PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off its best finish at the NCAA Championships since 2006, the University of Pennsylvania is primed to add eight newcomers to its lineup for 2016-17.
The Quakers will add to all areas of the lineup, including the addition of a 2016 National Prep champion who is set to compete at 141 pounds and a former National Prep runner-up who will enter the lineup at 149 pounds.
Combined, this group has earned 16 trips to the podium at state championship meets and captured eight state or district championships at the team level.
The Red and Blue will add wrestlers from eight different states – Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and New York – to the lineup for 2016-17. The pedigree of this group is without question, as the Quakers will be adding wrestlers who are graduating from some of the elite high school programs in the country in No. 2 Wyoming Seminary, No. 7 St. Edward, and No. 16 Carl Sandburg according to InterMat’s latest high school ranking.
“This is an exciting time for Penn Wrestling,” said Alex Tirapelle, third-year Roger Reina Head Coach of Wrestling. “We return an All-American and three NCAA qualifiers, and are strengthening the Pennsylvania RTC with the addition of gold medalist Brandon Slay as Executive Director. The opportunity to add these eight young men is something I am looking forward to. They have excelled on the mat throughout their young careers, and have shown a desire to be strong in the classroom as well. We want to be leaders in both among collegiate wrestling programs, and their high aspirations – both in wrestling and life – will help carry the torch for a new generation of Penn Wrestling.”
Carl Antrassian | 125 pounds
La Salle, Mich./Monroe
High School: Lettered four times … Served as team captain for three seasons … Three-time state place winner, finishing second, third and fourth … Graduated with a 200-26 record … Two-time Regional champion … Won one District title … Three-time County champion … Three-time Regional team member … Graduated Summa Cum Laude … National Honor Society treasurer … Class treasurer.
Personal: Son of Johanna and Andrew Antrassian … Enrolled
Jack Conway | 165 pounds
Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward
High School: Lettered three times … Served as team captain twice … Twice won Ohio state dual meet championship at St. Ed’s … Member of three team titles at the Ohio state tournament … Third place finisher at Ohio state tournament (2015) … Finished fourth at Ohio state tournament in 2016 … Named Academic All-Ohio three times (2014-16) … High Honor Roll student … National Latin Exam medalist three times (2013-15).
Personal: Son of Penny and Tom Conway … Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a Systems Engineering major.
Jon Errico | 149 pounds
Armonk, N.Y./The Brunswick School (CT)
High School: Served as team captain … Finished fourth at 2016 National Preps at 145 pounds … Runner-up at 2015 National Preps at 138 pounds… Three-time NHSCA All-American, including a second place finish at 145 pounds in 2016 … Two-time state champion (2015, 2016) … Three-time All-League selection (2014-16) … Headmasters List student.
Personal: Son of Robyn and Vito Errico … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
A.J. Geers | 157 pounds
Cedar Rapid, Iowa/Linn-Mar
High School: Four-time letterwinner ....Served as team captain … 2016 second-team All-Conference … 2016 Academic All-Conference … Four-time Academic Award With Distinction (4.0 GPA or higher) recipient) … French Club officer … Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) member.
Personal: Son of Diana and Mike Geers … Father wrestled at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa … Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Jalen Laughlin | 184-197 pounds
Holts Summit, Mo./Jefferson City
High School: Four-year letterwinner … Served as team captain twice … Finished third at Missouri state championships in 2016, posting a 47-1 record … Finished second at Missouri state championships in 2015, posting a 49-3 record … Was fourth at 2014 Missouri state championships, posting a 46-4 record … Three-time District champion … Team won three District titles … Graduated fourth at Jefferson City in all-time wins with 166 … Graduated fifth all-time at Jefferson City in pins with 92 … Competed for Missouri at the Disney Duals … Named one of USA Wrestling’s Top-30 Juniors in 2015 … Three-time Academic All-State … Also lettered three times in football, serving as team captain … Named All-District at linebacker in 2015 … Academic All-State in football in 2015 … Named Rotary Student of the Month … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Clair and John Laughlin … Uncle, Beau Viehmann, won a bronze medal in Jiu-Jitsu at the 2014 Pan-Am Game … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jake Lizak | 133 pounds
High School: Lettered four times … Served as team captain … Finished fifth at 2014 PIAA state championships … Graduated with a 160-43 record … Two-time regional champion (2014, 2016) … 2013 Fargo All-American.
Personal: Son of Ann and Richard Lizak … Older brother, Ethan, wrestles at Minnesota … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a biology major.
Brian Krasowski | 174-184 pounds
Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg
High School: Four-year letterwinner … Served as team captain three times … Three-time IHSA 3A state placewinner … Finished fourth in 2016 … Was fifth at states in 2015 … Took sixth at states in 2014 … Member of 2013 IHSA 3A state championship team … Member of 2015 IHSA 3A state runner-up … Named All-State three times … Earned four All-Conference honors … Two-time SWIC champion … Also lettered twice in football ... Served as football team captain twice … Two-time All-Conference selection on the gridiron … Earned one All-Area nod … National Honor Society member … Captain’s Council member … Bass Fishing Team member.
Personal: Son of Barbara and Brian Krasowski … Father wrestled and played football at Wisconsin … Enrolled in Wharton.
Patrick Munn | 141 pounds
Cypress, Texas/Wyoming Seminary (PA)
High School: Lettered four times … 2016 National Prep champion at 138 pounds … Finished fifth at 2015 Walsh Ironman … 2015 Preseason Nationals Runner-Up … 2016 Pennsylvania Prep state champion … 2012 and 2013 Texas freestyle and Greco champion … Member of 2016 Pennsylvania Prep state championship team … Member of 2016 Walsh Ironman championship team … Member of 2012 Texas Prep championship team while competing at St. Thomas … Founder and president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Wyoming Seminary … Dean’s High Honor List student.
Personal: Son of Linda and Charles Munn … Brother, Andrew, wrestles at Case Western Reserve … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a biology major.