Sold out Rec Hall will welcome Cowboys to Penn State for first time since 1996.
Sophomore Wes Phipps played an integral role in Penn State's dual meet season and NCAA title run last year, posting a 5-4 mark. His record included a 2-2 record in dual meets as a red-shirt freshman. Phipps will now compete for a starting spot for the Nittany Lions, looking to build upon a strong season in 2013-14. Parents: Sandy and Ed Phipps -- Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies.
Lion Career 2013-14: Made Penn State dual meet debut on 11/24 in sold out Rec Hall, dropping hard fought 3-1 decision to #19 Fred Garcia of Lock Haven...picked up first career dual win with 9-1 major over Boston's Aaron Conrad, then downed Pitt's Aaron Rothwell in front of sold out BJC crowd on 12/8, notching a 13-3 major...moved up to 197 and battled #5 Nick Heflin of Ohio State to a hard-fought 3-1 loss on 12/15 in Big Ten dual debut...went 3-2 in Southern Scuffle including 13-8 win over #9 Boaz Beard of Iowa State.
2012-13: Red-shirt season...went 13-9 in open tournaments...2-2 at Clarion Open on 11/4...3-3 at F&M Open on 1/5...2-1 at Hitchcock Open on 1/20...3-2 at Edinboro Open on 2/9...2-2 at National Collegiate Open on 2/24...collected a pin, a tech fall and three majors during the course of his red-shirt campaign.
Phipps was a four-time PIAA place winner and won a state title as a senior. Phipps placed fifth, third, second and first at Grove City High School. He left GCHS with a superb 144-14 record. 11 of those losses came as a high school freshman. Nationally, he was Freshman Nationals runner-up, placed third at Junior Nationals and on the Dapper Dan squad as well. Phipps was a four-year letterman at running back, was a first team All-State selection on the gridiron and was the PIAA District 10 Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year. He is the son of Sandy and Ed Phipps and is planning on majoring in Criminal Justice.