Mark Rappo looking to cap career with Quakers
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.
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.
Council Rock South senior P.J. Steinmetz (L) posted an 11-4 decision over Neshaminy’s Noah Kisselback, helping the Hawks nip the ‘Skins.