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Despite Wins By Senior Duo In Dillon Finale, Wrestling Falls To Penn, Lehigh
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 02/18/2012
Despite a trio of victories, including a fourth Ivy League win for senior Daniel Kolodzik, the Princeton wrestling team dropped its home finale 24-10 to Ivy rival Penn Saturday afternoon at Dillon Gym.

There was no rest for the weary, though, as Princeton quickly hopped back on a bus and headed to Bethlehem, Pa., where it will fell to nationally ranked Lehigh 38-4.

Kolodzik, fellow senior Andy Lowy and freshman Ryan Cash were all winners for Princeton, but that would not be enough against a talented Penn squad. The Quakers got the biggest individual win of all, as 141-pounder Zack Kemmerer likely locked up first-team All-Ivy honors and the EIWA top seed with a 3-1 win over Princeton sophomore Adam Krop.

Cash got Princeton off to a good start at 125. He scored on an immediate takedown in the first period to grab a 2-0 lead, and nearly added another takedown before ending the period with a 2-1 edge. He escaped in the second, and added a double-leg takedown late in the second to hold a 5-1 lead going into the third period. A stall call in the third would be the final point in a 6-2 win.

Penn sent out 13th-ranked Bryan Ortenzio for the 133-pound match, where Princeton countered with Joe DeQuinzio, who battled through a hard-fought first period before trailing 4-1. He continued to fight, but he ultimately found himself on the wrong end of a 10-2 major decision.

The main event of the dual came at 141, where two Top-15 wrestlers took the mat for first-team All-Ivy honors. The two scrambled through a wild and exciting opening period, but neither could manage a takedown. Krop rode Kemmerer for the first 1:18 of the second period and went into the third trailing 1-0. Krop escaped in 14 seconds, forcing Kemmerer to score a takedown to win the match. Kemmerer stayed aggressive and got the takedown in the final 30 second to win a 3-1 decision.

Krop would love nothing more than to get a second opportunity at Kemmerer in the EIWA final, which will be held March 3-4 at Princeton's Jadwin Gym.

Steve Robertson got Penn off to a strong start at 149 with a first-period takedown of Robert Shepherd and rideout. He continued to push and scored three late back points to clinch a 9-0 major decision.

Kolodzik, ranked 15th in the latest InterMat rankings, cut the Princeton deficit with a dominant performance over Troy Hernandez at 157. He scored a pair of takedowns and added three back points early to secure a 9-0 major decision. Kolodzik ends his senior season with a 4-0 Ivy League record, though he missed the Columbia match against Jake O'Hara due to a stomach ailment.

Penn freshman Lorenzo Thomas extended the Penn lead to 14-7 with a 6-0 victory over Rich Eva at 165. Lowy, in his final match at Dillon Gym, took on Trenton High standout Canaan Bethea at 174. After a scoreless first period, Lowy took down to open the second and scrambled into an eventual reversal. Bethea opened the third with a takedown, but Lowy had an even bigger move to follow. He hit a four-point move midway through the period to clinch a 6-3 victory.

Lowy is one of Princeton's most experienced wrestlers, and as a veteran of the EIWA Championships, is one of the main Tigers to watch in two weeks.

Sophomore Dan Santoro trailed 2-0 early at 184, but he scored a pair of escapes to even the score at 2-2 entering the third period. Penn's Erich Smith took a lead with an early escape, but Santoro got in tight with a single and seemed close to a takedown. Smith fought off the move and scrambled into a takedown of his own for an eventual 6-2 win.

Tenth-ranked Micah Burak asserted his control of Princeton senior Kurt Brendel early in their match at 197, but Brendel showed why he will be a dark horse in his weight class at Easterns with a tough third period. He scored a takedown of Burak to cut the deficit to two points, but there wasn't enough time to get any closer, and he ultimately fell 8-5.

Penn heavyweight Steve Graziano capped the match with a 14-6 major over Charles Fox at heavyweight.

In the nightcap, Kolodzik scored a 15-3 major decision over Brian Tanen, but that would be Princeton's only win against the national power Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Krop suffered an injury default in his match against Top-20 opponent Steve Dutton.

125 ­ Ryan Cash (Pr) d. Karim Shaffi 6-2
133 ­ #13 Bryan Ortenzio (Pe) md. Joe DeQuinzio 10-2
141 ­ #13 Zack Kemmerer (Pe) d. #15 Adam Krop 3-1
149 ­ Steve Robertson (Pe) md. Robert Shepherd 9-0
157 ­ Daniel Kolodzik (Pr) md. Troy Hernandez 9-0
165 ­ Lorenzo Thomas (Pe) d. Rich Eva 6-0
174 ­ Andy Lowy (Pr) d. Canaan Bethea 6-3
184 ­ Erich Smith (Pe) d. Dan Santoro 6-2
197 ­ #10 Micah Burak d. Kurt Brendel 8-5
285 ­ Steve Graziano (Pe) md. Charles Fox 14-6

125 – Alex Abreu (Lehigh) dec. Ryan Cash (Princeton) 9-3
133 – Mason Beckman (Lehigh) major dec. Joe DeQuinzion (Princeton) 17-5
141 – Steve Dutton (Lehigh) injury default Adam Krop (Princeton) 4:48
149 – Shane Welsh (Lehigh) dec. Zach Bintliff (Princeton) 7-3
157 – Daniel Kolodzik (Princeton) major dec. Brian Tanen (Lehigh) 15-3
165 – Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) dec. Rich Eva (Princeton) 8-2
174 – Nate Brown (Lehigh) dec. Andy Lowy (Princeton) 9-4
184 – Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) major dec. Dan Santoro (Princeton) 14-4
197 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) Fall Kurt Brendel (Princeton) 6:47
285 – Zach Rey (Lehigh) Fall Bobby Grogan (Princeton) 1:20

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