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.
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.
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.
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.
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