Lions continue rugged road swing with two more ranked foes
Sophomore James Vollrath heads into the new year ready to challenge for the starting spot at 157 for Penn State. Vollrath grabbed a key pin for Penn State to help it secure its first-ever conference title and will use the experience gained in 34 bouts as a red-shirt freshman to carry him into the new year.
2011-12: trong 12-4 season at 157 for Penn State in open tournaments last year...5-0 to win ESU Open on 11/12...4-1 and third place finish at Nittany Lion Open on 12/4, only loss a 1-0 dec. to #4 James Fleming of Clarion...went 3-3 at Southern Scuffle for sixth place.
2010-11: Began the season by taking second at the W&J Open...went 4-0 to win the 157-pound title at the ESU Open on 11/20...went 3-2 at the Nittany Lion Open on 12/5 to take fourth place...made Penn State dual meet debut on 12/12, picking up forfeit win at 165 against Lock Haven...reeled off nine straight wins after first round loss at Southern Scuffle on 12/29-30 to take third place, including two majors and a 5-3 win over #7 Bryce Saddoris of Navy...went 1-1 at 165 at the Virginia Duals, getting a major over Edinboro's Ethan Saylor on 1/7-8...picked up first-ever Big Ten dual win with 7-3 decision over Wisconsin's Shawn Perry on 2/18.
Big Ten Championships (2-2, 7th): Went 2-2 at 2011 Big Ten Championships to go from unseeded to seventh place...key pin of 8th-seed Kevin Bialka of Northwestern in just :59 provided key bonus points in Penn State's B10 title run.
2009-10: Red-shirt season...posted 18-8 mark in unattached action...placed second at Clarion Open and fourth at National Collegiate for top finishes in five open tournaments...took fifth at Nittany Lion Open on 12/6...went 6-0 in matches decided by a pin.
Wrestled at Council Rock South High School...competed at 145...went 41-4 this past season and was a PIAA place winner...earned High School All-America honors and left CRSHS with a 132-45 record.