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Penn caps Sunday sweep with 30-6 win at F&M

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team won five in a row to open its dual at Franklin & Marshall, opening a comfortable lead en route to a 30-6 win to complete a sweep of two duals on Sunday.

The five-spot to open the dual staked the Red and Blue to a 20-0 lead and the Diplomats had no answer. Seven Quakers who had previously won their match earlier in the afternoon as part of Penn's 39-0 shutout of California Baptist completed their own personal sweeps, led by seniors Joe Oliva and Robert Ng. No. 13 Anthony Artalona, Evan DeLuise, Jake Hendricks, Carmen Ferrante and Doug Zapf also picked up their second wins of the day.

Senior Tristin DeVincenzo was the lone newcomer to the lineup in the nightcap, picking up an 8-3 win at 133 pounds.

Artalona opened the dual with a 9-6 win at 149 pounds over Patrick Quinlan. The win wasn't easy for Artalona, he trailed 4-2 in the second period after two Quinlan takedowns. Artalona would work an escape then score a takedown before the end of the middle frame, building a 5-4 lead. In the third, he rallied after a Quinlan reversal to escape and score the winning takedown with riding time added as well.

Oliva followed with a 10-1 major decision over Cola Aaron at 157, scoring four total takedowns - two coming in the third period to ensure the major. At 165, Evan DeLuise opened up his offensive attack, scoring twice in the first period and adding a takedown in the second and third periods for a 10-2 major decision.

At 174, Jake Hendricks did enough work in the first period to draw a pair of stall warnings against Jacob Conners and score a takedown for a 3-0 lead. In the second, he scored a second takedown for a 5-1 lead which was enough to pick up a 5-3 decision. A forfeit from F&M at 184 completed Penn's 20-0 first half.

The second half started with a pair of F&M wins. At 197. Philip Robilotto dominated the first period with a takedown and two sets of nearfall for an 8-0 lead over Greg Bensley. In the third, Bensley found his footing with an escape and two stall warnings draw, but the deficit was too much to overcome in a 9-3 final. At heavyweight, returning NCAA qualifier Antonio Pelusi scored a third-period takedown to knock off Ben Goldin, 3-2.

The Quakers won the final three matches to close the dual, starting with a 16-5 major decision for Carmen Ferrante at 125 over Jose Diaz. Ferrante had four takedowns in the match, scoring two in the first period. In the second, he turned a 4-1 lead into a 10-1 advantage with a reversal and four nearfall.

DeVincenzo then went on to an 8-3 win at 133 over Michael Simonetti. A takedown and two backpoints in the first period built a 4-0 lead for DeVincenzo. Simonetti cut the lead to 5-3 with an escape and takedown in the third, but DeVincenzo would match that with an escape and takedown of his own. At 141, Doug Zapf bumped up from his usual 133 starting spot to close the dual with a 7-6 rally past Haroldo Nesbeth. Zapf scored the first takedown, but Nesbeth scored a takedown of his own in the second period for a 4-3 lead after two frames. In the third, Zapf escaped then scored a takedown to gain a 6-4 lead. Nesbeth would then work a reversal, but Zapf's riding time was the difference in a one-point win.

Results:
149: No. 13 Anthony Artalona (PENN) DEC Patrick Quinlan (F&M), 9-6; Penn leads, 3-0
157: Joe Oliva (PENN) MD Cole Aaron (F&M), 10-1; Penn leads 7-0
165: Evan DeLuise (PENN) MD Crew Fullerton (F&M), 10-2; Penn leads, 11-0
174: Jake Hendricks (PENN) DEC Jacob Conners (F&M), 5-3; Penn leads, 14-0
184: Robert Ng (PENN) wins via forfeit; Penn leads, 20-0
197: Philip Robilotto (F&M) DEC Greg Bensley (PENN), 9-3; Penn leads, 20-3
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) DEC Ben Goldin (PENN), 3-2; Penn leads, 20-6
125: Carmen Ferrante (PENN) MD Jose Diaz (F&M), 16-5; Penn leads, 24-6
133: Tristin DeVincenzo (PENN) DEC Michael Simonetti (F&M), Dec 8-3; Penn leads, 27-6
141: Doug Zapf (PENN) DEC Haroldo Nesbeth (F&M), 7-6; Penn leads, 30-6

The Quakers are at Lehigh next weekend to close the regular season on February 24 at 2 p.m.

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