The road to NCAAs runs through Princeton.
All winning streaks must come to an end, and Penn wrestling’s 13-year string of victories over city rival Drexel came to an end Saturday night.
Rest is for the weak.
That has been Penn wrestling’s mantra as of late. And, after a weekend consisting of several closely contested and grueling dual matches, the Quakers have certainly earned a respite.
As the winter sports start to head down the final stretch, we discussed which Penn Athletics team has the most critical games this upcoming weekend.
They got just what they needed.
In a pair of duals at Brown and Harvard on Feb. 6, Penn wrestling swept the competition. After taking down the Bears, 25-9, in Providence, Ri. the Quakersmade the trek to Cambridge, Ma., and dealt the Crimson a 26-9 beatdown.
Penn Wrestling seems to love a good road trip.
The Quakers will hit the road not just once, but twice in the span of a single day to face Brown in Providence at 1PM and Harvard in Boston at 6PM this coming Saturday.
In just a year and a half at the helm of the Penn wrestling, head coach Alex Tirapelle has already molded the program into his own.
In a sport where points earned can range heavily from match to match, it is imperative to hold steady to the finish.
This week, Penn wrestling coach Alex Tirapelle asked his wrestlers to take turns carrying each other across the practice room.
As Lorenzo Thomas stepped up for his bout with Binghamton’s Steven Schneider, Penn wrestling already maintained a comfortable 21-3 advantage on the day. For Thomas, however, the match was a big one.
Eight minutes and an 8-1 decision later, the Pittsburgh native had become just the 11th grappler in program history to record 100 career wins.
Even as Philadelphia and its citizens stock food, salt the roads, and seal their windows in advance of this weekend’s blizzard, Penn wrestling is preparing to weather a much different storm.
Penn wrestling’s head coach Alex Tirapelle likes to stress the importance of communication to his athletes.
Penn wrestlers were back on campus a few days early this semester to kick off the 2016 dual meet season in a hard fought 27-10 loss to Lehigh at the Palestra on Sunday.
The Quakers had already gotten a taste of the 10th ranked Mountainhawks over winter break at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
When the clock struck midnight and the new year was rung in this weekend, many Penn students were out and about.
Usually, comparing Penn to its state-funded counterpart elicits irritated exclamations or dismissive scoffs.
On Sunday, however, Penn wrestling traveled to University Park, this time looking to emulate the success of the Nittany Lions.
Ranked the No. 1 team in the country by InterMat, Penn State hosted the annual Nittany Lion Open on Sunday, inviting many of the top Division I teams from across the country.
What does Penn wrestling have in common with a Batman villain?
For Penn wrestling, this is true both on and off the mats, with two of their mainstays coming back from time off.
For some people, four years just isn’t enough.
When it comes to reinventing the wheel, Penn athletes hope to usher in a new era of transportation.
The saying in wrestling may go “sweep the legs,” but the grappling that took place at Sunday’s Keystone Classic left onlookers’ legs rooted to the spot in suspense.