Not all sports save their biggest events for the end of the year.
This Sunday, Penn wrestling will welcome 12 teams and 20 ranked wrestlers in the annual Keystone Classic, including No. 1 Penn State.
This weekend, Penn swimming and diving takes on two Ivy League rivals in the first tri-meet of the year. The men’s team (1-1, 0-1 Ivy) will take on Princeton (0-0) and Cornell (1-1, 1-0) first on Friday, with the women’s team (1-1, 1-0) competing shortly afterwards on Saturday. Both Penn teams come into this weekend at .500, and are looking to make a statement and gain confidence early in the season.
Earning playing time on a varsity team as a freshman is no small task — but starring on one is something even more impressive. Several Penn rookies stepped up to the plate in this regard — but which one had the best season? A trio of DP Sports' finest debate.
He won't be getting any minutes for Penn men's basketball, but he just might be the team's most impactful player of the season — Penn has just acquired Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome patient and 12-year-old Tommy Johnston.
Sometimes the bunnies just don’t bounce your way. In a game as tight as Penn men’s basketball’s 75-71 double-overtime loss to La Salle, one bounce the Quakers’ way would have won them the game.
With the way things played out during Penn football's 23-6 win over Harvard this past weekend, it's no surprise that some hardware is headed the Quakers' way. And it's even less surprising that Penn's two award winners did their work on defense and special teams.
New head coach, no problem. In Roger Reina’s first competition in charge of the Quakers since 2005, Penn wrestling put up a strong showing in the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open at Binghamton University this past Sunday, with eight of its fourteen wrestlers placing in their respective weight classes.
The Quakers (4-12-1, 2-4-1 Ivy) held the Crimson (2-10-4, 1-4-2) scoreless in the match and scored three goals in the second half to secure the victory.
Dominating an outmatched Harvard defensive front all afternoon long, senior running back Tre Solomon put up a career-high 181 rushing yards on only 15 carries against Harvard, propelling Penn to a 23-6 win and comfortably earning honors as the DP Sports Player of the Week.
Penn swimming and diving got mixed results this weekend in a dual meet against local rival Villanova. While the men picked up their first win of the season, 186-111, with many first-place finishes, the Wildcats defeated the women, 181-119.
This weekend, Penn and Drexel co-hosted the first annual Pennsylvania State Classic Squash tournament. The tournament included four teams: Drexel, Franklin and Marshall, Dickinson and Penn. The tournament was a success for Penn in every sense of the word — the tournament was organized to perfection, and Penn finished in first place for both its men’s and women’s teams.
Competing at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, the men and women saw their seasons come to an end as the teams both finished sixth. Both teams would have needed to finish in the top two out of more than 25 teams in each field to advance as a team to Nationals.
Though Yale, which now sits atop the Ivy rankings with a 5-1 conference record, may have something to say about this, there is no doubt that the Quakers are one of the hottest teams in the conference, having won three straight, completely turning around a season that was labeled by many as a failure just three weeks ago.
Unfortunately, Yale’s victory over Princeton eliminated the Red and Blue from repeating as Ivy League champions for the third straight year.
That was not the opener they had hoped for. In their first game of the season, Penn men's basketball fell to Fairfield, 80-72. The Quakers were very streaky all game, and despite coming out of the gate with lots of fire, they faltered later in the game.
On the first play from scrimmage, senior running back Tre Solomon took a jet sweep all the way to the house, a 77-yard touchdown that gave the Quakers an early 7-0 lead.
On a frigid night in West Point, New York, Penn sprint football fell to Army 10-0 in the inaugural Collegiate Sprint Football League Championship. The Quakers (6-2, 4-0 CSFL South) were shut out for the first time since 2011, while the Black Knights (8-0, 3-0 CSFL North) claimed their 35th league title and 18th perfect season.
Today is pretty much all about our wonderful Penn Basketball preview, but we barely squeezed in Swamis. And I mean barely. William left it off the story list.
No matter what, though, you’ll want to hold onto your seats — 2017-18 should be the most entertaining year in the Ivy League in recent memory. And this time, we’re adding real quality on top of it.
Penn football will face off against the Harvard Crimson in a historic rivalry dating back to 1881. The last two years, Penn has come out on top, and the Quakers hope to continue that trend on Saturday.