PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team will return to the mats in November, opening a 2015-16 season which includes six home dual meets in addition to the annual Keystone Classic. Overall, the Quakers will compete in 12 dual meets and four tournaments before embarking on a postseason which will culminate in the NCAA Championships at Madison Square Garden March 17-19.
"We try to put our wrestlers in the best possible position to be successful at the conference and national tournaments by scheduling in two phases," said Alex Tirapelle, the Roger Reina Head Coach of Wrestling. "The first phase of the season is comprised oftournament competition, including theBinghamton Open, Keystone Classic, Nittany Lion Open, and Southern Scuffle. These events provide our athletes with the volume and quality of competition they need in order to prepare for the post-season. The second phase of the season hasa dual meet emphasis, including matches against traditional rivals, Ivy League competitors, and the broader EIWA. These competitions allow our wrestlers to fine-tune their skills and prepare their bodies for post-season action. At the same time, those dual meets against our storied rivals are great opportunities for our fans to get behind our student-athletes in a team environment. I'm excited for our student-athletes to test themselves this season."
Five Things You Need to Know About the 2015-16 ScheduleThe Quakers should be well-prepared for the EIWA Championships in March. Of Penn’s 12 dual meets, 11 will come against EIWA foes – including all six road contests.
Penn is changing up its tournament routine a bit from last season. Only the home Keystone Classic returns from 2014-15 as Penn heads back to the Binghamton Open (Penn’s last trip was in 2012-13) and Nittany Lion Open (last competed in during the 2010-11 season) for early-season action. In January, Penn returns to the Southern Scuffle after a one-year hiatus.
The January 17 doubleheader will feature Penn’s first-ever trip to Sacred Heart. Penn is 2-0 all-time against the Pioneers, both wins coming at the Northeast Duals in Albany in 2009 and 2011.
The second part of the January 17 double-dip is also noteworthy in that Penn will travel to Army West Point for the first time since 1972.
The Red and Blue will have its two toughest tests of the dual meet season inside The Palestra as Penn hosts Lehigh (January 10) and Cornell (February 13) in EIWA rivalry matches.
The Quakers return seven starters from last season, and have 10 wrestlers on the roster with extensive starting experience. Five grapplers have experience competing at the NCAA Championships, including 2014 NCAA All-American Lorenzo Thomas and 2015 Round of 12 finisher C.J. Cobb.
Last season, Penn was 9-4 in dual meets, and a perfect 6-0 in home matches. The Red and Blue will enter the dual meet season on a six-match win streak overall.
|Nov. 8||at Binghamton Open||Binghamton, N.Y.||All Day|
|Nov. 22||KEYSTONE CLASSIC||The Palestra||All Day|
|Dec. 6||at Nittany Lion Open||State College, Pa.||All Day|
|Jan. 1-2||at Southern Scuffle||Chattanooga, Tenn.||All Day|
|Jan. 10||LEHIGH||The Palestra||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 17||at Sacred Heart||Fairfield, Conn.||12 p.m.|
|Jan. 17||at Army West Point||West Point, N.Y.||5 p.m.|
|Jan. 24||BINGHAMTON||The Palestra||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 30||at Princeton||Princeton, N.J.||4 p.m.|
|Jan. 31||RIDER||The Palestra||5 p.m.|
|Feb. 6||at Brown||Providence, R.I.||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 6||at Harvard||Cambridge, Mass.||6 p.m.|
|Feb. 13||CORNELL||The Palestra||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 14||COLUMBIA||The Palestra||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 14||BUCKNELL||The Palestra||3 p.m.|
|Feb. 20||at Drexel||Philadelphia, Pa.||1 p.m.|
|March 5-6||at EIWA Championships||Princeton, N.J.||All Day|
|March 17-19||at NCAA Championships||Madison Square Garden||All Day|
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