Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA – With the 2014 EIWA Championships approaching, Penn’s wrestling team picked up the first in what it hopes to be a series of honors as the All-Ivy Wrestling teams were announced today. The Quakers had five grapplers named All-Ivy, led by four who garnered second-team All-Ivy distinction.
No. 11 Lorenzo Thomas is one of three Quakers to earn their second All-Ivy selections, picking up second-team honors at 184 pounds. The 2011-12 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Thomas enters the postseason with a team-high 22 wins. Against Ivy opponents, he has recorded a 6-1 record including a 4-1 mark in duals. Thomas has produced bonus points throughout the season for the Quakers, including a team-high seven wins by fall. Overall in dual meets, Thomas is 11-3 and scored 45 team points during those 11 victories.
No. 17 Casey Kent earned second-team All-Ivy honors for the second season in a row at 165 pounds on the strength of his 16-5 record. Against Ivy opponents, his record in 2013-14 was 3-2. In Ivy duals, Kent posted a 3-1 record, including a first-period technical fall at Harvard. Stingy is an appropriate word to describe Kent during the 2013-14 season as he has conceded 27 points in his 21 matches and has posted nine shutouts – including three 17-0 technical falls in the first period.
Freshman Caleb Richardson wrestled to second-team All-Ivy honors at 125 pounds with a 12-7 overall record and a 2-1 record against Ivy opponents. Richardson battled injury through most of the second half of the season, but has won his last three matches entering the postseason – including a major decision for Penn’s only bonus points in a win at Princeton last weekend.
In his first season as a starter, Ray Bethea has posted an 18-7 record at 157 pounds to claim second-team All-Ivy honors. Bethea started the season with 10 consecutive wins, winning the East Stroudsburg Open and advancing to the final at the Keystone Classic. Since then, Bethea has gone 8-4 in dual meets and 3-0 in Ivy duals.
After earning unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors at 133 pounds last season, Jeff Canfora has added honorable mention All-Ivy honors at 141 pounds this campaign. He has won a career-high 17 matches, including a 3-2 record in Ivy duals. Overall in his career, Canfora is 10-6 against Ivy foes.
The Quakers will host the 2014 EIWA Championships at The Palestra, March 8-9.