PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team opened Ivy League play with a pair of big victories on the road. On Saturday, the Quakers started the day with a 19-19 win by criteria against Brown, then capped off their road trip with a 22-19 victory against Harvard.
The doubleheader sweep moves Penn to 5-4 overall and 4-1 in EIWA duals. The Quakers are also now 2-0 to start Ivy League play.
*Penn won 11 matches today, with Doug Zapf, Lucas Revano, Neil Antrassian, and Cole Urbas each winning both of their bouts.
*With the two victories today, Zapf moved to 20-5 on the season. He has won each of his last nine matches, each of his last seven duals, and is now 11-0 against EIWA grapplers.
*Cole Urbas has been nearly unstoppable as of late. He won both of his matches today, including a first-period pin in his bout against Harvard. Urbas has won his last seven dual matches, with three of those victories earning him bonus points.
*Revano marked his day with a pair of wins. Competing with Jon Errico for the starting spot at 149 pounds, he gained some solid footing. In his second match of the day, he earned a 13-3 major decision against the Crimson's Aaron Kruk.
*Antrassian has been tough to beat over the last two weeks. Against Harvard, he tallied some crucial bonus points with a 22-7 tech fall.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Brown
The meet started at 141 pounds, with No. 19 Zapf stepping up to the task. He wasted no time, jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead after a pair of first-period takedowns. An escape, a pair of takedowns in each of the second and third periods, and riding time earned him a 14-5 major decision to push the Quakers out to an early 4-0 lead.
Revano kept things going in a tight and hard-fought match at 149 pounds. With the match tied 1-1 after a pair of escapes, Revano battled from bottom to pull off a clutch reversal with less than a minute remaining to take a 3-1 lead. Brown's Ricky Cabanillas quickly escaped to keep the match interesting, but Revano showed some great defensive wrestling to secure the decision.
Brown responded at 157 pounds, with the Bears' Jack Bokina battling Cam Connor for a 10-1 major decision. The loss was Connor's first in a dual this season.
Brian Krasowski then got the call at 165 pounds. He stormed out to a 7-1 lead in his first dual of the season. Looking for bonus points, he cut the Bears' wrestler loose. Kiran Srikanth took the opportunity to storm back and got a takedown to make it 7-4, but Krasowski held on to secure riding time and take an 8-4 decision and get the Quakers back on track and in front, 10-4.
At 174, Antrassian won his third consecutive dual. Two first-period takedowns put the sophomore in control, as he held on for a 5-3 victory.
Urbas took the mat at 197 pounds with the Quakers needing to bounce back. He stormed out to a 10-0 lead after the first three minutes with a takedown and loads of back points. The Bears wrestler battled back to cut the match to 10-6, but Urbas stood tall to take a 13-9 decision. The victory gave Penn a 16-10 lead.
Nate Hoaglund made his dual debut in the heavyweight match. He got off to a great start, turning an ankle pick into a takedown for a quick 2-0 lead. Thomas Mukai responded quickly, escaping then taking Hoaglund to the mat for a 3-2 lead. Hoaglund responded with the same sequence, as an escape and takedown put him in front, 5-4 heading into the final period. Mukai quickly escaped after starting bottom, but Hoaglund got his third takedown of the match with a single leg to all but secure the win.
In the dual's penultimate match, Michael Colaiocco made his return to wrestle at 125 pounds. With Brown's Trey Keeley coming out hot, Colaiocco quickly found himself down 6-1 following a near fall at the end of the first period. Colaiocco fought back with an escape and a pair of takedowns to tie the bout at 6-6 late in the third period. Attempting to win the match in regulation, The freshman cut Keeley loose and immediately went for the match-winning takedown. Although he came close, he was unable to connect and dropped the dual, 7-6.
Already with six wins, Penn elected to forfeit the 133-pound match, most likely with the evening's dual against Harvard in mind. Although the forfeit tied the match at 19-19, Penn won the tiebreaker for its third consecutive EIWA victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Harvard
Once again, Zapf got things going with a win at 141 pounds. In a tight, low-scoring match, Zapf's third-period takedown was the deciding factor which led to a 3-2 victory to get the Quakers off on the right foot.
Revano kept the engine revving at 149. Up 7-3 late in the third period, the freshman pulled a huge six-point move to earn a 13-3 major decision and extend the Quakers lead to 7-0.
However, Harvard would claw back to tie the dual. Hunter Ladiner scored a 13-1 major decision against Cam Connor before Phillip Congliaro defeated Krasowski 11-4 to even things at 7-7.
The Quakers badly needed a win to stay on track in the 174-pound bout, and Antrassian delivered in a big way. The sophomore set the tone in the first quarter as a trio of takedowns and a nearfall gave him an 10-2 lead. Two more takedowns in the second made it 14-4, then an escape, three takedowns, and riding time caused this one to end early. The 22-7 tech fall gave Penn a 12-7 lead.
John Stout dropped the next match -- a tepid one where the only points came from an escape, a penalty, and riding time -- which brought Harvard within two.
With the Crimson within striking distance, it was vital that Urbas filed a big response from the Red and Blue. With the sophomore undefeated in his last seven matches, he came up in a big way. Urbas quickly snagged a Harvard leg for a takedown before rolling the Crimson grappler onto his back for four near fall points. Urbas reset, then rocked the wrestler back onto his back for a first-period pin to give the Quakers some breathing room with an 18-10 lead.
Nate Hoaglund engaged in a fierce battle with 10th-ranked Yaraslau Slavikouski in the heavyweight bout, but was ultimately dropped, 11-5. The result cut Penn's lead to 18-13 and had the Crimson breathing down Penn's neck.
Colaiocco once again got the call at 125 pounds. With the 133 match already decided to be forfeit and the Quakers holding a five-point lead, he would have to come up with something big. The freshman did just that. Up 7-3 late in the third period, The freshman pulled some ridiculous moves for a pair of takedowns and riding time to clinch a 12-4 major decision.
Penn 19, Brown 19
125: Trey Keeley (Brown) def. No. 8 Michael Colaiocco (Penn), 7-6; Penn leads 19-13
133: Charlie Faber (Brown) wins by forfeit; Tied 19-19 (Penn wins on criteria)
141: No. 19 Doug Zapf def. James Pawelski (Brown), 14-5 MD; Penn leads 4-0
149: Lucas Revano (Penn) def. Ricky Cabanillas (Brown), 3-2; Penn leads 7-0
157: Jack Bokina (Brown) def. Cam Connor (Penn), 10-1 MD; Penn leads 7-4
165: Brian Krasowski (Penn) def. Kiran Srikanth (Brown), 8-4; Penn leads 10-4
174: Neil Antrassian (Penn) def. Cade Wilson (Brown), 5-3; Penn leads 13-4
184: Bryce Rogers (Brown) def. John Stout (Penn), FALL (4:42); Penn leads 13-10
197: Cole Urbas (Penn) def. Nino Bastianelli (Brown), 13-9; Penn leads 16-10
285: Nate Hoaglund (Penn) def. Thomas Mukai (Brown), 7-6; Penn leads 19-10
Penn 22, Harvard 19
125: No. 8 Michael Colaiocco (Penn) def. Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), 12-4 MD; Penn leads 22-13
133: Michael Jaffe (Harvard) won by forfeit; Penn leads 21-19
141: No. 19 Doug Zapf (Penn) def. Lukus Stricker (Harvard), 3-2; Penn leads 3-0
149: Lucas Revano (Penn) def. Aaron Kruk (Harvard), 14-3 MD; Penn leads 7-0
157: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) def. Cam Connor (Penn), 14-1 MD; Penn leads 7-4
165: No. 16 Phil Conigliaro (Harvard) def. Brian Krawsowki (Penn), 11-4; Tied 7-7
174: Neil Antrassian (Penn) def. Pierce Bausano (Harvard), 20-4 TF; Penn leads 12-7
184: Mike Doggett (Harvard) def. John Stout (Penn), 2-1; Penn leads 12-10
197: Cole Urbas (Penn) def. Evan Callahan (Harvard), FALL (1:40); Penn leads 18-10
285: Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) def. Nate Hoaglund (Penn), 11-5; Penn leads 18-13
Penn is back at home next weekend for another Ivy League doubleheader as the Quakers prepare to host Columbia and Cornell in The Palestra.