PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team returns to dual meet action this weekend, heading to No. 14 Iowa State for a 3 p.m. EST dual with the Cyclones on January 11.
The Quakers (1-2) will be taking on their third consecutive Top-25 opponent when they visit Hilton Coliseum to wrestle the Cyclones (4-1) on Sunday. Previously, the Quakers dropped dual meets at No. 25 Rider and No. 10 Lehigh.
Penn has not visited Ames for a dual meet previously, the lone visit to Iowa State coming in 1996 for the Cyclone Open. All-time, Penn is 1-2-1 against Iowa State in dual meets with the lone win coming in 2004 when the Red and Blue knocked off No. 3 Iowa State at National Duals, 26-15.
Most recently, Iowa State visited The Palestra in in January of 2013, where Penn was unable to hold serve at home in a 25-9 defeat. C.J. Cobb has one of the three wins for the Quakers in the dual meet, besting Luke Goettl, 8-2, in a matchup of ranked wrestlers at 141 pounds. Both Cobb and Goettl will likely compete this weekend, with Cobb at 149 pounds and Goettl up to 157.
Cobb is one of two Quakers set to engage in a matchup against a fellow Top-20 wrester this weekend. Entering this week ranked No. 12 at 149 pounds, C.J. Cobb will line up opposite No. 16 Gabe Moreno on Sunday. Cobb is 5-2 this season, and 3-0 in dual meets. Moreno is 17-4 this season, and 4-1 in dual meets.
No. 5 Lorenzo Thomas is 15-2 overall this season, and 2-0 in dual meet action. Most recently, Thomas took second at the Midlands Championships. His opponent on Sunday is likely to be No. 17 Lelund Weatherspoon who enters the weekend with a 10-2 record this season and a 4-1 mark in dual meets. Last year, Weatherspoon won the Big 12 title and was a NCAA qualifier.
Iowa State boasts six total wrestlers ranked inside the Top 20 this week by InterMat, including returning All-Americans in No. 7 Earl Hall (133), No. 5 Michael Moreno (165) and No. 3 Kyven Gadson (197) who have five combined podium finishes between them.
Hall is coming off a title run at the Southern Scuffle which earned him Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors. He is 17-4 this season and has won 10 of his last 12 matches, adding a fourth place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Tournament. Penn will send out Caleb Richardson at 133 pounds, with Richardson coming off an eighth-place run at Midlands. Richardson is 15-6 this season, with two wins already inside the Top 20, including a win over No. 11 Geoffrey Alexander of Maryland at Midlands.
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