PROVIDENCE – A road trip was just what the University of Pennsylvania needed.
One week after two tough performances close to home, the Quakers swept a pair of Ivy League and EIWA meets with victories at Brown (25-9) and Harvard (26-9).
The Red and Blue won a total of 14 matches in the two duals, and secured bonus points in five to improve to 5-3 this season and 2-1 inside the Ivy League.
Five Quakers – Caleb Richardson, C.J. Cobb, Casey Kent, Lorenzo Thomas and Patrik Garren won both their matches in the dual meet.
The Quakers never trailed against Brown, but needed bonus points from their big guns late to put an exclamation point on the win.
And what an exclamation point it was. No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas worked his way through a scoreless first period against Austin Pfarr, and reversed Pfarr to his back early in the second period for a 6-0 lead. Moments later, Thomas worked an arm bar into a cradle and pinned Pfarr at 3:57.
The fall for Thomas followed up a major decision from No. 15 Casey Kent at 174 pounds. Kent had four takedowns in the match, scoring the final two in the third period to secure the major decision. Kent was dominant in the match, working hard for turns and racking up 4:46 of riding time.
Overall, Penn won seven bouts in the dual meet. Frank Mattiace returned to the lineup at 197 pounds after missing the last month with injury. Mattiace was ready to go in the first period, scoring two takedowns and building a 4-1 lead. In the end, Mattiace was able to use the riding time point for a 7-6 decision over Augustus Marker.
Patrik Garren followed with a 12-8 win at heavyweight in a match that he was in control of the entire way with five takedowns.
After a 3-2 loss for Jeremy Schwartz at 125 pounds, Caleb Richardson gave Penn a 9-3 lead with an 8-3 decision at 133. Richardson scored two takedowns in the first period against Zeke Salvo, and added a third in the final period for the win. Marc Mastropietro was edged at 141, 3-2, by Charlie Banaszak to cut into Penn’s lead, but the Red and Blue would win four of the final five matches to cruise to the win.
No. 12 C.J. Cobb needed overtime to defeat Steven Galliardo, 6-4, but rallied after a late escape from Galliardo with 0:02 on the clock forced overtime. In sudden victory, Cobb re-shot in for the winning score with 15 seconds remaining.
No. 20 Justin Staudenmayer used his 1:12 of riding time to edge May Bethea, 2-1, at 157 pounds to once again bring Brown within three points.
Brooks Martino came through with a gutty win for his team with a 9-6 decision over Jon Viruet at 165 pounds. Martino battled through a first period which saw Viruet attempt a headlock throw only for Martino to land out of bounds. Martino would then win a scramble for a takedown but saw Viruet score one of his own for a 3-3 tie after one. In the second, Viruet tried an arm drag but ran out of room only to score on a cradle. Martino would escape and counter with a takedown of his own before the period completed for a 6-6 score after two periods. In the third, a Martino escape gave him the lead and a takedown in the final 10 seconds secured the win.
In the nightcap, the Quakers did themselves one better with a 26-9 win.
Wins at the upperweights helped the Red and Blue secure the dual meet, including a major from May Bethea and tech falls from Casey Kent and Lorenzo Thomas.
The dual started with a 3-2 decision from Caleb Richardson over Jeffrey Ott at 133 pounds. Richardson scored the bout’s only takedown in the first period, and an escape in the third was the difference.
After Marc Mastropietro was unable to knock off No. 9 Todd Preston in a 3-1 defeat, No. 12 C.J. Cobb got Penn back in the win column with a 12-5 decision over Patrik Hogan. Cobb had three takedowns in the bout and added two points of nearfall.
Bethea dominated Tyler Tarsi for a 19-8 major decision, scoring six takedowns and adding four backpoints. At 165, No. 20 Devon Gobbo held on to stave off Brooks Martino, 6-4.
No. 15 Casey Kent did not concede a point in a 15-0 tech fall win over Josef Johnson. Kent had a takedown and two sets of four-point nearfall in the first period, then added two more takedowns for the finish at 6:39. No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas went the distance for his tech fall, but three takedowns and three four-point nearfall sent him on his way to a 16-1 win.
At 197, Joe Heyob knocked off Josh Popple, 8-4. Heyob took control of the match with a takedown and four backpoints in the first period. Patrik Garren followed with a 2-1 win over Angus Cowell with 1:01 of riding time the deciding point. At 125, Nolan Hellickson defeated Jeremy Schwartz, 8-3.
Penn defeats Brown, 25-9
197: Frank Mattiace (Penn) DEC Augustus Marker (Brown), 7-6 Penn leads, 3-0
285: Patrik Garren (Penn) DEC Josh Durso-Finley (Brown), 12-8 Penn leads, 6-0
125: Michael Russo (Brown) DEC Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 3-2 Penn leads, 6-3
133: Caleb Richardson (Penn) DEC Zeke Salvo (Brown), 8-2 Penn leads, 9-3
141: Charlie Banaszak (Brown) DEC Marc Mastropietro (Penn), 3-2 Penn leads, 9-6
149: No. 12 C.J. Cobb (Penn) DEC Steven Galliardo (Brown), 6-4 (SV), Penn leads, 12-6
157: No. 20 Justin Staudenmayer (Brown) DEC May Bethea (Penn), 2-1 Penn leads, 12-9
165: Brooks Martino (Penn) DEC Jon Viruet (Brown), 9-6 Penn leads, 15-9
174: No. 15 Casey Kent (Penn) MD Andrew Labrie (Brown), 10-2 Penn leads, 19-9
184: No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) FALL Austin Pfarr (Brown), 3:57 Penn leads, 25-9
Penn defeats Harvard, 26-9
133: Caleb Richardson (Penn) DEC Jeffrey Ott (Harvard), 3-2 Penn leads, 3-0
141: No. 9 Todd Preston (Harvard) DEC Marc Mastropietro (Penn), 3-1 Match tied, 3-3
149: No. 12 C.J. Cobb (Penn) DEC Patrik Hogan (Harvard), 12-5 Penn leads, 6-3
157: May Bethea (Penn) MD Tyler Tarsi (Harvard), 19-8 Penn leads, 10-3
165: No. 20 Devon Gobbo (Harvard) DEC Brooks Martino (Penn), 6-4 Penn leads, 10-6
174: No. 15 Casey Kent (Penn) TF Josef Johnson (Harvard), 15-0 (6:39) Penn leads, 15-6
184: No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) TF Michael Mocco (Harvard), 16-1 (7:00) Penn leads, 20-6
197: Joe Heyob (Penn) DEC Josh Popple (Harvard), 8-4 Penn leads, 23-6
285: Patrik Garren (Penn) DEC Angus Cowell (Harvard), 2-1 Penn leads, 26-6
125: Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) DEC Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 8-3 Penn leads, 26-0
The Quakers return to The Palestra on February 13, hosting Cornell at 1 p.m. on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.