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.
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.
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.
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.
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.