PHILADELPHIA – Penn needed a win after suffering three straight defeats to ranked opponents and found one on the strength of bonus points as the Quakers knocked off Binghamton, 22-13, in the first ever dual as conference foes for the two programs.
The Quakers remained undefeated against the Bearcats, owning three wins in the only meetings between the two schools. The Red and Blue picked up a technical fall from No. 17 Casey Kent and major decisions from No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas and Jeff Canfora for crucial separation which saw six victories go the way of head coach Rob Eiter’s club to four for the Bearcats.
After emergence starter Jeremy Schwartz was knocked off, 6-2, at 125 pounds against veteran Binghamton starter David White, Ken Bade evened the dual with a 6-0 blanking of Mike Sardo at 133 pounds. For Bade, the win was his first career dual meet win in The Palestra, and ended a five-match skid for the true freshman. Bade scored two takedowns in the win, one each in the first and third periods for the win.
Jeff Canfora picked up his fifth win in six matches via an 11-2 major decision over Nick Tighe, his first win by bonus points in 2013-14. Canfora was quick to open a lead, scoring an early takedown and tacking on three backpoints and ultimately leaving the first period with a 7-1 lead. In the third, Canfora would escape and add a takedown, before riding out in the third period to end the match with 4:08 of riding time and important team points.
In his first career dual meet, A.J. Murabito was on his way to a win, leading 6-2 after the first period, but Dylan Caruana was relentless on the comeback trail to sneak out an 8-7 win. Caruana scored twice in the third period, including a late takedown, to secure the win.
After that loss, the Quakers would rattle off four consecutive wins to secure the win, including bonus points from their two ranked wrestlers. Ray Bethea got back in the win column at 157, ending a three-match skid with a 13-9 victory over Joe Bonaldi. Action was fast and furious in the bout, with seven takedowns combined between the two wrestlers. Bethea had five of them, including two each in the second and third periods to pull away for the win.
Casey Kent was as dominant as ever in his bout, locking up a technical fall in the first period, 17-0. After a takedown off the whistle, Kent secured five sets of backpoints to roll to his 11th win of the season and fourth with bonus points.
Senior Zach Agostino picked up his first career dual meet win with a 2-0 decision over Vincent Grella. After escaping in the second to break a 0-0 tie, Agostino rode out Grella in the third to add on 1:55 of riding time and take the win.
No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas picked up his 11th bonus-point win of the season with a 14-4 major decision over Caleb Wallace. It was an active bout, with just two takedowns scored in the bout – both for Thomas. He added two reversals and a set of nearfall along the way, while Wallace had a pair of reversals to his credit.
At 197, a rematch between Frank Mattiace and Cody Reed went the way of Binghamton, 4-3, to even the season series at 1-1. Mattiace had the first takedown, but Reed would tie the match with a contested takedown on the edge of the mat late in the third. Penn would ask for the call to be reviewed, and after checking replay the call was upheld in favor of Reed. A third period escape for Reed would prove to be the difference.
Tyler Deuel closed the dual with a 12-2 major decision over Steven Graziano. After Graziano scored the opening takedown 15 seconds in, Deuel would rally in a big way, led by a five-point move in the final seconds of the first period.
The Quakers improve to 3-3 in duals this season, and move to 2-1 against EIWA opponents. Up next for the Quakers is another EIWA match against Bucknell in Lewisburg on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Penn won the takedown battle, 16-8 … The Quakers had the first takedown in seven of 10 bouts … The Quakers had 21 nearfall points to five for Binghamton … Kent’s tech fall was Penn’s first in a dual this season … Kent has shutout his opponent in seven of 11 wins this season.
Penn defeats Binghamton, 22-13
125: David White (BU) dec. Jeremy Schwartz (Penn), 6-2 BU leads, 3-0
133: Ken Bade (Penn) dec. Mike Sardo (BU), 6-0 Match tied, 3-3
141: Jeff Canfora (Penn) MD Nick Tighe (BU), 11-2 Penn leads, 7-3
149: Dylan Caruana (BU) dec. A.J. Murabito (Penn), 8-7 Penn leads, 7-6
157: Ray Bethea (Penn) dec. Joe Bonaldi (BU), 13-9 Penn leads, 10-6
165: No. 17 Casey Kent (Penn) TF5 Colton Perry (BU), 17-0 (2:46) Penn leads, 15-6
174: Zach Agostino (Penn) dec. Vincent Grella (BU), 2-0 Penn leads, 18-6
184: No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) MD Caleb Wallace (BU), 14-4 Penn leads, 22-6
197: Cody Reedy (BU) dec. Frank Mattiace (Penn), 4-3 Penn leads, 22-9
285: Tyler Deuel (BU) MD. Steven Graziano (Penn), 12-2, Penn leads, 22-13