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PHILADELPHIA - With a second-place finish at the 2010 EIWA Championships and the program's first All-America since 2007 providing a rewarding finish to the 2009-10 season, Penn wrestling head coach Rob Eiter and the Quakers now have their sights set onthe 2010-11 campaign.
The path is clearly marked for the Red and Blue - accumulate mat time early at challenging early-season tournaments, traverse a challenging non-conference slate in the middle portion of the season, and aim to recapture the Ivy League title while peaking for a run to the apex of the EIWA. All the while, Coach Eiter and his staff will have an added carrot to dangle in front of the grapplers. A qualifying berth to the 2011 NCAA Championships means a trip to South Philly and the Wachovia Center where the Quakers will look to paint the podium with the home colors of the Red and Blue.
The Quakers will return seven NCAA qualifiers to the lineup in 2010-11, led by All-America Scott Giffin at 174 pounds. The seventh-place finisher last March in Omaha, Giffin is a returning captain who will be looking to move a few steps up the podium next March 17-19. Also returning will be two-time Round of 12 finisher Rollie Peterkin as well as Gabriel Burak, Micah Burak, Zack Kemmerer, Bryan Ortenzio and Thomas Shovlin.
Penn, which finished 10-6 in dual meets in 2009-10, returns 199 individual victories for a 2010-11 schedule featuring five tournaments and 16 dual meets.
The season begins with the intrasquad meet and coaches clinic on November 6 in The Palestra (time TBA).
November 14 features Penn's first outside competition of the season as the Quakers head to the Binghamton Open. Senior Gabriel Burak will be looking to defend the title he won last fall at 165 pounds.
The following week (November 21), 11 other teams will join the Red and Blue in The Palestra for the annual Keystone Classic. EIWA rivals American, Brown and Princeton will join Appalachian State, Boston University, Duke, Edinboro, Liberty, Northwestern, Rider andVMI forthe all-day tournament.
Penn returns to the Northeast Duals in Albany on November 27 where the Quakers will wrestle Maryland, Pittsburgh, Sacred Heart and Stanford. In 2009, Penn went 2-1 at the Northeast Duals.
December's first competition has the Quakers heading to State College and the Penn State Open on December 5. Bryan Ortenzio was a champion at the PSU Open in 2009, claiming the crown at 133 pounds.
Penn's first solo dual meet of the season comes on December 12 at Rider University. Penn scored a 21-15 win over the Broncs in The Palestra last season, with a tech fall from Gabriel Burak and a major decision from Giffin breaking a 9-9 tie halfway through.
Shortly before the New Year, Penn will wrap up the in-season tournament slate in one of two locations. The Quakers are scheduled to send wrestlers to both the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C. and the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. from Dec. 29-30.
As the calendar hits 2011, the Red and Blue will turn to the final 11 duals of the season to prepare for the postseason. The first opponent will be Bloomsburg on January 9 in The Palestra. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2006 when the Quakers downed the Huskies, 24-9, at the Northeast Duals.
On January 16, Penn heads to Charlottesville to line up opposite Virginia and VMI. The Cavaliers defeated Penn, 28-9, in The Palestra last season. One highly anticipated bout will come at 174 pounds where two All-America placewinners from 2010 will meet in Penn's Giffin and UVA's Chris Henrich. Last year, Henrich scored an 8-6 decision over Giffin in the dual. The Quakers haven't met VMI in a dual since 1983, a 37-12 win for the Keydets.
After a week off, Penn returns to The Palestra for a pair of duals the weekend of January 29-30. On Saturday, the Red and Blue welcome EIWA rival Bucknell to University City. Despite meeting at the EIWA Championships each year, the two schools have not competed in a dual since 1995, when Penn scored a 23-12 win.
The following day, Hofstra is the opponent for the Quakers. In 2010, Penn traveled to Hempstead and returned with a 32-12 win.
Penn will remain in Philly the next week, hosting three Ivy League teams as Ivy action heats up. The Quakers are looking to add their first Ivy title since the 2001-02 season and are home for three of five Ivy duals in 2010-11. Up first are Brown and Harvard on February 5. Penn swept its New England trip last season, defeating the Bears, 35-6, before handling Harvard, 41-11. On February 6, Princeton enters The Palestra, continuing the heated rivalry between the Quakers and Tigers which featured a 23-11 Penn win last season.
Penn's last trip outside the Keystone State comes February 11-12 as the Red and Blue head to New York for their final two Ivy duals of the season. The meat of the trip is the front end as Penn travels to Ithaca for a date with eight-time defending Ivy and four-time defending EIWA champion Cornell. Two rematches from the 2010 EIWA finalscould beon the docket, pitting Giffin against Mack Lewnes at 174 and Micah Burak against Cam Simaz at 197.
The next day, Penn heads to the Big Apple and Columbia. The Red and Blue picked up a 22-13 win over the Lions last season.
February 20 is the date of Penn's final dual meet of the season. The Quakers will head to Lehigh looking to avenge a 30-9 loss to the Mountain Hawks last season.
The postseason begins March5-6 with the 107th EIWA Championships, hosted for the first time by Bucknell University. Penn had an outstanding showing at the 2010 EIWA Championships, scoring 113 points to finish in second place. However, there is one more place to climb, and the Red and Blue will be looking to secure their first individual titles since 2008 and first team crown since 1999.
All 10 men who will compete in the EIWA Championships will be looking to secure bids to the 2011 NCAA Championships to be held in Philadelphia from March 17-19. Penn had six wrestlers take the mats at the national championships last year and will be fighting to bring a full compliment of competitors before the home crowd.
2010-11 Penn Wrestling Schedule
All dates and times subject to change
Home meets in BOLD CAPS and held in The Palestra
|Nov. 6||Intrasquad||The Palestra||TBA|
|Nov. 14||Binghamton Open||Binghamton, N.Y.||All Day|
|Nov. 21||KEYSTONE CLASSIC||THE PALESTRA||ALL DAY|
|Nov. 27||Northeast Duals||Albany, N.Y.||All Day|
|Dec. 5||Penn State Open||State College, Pa.||All Day|
|Dec. 12||Rider||Lawrenceville, N.J.||4 p.m.|
|Dec. 29-30||Southern Scuffle||Greensboro, N.C.||All Day|
|Dec. 29-30||Midlands Championships||Evanston, Ill.||All Day|
|Jan. 9||BLOOMSBURG||THE PALESTRA||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 16||Virginia/VMI||Charlottesville, Va.||TBA|
|Jan. 29||BUCKNELL||THE PALESTRA||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 30||HOFSTRA||THE PALESTRA||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 5||BROWN||THE PALESTRA||10 a.m.|
|Feb. 5||HARVARD||THE PALESTRA||2p.m.|
|Feb. 6||PRINCETON||THE PALESTRA||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 11||Cornell||Ithaca, N.Y.||6 p.m.|
|Feb. 12||Columbia||New York, N.Y.||3 p.m.|
|Feb. 20||Lehigh||Bethlehem, Pa.||TBA|
|Mar. 5-6||EIWA Championships||Lewisburg, Pa. (Bucknell University)||
|Mar. 17-19||NCAA Championships||Philadelphia, Pa. (Wachovia Center)||All Day|