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Seven wins propel #24 Penn to a 23–11 win over #20 Lehigh at the Palestra

by Penn Athletics

Action from Penn vs. Lehigh dual meet
Image by Tony DiMarco, courtesy of Penn Athletics.

PHILADELPHIA – The 24th-ranked University of Pennsylvania wrestling team opened the weekend with a 23-11 victory over #20 Lehigh on Friday night at The Palestra. Penn used seven wins including two major decisions to improve to 2-0 in EIWA action.

Penn jumped out to a 7-0 lead after a decision and a major decision win to begin the night. #30 Ryan Miller earned takedowns in the first and second period to lead 4-3. Allowing his opponent points only off escapes, Miller gave Penn a 3-0 lead with a 4-3 decision. In the second bout of the night, #8 Michael Colaiocco earned the major decision with five takedowns of Killian Delaney. Lehigh got on the board with a 7-2 decision for Malyke Hines over Carmen Ferrante.

The Quakers earned all the dual points they would need with an incredible reversal to take a 6-4 decision as time expired. Making his season dual debut at 157, Cole Spencer rallied with an escape and a takedown in the first period to erase a 2-0 Lehigh advantage. Spencer got his fourth point of the bout with an escape to lead 4-2 after the second period. Lehigh's Paul Watkins got a takedown in the third period to tie the bout at 4-4. With time expiring, Spencer got the reversal for the winning two points. The win at 157 gave Penn a commanding 13-3 advantage.

After the intermission, Lucas Revano gave the home team a 17-3 lead with a major decision win over Connor Herceg. #17 Nick Incontrera followed that up with a 7-3 decision over Jake Logan. Lehigh cut Penn's lead with a decision and tech. fall win at 184 and 197. #32 Ben Goldin closed out the dual with a 2-0 decision over #31 Nathan Taylor. The two were scoreless through the first and second periods. Goldin took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the final period and made it 2-0 as he added a point for riding time.

#24 Penn 23 | #20 Lehigh 11

125: #30 Ryan Miller (PENN) dec. Carter Bailey (LEH), 4-3 (3-0)

133: #9 Michael Colaiocco (PENN) maj. dec. Killian Delaney (LEH), MD 13-4 (7-0)

141: Malyke Hines (LEH) dec. Carmen Ferrante (PENN), 7-2 (7-3)

149: #11 Doug Zapf (PENN) dec. #26 Max Brignola (LEH), 11-4 (10-3)

157: Cole Spencer (PENN) dec. Paul Watkins (LEH), 6-4 (13-3)

165: Lucas Revano (PENN) maj. dec. Connor Herceg (LEH), MD 12-4 (17-3)

174: #17 Nick Incontrera (PENN) dec. Jake Logan (LEH), 7-3 (20-3)

184: #19 Tate Samuelson (LEH) dec. Maximus Hale (PENN), 4-2 (20-6)

197: #3 Michael Beard (LEH) tech. fall #33 Cole Urbas (PENN), TF 20-4 (20-11)

285: #32 Ben Goldin (PENN) dec. #31 Nathan Taylor (LEH), 2-0 (23-11)


The Quakers are back on the mat on Sunday at Columbia. The dual in New York is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Tickets are now on sale for the 119th EIWA Championships. This year's championships will be held at The Palestra on March 4 and 5. All Session tickets, as well as individual sessions are on sale now and can be purchased here.