PHILADELPHIA Penn concludes its wrestling regular season this weekend with a pair of dual matches against EIWA rivals Lehigh and Princeton. Penn takes on the Mountain Hawks at 1 p.m. on Sunday at The Palestra before making the quick trip to Princeton for a meet with the Tigers at 6 p.m.
The Quakers enter the weekend with an 11-5 record in dual matches and have won six of their last seven. Against EIWA teams, Penn is 4-1. Lehigh is 11-13 overall, but possess a 6-1 record against EIWA teams. Eight of the Hawks’ losses have come to ranked opponents. Princeton is winless on the season, sitting at 0-17 and 0-7 against EIWA foes.
Last season, Penn defeated both opponents shutting out Princeton 47-0 one week before they took down Lehigh, 21-15. The Quakers won bonus points in eight of ten bouts against the Tigers (two pins, three tech falls and two major decisions). Rob Hitschler scored one of the pins at 149 pounds, pinning Eric Marcotulli in 4:37. Lior Zamir had a tech fall at 184 and Zack Shanaman had a major decision at 165 pounds.
Shanaman added another major the next week at Lehigh, defeating Manuel Schubert, 19-9. Rick Rappo also added a major decision at 149 pounds, scoring a 17-5 win over Jeff Santo. In total, seven men who competed last year will be back in action Sunday.
The Mountain Hawks are led by a pair of grapplers who currently rank 20th in their weight class Trevor Chinn (22-8) at 174 lbs. and Alex Caruso (18-10) at 174 lbs.
This weekend marks the last action before the EIWA Championships at Franklin & Marshall March 6-8. Final seeds will be announced next week. AS of the most recent EIWA rankings, 13 of the 20 probable starters in Sunday’s match against Lehigh are ranked in the top five in their weight class eight from Penn and five from Lehigh. Four weight classes (149, 157, 165 and 174) feature both schools’ probables in the top five. The importance of Sunday’s matches will not be lost on the seeding committee.
Download: Lehigh Probables.pdf