PHILADELPHIAThe South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2008, and 2000 Penn graduate Brett Matter is one of seven inductees.

 

Matter, the 2000 NCAA Champion at 157 pounds, is one of three National Champions in the history of Penn wrestling. He won his crown in 2000 with a 5-0 record at the national tournament and a 4-2 win over Boise State’s Larry Quisel in the championship match.

 

“This is a tremendous honor,” Matter said. “It gives me a chance to get together with my family and close friends who have been with me throughout my wrestling career and celebrate everyone’s hard work.”

 

A two-time All-American (1999-2000), Matter had tremendous success in EIWA competition. Penn’s only four-time EIWA Champion, he was named EIWA Outstanding Freshman in 1996 and in 2000 was the recipient of the John Fletcher Memorial Trophy as the wrestler who made the greatest contribution to the EIWA Tournament. The 2000 season also saw Matter earn the distinction of being named EIWA Outstanding Wrestler. In 19996, in addition to his EIWA Outstanding Rookie honor, he was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was named first-team All-Ivy three times (1996, 1997 and 2000). His 128 career wins place him second in program history.

 

Before his stellar Penn career, Matter was a two-time state champion in New Jersey while competing at Delran High School. He was also a four-time district champion and three-time regional champion. He completed his high school career with a record of 125-9 including an undefeated junior season (32-0).

 

The South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Nov. 1 at Masso’s Columbus Manor on the Black Horse Pike in Williamstown. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling Mike Schuld at (609) 206-2206 after 2:15 p.m.