Wrestling Preseason Rankings Roundup

PHILADELPHIA – The 2015-16 University of Pennsylvania wrestling season is less than two weeks from officially beginning with the first competition of the season as the Quakers take to the mats at the Binghamton Open, and the Red and Blue will line up seven wrestlers who have achieved a national ranking inside their weight class based on preseason rankings from national wrestling publications.

C.J. Cobb – 149 pounds
Intermat: No. 7
FloWrestling: No. 8
TheOpenMat: No. 9
WrestlingReport.com: No. 9
Amateur Wrestling News: No. 10

A consensus Top-10 wrestler entering the season, C.J. Cobb is coming off a Round of 12 finish at NCAAs in 2015. A two-time NCAA qualifier, Cobb has twice placed at EIWAs – including a runner-up finish in 2013. Last season, Cobb went 23-7 and was 11-1 in dual meets.

Lorenzo Thomas – 184 pounds
Intermat: No. 10
FloWrestling: No. 10
Amateur Wrestling News: No. 10
WrestlingReport.com: No. 10
TheOpenMat: No. 11
WIN Magazine: No. 19

Another all-but consensus Top-10 wrestler, Lorenzo Thomas is the most experienced wrestler in Penn’s lineup entering the season. An NCAA All-American in 2014, Thomas has qualified for two national championship tournaments and has won seven matches at the national tournament over his career. He enters the season with 81 career wins, 19 away from becoming the 11th wrestler in program history to reach the 100-win mark.

Caleb Richardson – 133 pounds
FloWrestling: No. 15
Intermat: No. 17
Amateur Wrestling News: No. 17
WIN Magazine: No. 17
TheOpenMat: No. 19
WrestlingReport.com: No. 22

A two-time NCAA qualifier, Caleb Richardson has been crossing off achievements throughout his first two years as a Quaker with placements at the Southern Scuffle and Midlands to go with a first-team All-Ivy selection and a podium finish at EIWAs. Last season, he was 26-11 overall and 9-3 in dual meets, and earned his second at-large bid to NCAAs where he defeated No. 9 A.J. Schopp – eventual third place finisher – in the first round and was knocked out via a pair of sudden victory losses.

Frank Mattiace – 197 pounds
Flowrestling: No. 18
Amateur Wrestling News: No. 18
TheOpenMat: No. 19
WrestlingReport.com: No. 24

After a year off from competition, Frank Mattiace returns to the mat at 197 pounds and has caught the eyes of various national pollsters who have ranked him between No. 18-24 to begin the season. In his freshman season of 2013-14, Mattiace finished eighth at EIWAs and was the ESU Open champion.

Casey Kent – 174 pounds
Flowrestling: No. 16
TheOpenMat: No. 17
Amateur Wrestling News: No. 18
WrestlingReport.com: No. 23

Casey Kent missed the 2014-15 season with injury, and returns up a weight for the 2015-16 campaign. A NCAA qualifier in 2014 at 165 pounds, Kent is a two-time All-Ivy selection and is 20-5 all-time in dual meets. In 2014, he led all Quakers with four wins against Top-20 opponents during the season, and he has been a bonus-point machine for the Quakers with 18 of his 41 career wins coming by major decision, technical fall, or pin.

Brooks Martino – 157 pounds
WIN Magazine: No. 20

2014-15 was a breakthrough year for Martino as he came on strong down the stretch to claim sixth place at EIWAs and an automatic bid to his first NCAA Championships. A second-team All-Ivy selection last season, Martino was 11-5 against EIWA foes and had three wins by fall.

Ray Bethea – 165 pounds
WrestlingReport.com: No. 24

Arguably one win away from a berth to NCAAs last season, Ray Bethea was 14-7 last season while battling injury. He went 3-3 at EIWAs, finishing sixth. A second-team All-Ivy selection and ESU Open champion in 2013-14, Bethea has scored bonus points in 10 of his 38 career victories.

As a team, Penn was receiving votes in the first USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll.

After opening at the Binghamton Open on November 8, Penn returns to The Palestra on November 22 for the Keystone Classic. Tickets for the Keystone Classic and all Penn home dual meets are on sale now.

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