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Retherford, Taylor, Varner earn spots on U.S. National Team
All-American Dan Vallimont will look to build upon a strong finish to the 2009 season at his new weight of 165 and return to the level that he achieved in 2008. Vallimont, the third place finisher at 157 as a sophomore, moved up to 165 midway through the 2009 season and found the footing rough early on after the switch. But winning eight of his last 11 bouts, including a third place finish at the Big 10 Championships and a `round of 12' showing at NCAAs has Vallimont ready to return to the lofty heights he achieved two years ago.
Downed #15 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman of Hofstra on 11/16...lost to two top-five wrestlers on swing through New York on 11/21-23...posted resounding 5-0 record to win 2008 Nittany Lion Open crown on 12/7, including two majors, a TF and a pin...went 4-1 at National Duals on 1/10 including 3-1 (sv) win over #7 Michael Chandler of Missouri...moved to 165 at the start of Big Ten season...downed #9 Luke Manuel of Purdue on 1/24 in a 6-4 decision...majored Minnesota's Scott Glasser on 1/30 but upset by #10 Andrew Howe of Wisconsin on 2/1....lost 8-3 decision to #2 Colt Sponseller of Iowa on 2/6 and 5-4 decision on riding time to #3 Ryan Morningstar of Iowa on 2/8....hard-fought 6-5 win over Michigan State's Rex Kendle on 2/13...majored Penn's Zack Shanaman (11-3) on 2/20.
Big Ten Championships
(4-1, 3rd, National Qualifier): entered 2009 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed and more than bested that with a third place finish..downed #16 Luke Manuel of Purdue and #3 Colt Sponseller of Ohio State on his way to a 4-1 mark and a third-place finish.
(3-2, `Round of 12'): Went 3-2 at 2009 NCAA Championships, dropping 5-2 decision to Andrew Rendos of Bucknell in the `round of 12', one win shy of becoming a two-time All-American...downed #8 seed Brandon Mason of Oklahoma State in first round...also beat WVU's Donald Jones and Chattanooga's Seth Garvin.
Went 2-0 at wrestle-offs...majored Maryland's Brian Letters in first dual at 157 on 11/11....went 7-0 with a pin and four majors to win the 2007 Nittany Lion Open crown....5-4 win over #20 Newly McSpadden of Oklahoma State helped Penn State post 21-18 win in Stillwater...12-3 major over Cornell's Drake Hovis to help PSU down Cornell 35-10 on 1/4...at National Duals, majored #20 Seth Garvin of Chattanooga 15-7, downed #18 Chris Oliver of Nebraska 11-6, 13-1 major over Cornell's Drake Hovis, strong 7-4 win over #5 Cyler Sanderson to spark Penn State's 22-16 win over Iowa State...beat Ohio State's Jason Johnstone on 1/13...downed #16 Ryan Morningstar of Iowa in dual on 1/20...beat Johnstone again, this time 5-3 in Columbus on 1/25....strong 8-5 win over #9 Brandon Becker of Indiana on 1/27....first loss of the season was a close 6-3 decision to #1 Mike Poeta of Illinois on 2/3...beat Michigan's Jeff Marsh 8-6 on 2/8...majored MSU's John Fulger (15-3) on 2/15....Vallimont's 32-3 record was a team-best for wins and all three of his losses were to Illinois' Mike Poeta.
Big Ten Championships
(3-1, 2nd, Big Ten Runner-Up, National Qualifier): Second seed at 2008 Big Ten Championships...three straight wins to start tournament...downed Ohio State's Jason Johnstone, No. 16 Ryan Morningstar of Iowa and No. 15 Jeff Marsh of Michigan...lost to No. 2 Mike Poeta of Illinois in title bout.
(5-1, 3rd, All-American): Vallimont cemented his spot as one of the nation's top 157-pounders with a superb 5-1 showing at the 2008 NCAA Championships...the No. 3 seed, placed third at the event...only loss was a heart-breaking 6-5 defeat to No. 2 seed Mike Poeta of Illinois in the national semifinals...came back to down No. 1 seed and defending national champion Gregor Gillespie of Edinboro and No. 4 seed Brandon Becker of Indiana to claim third place...Vallimont also beat No. 11 seed Tyler Sherfey of Boise State.
Posted a 22-12 overall record...went 12-7 in duals and 5-3 in Big Ten action...2-0 in pins and picked up 44 dual match points in first year as starter...went 5-1 at the 2006 Nittany Lion Open to take second place at 149...downed No. 8 Trevor Chinn 3-1 in Penn State's win over Lehigh on 12/8...went 3-1 at the Virginia Duals...dropped hard-fought 8-6 decision to No. 8 Tyler Turner of Wisconsin in his Big Ten debut on 1/19...beat No. 16 Lance Palmer of Ohio State 4-2 on Jan. 26 for first Big Ten dual win and followed that up with a 9-3 win over No. 10 Troy Tirapelle of Illinois two days later, giving him two wins over two ranked Big Ten wrestlers in the same weekend...recorded major over Northwestern's Vince Colletti on 2/2 and won fourth straight Big Ten bout with 6-3 victory over Iowa's Alex Grunder on 2/4...majored MSU's Jeff Wimberly on 2/18 (15-2)...entered the national rankings on 1/30...sixth seed at Big Ten tournament but wrestled to a fourth place finish...was the #12 seed at the 2007 NCAA Championships....wrestled to his seed by going 3-2 and advancing to the `round of 12,' one win shy of All-American status...ended year ranked No. 12 by the NWCA. Named to Amateur Wrestling News' All-Rookie Team.
Big Ten Championships
(3-2, 4th, National Qualifier): Seeded sixth....went 3-2 to place fourth and earn trip to nationals in first year as starter...opened with 9-3 loss to Ohio State's Lance Palmer, who was ranked No. 16 at the time...rebounded with three straight wins in consolations, including pin of MSU's Jeff Wimberly, 6-1 decision over No. 17 Troy Tirapelle and a 5-4 win over No. 10 Tyler Turner of Wisconsin...fell to Palmer again in the consolation finals.
(3-2, `Round of 12'): Seeded 12th at nationals as a freshmen and went 3-2 to wrestle to his seed...finished just one win shy of All-America status...majored North Dakota State's Ryan Adams 11-2 in NCAA debut...fell to #5 seed and eventual national champion Gregor Gillespie of Edinboro 10-2...downed Boston's Michael Roberts (10-6) and Missouri's Joshua Wagner (10-6) in first two consolation bouts...upset by Indiana's Matt Coughlin in `Round of 12'.
Red-shirt season...went 5-5 in unattached action.
Posted a career record of 134-9...78-0 through his junior and senior years in high school to win consecutive New Jersey state titles...posted a 39-0 record as a senior...ranked No. 2 in the nation at 140 pounds in both W.I.N. Magazine and Wrestling USA... finished third at National High School Coaches Association Senior Nationals...named captain of the All-State team twice...an accomplished freestyle wrestler. .. won 140-pound junior division state title in New Jersey...MAWA Eastern National Champion in 2002, 2003 and 2004...gold medalist at the AAU Disney Duals (2004).
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2008-09||24-12||12-9 (3-5)||12-3 (4-1/3-2)||1-0||1-0||6-2||41|
|2007-08||32-3||17-1 (7-1)||15-2 (3-1/5-1)||1-0||0-0||9-0||56|
|2006-07||22-12||12-7 (5-3)||10-5 (3-2/3-2)||2-0||1-0||4-5||44|
|Career||78-27||41-17 (15-9)||37-10 (10-4/11-5)||4-0||2-0||19-7||141|