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Quentin Wright heads into his final season with Penn State looking to become only the sixth wrestler in Penn State history to become a four-time All-American and earn his second NCAA title. Wright is Penn State's 20th three-time All-American and is coming off a National Runner-Up performance at 184 last year (after winning the title in `11).
Pinned David Crowell at the 4:47 mark in the Intrasquad on 11/3...pinned Bloomsburg's Mike Mirra at the 1:55 mark in season opening dual on 11/13...went 5-0 with three tech falls to win the 2011 Nittany Lion Open on 12/4...lost tough 8-3 decision to #1 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh on 12/9, rebounded by pinning #17 Matt Ryan of West Virginia (1:57) on 12/11...excellent showing at Southern Scuffle, going 5-0 to win title at 184...pinned #17 Mike Larson in quarters, beat #15 Luke Rebertus in the semis. and then hammered #5 Steve Bosak 10-3 in finals, totalled three pins at the tourney...Big Ten road pins over John Rizqallah of MSU on 1/8, Marcus Shrewsbury of Northwestern on 1/13 and Timmy McCall of Wisconsin on 1/15...pinned Ohio State's Craig Thomas at the 3:18 mark on 1/29...downed #7 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska 9-6 on 2/3...ended year three of Penn State career with 154 dual meet points...Wright was a first team Academic All-American and an Academic All-Big Ten pick.
Big Ten Championships (4-1, 3rd, NCAA Qualifier): Wright rebounded from an upset loss in the Big Ten semis to take third place, earning his third trip to nationals...pin and major at Big Tens were vital to Penn State's Big Ten team crown.
NCAA Championships (4-1, Runner-Up, All-American): Became 20th three-time All-American in Penn State history with 4-1 run at NCAAs, blazing to the finals with two majors (including 10-2 major over #12 Ben Clymer of Hofstra), pin of #3 Ben Bennett of Central Michigan and 3-2 win over #3 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh...dropped tough 4-2 sudden victory decision in finals to #4 Bosak of Cornell in finals...now 11th all-time in Penn State history with 26 career pins...15th all-time in NCAA tourney wins with 13.
Pinned Bloomsburg's Nate Graham in season opener on 11/12...upset 4-3 by then No. 14 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh on 11/14....perfect 3-0 showing at Sprawl and Brawl Duals on 11/21, including two majors...injured in finals of Nittany Lion Open on 12/5 after leading #14 Nate Schiedel of Binghamton; had two pins in 4-1 day to take second place...returned to action after nearly two months out of the line-up to down Pitt's Max Thomusseit on 1/21, then pinned Indiana senior Eric Cameron (3:30) on 1/23 in Big Ten dual...convincing 13-1 major over Michigan State's Ian Hinton on 2/4...pinned Michigan's Hunter Collins in just 0:24 on 2/6......
Big Ten Championships
(4-0, 1st, NCAA Qualifier): Stunning 4-0 run through 2011 Big Ten Championship field that ended with 184-pound title and tourney OW award...Wright, the 8th-seed, downed top-seed and third-ranked Travis Rutt in the quarterfinals, Illinois' Tony Dallago in the semis and 2nd-seed and 7th-ranked Kevin Steinhaus in the finals to become Penn State's fifth Big Ten champion of the day.
(5-0, 1st, All-American/National Champion): Became the 19th Penn State Nittany Lion to win an individual NCAA Championship with a 5-2 win over Lehigh's Robert Hamlin in the national finals at 184 (he won PSU's 22nd overall individual crown)...Wright went 5-0 with every match decided by three points or more...downed the #8, #1, #12 (by fall) and #2 seeds on his way to the title as the #9 seed overall.
Wright red-shirted last season and posted a 14-1 record. He claimed open tournament titles at Edinboro, Clarion and Mat-Town.
Wright lost two close bouts to junior David Erwin in wrestle-offs, going 2-2 on the day...gained the starting spot when Erwin went down with a season-ending injury...made collegiate debut in stunning fashion, downing #6 Alton Lucas (4-3), a returning All-American from Hofstra, with a last second takedown on 11/16...went 2-2 in swing through New York on 11/21-23 (fell to #5 Steve Anceravage of Cornell and #14 Chris Henrich of Virginia, then picked up a pin and a major in Binghamton)...went 4-1, advancing to finals at 2008 Nittany Lion Open...lost tough 12-6 decision to two-time ACC Champion Mike Letts in the finals...went 7-1 to take third at Wilkes Open on 12/28...downed #14 Alex Caruso of Lehigh 7-5 on 1/4...superb 4-1 showing at National Duals on 1/10-11; only loss a 3-1 decision to #2 Brandon Browne of Nebraska, moved up to 184 and downed #11 Anthony Biondo of Michigan...lost tough 3-1 (sv) decision to #17 Trevor Perry in Big Ten dual meet debut then downed Purdue's Nick Corpe (6-4 SV) on 1/24 for first Big Ten dual win...picked up two more Big Ten wins with a TF against Minnesota on 1/30 and a victory over Wisconsin on 2/1...downed Ohio State's Dave Rella on 2/6...10-3 win over MSU's Ian Hinton on 2/13...dropped close 6-4 decision to #1 Steve Luke of Michigan on 2/14....beat Penn's Scott Giffin 11-5 on 2/20.
Big Ten Championships
(3-1, Runner-Up, National Qualifier): Entered 2009 Big Ten Tournament as the #3 seed and did that one better with a trip to the Big Ten title bout as a true freshman...wins over Nick Corpe of Purdue, Trevor Perry of Indiana and Jay Borschel of Iowa to advance to finals.
(4-3, 6th, All-American): Entered the 2009 NCAA Championships as the #11 seed and ended a true freshman run through nationals as an All-American and the sixth place finisher at 174....went 4-3 at the tournament, with five of his foes being seeded wrestlers...wrestled the #6, #3, #2, #5 and #6 seeds and grabbed wins over #6 and #2.
Two-time PIAA State Champion (2007 and 2008)...PIAA Runner-Up in 2006...four-time District Champion...four-time Regional Champion...won last year's Dapper Dan tourney...went 39-0 as a high school senior with 27 pins...named 2008 PIAA Most Outstanding Wrestler...won 2008 FILA Junior Freestyle National Championship and placed second in Greco-Roman at that event...as a high school senior, won the 165 pound weight class at 2007 Nittany Lion Open against collegiate wrestlers...class Vice President at BEA...Sergeant in Arms of Business Leaders of America.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2011-12||30-4||12-2 (7-1)||18-2 (4-1/4-1)||14-0||4-0||5-0||63|
|2010-11||21-6||8-5 (3-4)||13-1 (4-0/5-0)||5-1||0-0||5-1||36|
|2009-10||Red-shirt season||2008-9||33-13||15-7 (5-3)||18-6 (3-1/4-3)||7-1||2-0||5-1||55|