Nittany Lion wrestlers looking for fourth straight Big Ten title
Sophomore Zack Beitz had an outstanding red-shirt freshman campaign, picking up key victories during Penn State's run to a 17-1 dual meet record. Beitz heads into the new year ready to challenge for the starting spot at 149 and stake his claim to All-America laurels like graduated senior James English. Parents: Donna and Rusty Beitz -- Major: Energy, Business and Finance.
Lion Career 2013-14: Made Penn State dual meet debut at Lehigh on 11/17, dropping tight 4-3 decision to #19 Mitch Minotti...made Rec Hall dual debut on 11/24, dropping tough 8-7 decision to Lock Haven senior Mac Maldarelli...picked up first career dual win for Penn State with 9-3 victory over Boston's Nick Tourville on 12/6 in Boston...picked up first Big Ten dual meet win by downing #19 Ian Paddock of Ohio State 5-3 on 12/15...third-period five-point move lead to 6-1 win over Iowa's Michael Kelly in PSU's dual win at Iowa on 12/21...went 2-2 at Southern Scuffle including 10-4 win over #9 Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State, two losses were a 3-1 dec. to #8 Chris Villalonga of Cornell and a 2-0 dec. to teammate Luke Frey....dropped tough 5-3 (SV) decision to #4 Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern on 1/19...picked up his third win of the year over a ranked wrestler on 1/24 with a 4-2 victory over #19 Caleb Ervin of Illinois...lost hard-fought 6-4 (SV2) decision to #3 Nick Dardanes on 2/9 at Minnesota...another close top ten loss, this time a 5-3 dec. to #9 Josh Kindig on 2/16.
2012-13: Red-shirt season...posted outstanding 24-9 overall record in open tournaments...had six majors...went 2-2 at Binghamton Open on 11/11...took fifth at ESU Open on 11/17 with 7-2 mark, including two majors...posted 6-2 mark at Nittany Lion Open on 12/1...went 3-2 at Southern Scuffle on 12/31...went 6-2 at National Collegiate Open on 2/24 to take fourth.
Zack Beitz is the younger brother of teammate Seth Beitz. Beitz placed in the top five at states four straight years, finishing second fifth and third before winning it all last season at Juniata High School. An outstanding all-around athlete, Beitz lettered in track as well. He was wrestling team captain for three years. Beitz is planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is the son of Rusty and Donna Beitz.