No. 21 Wrestling Heads West for Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

No. 21 Penn Wrestling at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Cashman Center • Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 2-3, 2005

Penn Notes for Las Vegas Invitational

The Penn wrestling team travels to the 24th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to be held Dec. 2-3 in Las Vegas. It is the Red and Blue’s second trip to Vegas in two years; the Quakers finished 13th at last season’s invitational.

• Forty-six wrestling programs from around the country are slated to compete this weekend at the Cashman Center.

• Penn is not the only Ivy League team competing in the event - Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Harvard will also be in attendance.

• Five Quakers are ranked in the top-25 in several different publications.

AWN WIN Intermat
Matt Valenti (133) 10 10 8
Cesar Grajales (141)- 19 -
Matt Herrington (174) 16 8-
Dustin Wiles (184) - 17-
Paul Velekei (197) 1820 -

• As a team the Quakers are ranked as high as 21st in the latest W.I.N. Magazine poll. The Wrestling Mall has the Quakers at 24th, while the National Wrestling Coaches Association has Penn 25th.

• All-American Matt Valenti is 7-0 on the season at 133 lbs. He has two individual titles to his credit as well. He was victorious at the Oklahoma Brockport Gold on Nov. 12 and the Keystone Classic on Nov. 20.

• Three Quakers won individual titles at the Keystone Classic - Andrew Gold (125), Cesar Grajales (141) and Matt Eveleth (133).

• Penn won the Keystone Classic for the first time since 2002. Penn put up 151 points, 42 points more than runner-up Virginia. American was third with four individual winners, while Appalachian State and Boston University rounded out the top-five.

• Penn opened the season with a second-place showing at the Oklahoma Brockport Gold on Nov. 12. The Quakers finished just five points behind No. 2 Oklahoma. Penn had 11 placewinners.

• Brotherly Love - Penn has three sets of brothers on the roster. Matt and Andrew Valenti, Rob and Colin Hitschler, and Gene and Jeff Zannetti. The Zannetti brothers are the only two who wrestle in the same weight class.

• Penn returns four NCAA Qualifiers to the line-up this season in Matt Valenti, Matt Herrington, Paul Velekei and Dustin Wiles.

• Head Coach Zeke Jones is in his first season at the helm of the Red and Blue. The former standout at Arizona State comes to Philadelphia after serving as an assistant coach at West Virginia for seven years.

• Last year, Wiles led the Red and Blue in falls and takedowns. The then-174 pounder had eight falls and 73 takedowns.

• ranked Penn’s incoming class as the No. 4 recruiting class in the country behind Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Cornell. It is the highest-ranked incoming class for the Quakers since the 2002 group was named the No. 1 recruiting class.

• After two seasons on the mat, Matt Valenti has 69 wins (33 as a rookie and 36 as a sophomore) and is on pace to break Brett Matter’s record of 128 career wins. The Newtown, N.J. native is averaging 34.5 wins a season which would give him 139 career victories. With seven victories under his belt in 2005-06, he needs 24 more this season to become the first junior to reach 100 wins at Penn.

• A common name - there are six grapplers on the Penn roster (of 36) who have the name Matt.

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