Weekend Sports Wrap — Sept. 9, 2013

September 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

News and highlights from Penn State’s weekend sports action.

History, Old and New, at Beaver Stadium: We knew John Cappelletti ’74 and many other members of the undefeated 1973 team would be honored at halftime against Eastern Michigan. We didn’t know Cappy would received the unprecedented honor of having his No. 22 jersey retired. GOPSUSports.com has some terrific video of Cappelletti speaking to the current Lions in the lockerroom after the game.

Daily Collegian columnist John Stuetz has a thoughtful take on the high bar Cappelletti set for other once or future Penn State athletes who might have their jerseys retired.

And speaking of No. 22: The current Lion to wear that number, redshirt freshman running back Akeel Lynch, had a breakout day on Saturday. Per Cappy’s request, he’ll get to keep his number until he finishes his Penn State career.

Zach Zwinak scoring one of his two rushing TDs.

Zach Zwinak scoring one of his two rushing TDs.

Oh, and the game itself? The Nittany Lions beat the Eagles, 45-7, as Christian Hackenberg threw for a freshman record 311 yards in his first home start.

Great Moments in Wrestling, Social Media Edition: We’re still a couple of months away from wrestling season, but it was a terrific week for fans of the sport, and Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson documented it all on Twitter. First came the news that Penn State and Iowa—the national powers that, due to the Big Ten’s staggered scheduling, were not due to face off this season—had managed to schedule a “non-conference” meet at Iowa in December. And while there was almost certainly some behind-the-scenes work involved in this one, publicly, they got it done on Twitter.

And then there was this:

The International Olympic Committee last year voted to drop wrestling—one of the oldest Olympic sports—from the Games. Now, thanks largely to relentless lobbying and advocacy from Sanderson and other giants of the sport, wrestling is back.

Elsewhere in Blue & White: The women’s volleyball team lost their No. 1 ranking with a 3-2 loss Friday at No. 6 Texas, but they came back strong the next day to sweep No. 8 Florida, 3-0… the men’s and women’s cross-country teams routed regional rival Lock Haven at the annual Dolan Duals… the women’s soccer team edged Boston U., 1-0, on Friday night… the men’s soccer team struggled through a winless weekend, falling 4-1 at Rutgers and 1-0 at St. John’s… it was a rough weekend as well for the field hockey team, which lost at home to Temple (3-0) and UConn (4-3).

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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