Weekend Wrap

The women's basketball team wasn't the only Penn team to find success this weekend, as the wrestling, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and track and field teams also were in action. For a look back at the wrestling team's win against Columbia, the tennis teams victories over Stony Brook, and the gymnastics team's outstanding performance, among other matchups from the past weekend, here is this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.

Wrestling:

The No. 23 Quakers secured a decisive victory over Ivy League rival Columbia over the weekend due in large part to strong production from its light and heavy weights. Penn kicked off the meet with a hot start, as No. 20 Mark Rappo, No. 11 C.J. Cobb and sophomore Jeff Canfora secured wins in their respective bouts. After dropping a few matchups in the middle weights, the Red and Blue captured their final three bouts, securing the victory for the Quakers.

Penn wrestling closes out Columbia in New York

Gymnastics:

The Penn gymnastics squad posted the fourth-highest team score in program history on Sunday, but came up just short against Bridgeport. The Quakers, whose 193.975 team score was the highest of the season, were led by seniors Kirsten Strausbaugh and Megan Milavec, along with freshman Elyse Shenberger. Although the team fell 195.325-193.975, the Red and Blue turned in season highs in each event and look to carry their momentum into the Ivy Classic next week.

Penn gymnastics posts season highs for all events in loss

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Penn wrestling at Columbia: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

 

Good Bad & Ugly

 

 

 

 

 

We break down what was good and what was not for Penn wrestling in its 23-9 win at Columbia on Saturday:

THE GOOD: Early domination

With uncertainties in the middle of the lineup and Micah Burak not at one-hundred percent, it was pivotal for the first three Quakers to get big wins, and that they did. Mark Rappo earned a bonus point in the first bout, Jeff Canfora dominated his bout, and C.J. Cobb earned Penn an additional bonus point in the third bout. Their efforts in getting the Red and Blue off to an 11-0 start proved to be the difference maker.

THE BAD: Struggles in the middle

The Quakers won the first three bouts and last three bouts, but in the middle, Penn was outwrestled and lost 3 of 4. In fairness to the Quakers though, Columbia's Steve Santos is ranked sixth in the country in the 149 pound class, and Jake O'Hara also boasts a national ranking at the 157 class. 5 wrestlers in all were ranked (3 for Penn), and all came out victorious.

THE UGLY: Micah Burak’s flu

We don’t know for sure what it looked like, but there’s no way Burak’s flu could have been pretty. The senior and contender for a national championship struggled all week with the illness and was a game time decision for Penn. Though he was able to win, Burak certainly was not himself. With the postseason looming, Burak’s health will definitely be something to watch for.

Weekend Wrap

As the men's and women's basketball teams rested this weekend, a number of other Penn teams went to battle fighting for wins against tough opponents. The Red and Blue came up big, with significant victories in track and field, fencing and wrestling. For recaps of these matchups and more, look no further than this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.

Wrestling
Facing No.8 ranked Cornell on Saturday, the wrestling squad fell to the Big Red for the 11th consecutive meeting. Although the matchup was closer than the 24-9 scoreline indicates, the Quakers could not hold off its Ivy League rival. Led by sophomore C.J. Cobb, Penn rebounded nicely on Sunday, taking down Bucknell, 23-10.

Big Red aura overwhelms Quakers

Men's track and field
Two weeks ago, the Penn men's track and field team finished in second place in a meet at the Armory in New York. On Saturday, the men returned to the track and demolished the competition, winning the meet by 25 points over Army. The Red and Blue received strong performances from Semi Ibikunle, Kirk Webb, Tim Carey and Thomas Pitt, and look to build on its recent string of outstanding performances this coming weekend at Penn State University's Sykes Sabock Cup.

Penn track builds on its momentum and wins in New York

Gymnastics
The Penn gymnastics team scored its first victory of the season on Saturday, defeating Ivy League rival Yale 191.525-187.900. The matchup was the Quakers first dual meet of the season, and the team was led by seniors Dana Bonincontri and Kirsten Strausbaugh. The team's momentum continues to grow, and it will head head to Muncie, Ind., this Friday to take on Ball State.

 BRIEF | Gymnastics sees dual meet success against Yale 

Fencing
Penn's men's and women's fencing teams turned in performances on Saturday that seem to have solidified each team's mindset at this point in the season. As the men defeated Haverford, Sacred Heart and No. 9 Duke, they improved to 13-1 on the season and are in a position to compete for the Ivy League crown. On the other hand, the women fell to No.7 Northwestern and No. 9 Temple. While the team is strong. it continues to build, and it is clear that there is room for improvement before the Quakers can compete for an Ivy League championship.

Penn fencing confirms expectations at Philadelphia Invitational 

Penn wrestling moves up in the rankings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just because Penn wrestling is in the midst of a four-week break doesn't mean Penn wrestling isn't keeping busy.

After defeating Lehigh and Hofstra by the scores of 24-12 and 21-12, respectively, Penn (2-1) has entered the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division 1 Coaches Poll for the first time this season. The Quakers' only defeat so far came at the hands of current No. 2 Oklahoma State.

The Red and Blue are currently ranked No. 22, one spot ahead of the Mountain Hawks, who were No. 21 before Saturday's bout. Penn is now second in the EIWA behind No. 8 Cornell, whom they will face on Jan., 26 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Penn's individual grapplers have been moving up in the rankings as well. After a strong start to his season, sophomore C.J. Cobb now ranks at No. 16 in the 141-pound weightclass according to the InterMat rankings. At 125 pounds, Mark Rappo moved ahead of Hofstra's Steve Bonnano, who he defeated in overtime Sunday, 9-7, and is now No. 19.

Despite a three-week absence, Micah Burak (197 pounds) is still No. 8, although he fell out of the OpenMat rankings. He should be back in time for the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 29-30. Burak finished second at last year's Midlands Championships and will be looking to surpass that performance this year.