Wrestling's Matt Valenti Reaches Century Mark

Six grapplers in Penn history have recorded 100 wins in a red and blue uniform. Matt Valenti is the first to do it as a junior. On Sunday afternoon in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships (EIWA) final at 133 pounds, Valenti pickedwinnumber 100by defeating Harvard’s Robbie Preston, 4-2, in overtime. The Newton, Pa. native improved to 31-2 on the season and 100-20 in his career at Penn. The 2004 All-American heads to his second NCAA Championships next week.

"With all of the great wrestlers that have come through Penn, being the first junior in the school's history to reach the 100 win milestone is a great honor," Valenti said. "This win puts my name on the career win record list with names like Brett Matter and Brandon Slay, and to be able to be compared to these wrestlers is flattering to say the least. I am very happy that I was able to earn 100 in the EIWA finals where my family and friends were able to be a part of it, and it was a very important win over a ranked opponent."

His 100 victories stand sixth all-time. Brett Matter, a 2000 NCAA Champion, holds the program records for wins with 128. Three-time All-American Matt Feast is second with 118 win, Yoshi Nakamura is third (115), followed by Brandon Slay (110) and Rick Springman (109).