One of the University of Pennsylvania's most dedicated alumni, Dave Pottruck credits his diverse and energetic lifestyle of today to his years as an undergraduate student-athlete.  A three-year letterwinner in both football and wrestling for the Quakers, Pottruck continues to give of himself to the Penn Athletics community through his enthusiasm and dedication to the wrestling program and the University at large.

 

Pottruck began his varsity career with the Penn football team in 1967, playing linebacker for the 3-6 Quakers.  As a junior, he helped the Quakers to a 7-2 overall record and a third-place finish in the Ivy League. 

In his final year on the gridiron, Pottruck was named All-Ivy League honorable mention at nose guard and was honored with the Football Club Award, given to that senior, who by reason of scholastic achievement, competitive spirit, sportsmanship, cooperation and unselfish devotion to the team, has brought honor and distinction to himself, his coaches and his team.  Over his career, Pottruck started in all 27 games he played with the varsity team.

 

The Penn wrestling team enjoyed two excellent seasons during Pottruck's sophomore and junior campaigns.  In 1968, Penn went 10-0 and won its first-ever Ivy League Championship.  In 1969, the Quakers won their second-straight Ivy title, after going 6-0 in the Ancient Eight and recording an overall mark of 9-0-1.  Pottruck finished his junior year with an overall mark of 7-0-1 and All-Ivy League honors.  He also placed second at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships (EIWA) at 190 pounds.  In two seasons, Pottruck was instrumental in the Penn wrestling team's dominance of the East, helping the program record 18 consecutive dual-meet wins and an overall record of 19-0-1.

 

In his senior year, Pottruck went 8-2 overall while wrestling at both the 190-pound and heavyweight classes.  The Quakers finished the season with an 8-2 overall record and a 5-1 Ivy mark, which placed them second in the Ancient Eight. 

           

Postseason, Pottruck competed at the EIWA Championships and placed fourth overall at 190.  He served as a co-captain in 1970, the final season of legendary coach Donald Frey's tenure at Penn.  In his three years as a letterwinner in wrestling, Pottruck's teams went 27-2-1 overall and he was ranked in the top 10 in the nation as an undergraduate.

Pottruck's interest in Penn Athletics did not end when he received his undergraduate degree from Wharton in 1970.  He went on to pursue his MBA at Wharton and served as Penn wrestling's freshman coach during those years.  Under head wrestling coach Larry Lauchle, Pottruck led the freshman team to an undefeated season in 1971 and mentored the varsity program to its third Ivy League title.

 

Pottruck won the gold medal in the 1973 Maccabiah Olympic Games in Greco-Roman wrestling.  A University of Pennsylvania Trustee and a model for philanthropic endeavors, Pottruck most recently served as the honorary captain of 2000 USA Olympic Freestyle wrestling team in Sydney.  He is a member of the Hall of Outstanding Americans of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

 

"Pottruck was a hard-nosed guy that kept pushing everyone.  He was a no-nonsense kind of guy, but was always there to help if someone had a problem.  He put 120 percent into everything he did on the mats and gave everything he had all the time — in practice, in meets and afterwards when he coached.  Dave was always interested in what the team was doing, always a big supporter.  He can look at things and always understand the situation which made him successful as an athlete and now as a business man." — Larry Lauchle, Former Penn Wrestling Coach