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Freshman guard George Smith during a game against Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium on Jan. 17.

Credit: Kylie Cooper

College sports across the United States faced yet another hurdle with COVID-19 while heading into stretches of games through the turn of the year. Unfortunately, Penn was also handed its share of canceled games and postponements.

Penn Wrestling replaces canceled Midlands Championships

After the cancellation of the 2021 Midlands Championships, Penn Wrestling instead competed in the newly created MatMen Open, which took place at the same location, date, and time. Taking place December 29-30, the Quakers took 2nd place, with C.J. Composto, Ryan Miller, and Doug Zapf all advancing to the finals of their weight classes. 

Quakers postpone first wrestling matches of New Year

Penn Wrestling announced the postponement of its January 7 and January 9 matches against Pittsburgh and Oregon State. The Quakers were expecting to travel to Pittsburgh in hopes of avenging their finish in the MatMen classic, where they placed second to Pitt. Their match against Oregon State would have been at The Palestra. There have been no official dates regarding make-ups. 

2022 Virginia Duals canceled for Penn wrestling

Due to COVID precautions, the Quakers decided to cancel their scheduled trip to the 2022 Virginia Duals, which took place on January 14 and 15. They would have competed against Oklahoma, Virginia, Chattanooga, and Maryland. 

Worrying patterns of canceled games against "Bears"  for Women's basketball

The Dec. 30 game against Morgan State was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Bears' program. The Quakers replaced the matchup with a meeting against Ursinus, whose mascot is also the bear. Into the new year, an Ivy League meeting against Cornell was postponed. As of yet, rescheduled dates for postponed games have yet to be announced. 

Men's basketball cancels three amidst COVID-19 protocols

The Quakers had bad luck as 2021 turned to 2022, with three cancellations within a four-game stretch from December 28 to January 4. James Madison, Eastern, and Howard all faced COVID issues within their respective programs, and these games are not expected to be made up.