Mark Rappo look­ing to cap ca­reer with Quak­ers

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sherman

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor

Af­ter miss­ing an en­tire sea­son with an in­jury, Penn se­nior Mark Rappo is back on the mat and per­form­ing well for the Quak­ers who are 5-3 in dual meets and 2-1 in the East­ern In­ter­col­le­giate Wrestling As­so­cia- tion (EIWA).

In­di­vid­u­ally, Rappo is 15-4 af­ter reg­is­ter­ing an 8-2 de­ci­sion win over Buck­nell 125-pounder Austin Miller, a re­turn­ing NCAA qual­i­fier. Rappo took con­trol early with a take­down and two back­points in the first minute, even­tu­ally lead­ing by a score of 6-2 af­ter one pe­riod of ac­tion.

Mark’s de­ci­sion kicked off Penn’s Jan. 27 dual meet at The Palestra, help­ing the Quak­ers to a 23-10 win over the Bi­son.

Ear­lier in Jan­uary, Rappo helped Penn to a sweep in the Stan­ford Duals and the pro­gram’s first ever win over Ari­zona State. In a meet that took place Jan. 6 in Palo Alto, Mark reg- is­tered a pair of de­ci­sions in back-to-back dual meets for the Quak­ers. In the first, a lop­sided 27-6 win over Stan­ford, Mark edged The Car­di­nal grap­pler Evan Sil­ver by a 3-2 score. Then, he out­paced Ari­zona State’s Dal­ton Miller 10-6 in a 2710 win over the Sun Devils.

Over­all, Penn scored 41 take­downs dur­ing its two duals to just 12 con­ceded to its op­po­nents. In terms of back­points, the Quak­ers scored 29 near­fall points to just five al­lowed.

The pair of de­ci­sions bring Rappo to 72-33, all­time for Penn. Sec­ond-team All-Ivy as a sopho­more and ju­nior, Rappo was an NCAA Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fier in 2011 be­fore miss­ing last sea­son.

Photo courtesy Penn Ath­let­ics

Af­ter miss­ing an en­tire sea­son with an in­jury, Penn se­nior Mark Rappo (top) is 15-4 af­ter reg­is­ter­ing an 8-2 de­ci­sion win over Buck­nell 125-pounder Austin Miller Jan. 27 at The Palestra.

File photo by Steve Sherman

Coun­cil Rock South se­nior P.J. Stein­metz (L) posted an 11-4 de­ci­sion over Ne­shaminy’s Noah Kis­sel­back, help­ing the Hawks nip the ‘Skins.

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