This weekend, five Penn wrestlers will compete at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships. While three Quakers have already qualified for the NCAAs, the other two need to win to qualify.
For the 21st year in a row, the Penn wrestling team tamed the Tigers. In their regular season finale, the Quakers defeated Princeton, 24-10.
Saturday, Penn wrestling will travel to the Garden State to take on Ivy rival Princeton on its Senior Day in the Quakers’ last regular season tune-up before the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships.
After wrestling almost exclusively at 197 pounds last season, Graziano was called up to heavyweight only after regular starter and last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year Kyle Cowan went down to a season-ending shoulder injury.
Saturday, despite being significantly undersized, sophomore Steven Graziano won in the 285-pound weightclass, 5-2, against Columbia’s behemoth — No. 27 Kevin Lester. His win in the final round gave the Quakers a 19-18 victory over the Lions.
Cornell may have already claimed the Ivy League title, but there’s still a lot at stake for the Penn wrestling team.The Quakers face Columbia at the Palestra this Saturday before traveling to Lewisburg, Pa., to compete against Bucknell Sunday.
For most people, gaining or losing 10 pounds is a major transition. For some on the Penn wrestling team, though, it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
Ortenzio came to Penn and impressively started as a freshman. Although he had an average year, at 20-18, he has since worked hard to improve. His record was a solid 31-13 during his junior year. Returning this season after a semester away, Ortenzio is having a career year.
After falling to Harvard, 23-19, in the morning, the Quakers recovered with an afternoon win over Brown, 30-7.
After dropping a match to Harvard, the Red and Blue then made the trek to Providence, R.I., determined not to lose twice in the same the day.
Losing five of their first six matches, the Quakers’ comeback attempt fell well short in a 23-13 defeat to the No. 24 Pride.
Although Penn has a slim chance to win the Ivy League, some Quakers’ grapplers are having great individual seasons.
Penn will face rival Cornell in the Quakers biggest test of the season.
Penn wrestling had a chance to assert its prowess facing two top fifteen opponents before heading into winter break. But after falling to No. 10 Lehigh last week, experience was Penn’s achilles heel this week, as No. 15 Maryland triumphed over the Quakers, 21-15.
Although rankings drive selection to the NCAA tournament, its wins that speak the loudest.
After an eight-year hiatus, a familiar ally has returned to Penn wrestling. Brian Dolph, who first joined the Quakers coaching staff as an assistant in 1994, left to pursue work as a high-school coach and physical education teacher in 2003.
Sunday’s wrestling match against the rival Mountain Hawks displayed the two teams’ complementing weight classes, but Lehigh prevailed, 21-15.
In an action-packed weekend, Penn wrestling will have a chance to establish state supremacy as they face two local foes.
Valenti has been training for the U.S. world team for six years, but has yet to make it. To do so, he must be in the country’s top three at the 60 kilogram weightclass — he is currently ranked sixth.
Penn wrestling’s “Big Three” walked into the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals on Saturday looking to make a statement. Their actions spoke louder than any words could.