Football Holds Third Annual Iron Quaker Competition

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PHILADELPHIA – For the third year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania football team hosted its annual “Iron Quaker” night on Friday inside the George A. Weiss Weight Room. Soon-to-be senior Eric Jett was the big winner as he took home the third annual Iron Quaker award.

Jett, an offensive lineman out of Chandler, Ariz., had a combined weight of 1,360 lbs. between his clean, squat and bench lifts for the overall title. Jett was propelled to the win with the team’s top squat at 615 lbs. He dethrones 2008 winner, defensive lineman Jake Peterson, as the team’s strongest player.

Defensive tackle Joe Goniprow benched 405 lbs. to take the benching title, while linebacker Jake Lewko’s clean totaled 365 lbs. for the win in that event. Cornerback Chris Wynn earned the distinction as Penn’s strongest pound-for-pound player. Wynn lifted at a pound-for-pound ratio of 5.78.

Under the direction of Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Jim Steel and assistant coordinator’s John Keller and Brett Crossland, the team competes in various lifts—clean, squat and bench press. Awards are given to those who lift the most weight in each category as well as the Iron Quaker award, which is given to the player who lifts the most weight in all three categories combined. The pound-for-pound winner is awarded to the player who has the best ratio between his weight and the weight he lifts.

The “Iron Quaker” was started by the coaching staff in 2007 and is usually the culumination of the off-season conditioning program for the squad.

Penn will start the spring season shortly. The team’s first practice is set for March 18.

2009 Winnners
Bench: Joe Goniprow (405)
Squat: Eric Jett (615)
Clean: Jake Lewko (365)
Overall: Eric Jett (1360)
Pound-for-Pound: Chris Wynn (5.78)