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.
Wrestling tights on and ready to go, Penn could not be more energy and excitement leading up to the first tournament of the year, the Southeast Open on Sunday Nov.
Penn wrestling is still more than three weeks shy of its home opener, but Philadelphia has already gotten a sneak preview of the Red and Blue’s talents.
Last Friday, the Quakers participated in the program’s inaugural “Grapple on the Green” event, setting up a practice session on College Green from 9 A.M.
The new members of Penn wrestling’s freshmen class boast sterling resumes, ranging from academic honors to athletic success.
If at the beginning of 2015 season you told Penn wrestling that they would have an All-American wrestler no one would have blinked.
Been there, done that.
As Penn wrestling readies for the 2015-16 season, the Quakers have the security of four returning NCAA qualifiers in Caleb Richardson, May Bethea, Brooks Martino and Casey Kent.
“I’ve been there three times and I’ve come up short three times,” Richardson said.
If anyone had forgotten about Casey Kent last year, his performance in the 2015-16 season has served to jog their memories.
It was a mistake to leave 174-pound senior Casey Kent unseeded.
It became a mistake Kent made his opponents pay for.
After watching his teammates struggle on the second day of the NCAA wrestling championships, 174-pounder Casey Kent made his opponents pay.
For the most part, Penn wrestling lives to fight another day at the NCAA Championships.
In collegiate wrestling, there exists a great disconnect between the NCAA and the Ivy League in their policies.
On Thursday, four Penn wrestlers will enter the world’s most famous arena for the year’s final tournament. If they have their way they won’t be leaving until Saturday, with a medal in their hands.
It’s still unclear if Penn women’s basketball will qualify for the NCAA Tournament, but one team on campus already got a little taste of March Madness.
The road to NCAAs runs through Princeton.
All winning streaks must come to an end, and Penn wrestling’s 13-year string of victories over city rival Drexel came to an end Saturday night.
Rest is for the weak.
That has been Penn wrestling’s mantra as of late. And, after a weekend consisting of several closely contested and grueling dual matches, the Quakers have certainly earned a respite.
As the winter sports start to head down the final stretch, we discussed which Penn Athletics team has the most critical games this upcoming weekend.
They got just what they needed.
In a pair of duals at Brown and Harvard on Feb. 6, Penn wrestling swept the competition. After taking down the Bears, 25-9, in Providence, Ri. the Quakersmade the trek to Cambridge, Ma., and dealt the Crimson a 26-9 beatdown.
Penn Wrestling seems to love a good road trip.
The Quakers will hit the road not just once, but twice in the span of a single day to face Brown in Providence at 1PM and Harvard in Boston at 6PM this coming Saturday.
In just a year and a half at the helm of the Penn wrestling, head coach Alex Tirapelle has already molded the program into his own.