At its core, the Palestra is a gathering place for members of the Penn community. No matter if the event is basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, or wrestling, the arena does its job of bringing people together.
With six freshmen on the men’s team and seven on the women’s, many have already had standout performances to start their young careers.
Penn men’s fencing, which has won three consecutive Ivy League titles and is currently ranked fourth in the nation, will be losing senior epee captain Justin Yoo. During his freshman year, Yoo helped Penn reach its first ever No. 1 national ranking.
After graduating last May, wrestler May Bethea and field hockey player Alexa Hoover decided to stay and offer their skills as Directors of Operations for their respective sports.
In this edition of our 10-Year Ivy League project, we track the most competitive rivalries in the past decade of Ivy sports.
Before complaining about your upcoming holiday season travel, first consult Penn men’s basketball about what a truly terrible travel experience looks like.
Shortly after the conclusion of this year’s Paradise Jam, Penn men’s basketball announced that it will be one of eight teams taking part in the 2019 Wooden Legacy late next November and early December in Anaheim, Calif. Penn is guaranteed to play three games at the event, regardless of the results.
A wrestling match begins with the two opponents in neutral position. Both wrestlers are standing on their feet, and no one has control.
Every dual meet starting spot is truly up for grabs besides the 285-pound weight class, which only features one wrestler.
Penn wrestling coach Roger Reina has done it again, drawing attention from all across the nation by bringing in one of the strongest recruiting classes the program has seen in years.
When Woods committed to Penn, his plan was to redshirt his freshman football season while he focused on basketball and academics, and then play on both teams as a sophomore.
Betley operates as one of the top scorers on the team and in the Ivy League. He’s the quiet assassin, the sharpshooter who slowly but surely racks up points.
Brodeur and Rothschild work together to be the engines that power the Red and Blue. With both firing on all cylinders, you’ll be sure to see a lot of their signature handshake, even if you don’t know what it is.
The lunch pail was dreamt up by director of men’s basketball operations Brad Fadem and coach Steve Donahue early in their tenures at Penn. Donahue, with the help of Fadem and the rest of his staff, awards the lunch pail to the hardest working, grittiest player of that day of practice.
All three started in every game for Penn last season, meaning more than half of the team’s starting lineup this season will be players new to that role. But the Quakers won’t be losing everyone from that Ivy League runner-up team last season.
None are coming in as highly touted as now-sophomore center Eleah Parker was last year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make an immediate impact.
Wang is the highest rated recruit so far of coach Steve Donahue’s tenure at Penn, and that pedigree has shown so far in the preseason. Wang has been a standout performer, displaying his immense talent frequently in practices and scrimmages.
The most obvious answer seems to be junior Devon Goodman. After coming off the bench for 3.8 points and 14.0 minutes per game last season, coach Steve Donahue plans to at least open the season with Goodman in the starting five.
It’s the buy-in from all 30 players, the desire to put everything on the line each time they step foot on the pitch, the commitment to conditioning and training, that has made all the difference.
Come Monday afternoons next semester, New York Jets linebacker and Wharton 2013 graduate Brandon Copeland will be back at Penn co-teaching a seminar course titled “Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy,” alongside Dr. Brian Peterson.