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UPenn captures Keystone Classic while Sacred Heart finishes eighth

Pennsylvania won the 24th annual Keystone Classic Sunday in Philadelphia at the Palestra. Sacred Heart finished eighth. (Photo courtesy UPenn)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 24 – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team had 16 wrestlers finish in the top eight and two wrestlers won individual titles to lead Penn to the Keystone Classic championship Sunday at the historic Palestra.

Penn outlasted Rider, 152½ to 149 to win their first Keystone Classic title since 2010.

Sacred Heart picked up 22 individual victories and finished eighth out of 10 teams. Sophomore Kyle Davis (184, Beacon, N.Y.) went 5-1 to finish third along with graduate student Brandon Levesque (165, Hudson, N.H.), who also went 5-1 to take third place. Levesque wrestled Franklin and Marshall’s Emmit LiCastri (Joel Barlow-Redding) twice in the tournament.

LiCastri won the first match, 5-3 but it was Levesque taking the consolation final with a 3-1 decision.

Newtown’s Joe Accousti (174) went 3-2 in the tournament to finish seventh while teammate Nick Palumbo (149, Andover, N.J.) went 2-2.

2019 Keystone Classic
At Philadelphia
Team results – 1. Pennsylvania 152½, 2. Rider 149, 3. Appalachian State 143½, 4. Virginia 139, 5. Drexel 105, 6. Franklin & Marshall 67½, 7. Harvard 66, 8. Sacred Heart 53½, 9. Duke 48½, 10. Virginia Military Institute 39½
Individual results
125 LBS
Final: Michael Colaiocco Sparta Township, NJ (UPenn) dec. Patrick McCormick (Virginia), 10-2
3. Beau Bayless Greenville, PA (Harvard) dec. Sean Carter (Appalachian State), 5-2
5. Jonathan Tropea Lawrence Township, NJ (Rider) dec. Jose Diaz Lancaster, PA (Franklin & Marshall), 11-7
7. Blair Orr Newtown Square, PA (UPenn) dec. Kyle Randall (Sacred Heart), 9-5

133 LBS
Final: Louie Hayes  (Virginia) dec. Carmen Ferrante  (UPenn), 3-1
3. Richie Koehler  (Rider) dec. Michael Jaffe St. Charles, IL (Harvard), 13-8
5. Chris Wright  (Rider) pin Codi Russell (Appalachian State), 0:45
7. Chandler Olson (Drexel) forfeit over Deandre Swinson-Barr  (Appalachian State)

141 LBS
Final: Doug Zapf Downingtown, PA (UPenn) dec. A.J. Vindici  (UPenn), 8-3
3. Wilfredo Gil (Franklin & Marshall) dec. Robert Cleary Lawrence Township, NJ (Rider), 21-10
5. Dawson Bates (Appalachian State) forfeit over Brian Courtney  (Virginia)
7. Bradley Irwin (Appalachian State) pin Julian Flores (Drexel), 3:44

149 LBS
Final: Denton Spencer  (Virginia) dec. Jonathan Milner  (Appalachian State), 8-3
3. Gino Fluri (Rider) forfeit over Grant Aronoff  (UPenn)
5. Vince Foggia  (Drexel) NC Travis Layton  (Rider)
7. Michael Murphy  (Virginia) dec. Job Chishko (Virginia Military Institute), 6-0

157 LBS
Final: Jesse Dellavecchia  (Rider) dec. Matt Zovstoski  (Appalachian State), 6-3, 2 OT
3. Anthony Artalona Seffner, FL (UPenn) dec. Parker Kropman Rochester, NY (Drexel), 2-1, 2 OT
5. Justin McCoy (Virginia) dec. Cam Connor Vandergrift, PA (UPenn), 11-3
7. Noah Chan (Franklin & Marshall) forfeit Cole Aaron (Franklin & Marshall)

165 LBS
Final: Philip Conigliaro Dedham, MA (Harvard) dec. Ebed Jarrell  (Drexel), 8-1
3. Brandon Levesque (Sacred Heart) dec. Emmett Licastri, Easton, CT (Franklin & Marshall), 3-1 OT
5. Jake Lizak (UPenn) forfeit William Formato (Appalachian State)
7. Georgio Poullas  (Rider) pin John Crawford  (Franklin & Marshall), 0:39

174 LBS
Final: Mason Eaglin  (Duke) dec. Neal Richards (Virginia Military Institute), 11-0
3. Mickey O’Malley P (Drexel) forfeit over Dean Sherry  (Rider)
5. Thomas Flitz  (Appalachian State) dec. Neil Antrassian  (UPenn), 5-3, OT
7. Joe Accousti, Newtown, CT (Sacred Heart) dec. Jake Hendricks P(UPenn), 5-3, 2 OT

184 LBS
Final: George Walton  (Rider) dec. Julian Gorring  (Appalachian State), 5-2
3. Kyle Davis (Sacred Heart) dec. Jesse Quatse  (UPenn), 4-2 OT
5. Michael Battista  (Virginia) dec. Kai Blake  (Duke), 2-0 0:18
7. Max Gallahan  (Virginia Military Institute) pin John Stout A (UPenn), 4:32

197 LBS
Final: Jay Aiello VA (Virginia) dec. Ethan Laird  (Rider), 4-1
3. Cole Urbas  (UPenn) pin Bryan McLaughlin  (Drexel), 6:58
5. Demazio Samuel (Appalachian State) dec. Vincent Baker  (Duke), 6-5
7. Ethan Seeley L (Franklin & Marshall) dec. Zach Brown  (Virginia Military Institute), 5-1

285 LBS
Final: Cary Miller (Appalachian State) forfeit Quinn Miller  (Virginia)
3. Yaraslau Slavikouski Rečyca, Gomel Region (Harvard) dec. Sean O’Malley  (Drexel), 8-4
5. Ryan Cloud  (Rider) dec. Vincenzo Pelusi (Franklin & Marshall), 3-1 OT
7. Ben Goldin Orlando, FL (UPenn) dec. Joey Slackman  (UPenn), 3-1 OT

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