The U Penn wrestling team bounced back from a close loss to Rider on Friday night to smack down the Terps at the Palestra on Sunday afternoon. The “new look” Penn team started 6 freshmen in new uniforms to win 8 of the 10 matches. While Maryland doesn’t bring a bunch of ranked wrestlers into the match they do bring guys with lots of experience and the Penn freshmen handled the pressure of the biggest crowd (nearly 600) I’ve seen at the Palestra in years (minus the battle of the Cheesesteaks with neighbor Drexel) with a fun and aggressive style that is going to take this team places. This win speaks volumes about the state of both programs. Coach Reina has been at the helm for just over a year and is making dramatic changes that point to good things. The Maryland team has been in the B1G for 5 years and doesn’t look ready for prime time. Coach McCoy has been in College Park for 10 seasons and things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Not sure if it’s the wrestlers coming into the program or the coaching? A bright spot for Maryland was Adam Whitesell who was aggressive and went big. Makes sure to check out his upper body attacks in the highlights.
It is a great time to be a wrestling fan in eastern Pennsylvania, I’m guessing that you can drive less than 3 hours and see 6 teams that will be ranked by mid-January.
Next up for the Penn grapplers is Midlands December 29th. Maryland squares off with Navy December 7thin College Park.
last 3 matches will be soon
184: Kyle Jasenski (Maryland) DEC Ryan Farber (Penn), 7-5 Maryland leads, 3-0
197: Patrik Garren (Penn) DEC David-Brian Whisler (Maryland), 8-3 Match Tied, 3-3
285: Ben Goldin (Penn) DEC Mansur Abdul-Malik (Maryland), 9-3 Penn leads, 6-3
125: Carmen Ferrante (Penn) MD Brandon Cray (Maryland), 10-1 Penn leads, 10-3
133: Doug Zapf (Penn) MD Orion Anderson (Maryland), 12-2 Penn leads, 14-3
141: Grant Aronoff (Penn) DEC Michael Doetsch (Maryland), 4-1 Penn leads, 17-3
149: #20 Anthony Artalona (Penn) DEC #18 Alfred Bannister (Maryland), 5-3 (SV) Penn leads, 20-3
157: Adam Whitesell (Maryland) DEC Joe Oliva (Penn), 12-10 Penn leads, 20-6
165: Evan DeLuise (Penn) DEC Phil Spadafora (Maryland), 3-1 (SV) Penn leads, 23-6
174: Jake Hendricks (Penn) DEC Josh Ugalde (Maryland), 2-1 Penn leads, 26-6