PHILADELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania will have five wrestlers competing this weekend at the 2015 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. Before the national tournament, they sat down to answer a few questions.
Caleb Richardson qualfiied for his second NCAA Championships in his second season with the Quakers, again earning an at-large bid to the national tournament. The Virginia Beach native will be competing at 133 after earning a trip last year at 125.
Q: How long have you been wrestling? What are some of your earliest memories of the sport or reasons you got into wrestling?
A:I've been wrestling since I was about 6 years old. I didn't like losing so much when I first started so I stopped. I got pretty serious about the sport when I was around 9 or 10. My earliest memories include training at Granby Camp in the summer -- drilling for hours on end -- and traveling to PA and NJ with my old man to wrestle the best youth competition.
Q: Describe Your Wrestling Style.
A:I'm technical, calculated, fast, fluid and slick. I have good hips and get to quick angles. Definitely not afraid to whack someone upside the head either.
Q: What is your all-time favorite wrestling memory?
A:Winning my first state title as a sophomore. I felt like I was on top of the world and have been chasing that feeling ever since. My Dad was a two-time state champion in Virginia and it was really special being able to share the experience with him. I give him a lot of credit for my success since he trained me and put me around a ton of great wrestling minds growing up.
Q: What do you like best about being a Penn Wrestler?
A:I would say the best part is the people you get to associate with. I love my team. Each person brings something unique to the table. We are so much more than just wrestlers and you don't get that at some schools. The city has a lot to offer too.
Q: If you could wrestle one wrestler from the past, who would it be and why?
A:Coach Reina. I'd feel bad hitting him with a single leg now. It would be more fair if I did it to him in his prime. I would just have to be careful and not let him use Jedi mind tricks on me before the match.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant on campus? What is your go-to order?
A:I cook my own food most of the time -- and yes the food is phenomenal! If I do indulge it is usually Honest Toms. Chipotle is garbage in comparison.
Q: What has been your favorite class at Penn? Why?
A:This one is tough. I have enjoyed almost all of my classes at Penn. If I had to pick it would probably be Eye, Mind and Image which is a Visual Studies class. It was a little bit of science, a little bit of art history, a little bit of philosophy. Learning about how culture influences how people visually experience the world was interesting.
Q: Do you have any pre-match supoerstitions?
A:Poppin a senzu bean or two.
Q:What is your favorite TV Show?
A:This one is tough. I really like Eastbound and Down. My roommate, Carson Stack -- who is like Stevie -- introduced me to the great Kenny Powers (me). I'm into House of Cards right now. I like the power couple dynamic.
Q: What are you looking to do when you graduate?
A: Looking to travel the world, do yoga, enjoy nature, and eat the finest foods. I want my life to be rich with amazing experiences and relationships. Dream my world into being and take what I want
Q: Describe your fellow Penn Wrestling NCAA Qualifiers in one sentence.
Brooks: good for a cheap laugh(or 100) and he's my fellow Virginian.
Lorenzo: sleeps in the mummy position.
Canaan: is a gentle giant and cool as they come.
Cobb: a wizard who may or may not practice dark magic.
You can catch Caleb and the rest of the Penn Wrestling NCAA qualfiers this week at the 2015 NCAA Championships March 19-21. Every match will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN in addition to coverage on ESPNU and ESPN. A full schedule can be foundhere.