PHILADELPHIA – Regular season completion for the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team concludes on Saturday when the Quakers make the short trip down 33rd Street to Drexel University for the third annual clash for the Abner’s Cheesesteak Trophy against the Dragons.
Setting The Stage …
The two teams have met 26 times all-time, with Penn holding a 14-11-1 edge in the all-time series. The Quakers needed 12 cracks at the Dragons before picking up a win in the series, going 0-10-1 before a 21-16 win in The Palestra in 1990. Since then, the Red and Blue are 14-1-0 against their neighbors, including 13 consecutive wins.
Penn’s Probable Lineup…
125: Jeremy Schwartz (2-14)
133: Caleb Richardson (18-10)
141: Marc Mastropietro (8-14) or A.J. Vindici (5-9)
149: No. 14 C.J. Cobb (20-4) or Eric Friedman (1-8)
157: May Bethea (19-10)
165: Ray Bethea (9-5) or Brooks Martino (13-14)|
174: No. 15 Casey Kent (23-5)
184: No. 15 Lorenzo Thomas (25-5)
197: Frank Mattiace (17-8) or Joe Heyob (12-6)
285: Patrik Garren (12-12)
Drexel’s Probable Lineup …
125: Zack Fuentes (17-11)
133: David Pearce (12-7) or Franco Ferraina (6-11)
141: Kevin Devoy Jr. (9-8)
149: No. 11 Matthew Cimato (28-5)
157: Mike Comunale (5-12) or Ryan O'Connor (3-9)
165: Austin Rose (18-11) or Nicholas Maccini (1-2)
174: Nick Elmer (12-13) or Zack Spira (2-5)
184: Stephen Loiseau (17-11)
197: Joshua Murphy (4-5) or Nezar Haddad (8-14)
285: Joey Goodhart (19-10)
What’s At “Steak” …
Starting in 2014, the winner of the Penn-Drexel dual meet has been presented with the “Abner’s Cheesesteak Trophy”. The Quakers have won both times the trophy as been at “steak” in the series. In 2014, the Red and Blue secured the first serving with a 20-10 win at The DAC. Last season, Penn had a second helping following a 21-15 win in The Palestra.
Quakers Set to Embark on the Nation’s Shortest Road Trip …
Travel fatigue will not be an issue for the Quakers on Saturday despite the “road trip” as Penn will set out on the shortest road journey in the country. Door-to-door, the distance from Penn’s home gym to the DAC is 0.6 miles.
A New-Look Dual …
It is likely that only the lightest weight and the heaviest weight are rematches from last year’s dual meet between the two teams. Last year, Zach Fuentes defeated Jeremy Schwartz, 4-0, and Joey Goodhart scored a fall deep into the bout at 8:18 over Patrik Garren. The Dragons led, 9-7, midway through the dual but Penn won four in a row from 165-197 to secure the win.
Garren vs. Goodhart Part VI …
In two seasons, Patrik Garren has wrestled no opponent more than his likely opposition in Saturday in Joey Goodhart. The two have met five times as collegiate wrestlers, and Garren owns a 3-2 record in the series. Outside of the pin in what was a 3-3 match in tiebreakers last season, Garren’s other loss to Goodhart was a 3-1 decision in overtime this season at the Keystone Classic. Garren recorded two wins last year at the Shorty Hitchcock, and a 5-2 decision at EIWAs last season.
Richardson and Pearce to Renew Rivalry …
Last year, it was Drexel’s Kevin DeVoy who was a frequent opponent for Caleb Richardson. The two met twice, both wins for Devoy – including a 3-1 win in overtime at NCAAs. With Devoy up at 141 pounds, David Pearce has taken over as the newest city rival for Richardson. The two met at the Keystone Classic this season, a 2-1 win for Pearce in a tiebreaker.
Cobb and Cimato Could Clash at 149 …
Earlier this season, C.J. Cobb knocked off Matt Cimato, 7-6, in the semifinals of the Keystone Classic. Outside of that loss, Cimato has not done much losing as he enters the weekend with a 28-5 record and a 17-3 mark since the loss at Keystone. Cobb is probable for the weekend after missing Penn’s last two duals with illness. If he can go, he will enter with a 20-4 record this season and a 14-1 record against EIWA opponents.
Drexel’s Rose Has Been a Thorn in the Side of Opponents …
“New Year, New You” has been the mindset of 165-pounder Austin Rose for Drexel this season. He is undefeated in the calendar year, winning his last eight matches. Along the way, he has posted two falls, two tech falls and a major decision – including a pin over then-No. 20 Connor Brennan of Rider. The recent run turned a 10-11 record into a 18-11 mark heading into the final weekend of the regular season.