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The Red and Blue’s wrestling season is about to hit critical mass with the approaching EIWA Conference Championships this weekend.
The Quakers, who are led by six All-Ivy grapplers, are in strong position to finish near the top of the heap Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa., something many believed to be unfathomable a few months ago.
The Red and Blue defeated both Princeton and Drexel at the Palestra this weekend to complete its home dual meet season with a perfect 6-0 record.
Behind dominating victories by the core trio of sophomore Caleb Richardson, senior C.J. Cobb and senior Lorenzo Thomas, the Quakers tallied their fourth straight victory in a 25-10 defeat of their New York rivals.
On Saturday afternoon at the Palestra, a familiar voice shouted out from the sidelines as wrestlers went to work on the mats.
"Work hard!" yelled Penn wrestling coach Alex Tirapelle.
Following his sophomore season, C.J. Cobb stepped away from wrestling after a decade and a half of hard work and success. But he does not regret his decision one bit. In fact, it was his decision to walk away that made him fall back in love with the sport.
Penn wrestling is finally starting to grapple like they did at the beginning of the year when the Quakers opened the season with a national ranking. This is no doubt a result of Tirapelle finally possessing a healthy and deep roster.
Despite split results, Penn wrestling should be able to move forward with confidence after a strong weekend.
A trip to Ithaca is never pleasant this time of year due to its lack of cellphone service and subarctic conditions.
After a less than stellar winter break, Penn wrestling needed some sort of success to right the ship before opening Ivy play.
It’s a new year with a new lineup for Penn, yet the Red and Blue’s results were similarly lackluster. Following a mediocre performance at the prestigious Midlands Championships, the Quakers under-impressed in their dual meet with Iowa State.
For Penn wrestling, hopefully the stress of exams coupled with the joy of the holiday season will enable it to put the first half of the wrestling season behind it as the Quakers prepare for the Midlands Championships on Dec.
The Red and the Blue lost against No.11 Lehigh decisively on Saturday in Bethlehem, as the Mountain Hawks emerged with a definitive 31-6 victory at home.
Penn wrestling will be tested by one of its most vaunted opponents — and bitter rivals — this weekend.
The Quakers will take on No.
While the Quakers showed a lot of promise Sunday in Lawrenceville their flaws also got exposed as they split their dual meets with Clarion and Rider.
With a demanding course load, the underclassman could’ve done what most Ivy League athletes would do — focus on his studies and come back to the team the following year. But Brooks Martino isn’t like most Ivy League athletes.
In a star-studded competition, including 22 ranked wrestlers and a defending national champion, there was no match more anticipated, by Penn fans and college wrestling fans alike, than the 184 pound final bout in Sunday’s Keystone Classic.
The Palestra will see some serious star power on Sunday. Penn wrestling will host the Keystone Classic tournament, welcoming Drexel, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, and Stanford, among others.
Senior Lorenzo Thomas took home the title in the 184-pound category at the East Stroudsburg University Open, going 5-0 on the day.
Penn wrestling will sport a much different look this year.
The most prominent change, of course, is among the coaching ranks, where coach Alex Tirapelle has replaced Rob Eiter after Eiter resigned last May.
Sophomore 133-pounder Caleb Richardson has been under bright lights of college wrestling’s biggest stage when he went to the NCAA tournament as a 12- pound freshman.