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Penn earns sweep with wins over Brown, Harvard

PHILADELPHIA -- Sweep!

The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team picked up a pair of wins to open Ivy League dual meets, knocking off Brown (18-16) before handling Harvard (35-6) in The Palestra.

With the wins, the Quakers are tied for first place in the Ivy League at 2-0, improving their overall record to 3-5.

Notes To Know…
No. 13 Anthony Artalona and Carmen Ferrante both went 2-0. Ferrante had a pair of major decisions while Artalona had a tech fall and decision, each accumulated eight team points over the course of the day.
Penn's depth was on display with 11 different wrestlers winning at least one match over the two dual meets.
The Quakers won 13 total bouts over the two dual meets, scoring bonus points in 11 of those 13 wins.
The Quakers have now won 15 consecutive dual meets against Harvard in Philadelphia and are 28-1 against the Crimson since 1991.
The 35 points scored against the Crimson are tied for No. 2 all-time against Harvard by a Penn team. The six points allowed are tied for fifth-fewest allowed against the Crimson.
The 29-point margin of victory was Penn's fifth-largest against the Crimson all-time and Penn's largest since shutting out Drexel, 37-0, in 2013.
Ferrante improves to 18-5 this season, leading the Quakers in wins. He is 8-0 in dual meets with 32 team points scored. Ferrante is 13-3 since the Keystone Classic in November
Artalona is now 17-3 overall, and is 7-1 in dual meets with 30 team points scored. He is 8-0 against EIWA opponents.

Bonus Point Bonanza Hounds Harvard
The Quakers scored bonus points in six of eight wins, opening up an 18-0 lead and cruising to a 35-6 win over Harvard to cap a sweep of Penn's opening weekend of Ivy duals.

Major decisions from Jalen Laughlin (184) and Greg Bensley (197) opened up an 8-0 lead for Penn, and a forfeit from Harvard at heavyweight extended that lead to 14-0 before a major from Carmen Ferrante at 125 blew the match wide open.

Laughlin's first career dual meet win was an efficient one as he scored four takedowns to knock off Pierce Bausino, 11-3. Laughlin led, 5-2, after two periods, but piled on six points in the third to pick up the win. Greg Bensley followed with a dominant 17-7 win over Cole Bateman. Bensley scored five takedowns in the match - three of which came in the first period where he also added on four nearfall for good measure.

Ferrante followed with a 14-0 major decision over Nolan Hellickson. Ferrante scored a takedown in the first period and drew two stall calls from last year's seventh-place finisher at EIWAs. In the second, Ferrante escaped and added a second takedown. With a 6-0 lead after two, Ferrante added to his lead with a third takedown and another stall warning on Hellickson before four backpoints towards the end of the match locked up the 14-0 win.

Harvard got on the board with an overtime win from Lukus Stricker at 133 over Doug Zapf, 5-3. The two wrestlers traded takedowns in the first two periods, and a Zapf escape in the third forced overtime before Stricker won with a takedown 17 seconds into sudden victory.

The Quakers followed with an emphatic overtime win of their own from senior A.J. Vindici at 141 over Ryan Friedman. Vindici rallied from an early deficit and forced overtime with an escape in the third period. In overtime, he tripped Friedman down to his back, following up by sticking him for the pin at 7:50 and adding six more points to the team board.

No. 13 Anthony Artalona dialed up a 20-3 technical fall over Robert Groves to give Penn a 29-3 lead. Artalona had four takedowns and two sets of nearfall in the first period for a commanding 14-3 lead. He would then score a takedown in the second and tack on four more nearfall points for the 20-3 win at 4:19.

Willy Kaiser became the second Quaker to earn his first dual meet win, doing so in his first dual meet start at 157 pounds. Kaiser knocked off Aaron Kruk, 8-6, to give Penn a 32-3 lead. Kaiser had three takedowns in the match, one in each period, and added two backpoints which were the difference.

At 165, Evan DeLuise used a riding time advantage to knock off Tyler Tarsi, 5-4. DeLuise had two first-period takedowns where he built up over 1:30 of riding time. After a second period takedown from Tarsi tied the match, the Crimson wrestler elected to start from neutral but was never able to find a takedown and the riding time was the difference in favor of DeLuise.

Leo Tarantino closed the dual with a 3-2 win for the Crimson at 174 over Jake Hendricks, scoring a takedown with 0:45 remaining.

Penn defeats Harvard, 35-6
184: Jalen Laughlin (Penn) MD Pierce Bausano (Harvard), 11-3; Penn leads, 4-0
197: Greg Bensley (Penn) MD Cole Bateman (Harvard), 17-7; Penn leads, 8-0
285: Ben Goldin (Penn) wins via forfeit; Penn leads, 14-0
125: Carmen Ferrante (Penn) MD Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), 14-0; Penn leads, 18-0
133: Lukus Stricker (Harvard) DEC Doug Zapf (Penn), 5-3 (SV), Penn leads, 18-3
141: A.J. Vindici (Penn) FALL Ryan Friedman (Harvard), 7:50; Penn leads, 24-3
149: No. 13 Anthony Artalona (Penn) TF Robert Graves (Harvard), 20-3 (4:19); Penn leads, 29-3
157: Willy Kaiser (Penn) DEC Aaron Kruk (Harvard), 8-6; Penn leads, 32-3
165: Evan DeLuise (Penn) DEC Tyler Tarsi (Harvard), 5-4; Penn leads, 35-3
174: Leo Tarantino (Harvard) DEC Jake Hendricks (Penn), 3-2; Penn leads, 35-6
Attendance: 1,162

Quakers Rally Past Brown, 18-16

A five-match run for the Quakers in the middle of the dual meet rallied the Red and Blue by Brown, 18-16.

The Quakers dropped the first three matches to spot Brown a 10-0 lead, but three consecutive major decisions from Penn freshmen resulted in a 12-10 lead. Two decision wins for the Quakers followed and Penn found itself with an 18-10 lead and just two bouts remaining. The Bears claimed wins in those bouts, but they were just decisions and the Red and Blue claimed the win.

Carmen Ferrante started Penn's run with an 8-0 major decision over Trey Keeley at 125. Ferrante led, 3-0, after two periods but blew open the match with a four-point turn as part of a full third-period ride.

Doug Zapf followed with a 12-4 major decision at 133 pounds over Reese Fry. Zapf scored four takedowns in the match, including two in the first period to start strong. A takedown in the third period and ride out for 2:47 of riding time secured the bonus point.

At 141, Grant Aronoff made it three straight major decisions from Penn freshmen with a 14-5 win over Colin Realbuto. Aronoff struck quickly, with a takedown right away before adding a second takedown and four backpoints before the first period was complete. In the second, he added a third takedown for an 11-1 lead and Realbuto was unable to overcome the large deficit.

No. 13 Anthony Artalona followed with an 8-4 win over Zach Krause at 149 pounds. Artalona trailed early after he went for a quick headlock throw but Krause slipped out for a takedown. The damage was minor, and Artalona quickly escaped to get back on his feet and in the match. In the second period, an escape and takedown for Artalona gave him a 4-2 lead. He would add another takedown in the third period and 3:18 of riding time for the win.

Senior captain Joe Oliva put together Penn's fifth win in a row with a 5-0 decision over Christian LaBrie. Oliva had a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the third, adding 3:21 of riding time bolstered by a full second period ride.

Oliva's win gave Penn an eight-point lead, and that was enough to stave off two Brown decisions in the final two matches. No. 18 Jon Viruet edged Evan DeLuise, 2-0, off an escape and riding time at 165, but AJ Pedro only mustered a 7-1 win over Penn's Jake Hendricks at 174 while the Bears needed at least a tech fall for the dual meet win. C.J. LaFragola opened the dual with a 15-5 win at 184 over Jalen Laughlin, while Tucker Ziegler followed with a 9-3 decision over Patrik Garren and Ian Butterbrodt defeated Ben Goldin, 4-0.

Penn defeats Brown, 18-16
184: C.J. LaFragola (Brown) MD Jalen Laughlin (Penn) 15-5; Brown leads, 4-0
197: Tucker Zeigler (Brown) DEC Patrik Garren (Penn), 9-3; Brown leads, 7-0
285: Ian Butterbrodt (Brown) DEC Ben Goldin (Penn), 4-0; Brown leads, 10-0
125: Carmen Ferrante (Penn) MD Trey Keeley (Brown), 8-0; Brown leads, 10-4
133: Doug Zapf (Penn) MD Reese Fry (Brown), 12-4; Brown leads, 10-8
141: Grant Aronoff (Penn) MD Colin Realbuto (Brown), 14-5; Penn leads, 12-10
149: No. 13 Anthony Artalona (Penn) DEC Zach Krause (Brown), 8-4; Penn leads 15-10
157: Joe Oliva (Penn) DEC Christian LaBrie (Brown), 5-0; Penn leads, 18-10
165: No. 18 Jon Viruet (Brown) DEC Evan DeLuise (Penn), 2-0; Penn leads, 18-13
174: AJ Pedro (Brown) DEC Jake Hendricks (Penn), 7-1; Penn leads, 18-16

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