Matt Valenti of Penn and Josh Glenn of American have been named co-Wrestlers of the Year by the head coaches of the EIWA.
Valenti, a senior from Newton, NJ, successfully defended his NCAA championship at 133 pounds last weekend when he defeated Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State 4-2. He also won the EIWA championship for the third time, and concluded the season with a record of 32-2, including the last 20 in a row. He retires with a four-year record of 137-21, and holds the record for most career wins of any Penn wrestler. He is just the second wrestler for Penn to win two NCAA championships.
Valenti also won the award last season, and is the second wrestler to win the award twice. Travis Lee of Cornell won the award in 2003 and 2005.
Glenn, a junior from Johnson City, NY, won at 197 after placing fourth at 184 a year ago. He ia two-time EIWA champion who moved up from 184 last season. He was an EIWA runner-up at 184 as a freshman. He concludes the season with a record of 27-1 with nine pins, and has not lost since he was pinned by his NCAA finals opponent, Kurt Backes of Iowa State, in the Midlands tournament in December. He now has 91 career wins, third most in Eagles' history, with a year to go.
Glenn was named EIWA Freshman of the Year in 2005, and is the first wrestler to win both awards.
O'Connor named EIWA Freshman of the Year
Harvard freshman JP O'Connor has been named EIWA Freshman of the Year following a season in which he placed fifth in the nation at 149 pounds. O'Connor was runner-up in the EIWA just two weeks earlier, and concludes his season with a record of 37-8. He placed third in the prestigious Midlands Championships in December.
O'Connor's home town is Oxford, NY, where he was one of only three wrestlers to win four New York State championships.
He is the third Harvard wrestler to win the award. Max Odom won it in 2000, and teammate Bode Ogunwole won it in 2004.