With several teams out on the road this weekend, the Quakers were fortunate to make it through the blizzard up in the Northeast and return safely to campus. Three Penn teams scored significant victories this weekend, with the women's squash, gymnastics and wrestling teams dominating their opponents. Here now is this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.
The Penn wrestling team picked up its first two Ivy League victories of this season by winning 17 of 20 total matches against Harvard and Brown. The Quakers were able to avenge last year's loss to Harvard due in large part to strong performances from junior Canaan Bethea, sophomore Ian Korb and No. 20 Mark Rappo. After dropping two matches to the Crimson in the victory, Penn fell one victory shy of a clean sweep of Brown later in the afternoon. The Quakers controled the matchup from start to finish, and won, 35-4.
The season ended on a sour note for the Penn men's squash team. The squad dropped both of its matches this weekend, first to No. 11 Columbia on Friday, 5-4, and then on Sunday to No. 5 Cornell, 7-2. The Quakers completed the regular season having lost eight of their final nine games. While the matchup against Columbia was tied at 4 wins a piece, Penn junior John Dudzik dropped his match against Columbia’s Tony Zou to give the Lions the 'W'. On Sunday, the Big Red dominated the Quakers, with only junior Daniel Judd (8-5, 4-3) and sophomore Jack Maine (7-7, 3-4) scoring victories for Penn.
It has been a strong regular season for the No. 3 Quakers, and this weekend demonstrated the reason why Penn is a legitimate contender for the Howe Cup. In its final regular season match, the team throttled Cornell, 7-2. On a special Senior Day, the Red and Blue took care of business very quickly, winning the first four individual matches played. The team has not lost in February, and is on a five-game winning streak since falling to Princeton on Jan. 30.
The Penn gymnastics team had its strongest performance of the season this weekend, defeating West Chester University with a season-high team score of 191.625. The Quakers won the top three all-around places in the dual-meet, even in the absence of senior Dana Bonincontri. The Red and Blue were led by seniors Kirsten Strausbaugh and Megan Milavec, and freshman Elyse Shenberger.