The wrestling program has been shrouded in mystery since last November, when the Penn Athletic Department doled out suspensions to Penn wrestlers under the vague guise of “administrative policy.”
Junior Scott Giffin defeated No. 6 Mike Benefiel en route to All-America honors and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Tournament, the highest finish for a Penn wrestler since 2007.
Penn will send six wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday.
The EIWA tournament will be held at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena this Saturday and Sunday, and will feature 13 teams all fighting for the season crown.
After a long day of practice, Penn wrestling coach Rob Eiter sometimes comes home to find that his living room has turned into a wrestling mat.
Wrestlers can pull from a number of complicated tactics, which often have even more complex names, in order to gain points.
The Penn wrestling team made quick work of an inferior Princeton squad Saturday, downing the Tigers, 23-11. Sunday proved less fruitful, however, as the Quakers could not keep up with the No. 7 Mountain Hawks, falling 30-9.
While the Bible says to do unto others as you would want done unto you, the Burak brothers often find themselves ignoring this adage on the mat.
The Quakers obliterated an overmatched Brown squad 35-6, then picked up its fourth straight dual victory with a 41-11 demolition of Harvard.
Wrestlers kick off EIWA matches against Brown and Harvard in preparation for upcoming contests against top-ranked teams.
Former Penn wrestling phenomenon and current assistant coach Matt Valenti has his eyes set on making the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Quakers walked away from their trip to Hofstra on Sunday having won six of their eight contests on the day (each team won a decision by forfeit), culminating in a 31-12 drumming of the Pride (5-7-2).
The Quakers will travel to Hempstead, N.Y., Sunday to take on a hobbled Hofstra team that has seen its starting 125- and 149-pound starters go down with season-ending injuries.
In a doubleheader of sorts, the Red and Blue lost to a ranked Pittsburgh squad and then hopped on the bus to nearby Wexford, Pa., to enact some revenge against Clarion.
Penn senior wrestlers Cesar Grajales and Matt Dragon are on the injury report once again as the Quakers travel across the state Saturday to take on No. 23 ranked Pittsburgh.
When they face the the No. 23 Panthers tomorrow, the Quakers will go up against many of the same wrestlers they upset in a 20-16 victory last year when the Panthers were ranked 24th.
Though the Penn wrestling team entered Sunday’s match on the high of a two-game win streak and with a golden opportunity to take down a national powerhouse, they left disappointed.
Though the stat sheet might suggest that the Virginia wrestling team bested Penn at last month’s Southern Scuffle, the less heralded Quakers may have actually left with the advantage.
With suspended seniors back, grapplers finish 11th at 31-team tournament
The Quakers will receive a much needed two-week break after falling 32-6 to No. 7 Maryland in College Park, Md., Friday night.