COLLEGE PARK – Frank Mattiace kicked off his collegiate wrestling career in fine fashion, defeating No. 10 Christian Boley of Maryland, 12-4, to clinch a win for the Quakers in their season-opening dual at the Comcast Center.
Mattiace was dominant in the match, with three takedowns and a set of backpoints in the opening period of the match. His first takedown came 0:18 into the match, surprising the returning NCAA qualifier for the Terps. Midway through the period, Mattaice would win a scramble on the edge of the mat, powering through for his third takedown. Off that score, he would flip Boley over and search for the fall, gaining three backpoints but unable to get the slap of the mat from the official. Mattaice would go on to add escapes in the next two periods and riding time for a big win to begin his collegiate dual career.
Overall, Penn won six matches in the dual, overtaking Maryland with four wins in the middle weights after the Terps had built a 7-3 lead. Andrew Lenzi, Ray Bethea, Casey Kent and Brad Wukie each picked up decisions to give the Red and Blue a lead they would not relinquish.
Maryland entered the dual with three wrestlers ranked in the Top-10 to anchor its lineup, and each had trouble with a Penn wrestler. Mattiace was the only Penn grappler to pick up a win, but No. 11 Lorenzo Thomas and Steven Graziano put scared into higher ranked opponents before suffering losses.
Steven Graziano scored a takedown at the buzzer to send his bout with 2011 All-American No. 7 Spencer Myers into overtime, and initiated the scoring sequence which ended the match – unfortunately for Penn in Myers’ favor. A Graziano shot was countered on a pass-by from Myers, and Graziano fell, 6-4.
Matched up with No. 2 Jimmy Sheptock at 184 pounds, No. 11 Lorenzo Thomas battled through a first period which saw a called takedown for Sheptock and then reversal from Thomas get called back after video review. Thomas would score first with an escape in the second, but Sheptock scored at the 4:36 mark to take a 2-1 lead after two periods. In the third, Thomas rode tough to open the period, but got too high on a half nelson and Sheptock was able to toss him over into a reversal and backpoints for a 7-1 win.
Caleb Richardson picked up his first collegiate win with a 10-5 decision over Billy Rappo to start the dual. Richardson had the match’s only four takedowns, opening the scoring 1:05 in. Leading 5-2 after two periods, Richardson opened up in the third with two takedowns to pull away and secure the win.
Ken Bade was unable to get anything going in his match at 133, conceding a takedown early and not finding a way to his escape Tyler Goodwin’s legwork on the mat. Goodwin would add a takedown in the second period and a reversal in the third to go with a pair of points via stalling en route to a 9-0 win.
At 141 pounds, Shyeim Brown broke a scoreless tie with Jeff Canfora with a reversal in the second period. That was the only offensive scoring of the match, Brown going on to win, 3-1.
Andrew Lenzi rallied the Quakers with an 8-5 win at 149 pounds over Frank Goodwin. Lenzi scored 0:37 into the match, and worked three backpoints off the sequence to lead, 5-1, after the first period. Lenzi would tack on a second takedown in the second period, but Goodwin would climb in the match with and escape and takedown before the end of the second frame. Lenzi defended nicely in the third period from neutral, holding on and adding riding time for the win.
In his first dual meet for the Red and Blue, Ray Bethea came out firing and scored on a blast double early in the first period against Ben Dorsay. That was all the scoring he would need, adding and escape in the third period for a 3-1 win.
Casey Kent had two takedowns and 2:31 of riding time in the first match out of intermission to score a 6-0 win over Danny Orem at 165 pounds. Brad Wukie was very workmanlike in a 6-3 win over Tony Gardner, taking a 4-0 lead after one period and hanging on for the victory.
125: Caleb Richardson (Penn) def. Billy Rappo (Maryland), 10-5 Penn leads, 3-0
133: Tyler Goodwin (Maryland) def. Ken Bade (Penn), 9-0 Maryland leads, 4-3
141: Shyeim Brown (Maryland) def. Jeff Canfora (Penn), 3-1 Maryland leads, 7-3
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) def. Frank Goodwin (Maryland), 8-5 Maryland leads, 7-6
157: Ray Bethea (Penn) def. Ben Dorsay (Maryland), 3-1 Penn leads, 9-7
165: Casey Kent (Penn) def. Danny Orem (Maryland), 6-0 Penn leads, 12-7
174: Brad Wukie (Penn) def. Tony Gardner (Maryland), 6-3 Penn leads, 15-7
184: No. 2 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) def. No. 11 Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), 7-1 Penn leads, 15-10
197: Frank Mattiace (Penn) def. No. 10 Christian Boley (Penn), 12-4 Penn leads, 19-10
285: No. 7 Spencer Myers (Maryland) def. Steven Graziano (Penn), 6-4 (SV), Penn leads, 19-13
Penn will host the 19th annual Keystone Classic on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. in The Palestra.