Wrestling Has Two Headed to Istanbul

PHILADELPHIA – The 2008 FILA Junior World Championships begin July 29th in Istanbul, Turkey and Penn is represented by one of its assistant coaches, Rob Eiter, as well as by incoming freshman Mark Rappo.

Eiter is serving as an assistant coach with the women’s team while Rappo is competing in the 50 kilogram division in men’s freestyle.

Rappo qualified for the World Championships with a win at the team trialsin Colorado Springs in May. The FILA Junior World Championships feature the top 17-20 year old wrestlers in the world, 17 of which will be competing in Rappo’s weight class. He will be joined on Team USA by seven other grapplers – including NCAA All-American Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska as well as wrestlers from other top teams in the country such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penn State, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.

“It is always great to see Penn wrestlers strive to be the best in the world,” Penn head coach Zeke Jones said. “Whether it is as an NCAA All-American, NCAA Champion or Olympic gold medalist, the success of our guys at the highest level is a great reflection of the wrestling program at Penn.”

Rappo will compete on August 2nd while Eiter will coach on July 31st and August 1st.

“As a program, we are extremely proud of Rob for representing the team while coaching at an elite level,” Jones said. “With Rob coaching and Mark competing at such a prestigious event, the reach of Penn wrestling is expanding rapidly.”

You can follow all the action from the 2008 FILA Junior World Championships online at the official site of the tournament http://www.fila-wrestling.com/istanbul08/.