escape, but he finally earned the point at the one-minute mark before scoring a takedown off a restart following the escape. In the third period, Kemmerer put together a combination, shooting a double before sliding behind for another two points.

Andrew Lenzi pushed the pace in the first period at 149 against Zac Cibula, but couldn't finish any of his five shots. In the second, Cibula chose down and escaped quickly to take the first lead of the bout, 1-0. Cibula went back to a headlock on the edge, picking an ankle to up his lead to 3-0. In the third, Lenzi went for the score again, finishing with 11 shots in the bout but couldn't get the points.

Brad Wukie came out firing in the 157-pound match, scoring a takedown and two back points in the first 15 seconds. Ramon Santiago escaped before scoring a takedown of his own in a furious first period. In the second period, Santiago was able to earn three nearfall points with a turn from top position. Wukie escaped with 16 seconds left and was in on a single but the buzzer sounded before he could finish. In the third, Santiago was able to counter a Wukie shot into a throw of his own, locking in the fall at 5:40.

Gabriel Burak worked hard for the first half of his opening period against No. 12 Jim Resnick, fighting in a scramble near the edge of the mat for about 35 seconds before securing the takedown by gaining position on Resnick's back. Burak finished the period on top, with 1:24 of riding time. Burak added a second takedown in the middle period, going low to the foot and finishing a scramble with the points and very close to a pin. Resnick rode hard all third period, looking for a tilt. Three stall warnings called on Burak gave Resnick two points, making the searched-for tilt possible winning points. However, time ran out and Burak scored a 4-2 win.

After a scoreless first period at 174, Rob Morrison scored first with an escape seven seconds into the second period. Morrison came in on a single, passing by and getting to the left leg in the final minute of the second, finishing a scramble for a 3-0 lead. On a restart, Giffin went up on the whistle, getting one point before the end of the period. It took 30 seconds in the third period but Giffin escaped again and came right back for a takedown. Morrison escaped to tie the match, 4-4, with a minute left. Morrison came in again with a shot in the final fifteen seconds, scoring the takedown after a scramble with nine seconds left and a 6-4 win.

Harrison Cook needed to get momentum back on Penn's side and got a good start in the first period, wrestling to the whistle for a takedown with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. In the second, Cook worked an escape 11 seconds in and the countered a shot from Joe Ferber with a sweep-around for two more points. Cook rode all third period, looking for a turn, but the 3:25 riding time was good for a 6-0 win.

No. 7 Micah Burak controlled the first period against Tyler Smith, utilizing his patented 2-on-1 into shots, finally getting points with just over one minute to go in the first period. Micah chose neutral for the second period, and after forcing a stall warning on Smith, turned the 2-on-1 into a takedown once again. While riding, Burak forced a second stall on Smith, getting a point. In the third, Burak beat the start, getting an escape point quickly. Working the edge of the mat, Burak rushed in with a double, pushing Smith down to his backside for two more points. Burak's 3:22 of riding time gives him a 9-1 win.

The Quakers are back in action at the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, North Carolina Dec. 29-30.

Penn def. Rider, 23-18

125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Chuck Zeisloft (Rider), 24-9 (Penn leads, 5-0)
133 - No. 11 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def. Jimmy Kirchner (Rider), 11-2 (Penn leads, 9-0)
141 - Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. Aaron Nestor (Rider), 10-2 (Penn leads, 13-0)
149 - Zac Cibula (Rider) def. Andrew Lenzi (Penn), 3-0 (Penn leads, 13-3)
157 - Ramon Santiago (Rider) def. Brad Wukie (Penn), FALL 5:40 (Penn leads, 13-9)
165 - Gabriel Burak (Penn) def. No. 12 Jim Resnick (Rider), 4-2 (Penn leads, 16-9)
174 - Rob Morrison (Rider) def. No. 19 Scott Giffin (Penn), 6-4 (Penn leads, 16-12)
184 - Harrison Cook (Penn) def. Joe Ferber (Rider), 6-0 (Penn leads, 19-12)
197 - No. 7 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Tyler Smith (Rider), 9-1 (Penn leads, 23-12)
285 - Evan Craig (Rider) win via forfeit (Penn leads 23-18)