Penn wrestling has a ways to go before they become the premier Ivy League wrestling program, but Saturday marks an opportunity for Penn to make a statement against the No. 4 team in the nation.
This is the first of a two-part examination of how Penn’s winter sports stack up midway throug the 2013-14 season
The Quakers dropped their Sunday afternoon match to their EIWA foe, 21-13, at the Palestra despite two seniors returning to the lineup
The Quakers will be looking to extend their Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association success and build their confidence during a crucial time in the season against Army.
Last weekend, No. 8 Nebraska knocked Penn wrestling to the floor in front of a massive crowd in Lincoln. This weekend, the Quakers picked themselves up and walked away victorious two duels.
And luckily for the Quakers, a favorable matchup presents itself for the Red and Blue with Binghamton coming to the Palestra on Friday evening before Penn travels to Bucknell on Sunday afternoon.
After losing their previous two duals, the going didn’t get any easier – or better – for Penn in Lincoln, who fell to eighth ranked Nebraska, 30-9.
It may be a new year, but Penn Wrestling’s performance at the Southern Scuffle was rather familiar as the squad achieved limited success up and down the lineup.
For Penn wrestling, the young season has featured significant turnover, tough matchups and injuries thus far. But while the Quakers (2-2) have not gotten off to an optimal start, that doesn’t mean Penn’s early matches can’t be valuable moving forward.
After losing to Penn in 2012, it was the Mountain Hawks (5-3) who flew out of the gate this time, taking the first five bouts en route to a 21-12 victory at the Palestra.
With an old rival coming to town, a fresh, young Penn wrestling squad will look to make a statement at the Palestra on Sunday.
For the first time in program history, the Quakers competed in the Grapple at the Garden tournament in Madison Square Garden. They pulled off a 29-9 victory over Boston, but fell to Bloomsburg, 21-16.
Penn wrestling earned a hard-fought 19-13 victory in its first dual of the year against a veteran Maryland squad in College Park on Friday night, and the team followed that performance up with a fourth-place effort at the 19th iteration of the Keystone Classic on Sunday at the Palestra.
Penn will take on a tough Maryland team for an early duel on Friday before hosting the 19th annual Keystone Classic on Sunday at the Palestra.
As Penn wrestling enters the 2013 offseason, the Quakers must prepare to lose two of their best senior grapplers: Mark Rappo (125 pounds) and Micah Burak (197).
One year after senior Micah Burak finished seventh at 197 pounds to become Penn’s 26th All-American, the Quakers came back empty-handed from Des Moines, Iowa.
From Thursday to Saturday, the madness takes to the mat at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, where six Penn wrestlers will battle for individual glory at the NCAA Division I Wrestling championships.
And for Penn senior Micah Burak, finally winning an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championship title in the 197-pound weightclass after being a runner-up three times in a row was definitely worth the wait.
The No. 23 Quakers dominated Princeton and Drexel in their final home meets.
The No. 23 Quakers (8-3, 3-1 Ivy) will compete Saturday against Princeton and Sunday against Drexel before moving on to postseason play. The team will celebrate Senior Day versus Princeton.