Wrestling Steamrolls Hofstra, 31-12

PHILADELPHIA - In their final dual before a four-match stretch of Ivy duals, Penn pounced on Hofstra early, accumulating bonus points in the first three bouts to steamroll the Pride, 31-12.

The Quakers won seven of 10 bouts, picking up bonus points five times to improve is dual record to 6-4. The Pride fall to 5-8-2.

No. 18 Micah Burak needed just 2:20 to pickup his third fall of the season. He was ahead of Pat Murphy, 4-1, at the time and his second takedown took Murphy right to his back for the Burak's quickest fall of the season.

After Penn added to its lead via a forfeit victory at heavyweight, Mark Rappo found more bonus points for the Quakers at 125 pounds. Rappo was all over Jamie Franco, taking him down five times and securing 3:07 of riding time for the 12-4 major decision as Penn moved its lead to 16-0.

Bryan Ortenzio was close to continuing the bonus string for the Red and Blue at 133, taking a 4-0 lead after the first period over Luke Vaith. Ortenzio finished off a scramble he initiated at 0:54 for the two points and then scored two backpoints at 2:27. The match stalled a bit after that as neither man could score an offensive point in the second period. In the third, Ortenzio came through with a reversal at 5:21 to up his lead to 6-1 and added 3:42 of riding time for the 7-1 win.

Zack Kemmerer gave Penn a 22-0 lead entering intermission with a 4-1 decision over Tyler Banks. Kemmerer scored first late in the opening period with a double leg shot. In the second, Banks was tough on top, riding the full two minutes. He then added an escape early in the third to get within one. Kemmerer gave himself breathing room with a takedown at 5:27. He attacked right off the whistle on a restart and rode out the rest of the period to erase Banks' riding time advantage for a 4-1 decision.

Senior tri-captain Cesar Grajales returned to action at 149 after intermission and acclimated himself well, picking up a 13-3 major decision over Jeff Rotella. In his first period on the mat in over a month, Grajales scored first at 0:36 on a quick shot. While the takedown didn't come immediately, Grajales was patient in untangling Rotella's legs from around his head and coming out the back for the two. He added a second surgical takedown at 2:13 as he countered a Rotella shot by stretching out his position and pulling his leg out from Rotella's grasp to whip around to top position. In the second period, Grajales added to his 4-2 lead with an impressive takedown at 4:30. To score the deuce, he shrugged off a Rotella head tie and snapped across his body to the lower right leg. In the third, with a 6-2 lead, Grajales went to work. A go-behind counter of a high push from Rotella added two points at 5:18. After cutting Rotella, Grajales came in high on the right leg at 6:15 for two more. That takedown led to two backpoints as Grajales locked in a cradle, almost replicating his late-match pin of Rotella from last year. Grajales couldn't pin the shoulders down though, but still picked up the major decision - his second of the season.

After a forfeit at 157 got Hofstra on the board, the Pride added three more points at 165 pounds. P. J. Gillespie defeated No. 19 Gabriel Burak, 3-2. Gillespie scored a takedown at 0:45 for the only offensive points of the match. In fact that takedown was the first offensive points scored by Hofstra in any match to that point, and just one of three offensive scores all dual. Burak tied the match with an escape in the first and then one at 3:31. Late in the second, Burak was close to scoring but the buzzer ended the period before he could break the tie. Gillespie chose bottom for the third period, and the choice almost backfired as Burak worked hard for a turn to take the lead. In fact, Burak was close around the 6:10 mark off an armbar, but Gillespie wouldn't give. He escaped at 6:29 and evaded Burak's shots the rest of the way for the win.

Junior tri-captain No. 20 Scott Giffin continued his impressive season with a shutout of Jon Rothman at 174 pounds. Giffin wasted no time on his way to the 15-0 tech fall, taking Rothman down just 11 seconds into the bout. Around 1:35, Giffin worked a crossface in, securing two separate three-point nearfalls in the final half of the first period. After the opening stanza, Giffin was ahead 8-0 and had 2:48 of riding time. In the second, Giffin came right at Rothman again, once more needing only 11 seconds for a takedown. Two backpoints at 3:30 had Giffin thinking tech fall and a fourth tilt at 4:02 ended the bout.

In the final bout, Cory Beaver was defeated by Anthony Tortora, 6-2, at 184 pounds. Beaver was within striking distance, trailing 3-2 in the third after an escape, but a late takedown and riding time were the final margin.

The Quakers begin their Ivy duals on the road next week, heading to Brown (10 a.m.) and Harvard (3 p.n.) on Feb. 6.

Penn defeats Hofstra, 31-12
197 - No. 18 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Pat Murphy (Hofstra), FALL 2:20; Penn leads 6-0
285 - Tyler Blakely (Penn) wins via forfeit; Penn leads 12-0
125 - Mark Rappo (Penn) def. Jamie Franco (Hofstra), 12-4; Penn leads 16-0
133 - Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Luke Vaith (Hofstra), 7-1; Penn leads 19-0
141 - Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. Tyler Banks (Hofstra), 4-1; Penn leads 22-0
149 - No. 9 Cesar Grajales (Penn) def. Jeff Rotella (Hofstra), 13-3; Penn leads 26-0
157 - No. 16 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Hofstra) wins via forfeit; Penn leads 26-6
165 - P.J. Gillespie (Hofstra) def. No. 19 Gabriel Burak (Penn), 3-2, Penn leads 26-9
174 - No. 20 Scott Giffin (Penn) def. Jon Rothman (Hofstra), 15-0 (4:02); Penn leads 31-9
184 - Anthony Tortora (Hofstra) def. Cory Beaver (Penn, 6-2; Penn leads 31-12