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Robert Dyar was one of four Lions to earn wins at Penn on Saturday.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Wrestling Falls Short At Penn, 19-18

PHILADELPHIA – Shane Hughes recorded his seventh pin on the season and Robert Dyar, Jake O’Hara and Stephen West won by major decision, but the Columbia wrestling team came up just short against Ivy League rival Penn on Saturday at The Palestra as the Quakers edged the Lions, 19-18.

Columbia (5-4, 1-2 Ivy League, 2-3 EIWA) enjoyed a 4-0 lead after the first bout of the day when Dyar (14-14) dominated Karim Shafi for a 15-2 major decision at 125 pounds.

Penn (6-6, 2-2 Ivy League) won the next three matches to pull ahead 10-4. At 133, No. 14 Bryan Ortenzio defeated Kyle Gilchrist (21-11), 6-1. No. 12 Zack Kemmerer scored the Quakers’ only major decision of the day when he shutout Ryan Ponte, 12-0 at 141. Steve Robertson upset the Lions’ No. 20 Steve Santos (16-6), 6-4, at 149.

O’Hara (23-10) halted Penn’s run when he took a 12-2 major decision over Troy Hernandez at 157.

After Lorenzo Thomas defeated Columbia’s Eren Civan (7-7), 9-3, at 165, Stephen West  (25-10) brought the Lions to within 13-12 when he defeated Ian Korb by major decision, 9-1, at 174.

Hughes (17-9) pinned Erich Smith in 3:10 at 184 to give Columbia an 18-13 advantage with two bouts to go.

No. 10 Michah Burak defeated Nick Mills (9-12), 10-3, at 197 and Steven Graziano’s 5-2 decision over Kevin Lester (24-9) at heavyweight clinched the win for the Quakers.

The Lions head over to Lawrenceville, N.J., to face Rider tonight at 6 p.m.

Penn 19, Columbia 18
125 – Robert Dyar (C) MD Karim Shafi (Penn), 15-2 Columbia leads, 4-0
133 - No. 14 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) DEC Kyle Gilchrist (C), 6-1 Columbia leads, 4-3
141 - No. 12 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) MD. Ryan Ponte (C), 12-0 Penn leads, 7-4
149 – Steve Robertson (Penn) DEC No. 20 Steve Santos (C), 6-4 Penn leads, 10-4
157 – Jake O’Hara (C) MD Troy Hernandez (Penn), 12-2 Penn leads, 10-8
165 – Lorenzo Thomas (Penn) DEC Eren Civan (C), 9-3 Penn leads, 13-8
174 – Stephen West (C) MD Ian Korb (Penn), 9-1 Penn leads, 13-12
184 – Shane Hughes (C) PINS Erich Smith (Penn) 3:10 Columbia leads, 18-13
197 - No. 10 Micah Burak (Penn) DEC Nick Mills (C), 10-3 Columbia leads, 18-16
285 – Steven Graziano (Penn) DEC Kevin Lester (C), 5-2 Penn leads, 19-18

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