PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team returned to The Palestra for the first time in 2020 and graced The Cathedral with a pair of dominating EIWA victories.
In the season's home opener, Penn won 17 of the doubleheader's 20 duals with nine of those duals adding bonus points. The Quakers opened the day with a 31-6 victory over Binghamton and closed things out with a 41-3 win over LIU.
*The Quakers totaled 41 points in the day's second match. With the win and a 48-3 win over Duke, Penn has now eclipsed 40 points in multiple duals for the first time since the 2009-10 season. That season, Penn defeated Sacred Heart, 46-9 and Harvard, 41-11.
*Penn wrestlers pinned four Sharks in its dual against LIU.
*No. 17 Doug Zapf won both of his matches today, moving his dual meet record to 6-1. Overall, he is 18-5 and is now 9-0 against EIWA wrestlers.
*Carmen Ferrante won both of his duals today, earning a major decision in both bouts. He has now won each of his last four dual matches.
*Cole Urbas also won both of his bouts today. After starting his collegiate dual season 0-2, he has won five consecutive matches with a pair of tech falls.
*Ben Goldin won both of his matches today and capped off the day by pinning LIU's Lawrence Horl 59 seconds into the match.
*Cam Connor won his match against Binghamton today, which moved his dual record to 4-0.
*Jake Stefanowicz made his dual debut against LIU and marked it with a 6-3 decision.
*Daniel Planta earned his first victory of the season in Penn's win over LIU. He kicked things off at 125 pounds with a pin.
Penn started the day in style, earning its first EIWA victory of the season with a dominating, 31-6 win over Binghamton. Penn had three starters out, but it didn't matter much as the Quakers won eight of ten matches -- four of which earned bonus points.
After dropping a narrow, 8-3 decision at 125, the Quakers responded with four consecutive victories to develop a 14-3 lead. Carmen Ferrante got things going with his third consecutive dual victory, defeating Tomasso Frezza with a 10-1 major decision. Ferrante jumped in front quickly with a first-period takedown and carried that momentum through to the second period. Two takedowns in the second period as well as a heavy riding time advantage set up the major decision, and a final third-period takedown clinched it. The decision moved Ferrante to 12-9 on the season and evened his dual record at 3-3.
Zapf kept things going with more bonus points at 141. He immediately developed a commanding lead in the first period with four takedowns. With seconds left in the period, he pushed Binghamton's Kevin Kelly on his back to tally four back points and develop a 12-3 lead. Zapf pushed for the tech fall but came just one point short as he took a 19-5 decision.
At 149, Lucas Revano got Penn's third straight victory. The freshman earned his first dual decision of the season with a 10-6 win over the Bobcats' Alfonso DeRosa. Revano quickly jumped in front with a takedown and back points for a 4-0 lead. Two more takedowns and a pair of escapes clinched the victory.
Cam Connor rounded off a streak of five consecutive wins for Penn, rolling to a 6-1 decision. A takedown and back points were enough for Connor to earn his fourth dual victory of the season. The win gave the Quakers a 14-3 lead at the midway point of the dual.
The Bobcats would fight back out of the intermission, earning their second victory of the day with a win at 165, but it would be their last victory in the dual. Neil Antrassian got Penn back on track in a high-scoring bout. The sophomore earned his first dual victory of the season and all but clinched the dual with a 15-10 decision over Alex Melikian. The victory at 174 led right into a Binghamton forfeit at 184.
Cole Urbas stormed out of the gates at 197. Within the blink of an eye, Urbas had a 10-0 lead after a takedown and two four-point nearfalls. Six more backpoints in the second period wrapped things up as he took home a 16-0 tech fall. Ben Goldin wrapped things up with a 5-2 decision over Joe Doyle. The two wrestlers were tied at 2-2 in the final period. Goldin had nearly clinched riding time, but iced the dual with just seconds remaining as he evaded an attack from Doyle and locked the Bobcat up for a takedown.
Things started quickly in Penn's first dual against LIU. The first four duals were finished in just 16 minutes, as the Quakers tallied three falls and a major decision. As a whole, Penn won nine matches and locked up bonus points in six.
Daniel Planta started the match and his second dual start with a fall just over a minute into the match. Ferrante kept it going, storming to a 12-0 major decision with a surplus of back points.
The pins continued at 141. Senior captain A.J. Vindici developed a 10-0 lead with a takedown and two four-point near falls before pinning LIU's wrestler to the mat in a minute and 16 seconds. Jon Errico battled thoughout the first period and got a period with 40 seconds remaining. He tilted Rhise Royster onto the mat for the fall with just six seconds remaining in the period.
Connor made it a fifth straight bonus-point win, rolling to an 8-0 major decision at 157. The Sharks would get on the board with a narrow, 4-3 decision at 165, but Penn got back on track and won the final four matches. Stefanowicz earned his first dual victory with three takedowns for a 6-3 decision before Neil Antrassian -- who wrestled at 184 -- also battled to a 6-3 decision. The two victories gave Penn a 32-3 lead.
Urbas earned his second victory of the day and fifth in a row with a 7-2 decision over Mark Malico. Despite Malico getting on the board first with a takedown, Urbas stormed back with a pair of takedowns, two escapes, and riding time. Goldin capped off a quick dual with Penn's fourth pin of the day, just 59 seconds into the bout.
The Quakers are off next week and will return to action on the road against Harvard and Brown on February 2.