Penn wrestling had mixed results in a brutal Saturday afternoon this past weekend, splitting a pair of critical back-to-back conference matchups against Ivy foes Harvard and Brown.
Some Penn Athletics programs are given seven days between competition, but the wrestling squad will take on two opponents this weekend with only a four-hour break in between. Making things even more difficult, the Quakers (3-5, 1-4 EIWA) will welcome a pair of stellar teams in Harvard and Brown, two conference rivals that have given the team problems in the past.
For Penn Wrestling, this past weekend served as a crucial opportunity to gain momentum heading into a stretch of important conference games. The results? Mixed.
With all due respect to the historic offensive outburst from Penn men’s basketball’s AJ Brodeur in his squad’s win at La Salle, Wednesday night can’t really be considered part of the weekend by any stretch of the imagination. So while the freshman’s epic performance is certainly worthy of respect, the efforts from wrestling’s May Bethea in his team’s EIWA doubleheader make him worthy of MVP honors.
Another day, another dual. For Penn wrestling, this weekend will be another test of resilience, as it will face strong opposition with minimal recovery time in between.
One weekend after a signature win against the 17th-ranked Stanford Cardinal, Penn wrestling (2-4, 0-3 EIWA) would go on to face another ranked squad, this time visiting No. 7 Lehigh (8-1, 6-0 EIWA) in Bethlehem on Friday. Unfortunately, the magic would not continue for the Quakers, as the Mountain Hawks were victorious in all but two bouts on the day.
The match against Lehigh is important, but the Quakers still have to deal with Lock Haven in a match they can ill afford to lose. That affair is unique in its own right, with gymnastics simultaneously competing with wrestling in the Palestra. The event, set for Saturday at noon, is being dubbed “Beauty and the Beast.” While many other universities have put on similar events, Saturday marks the first time that such an occasion will take place in the Palestra.
Individually finishing 2-0 on the weekend and keying a wild upset of No. 17 Stanford, Penn wrestling's Frank Mattiace is our choice as the Penn Athletics weekend MVP.
Sometimes the start can decide the whole ballgame.
On Sunday, Penn wrestling got to experience that twice — falling to Army, 18-14, before knocking off No. 17 Stanford, 19-17, for its first win over a ranked opponent since 2012.
There was no leisure for Penn wrestling this winter break, with the Quakers filling their time with some big tournaments and key Ivy League matches.
Southern Hospitality did not treat Penn too kindly when it traveled down to Chattanooga for the Southern Scuffle on New Years Day.
Penn wrestling is approaching winter break ready to work hard and win some key matches.
As winter break approaches, the Quakers are preparing for two major tournaments – the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Lehman Open in Lancaster, Pennsylvania – before a huge dual meet against Princeton on January 8.
You can’t achieve greatness without a bit of humility, and Penn wrestling just picked up its fair share of the latter this weekend.
In their opening dual meet of the season, the undermanned Quakers were outmatched by a strong Rider team, losing seven of ten individual matches en route to a thorough 32-10 defeat at the hands of the Broncs.
After stringing together strong performances in each of the early season tournaments, the Quakers look to start off Dual Meet Season on the right foot against a strong Rider team.
Wrestling for the first time since being named an All-American at March's NCAA Championships, Penn wrestling's Casey Kent at Sunday's Journeyman Tussle.
“We’re just trying to get better every day.”
At first glance, some of the early-season competitions for Penn Wrestling may seem lackluster in importance and reward.
Training alongside Penn’s thirty-one grapplers are four wrestlers working full-time to win gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The Quakers put up a fighting chance against defending national champion Penn State and some of the top wrestlers from around the country in the Palestra this weekend at the Keystone Classic.
Coming off a strong showing at the Southeast Open, Penn wrestling hopes to parlay that momentum into a great performance at their only home tournament of the year, the Keystone Classic
Sunday, Penn wrestling kicked things off, opening up the 2016-17 campaign at the Southeast Open in Roanoke, Va.
Leading the way for the Red and Blue was junior May Bethea, wrestling at 157 pounds a year removed from his first NCAA Tournament appearance.