Audio Interview: Rob Eiter
PHILADELPHIA - Penn was victorious in its first home dual of the season, completing the sweep of its two top non-Ivy rivals via a 21-12 win over Hofstra. The win over the Pride, coupled with a 24-12 win at No. 21 Lehigh on Saturday marks the first time in that the Quakers have defeated both Lehigh and Hofstra in a dual meet during the same season - something the Quakers did within a span of 24 hours.
No. 20 Mark Rappo again gave his team a lead with his biggest win of the season, a 9-7 decision in sudden victory over No. 17 Steven Bonnano. Rappo trailed early after allowing the first takedown, but escaped and scored a takedown of his own to lead 3-2 after one period. In the second, Rappo added another takedown after Bonnano escaped early to lead, 5-3, after two. Bonnano came back in the third period, with two takedowns to force overtime. Rappo had the best look of sudden victory, finishing 22 seconds in for the win.
Hofstra took a 6-3 lead after wins at 133 and 141. Geoffrey Bostany was defeated by Jamie Franco, 6-1, at 133 - the decisive points coming via a three-point nearfall from Franco in the second period after Bostany got too aggressive looking for a reversal. At 141, C.J. Cobb had a 2-1 lead on No. 10 Luke Vaith after two periods, and led 4-3 after an escape in the third period, but Vaith scored late and erased Cobb's riding time for a 5-4 decision.
The Red and Blue won the next three matches, including two with bonus points to take a 15-6 lead. Andrew Lenzi first tied the team score with a 7-6 win over Matt Spataro. The first half of the match was all Lenzi, as he scored three takedowns to lead, 6-4, after two periods. Lenzi had 1:13 of riding time after two periods, and that edge paid off after a late headlock throw from Spataro was good for just two points - Lenzi's shoulders were out of bounds - and the final buzzer sounded with 1:03 of riding time still in Lenzi's favor for the deciding point.
Troy Hernandez picked up his most dominant win of the season via a 19-4 technical fall at 157 for Penn. Hernandez opened up a 6-2 lead after one period and led 9-2 after two periods before piling on with a two takedowns and a pair of three-point nearfalls to end the match at 6:39.
True freshman Casey Kent picked up his second win of the weekend via a 12-2 major decision over Nick Terdick. Kent was on fire in the first period, with a takedown at 1:11 and following that up with a pair of three-point nearfalls before three minutes were up.
The Pride got back in the dual with a win at 174 from Jermaine John. He avenged a loss to Ian Korb in last season's dual with a 7-1 decision. Korb twice was scored on in the final seconds of a period, which swayed the outcome.
Leading by only six, Penn again made some adjustments to its lineup at the upper weights. After a dual-clinching win at 197 yesterday, Canaan Bethea picked up a similarly-important win at 184 with a 4-2 decision over Taras Luzhnyy. The bout was tied, 2-2, after two periods, but Bethea scored on a counter in the final ten seconds to pick up the win.
Harrison Cook took the mat at 197 after lining up at 184 yesterday and clinched the dual for Penn with a 6-0 decision over Victor Pozsonyi. Cook broke a scoreless tie in the second period with an escape and a takedown before adding another takedown with 51 seconds remaining to secure the win.
Steven Graziano was edged by Paul Snyder in the final bout, 3-2, a takedown with 15 seconds left the deciding factor.
The Quakers are off until Dec. 29-30 when they head to Northwestern for the 50th Annual Kraft Midlands Championships.
Penn (2-1) def. Hofstra (0-8), 21-12
125: #20 Mark Rappo (Penn) def. #17 Steve Bonnano (Hofstra), 9-7 (SV) Penn leads, 3-0
133: Jamie Franco (Hofstra) def. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 6-1 Match Tied, 3-3
141: #10 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) def. C.J. Cobb (Penn), 5-4 Hofstra leads, 6-3
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) def. Matt Spataro (Hofstra), 7-6 Match tied, 6-6
157: Troy Hernandez (Penn) def. Jay Lysne (Hofstra), 19-4 (6:39) Penn leads, 11-6
165: Casey Kent (Penn) def. Nick Terdick (Hofstra), 12-2 Penn leads, 15-6
174: Jermaine John (Hofstra) def. Ian Korb (Penn), 7-1 Penn leads, 15-9
184: Canaan Bethea (Penn) def. Taras Lushnyy (Hofstra), 4-2 Penn leads, 18-9
197: Harrison Cook (Penn) def. Victory Pozsonyi (Hofstra), 6-0 Penn leads, 21-9
285: Paul Snyder (Hofstra) def. Steven Graziano (Penn), 3-2 Penn leads, 21-12