PHILADELPHIA – Penn Wrestling had one of its finest seasons in recent history – finishing with the most points by a Quakers team at the NCAA Championships since 2007 and finishing in the Top-20 for the first time since 2006. The Red and Blue were also putting in work off the mat, earning academic honors from the NWCA on both team and individual fronts.
Penn’s Team GPA of 3.322 ranks No. 6 among all Division I wrestling programs. The Quakers jumped 12 spots from last year’s ranking of No. 18 – the third-highest gain of any team.
Individually, Penn had two wrestlers honored by the NWCA as All-Academic selections. Casey Kent and Caleb Richardson were recognized for their work on the mat and in the classroom this season.
Casey Kent – a 2016 NCAA All-American at 174 pounds – is one of 36 All-Americans to also be named All-Academic. Kent finished fourth at the 2016 NCAA Championships at Madison Square Garden – the highest finish by any unseeded wrestler at the national tournament and Penn’s highest-ever finish at 174 pounds. A two-time Academic All-Ivy selection, Kent was also named Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year this season.
Caleb Richardson is just the fifth Penn Wrestler to earn multiple NWCA All-Academic selections during his career – joining Matt Feast, Rick Springman, Mike Fickell, and Andrei Rodzianko. A three-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Richardson was named Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area this spring.
Penn is one of 12 EIWA programs ranked in the NWCA All-Academic Top-30, the most of any conference.
Kent and Richardson, along with fellow NCAA qualifier May Bethea and 2015 NCAA qualifier Brooks Martino all return for the Quakers in 2016-17 – part of a group of eight returning starters for the Red and Blue.