No. 24 Hofstra Remains Undefeated, Downs Penn

Hempstead, NY – Red-shirt junior Justin Accordino recorded a pin and junior Steve Bonanno added a tech fall to lead #24 Hofstra to a 23-13 victory over the University of Pennsylvania at the Mack Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. 

The Pride remained undefeated this season and are now 10-0 as they recorded their 15th consecutive dual match victory. Penn fell to 4-5 on the season. 

Hofstra captured six of the 10 matches as Accordino posted his fourth pin of the season while Bonanno tallied his sixth tech fall of the year. Redshirt sophomore Luke Vaith posted the biggest victory of the day as he upset 10th-ranked Zach Kemmerer in overtime, 2-1 at 141 pounds. 

Opening the match at 125 pounds, the Pride jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind Bonanno, who collected 11-first period points. Bonanno, who won his eighth consecutive match, is 21-5 on the season. Penn senior Bryan Ortenzio, ranked 15th at 133, closed the gap with a 4-2 victory over red-shirt sophomore Jamie Franco on a second period escape and the riding time point. Franco, who is now 15-9, lost for just the second time in the last seven matches. 

At 141, Kemmerer and Vaith, who has won five straight matches, each recorded an escape to send the match into overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Vaith (15-7) posted an escape in the OT for the victory. It was the start of four consecutive Pride victories that blew the match open. Accordino then followed with his fourth pin of the season, on Penn’s Steve Robertson, in 4:49 at 149 pounds. Accordino, who is now 18-8 on the year after his eighth consecutive win, gave the Pride a 14-3 lead. Junior Tyler Banks won his fourth consecutive match at 157 pounds with a 4-0 victory over Penn junior Troy Hernandez. Banks tallied an escape and a takedown in the second period to improve to 10-8 on the year. Senior P.J. Gillespie picked up his 21st win of the season at 165 pounds with a 2-1 decision over Quaker freshman Lorenzo Thomas on a third period reversal. The 19th-ranked senior improved to 21-5 on the year and gave the Pride a 20-3 lead in the contest. 

Penn freshman Ian Korb stopped the Hofstra run at 174 pounds with a 4-0 decision over Pride freshman Jermaine John. John slipped to 7-12 this season. But Hofstra senior Ben Clymer, ranked 11th at 184, gave the Pride a 23-6 advantage with a 4-1 victory over senior Erich Smith. Clymer, who tallied three second period points, leads the Pride with a 22-5 mark. The Quakers closed out the match with with two victories as senior Micah Burak, ranked ninth at 197 pounds, posted an 11-2 major decision over Hofstra sophomore Tim Murphy (10-15) while Penn sophomore Steven Graziano defeated Pride junior Paul Snyder (15-8), 7-2 at 285. 

Hofstra returns to action next Saturday, February 4 when the Pride travels to Ithaca, New York to face the fourth-ranked Big Red of Cornell at 3 p.m. 

#24 Hofstra 23, Pennsylvania  13 
125 – #13 Steve Bonanno (HU) tech fall Karim Shafi (UP), 18-0 (3:57)
133 – #15 Bryan Ortenzio (UP) dec. Jamie Franco (HU), 4-2
141 – Luke Vaith (HU) dec. #10 Zack Kemmerer (UP) 2-1 in OT
149 – Justin Accordino (HU) WBF Stephen Robertson (UP), 4:49
157 – Tyler Banks (HU) dec. Troy Hernandez (UP), 4-0
165 – #19 P.J. Gillespie (HU) dec. Lorenzo Thomas (UP),  2-1
174 – Ian Korb (UP) dec. Jermaine John (HU), 4-0
184 – #11 Ben Clymer (HU) dec. Erich Smith (UP), 4-1
197 – #9 Micah Burak (UP) maj dec. Tim Murphy (HU),11-2
285 – Steven Graziano (UP) dec. Paul Snyder (HU), 7-2

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