The Drexel Dragons wrestling team kept the Abner’s Cheesesteak Trophy for the third straight year – is this the beginning of a streak? I asked Coach Az that question in a post match interview. Penn came into the match a little banged up and missing their 125lb wrestler. The Daskalakis Athletic Center had more than 500 partisan fans cheering only like Philly can for their favorite team. The teams went back and forth with victories until senior Alex DiCiantis followed up an Austin Rose major decision with his own victory. A medical forfeit at 285 and a straight forfeit at 125 sealed the Quakers fate. Freshman phenom Austin DeSanto got aggressive closing out the match with a tech for the Dragons.
You can catch both teams next at the EIWA Championships hosted by Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y. on March 3-4.
Intros. Post match interviews: Zack Fuentes, Garett Hammond, Austin Rose, Alex DeCiantis, Stephen Loiseau, Matt Azevedo, Matt Cimato, Josh Dziewa and Roger Reina. Drexel team.
14lbs1: Julian Flores (DU) over Gianni Ghione (PENN), 2-1 (riding time victory)
149lbs: Joe Oliva (PENN) over Evan Barczak (DU), 10-7
157lbs: #19 Garett Hammond (DU) over Joe Velliquette (PENN), 8-7
165lbs: #19 May Bethea (PENN) over #31 Ebed Jarrell (DU), 12-10 (SV-1)
174lbs: #29 Austin Rose (DU) Major Decision Brian Krasowski (PENN), 17-7
184lbs: # 25 Alex DeCiantis (DU) over #30 Joe Heyob (PENN), 7-3
197lbs: #9 Frank Mattiace (PENN) over #16 Stephen Loiseau (DU), 4-3
285lbs: Josh Murphy (DU) medical forfeit over Tyler Hall (PENN) (6:40) not much video of this one
125lbs: Zack Fuentes (DU) by forfeit
133lbs: #4 Austin DeSanto (DU) TF Tristan DiVincenzo (PENN), 21-3 (1:48)