PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team entered the InterMat Top-25 this week, coming at No. 24 in the Tournament Rankings which projects potential NCAA Tournament finishes.
The Quakers are ranked third among EIWA programs with 14.5 projected NCAA points, tied with Ohio for the No. 24 spot. Only Cornell (No. 6) and Lehigh (No. 19) are ranked higher in the InterMat Top-25 among EIWA programs.
Penn’s entry into the Top-25 is spurred by a pair of individuals inside the upper echelon at their respective weights.
Lorenzo Thomas continues to hold steady at No. 5 at 184 pounds. Thomas is 18-3 this season, with 10 wins in bonus-point fashion. Thomas has taken on a challenging schedule with six matches against wrestlers inside InterMat’s Top-20 this week. Thomas is 3-3 in those bouts, with all three losses coming to wrestlers ranked ahead of him.
C.J. Cobb knocked off a Top-10 opponent last weekend, and that win propelled him to No. 11 at 149 pounds. The win over then-No. 7 Chris Villalonga helped improve Cobb’s record this season to 13-3 with seven wins featuring bonus-points. Cobb has won eight consecutive matches, with three major decisions, a technical fall and a pin among his wins.
The Quakers are off from competition this weekend before returning to the mats on Feb. 7 against Brown (1 p.m.) and Harvard (6 p.m.) in Philadelphia.