Four Ivies to be Inducted Into EIWA Hall of Fame
Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Harvard Athletic and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Hall of Fame class of 2014 will include four Ivies, as Cornell's Kyle Dake, Harvard's Jesse Jantzen and Penn's David Pottrick and Matt Valenti will all be inducted.
The Ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 9 at The Palestra prior to the finals of the EIWA tournament.
It marks the second-straight year that all four inductees are from Ivy League schools, as the class of 2012 included Andrew Barth (Columbia), Stephen Friendman (Cornell), H. Clay McEldowney and Eric Pearson (Princeton).
The Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA tournament in 2013, Dake became the third Cornell wrestler to capture the award and the first since Dave Auble in 1960. Dake is the ninth Big Red wrestler to be inducted into the EIWA Hall of Fame. He wrapped up his amazing career with a 137-4 record, winning his final 79 collegiate matches. Dake was named Sports Illustrated Male College Athlete of the Year and was an ESPY finalist for Best Male College Athlete in 2013.
Jantzen will be the third former Crimson to be enshrined as one of the greatest wrestlers in EIWA history. Former national champion John Harkness '38 was inducted in 2009, while Pat Johnson, the NCAA's Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1933, was inducted in 1996. Jantzen won a 149-pound NCAA title in 2004 and earned the Outstanding Wrestler Award. He became the Crimson's second-ever national champion and first in 66 years.
Pottruck and Valenti mark the ninth and tenth members of the Penn Wrestling program to join the now 120-member EIWA Hall of Fame. It's the first time a single class included a pair of Quakers since 2001, when Rob Allman and Sam Gerson got the call. Pottruck was the Quakers' highest finisher in both 1969 and 1979 at EIWAs, placing second and fourth at 190-pounds, respectively. Valenti won national championships at 133-pounds as a junior and senior to become the second Quaker in Penn wrestling history to win two NCAA titles.