PHILADELPHIA – Junior Shane Hughes recorded his seventh fall of the season and sophomore Angelo Amenta notched his third major decision, but Penn captured eight decisions Saturday to defeat Columbia wrestling, 24-10.
The Quakers were quick out of the gate, capturing victories in four of the first five bouts. Starting at 149 pounds. Andrew Lenzi, Raamiah Bethea and Casey Kent posted decisions to push Penn out to a 9-0 advantage.
Hughes got the Lions on the board in the 174-pound bout with his 18th win and seventh fall of the season, pinning Zachary Agostino in 2:45. The initial two minutes of the bout passed without scoring before Hughes was able to takedown Agostino and then work him on the mat for the pin.
Lawrence Thomas fired right back in the 184-pound bout for the Quakers with another decision, giving Penn a 12-6 lead midway through the match.
The second half of the match mirrored the first, with Penn earning victories at 197, heavyweight and 125 pounds, extending its lead to 21-6.
Amenta posted the Lions second win, racking up an 11-2 major decision. Amenta carried a 9-0 lead into the final period, scoring a takedown and two-point nearfall in the opening three minutes and then a reversal and three-point takedown in the second period. McKendry Bade got on the board with a takedown in the third, but Amenta escaped and added the riding time for the final score.
Columbia wraps up the regular season next weekend with visits from Harvard and Brown to New York City. The Lions will host the Crimson Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. with a ceremony honoring All-American Steve Santos prior to the match. The Bears will enter the unfriendly confines of University Gym Sunday, Feb. 23 for a 3 p.m. matinee.