Drexel edges Penn to win Cheesesteak Trophy

PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel wrestling team (4-4, 1-1 EIWA) outlasted the Penn Quakers (1-3, 0-1 EIWA) on Sunday afternoon from the Palestra on Penn's campus as the Dragons' claimed their fourth-straight Cheesesteak Trophy victory over Penn with a 16-15 final.

The Dragons received decision wins by No. 14 Ebed Jarrell (165), Bryan McLaughlin (174), Anthony Walters (184) and Chandler Olson (133) while No. 16 Joey Goodhart won by a major decision.

Drexel led 13-6 after six bouts thanks to Goodhart's major decision. Penn came back to win the last three of four bouts but Olson's 7-2 decision at 133 proved to be enough as the Dragons held on.

The conference dual started with the 157 bout and finished at 149. Sophomore Evan Barczak lost a close 7-5 in the first matchup of the afternoon to Penn's Joe Olivia. The two tangled early as Barczak was riding Olivia and working on his ankle as the first period ended scoreless. Barczak took a 3-1 lead in the second behind an escape and takedown before Olivia tied it up after three with a late takedown, 5-5. Olivia won the match, 7-5, for Penn in sudden victory with a takedown as the Quakers took a 3-0 advantage overall.

No. 14 Ebed Jarrell, a junior, helped Drexel tie up the EIWA match at 3-3 with a 4-2 decision win at 165. As the two felt each other out in the first period, Jarrell was gaining a riding advantage of Penn's Evan DeLuise in the second as the bout was still 0-0 heading into the third period. Jarrell started down and earned an escape before DeLuise took the lead with a takedown. Jarrell was awarded another escape point and an addition point for a Penn penalty to go up 3-2 before the riding time point, 4-2.

Redshirt freshman Bryan McLaughlin won a tight 8-7 decision at 174 pounds over Penn's Jake Hendricks to give the Dragons their first lead of the match, 6-3. McLaughlin went up 2-1 with a first period takedown. Hendricks outscored McLaughlin in the second, 4-2, as the Drexel freshman earned two escapes. McLaughlin conceded the opening escape in the third before he scored a takedown. After another conceded escape to Penn, McLaughlin went up 8-7 with his third takedown of the bout as he rode Hendricks out for the win.

At 184, freshman Anthony Walters went up 2-1 in the first over Penn's Jalen Laughlin with a takedown. A big second period gave Walters an 8-3 edge behind an early reversal and two takedowns. He added a fourth takedown in the third period to go up 10-4 as he eyed a major decision, but a late Penn escape led to Walters winning the 10-5 decision. With a third win, Drexel led overall, 9-3.

Junior Owen Brooks dropped his 197 bout to Penn's Greg Bensley by a 6-0 final as Drexel's lead shrunk to 9-6 at intermission. Following the loss, senior heavyweight and No. 16-ranked Joey Goodhart defeated Penn's Ben Goldin for a four-point 11-3 major decision to put Drexel up 13-6 for some breathing room. Goodhart had two takedowns in the first as he put up two minutes of riding time in the opening period. He increased his lead to 6-1 in the second behind an escape and a Penn stalling penalty. In the third, he recorded two escapes and was awarded the riding time point for his 3:20 total ton win 11-3.

Drexel's Antonio Mininno lost the 125 bout as Penn crept back in as the Dragons were now up 13-9. Sophomore Chandler Olson won a crucial 133 bout to put Drexel up seven with two bouts remaining, 16-9. Olson faced Penn's Doug Zapf and he took a 2-0 lead with a late first-period takedown. Olson rode Zapf for the entirety of the second period as he kept his 2-0 edge. He went up 5-0 behind an escape and takedown before Penn recorded a takedown. Olson added a late escape and a point for his 2:04 of riding time for the win.

At 141, Nick Widmann lost a heated bout which came down to the final seconds with four points awarded to Penn's Grant Aronoff in the dying moments. Widmann went up 2-0 in the first with a takedown and added a third point in the second period for a Penn stalling penalty. Up 3-1 in the third with Widmann on track to claim the riding time point, Aronoff was awarded a takedown with two back points to win the 5-4 decision. Drexel head coach Matt Azevedo challenged the call but it was upheld after video replay as Drexel led 16-12 heading into the final 149 bout.

Winter transfer Parker Kropman only had to avoid a major decision, tech fall or pin from Penn's only ranked wrestler, Anthony Artalona, at No. 14 in order for Drexel to hold on to the win. Artalona was clearly looking for the big scores as he got a quick takedown. But Kropman matched him as it was tied 3-3 after the first period. Kropman started down in the second and earned the only point of the period with an escape to go up 4-3. Artalona sent the match to sudden victory with a third-period escape of his own. Artalona was able to get the overtime takedown as Kropman evaded the big loss with the 6-4 decision as Drexel held on to win the match, 16-15.

The Dragons travel to Raleigh, N.C on Saturday, Jan. 19 to face NC State at 6 p.m.

157 / Joe Oliva (Penn) def. Evan Barczak (Drexel) / D, 7-5 (SV) / Penn, 3-0
165 / No. 14 Ebed Jarrell (Drexel) def. Evan DeLuise (Penn) / D, 4-2 / Tied, 3-3
174 / Bryan McLaughlin (Drexel) def. Jake Hendricks (Penn) / D, 8-7 / Drexel, 6-3
184 / Anthony Walters (Drexel) def. Jalen Laughlin (Penn) / D, 10-5 / Drexel, 9-3
197 / Greg Bensley (Penn) def. Owen Brooks (Drexel) / D, 6-0 / Drexel, 9-6
285 / No. 16 Joey Goodhart (Drexel) def. Ben Goldin (Penn) / MD, 11-3 / Drexel, 13-6
125 / Carmen Ferrante (Penn) def. Antonio Mininno (Drexel) / D, 8-4 / Drexel 13-9
133 / Chandler Olson (Drexel) def. Doug Zapf (Penn) / D, 7-2 / Drexel, 16-9
141 / Grant Aronoff (Penn) def. Nick Widmann (Drexel) / D, 5-4 / Drexel, 16-12
149 / No. 14 Anthony Artalona (Penn) def. Parker Kropman (Drexel) / D, 6-4 (SV) / Drexel, 16-15


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