No. 22 Penn Wrestling Hosts No. 7 Hofstra, Wagner and Drexel on Sunday

This Week - The Quakers (1-1) hit the mats for three duals against No. 8 Hofstra (4-1), Wagner (0-8) and city-rival Drexel (5-6) as they open the home dual meet season.

Next Up - The Red and Blue will be on the road for the next two dual meets as they open Ivy League competition at Columbia on Jan. 28 and Cornell on Jan. 29.

No. 22 Penn vs. No. 7 Hofstra - Hofstra and Penn saw a lot of each other last season as the Pride not only captured the 2003 Keystone Classic title, but took two duals from the Quakers. The two teams first went head-to-head on Jan. 17 in the consolation semifinals of the National Duals as Hofstra came away with the 23-15 victory. Penn was then edged by the Pride, 20-17 on Feb. 13. After the Pride jumped out to a 20-0 lead, the Red and Blue won its last four bouts but it was not enough. Matt Valenti, Matt Feast, Shawn Protz and Doug McGraw all recorded victories. Overall, the series record is even at 2-2.

No. 22 Penn vs. Wagner - Several Penn grapplers faced Wagner at both Brockport and the Keystone Classic. Senior Shawn Protz has had success against three Seahawks pinning both Freddy Pontoriero (4:30) and Patrick Larkin (3:26) and earning a 10-6 decision over Mike Tutunjian. Also picking up victories were Jeff Eveleth, an 11-5 decision over Tutunjian, junior Mike Silengo, who pinned Mike Rooney in 2:47, and senior Matt Feast, who pinned John Graeffe in 1:49. The Quakers and Seahawks have only met once in a dual meet. That contest was held Jan. 12, 1991 and Penn was the victor by a score of 37-12.

No. 22 Penn vs. Drexel - Penn and Drexel will battle each other for University City bragging rights for the first time in eight years. The Quakers have taken the last six meetings between the teams, however, the Dragons hold a 11-7-1 advantage in the win column. The Red and Blue last faced Drexel on Jan. 31, 1997 coming away with an impressive 26-9 victory at The Palestra.

200-Win Plateau - Head Coach Roger Reina, the winningest coach in program history, is just three dual wins shy of reaching the 200 mark for his career. Reina, in his 19th season at the helm, has held the position of head coach longer than any other in program history and his 197 wins are more than double of any of his predecessors. Reina’s guidance has produced 14 winning seasons in the past 18 years.

Midwest Wrap-Up - The Red and Blue had a double-dose of the Midwest from Dec. 29 - Jan. 7. The Quakers closed December with a trip to the 42nd Annual Midland Championships where they finished 13th. Penn had two placewinners in seniors Matt Feast (second) and Jeff Eveleth (eighth). The Red and Blue returned to Philadelphia for New Year’s but found themselves in the nation’s heartland four days later at Big Ten foe Purdue. In their first dual of the season, the Quakers defeated Purdue, 24-16, for the first time program history. Two days later the Penn travelled to No. 14 Central Michigan but fell, 34-3. Senior Doug McGraw earned the lone points for the Red and Blue with a 3-2 decision over Brandon Carter.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant

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