UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Nearly seven years have passed since a memorable spring evening inside Madison Square
Garden for the Nittany Lion basketball team.
Penn State will return to The Garden on Saturday for the first time since
knocking off Baylor in the 2009 NIT title game.
Saturday's return will be a treat for Penn State fans when the
Nittany Lion men's hockey and hoops teams compete in a day-night doubleheader
at MSG against Michigan (Basketball at 12 p.m.; Hockey at 7 p.m.).
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany made the hockey-hoops doubleheader announcement
on Dec. 9, 2014, with Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour among the
attendees inside MSG.
"Any time the Penn State nation has the opportunity to come to New York is
always an exciting time. And the opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden
is something I think our student-athletes will really enjoy, as will our community,"
32,000 Penn State alums in the New York City, Saturday provides a great
opportunity for the local fans to Penn State teams in action at "The World's
Most Famous Arena". Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and
GoPSUsports.com (Click Here).
On the hardwood, the Nittany Lions will be making their 17th appearance in the
current Madison Square Garden, which opened in 1968. Penn State is 10-6
all-time at MSG. The Lions have won five-straight games held in Madison Square Garden.
Penn State Men's Basketball at MSG 1971-72 - 12/27/71 - vs. Providence, L 81-65 (ECAC Holiday Classic)
1971-72 - 12/28/71 - vs. Utah, W 80-69 (ECAC Holiday Classic)
1971-72 - 12/29/71 - vs. Syracuse, L 92-77 (ECAC Holiday Classic)
1975-76 - 2/28/76 - vs. Fairfield, W 76-68
1989-90 - 3/26/90 - vs. Vanderbilt, L 75-62 (NIT)
1989-90 - 3/28/90 - vs. New Mexico, W 83-81 (OT) (NIT)
1994-95 - 3/27/95 - vs. Marquette, L 87-79 (NIT)
1994-95 - 3/29/95 - vs. Canisius, W 66-62 (NIT)
1997-98 - 3/24/98 - vs. Georgia, W 66-60 (NIT)
1997-98 - 3/26/98 - vs. Minnesota, L 79-72 (NIT)
1999-00 - 3/28/00 - vs. Notre Dame, L 73-52 (NIT)
1999-00 - 3/30/00 - vs. North Carolina State, W 74-72 (NIT)
2000-01 - 12/26/00 - vs. Princeton, W 65-52 (ECAC Holiday Classic)
2000-01 - 12/27/00 - vs. Hofstra, W 74-71 (ECAC Holiday Classic)
2008-09 - 3/31/09 - vs. Notre Dame, W 67-59 (NIT)
2008-09 - 4/2/09 - vs. Baylor, W 69-63 (NIT)
MSG Record - 10-6
Looking Back at the 2009 NIT Crown Below is review of Penn State's 69-63 victory over Baylor en route to the program's first NIT
championship during the 2008-09 season. Take a look back at a memorable Penn
State night in New York City.
Lions Capture Program's First National Tournament Title in
NEW YORK, April 2, 2009 - With a
chorus of cheers from 36 bus loads of fans ringing down on them and
a who's who of Penn State dignitaries in the stands, members of the Nittany Lion
basketball team left the Madison Square Garden floor as no other
had before in program history, as national tournament champions.
Playing the gritty,
energized, relentless basketball it used all season to record a school-record
win total, Penn State (27-11) posted a 69-63 victory over Baylor (24-15) in the
National Invitation Tournament Championship game in New York City to complete a
story book season of program firsts and claim just the second post-season
tournament title in program history and first since the 1991 A-10 tournament
"You don't know
what it's going to be like when you go into it," senior Jamelle Cornley
said with a wide smile and tear-swollen eyes. "The last time I cut down
the nets was the state championship my freshman year of high school. To cut
down some more nets in my last game is just an unbelievable feeling."
Cornley, who led Penn
State with 18 points and seven rebounds, was named the NIT MVP despite playing
the last three games of the tournament with his partially separated left
shoulder tightly wrapped. One of four seniors who left the floor for the final
time with a win and helped Penn State to log victories in 10 of its last 13
games, Cornley will leave an indelible mark on the Nittany Lion program for his
production on the court and his emotional leadership on and off it. The 6-5,
245-pound forward who was told he was undersized by most major programs, ends
his career as the Penn State's fourth all-time leading scorer (1,579) and
Fellow seniors Stanley
Pringle (10 points) and Danny Morrissey (nine points) also had big nights. Morrissey
canned three big threes and epitomized the all-out effort of the Lions when he
suffered a split lip and mild concussion while diving headlong for a loose ball
with just over two minutes to play. The Lions third all-time three-point
shooter ended his career with 221 treys.
"We have tough
kids," said Penn State coach Ed DeChellis who was congratulated on the
court by legendary Nittany Lion football coach Joe Paterno and NFL Hall of
Famer Franco Harris. "We're going to compete. That's been our trademark
all year. That play typifies what our team has been like all year."
Battle, who was also named to the All-tournament team, added 12 points (all in
the second half), seven assists and six boards and ended the year with the Penn
State single-season assist record with 189 and the Lions' fifth-best ever
single season scoring mark with 635 points. Sophomore David Jackson added 10
points as the Lions shot 54 percent in the second half and out-rebounded the
taller Bears 36-29, including 12 offensive boards.
After trailing 29-25 at halftime, the Nittany Lions mounted a 7-1 surge to open
the second half on the way to a 32-30. The partisan Penn State crowd roared,
and the Nittany Lions never looked back on the way to hoisting a trophy and
cutting down the nets in "The World's Most Famous Arena".
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-
As Penn State men's gymnastics carries on their regular season, the
Nittany Lions enter their second home match on Saturday, January 30 against
The Blue and White defeated Army to kick off its
season before earning a first-place finish at the West Point Open. Although the team suffered a step back
against Minnesota, the boys are focused and determined as the season continues.
The 2016 men's gymnastics squad is a mix of veteran and
newcomers who all are determined to keep the team focused on the goals set in
front of them.
"I think one
of the biggest goals for the team this season is to win both NCAA and Big Ten's,"stated Dominic DiFulvio. "As a team, we want to win back-to-back Big Ten
championships, which has never been done before during my time here at Penn State."
DiFulvio is a junior and leader on the team. The
New York native has been on the team since his freshman year in 2014, and since
joining the Blue and White he has become an all-around competitor
As one of the veterans, DiFulvio consistently
aims to inspire the rest of his teammates to achieve their personal goals to
help better the team as a whole.
"One thing I'm looking
forward to is competing in as many meets as I can this season,"said DiFulvio."I
really enjoy doing all the different type of events at competitions so I'm going to
keep working towards this goal to help the team out. Each event demands a
certain amount of focus and body training so I want to make sure I can perform
them all and be as beneficial to my team as possible,"he continued.
With the physical demands of the sport, several
of the guys on the team are focusing on getting healthy to compete again.
our team is facing right now is getting everyone healthy enough to compete, it's important
we all take care of ourselves so we can continue to take on the season
together,"said DiFulvio. "Although some of our guys are hurt, it
does allow some new faces to get in the competition and that'll help build
their self-esteem while competing, which can help us in the future."
This season the Lions will only be hosting three
meets, forcing the Blue and White to adjust to being on the road most of the
can be tough to always be traveling, being on the road is always a fun time
with the team,"said DiFulvio. "Whenever the team travels it brings everyone
closer and being close with the team makes those trips even more fun. We're all really
close so whenever we're on the road like we are majority of this
season the bus rides become fun and we're always playing games and talking to one
another while traveling."
After hosting Illinois this upcoming Saturday,
the Blue and White will be on the road until the team hosts Nebraska on March
Be sure to keep an eye out on the Nittany Lions
as the men's
gymnastics team conquers the difficulty of being on the road in hopes to make
history with back-to-back Big Ten titles.
By ANNA PITINGOLO, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - At the annual media day to kick off the season, Penn State head coach Coquese Washington said newcomer Teniya Page would be fun to watch this
year. Little did she know just how much fun it would be.
As just a
true freshman, Page is leading the Lady Lions like a seasoned veteran, leading
the team in points per game (16.1) and field goal percentage (.427). But while
she may be excelling on the court, it doesn't mean she is exceeding any
expectations set out for her, whether it's from herself or Washington.
hard on the point guards and have high expectations," Washington said. "But I
will say she has shown calmness and poise and composure beyond her experience.
She plays with a very high basketball IQ...she hasn't had many bad games and I
think that's sometimes rare for a freshman in any position but in particular as
a point guard so I've been really pleased with how she's playing."
Page also has
expectations from herself that she hasn't met yet, and she is looking to
improve her game to try and meet them as the end of the season looms near.
say I'm exceeding [my expectations], more like meeting them and just playing how
I know I can play," Page said. "So I wouldn't necessarily say that with a whole
bunch [of games] to go that I just exceeded all of them but that I just met a
lot of them and I'm happy about it, but at the same time, obviously have to
works to improve her game, Washington has already seen her take huge strides
since the beginning of the season. As a point guard, Page has to be a leader on
the court, and she will be the first to admit that she isn't usually a very
vocal person. But Washington believes she is getting more and more comfortable
with that role as the season progresses.
game, she seems to get a little bit more comfortable in the things that I'm
asking her to do that aren't really second nature for her, but I like her progress
and she's certainly is adapting to the college game very well," Washington
Lindsey Spann has been splitting point guard duties with Page all year, and has
seen firsthand the presence that she brings to the court. Page's ability to stay
calm under pressure is especially important as a point guard.
great player to play with. She seems kind of quiet sometimes but she stays very
calm and composed and that's something players need to see from their point
guard," Spann said. "It's amazing, she does a lot of things that a lot of
freshman in Division I basketball right now can't do. She pays attention, she
likes to learn, she wants to do better and be better for herself not only, but
for the team."
shown what she is capable of this season, reaching double-digits points in 15
of 19 games this season. Her high was 31 points against Michigan, making her
the first freshman to hit 30 points in a game since Tyra Grant had 33 in 2007.
one of the things that helps her is just her athleticism," Washington said. "She's
a very athletic player, and she can be very explosive in getting to the rim.
When she turns the speed on, she can get wherever she wants to go on the court.
And then you add to her athleticism, she's highly skilled. She's got a
fantastic handle, she shoots the ball well, plus her high basketball IQ, all
those things come together to make her a really dynamic player."
get a chance to go up against one of the best teams in the country, when No. 5
Maryland comes to Happy Valley on Wednesday. But just like any other game,
she'll be calm, cool and collected.
By Maria Canales, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK,
Pa. - Coming off a split against Ohio State last weekend, the No. 15 Penn State
(16-5-3, 6-2-0 Big Ten) will face off against No. 6 Michigan (14-3-4, 5-1-2 Big
Ten) this Thursday in Pegula Ice Arena and again on Saturday at Madison Square
The Nittany Lions
are eager to bounce back after their Saturday loss to the Buckeyes and look
forward to the challenge of playing such a highly ranked opponent.
For Thursday's game
fans are encouraged to wear white, a continuing tradition for when Michigan
comes to Hockey Valley.
Head coach Guy
Gadowsky is thrilled to know the fans are just as enthusiastic about the
matchup as his team is, and is eager to see what kind of atmosphere Pegula has
on Thursday. Gadowsky expects nothing but enthusiasm from the ever-passionate
"We love the fans,
we love the Roar Zone and really looking forward to seeing how white our white
out is," said Gadowsky.
Although there is
understandable hype about the game in New York City on Saturday, Gadowsky noted
that Thursday's game is not to be overlooked, as every game provides
opportunities for the team to continue a push towards a postseason berth.
game will be the last home game in Pegula Ice Arena until Penn State's matchup
against Ohio State Feb. 19 and 20.
Saturday's game at
Madison Square Garden in New York City will be the second time Penn State has
played a matchup in the Big Apple.
During the 2014-15
season Penn State faced Cornell in the Frozen Apple, a 3-1 loss for the Nittany
Lions. Building off their previous experience in New York City, Gadowsky and
company are looking forward to their familiar, and hopefully triumphant return
to the Big Apple.
"I hope that last
year will be a good experience for us," said Gadowsky. "I know Michigan has
played there in the past as well so I don't think any team is looking to get an
advantage, but the fact that we've been through it once we understand the
building, we're used to the bright lights in New York I think is only going to
With the schedule
slightly different than normal, Gadowsky has implemented shorter practices this
week in hopes of keeping the team fresh for a home game on Thursday and then
travel on Friday.
Friday morning the
team will have an open skate and practice before leaving for New York City.
Saturday will follow a little bit of a different schedule than normal, as a
morning skate is not possible due to the double header with Penn State
basketball taking on Michigan that afternoon.
morning skate will be missing, Gadowsky is confident his players don't need the
little bit of extra preparation time.
"We're going to
skate on Friday and then leave for New York after that," said Gadowsky.
"Saturday obviously there's no morning skate, personally I think those are way
overrated in my mind. They're somewhat good for the goaltenders to get out and
look at the angles and look at the puck in the building, but for the team I
think they're a little overrated."
Nittany Lions are 6-3-0 against the Wolverines; including a thrilling 2-1
double overtime win during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on March
The matchup between
Penn State and Michigan never disappoints, and this week's contests will likely
follow the same pattern. Both teams have forwards in the top 10 scoring
rankings of the conference, as well as have had several Big Ten Players of the
Penn State takes on
Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday in Pegula Ice Arena and again at 7 p.m. on Saturday
at Madison Square Garden.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Having a great road attitude is something head coach
Patrick Chambers repeatedly says to the Nittany Lion basketball team.
Heading on the road is relatively straightforward. Trips include a routine of
travel, scouting, practice and meals. The core members of the team and staff
are together from start to finish. And the distractions are limited if the
group remains focused on the task at hand.
"As Coach always says, we need to bring everyone closer together," said senior
Devin Foster. "When you are on the road, everyone is against you. You have to
make the (circle) tighter because you know that you are going into battle."
Approaching a road environment with a great attitude is a big piece of the
battle. Walking into a different environment with confidence pays big dividends
in how a team plays when the lights come on.
On the heels of a road victory at Northwestern, the Nittany Lions (11-9, 2-5)
will meet Ohio State (12-8, 4-3) in Columbus on Monday (7 p.m. on BTN) in the
lone matchup between the two teams this season.
Foster has been a big spark for the Nittany Lions during the past two weeks.
The senior guard has averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27
minutes of action during the last four games. He's coming off a 10-point,
three-rebound effort against Wisconsin.
"I'm just trying to be what Coach calls a hunter of the ball, grabbing
offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, deflections, and I just try to stick
the open shot when I can," Foster said.
Hailing from just west of Columbus in Dayton, Foster will have a big cheering
section in Value City Arena on Monday night when the Lions battle the Buckeyes.
He said that upwards of 40 friends and family will be in attendance to cheer on
the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State enters the game having lost three of its last four games, including
its last two outings at Maryland (100-65) and at Purdue (75-64). The Buckeyes
are 3-0 in Big Ten home games this season. Junior Marc Loving leads the
Buckeyes in scoring at 14.6 points per game. He is one of four players
Ohio State's size is a big factor in its success. The Buckeyes are No. 8 in the
nation with 117 total blocks this season. Ohio State is No. 3 in the Big Ten in
field goal percentage defense at 39.4 percent.
"They are young, but they are really, really talented," said Chambers. "They
have a lot of different options, and they have a lot of length. It's Thad
Matta. He's a great coach, and it's going to be a challenging game.
Freshman JaQuan Lyle comes into the week ranked No. 2 in the nation in
assists by a freshman (101). Lyle recorded Ohio State's fifth triple-double
with a 16-point, 12-rebound, 11-assist effort against Rutgers on Jan. 13.
Fellow freshman Daniel Giddens is No. 4 nationally in blocks by a freshman with
Ohio State leads the all-time series against the Nittany Lions, 31-14. The two
teams have split the last two meetings, which includes a Penn State win in
Columbus on Jan. 29, 2014 when D.J. Newbill drained a game-winner in overtime.
After the rare Monday night game, the Nittany Lions will have a brief break
before a trip to Madison Square Garden on Saturday during the first Big Ten
hoops-hockey doubleheader in Manhattan. Penn State meets Michigan at noon in
basketball and 7 p.m. in hockey.
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By Jack Milewski,
GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The
Penn State Nittany Lions top line was every much that and more during their
two-game series against Robert Morris University. The line accounted for four
of Penn State's five goals in the series and elevated them to a win and a tie
in their first home series since mid-November.
"They share a real similar
high hockey IQ," head coach Josh Brandwene said. "They are fantastic at finding
space on the ice, their timing works really well and they both not only have
the verbal communication down but also the non-verbal as well."
In Penn State's overtime win
on Friday, Hannah Bramm knotted the two regulation goals for the Nittany Lions.
Amy Petersen assisted on both of Bramm's goals. Since becoming a part of the
top line, Bramm's production has significantly increased on the offensive side
of the puck and Brandwene says that she is a seamless fit on that line.
"She works really hard, she
wins battles in the corners, she does a great job taking care of the puck in
between both blue lines and the offensive spacing and chemistry are fantastic,"
Petersen, who has played
with Laura Bowman for the majority of her Penn State career, feels that Bramm
is the perfect addition to their line.
"Well Hannah has really good
hockey sense, so that really makes it an easy transition for us because we know
that she will be in the right spot," Petersen said. "We just read off each
other and kind of know where we will be, I don't think there was much of an
adjustment for any of us."
With the first line, Penn
State's offensive display was impressive over the weekend. Despite the low goal
output for both teams, the Nittany Lions, led by their top line, had numerous
chances in both games and played arguably their most complete series of the
Sophomore defender Bella
Sutton won the first game in overtime for Penn State after a hectic final
period that saw multiple chances on both ends. Ultimately it was the Nittany
Lions who came out on top, 3-2.
In game two it was much of
the same from the top line as Bramm tallied once again to open the scoring with
her eighth of the season. Petersen scored the other Penn State goal to give
them a brief lead in the third period. The game finished in a 2-2 tie, but once
again Brandwene was impressed by the Nittany Lions' overall play and especially
from the top line.
"This weekend was almost 130
minutes of out and out war between two very competitive teams," Brandwene said.
"The biggest thing is that they play in both zones. They take care of their
defensive responsibilities and they play well offensively too."
Bramm seemed just as
comfortable in the second game as she did the first and says that she feels
very confident playing with Petersen and Bowman.
"It's been a lot of fun
working with them and it's really been an easy transition," Bramm said. "I
think the biggest thing that has helped is I've learned to have better spacing
on that line and I think overall that is the biggest thing that helps us
Penn State will be right
back in Pegula next weekend with a two-game series against RIT as the Nittany
Lions and the top line will look to continue their strong in-conference play.
By Jack Milewski, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Replacing Aaron Russell was never a thought
coming in to this season for the Penn State men's volleyball team. But after
sweeping through their weekend series against Ball State and IPFW, the Nittany
Lions (4-2) may be starting to find a rhythm.
Chris Nugent, the leading attacker on this Penn State team, displayed
why he is the best all around player on the Nittany Lion squad and why he may
be the best bet in filling some Aaron Russell-like roles on the floor. Nugent
complied 28 kills in the two matches, hitting well over .500 for the weekend.
Nugent showed his versatility with cut shots, roll shots, back row quicks and
all around power at times. The junior is a six-rotation player, who leads not
only with his attacking prowess but also with his power behind the service
line. The well-rounded play of Nugent was in full effect on Friday and
Saturday. However, no matter his stats on the court over the weekend, Nugent
stayed modest and was quick to deflect the praise to his teammates.
"I never really expect to get a kill, I always hope I can get one,"
said Nugent. "When Taylor [Hammond] puts it up there for me to take hard swings
it makes it pretty easy because I know where that ball is going to be all the
Even his approach to hitting seems simple when Nugent explains it. On
the court it may seem complex, moving around, taking swings from back row and
front row, but Nugent sees it a different way.
"I just see the ball go up in the air from Taylor (Hammond) and try and
hit it past the block," said Nugent. "I don't think too much about it."
The best attribute for Nugent this season is filling a role that
Russell filled so effectively all of last year, stepping up when the game
starts to get tough. He is a dynamic player at all times, but brings a sense of
calm to his team when they need him the most.
"I try not to do anything differently, I just try and stay confident no
matter what the situation is," said Nugent. "The big thing is I try not to let
the game effect how I'm playing and just try and keep hitting high hard
Nugent would be the first to tell you that he was not solely
responsible for the stellar effort put forth this weekend by the Nittany Lions.
In game one, it was his teammate Jalen Penrose who proved to be electric with
15 kills on 25 swings. Penrose is one of, if not the most dynamic force on the
Penn State team and it showed with a great performance in game one.
"I just treat every game like a new game," said Penrose. "I wanted to
finish all of Taylor's good passes with good swings and was able to for the
In game two, the supporting role fell on a more unassuming character in
Andrew Roberts. Roberts, known more for his role as a serving specialist on the
team, stepped in during the second set for a struggling Penrose and had an
immediate impact on the court.
"He really helped out a lot," said Nugent. "I was able to get single
blocks to hit past and they had to pay a lot more attention to Andrew because
he was hitting so well so he really helped the whole team."
Roberts has been on the team for four years now and is one of the
veterans who head coach Mark Pavlik leans on for leadership. He also knows the
system extremely well due to the amount of time he has been a Nittany Lion.
"He's an old man," said Pavlik. "He did a great job coming in and
filling a role for us. He knows the system very well and he is a reliable
player so we feel confident putting him in a lot of different scenarios."
Roberts compiled nine kills on the night and hit over .400. He was
consistent and really provided a rhythm for the Nittany Lions who were lacking
just that in the first set.
"I wasn't really sure how it was going to go," said Roberts. "After I
got that first kill I started to get into a rhythm and then I just played my
game and took swings like I know how to."
Coming off their first weekend sweep of the year, Penn State has now
won seven sets in a row and nine of its last 10. The Nittany Lions will have a
lighter schedule next weekend as they only play one game. They will be away at
St. Francis on Saturday.
By Ryan Hickey, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK,
Pa. - The goal of every wrestler is to finish. Finish their match strong.
Finish practice strong. Finish their workouts strong.
For sophomore Matt McCutcheon, finishing his shots has been a work in progress
since the first day he stepped on campus. And for all of the hard work he has
put in during practice, it came to fruition last weekend to the joy of
McCutcheon and his coaches, as well.
Finishing was the
theme during last Friday's match for McCutcheon and head coach Cael Sanderson
has noticed the work McCutcheon has put in to work on finishing his shots.
working on finishing his shots since he got here," said Sanderson. "That's been
an issue as a redshirt and even last year getting in on legs, he would have a
nice shot but wouldn't finish."
believes that the sophomore made it harder for himself than he needed to
against Nebraska's TJ Dudley, he was happy with the way McCutcheon fought back
to stand victorious at the end of the night.
"He did a nice job
finishing when he really had to. I think he could have finished better a couple
times throughout that match when he didn't have to put himself in a position
where he was down like that," said Sanderson.
back on last weekend's matches, knew he had a big weekend coming up and is
excited about the increase in talent he will be facing down the stretch.
"I knew I had some
good matches going in so it was an exciting weekend for me and always looking
forward to wrestling the better guys," said McCutcheon.
Despite going 2-0
on the weekend, including a thrilling, last second upset win over Dudley on
Friday night, McCutcheon is still not satisfied at where he is at.
"I gotta find some
things I have to improve on and work from there in practice the rest of the
week," said McCutcheon.
One of the biggest
areas that the sophomore has been working on has been trying to finish his shots.
"One big thing is
finishing shots. That was important in my match. I let him scoot the corner on
me a couple of times so I had to get back to basics when finishing a shot,"
McCutcheon has really focused on is riding his opponent tougher. These are the
areas, McCutcheon says, if he can shore up now, they won't turn into bigger
problems later in the season, which could ultimately be the difference in a win
or a loss.
After missing a
couple weeks with back spasms, McCutcheon can gain confidence from these past
matches, but moving forward, he still isn't satisfied with how the matches
"It's definitely a
confidence builder but at the same time, there were a lot of things that I did
wrong in the match and things I need to learn from," said McCutcheon.
The confidence that
McCutcheon is gaining isn't going unnoticed, as Sanderson see's the progress
the sophomore has been making and is happy where he is at this point in the
really well this year. He's confident and he's aggressive. He's looking good
and looking strong, so we are real happy where he is right now."
The 184 pounder's
key to figuring out his mistakes is by treating every match like a loss and
examining his efforts through that perspective. By taking the good with the bad
in every match, McCutcheon is able to learn and move on to the next match. The
Apollo, Pa. native also has a short memory, putting each match in the past and
only moving forward with the the areas where he can improve in. This is a
strategy that McCutcheon believes helps him to focus more on the small details.
The Nittany Lions,
holding the No. 1 rank since the start, have been wrestling well all season but
McCutcheon, just like his teammates, believes that there is always room for
improvement, a mindset that keeps the team hungry.
"I think that one
thing with our team is that we are always looking to improve and we are
supposed to be at our best by the time Nationals come around, so we have a lot
of time left to keep getting better on the little things," said McCutcheon.
potential top 10 matchups in the upcoming weeks, McCutcheon believes that the
coaching staff does a great job of keeping the team motivated through the
constant message of improvement and never being satisfied.
"I think our
coaching staff is great at picking out the things that each person needs to
improve on," said McCutcheon. "I think that we are solid right now, but there's
always room for improvement."