Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania will host the 10th-annual Keystone Classic on Nov. 20 at The Palestra. Competition will again be fierce as two nationally-ranked teams will take to the mats as well as seven nationally-ranked grapplers.
Nine teams are battling it out in Saturday's event, including American, Appalachian State, Boston University, Brown, Duke, Rider, Penn, Virginia Military Institute and Wagner.
Penn is ranked among the nation’s elite in at least three different national polls, while Rider cracks the top-25 in two polls. The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) tabs the Red and Blue 20th and W.I.N Magazine picked Penn as 24th. The Broncs check into both polls as 23rd in the nation. The Quakers also are ranked14th in The Wrestling Mall poll and 15th by the Amateur Wrestling News.
The Quakers look to reclaim the tournament title after finishing as the runner-up last year in which seven Penn wrestlers advanced to the championship finals and five to the consolation finals. Penn has won six Keystone titles and finished as the runner-up three times. They won four-straight crowns starting with the first tournament in 1995. Penn returned to the top of the podium in 2000, before falling to sixth-ranked Iowa the following season.
The action gets underway at 10 a.m. in The Palestra. For ticket information please call the Penn Athletic Ticket office at 215-898-6151. Tickets will also be available at the door. Results will be posted on www.pennathletics.com at the conclusion of the meet.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant