Molinaro, Sanderson and Erwin Claim Titles at Nittany Lion Open
Dec. 6, 2009
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.; December 6, 2009 - The 15th-ranked Penn State wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, put forth a strong showing at the 2009 Nittany Lion Open. Penn State crowned three of the tournament's ten champions in a crowded field featuring many of the nation's best wrestlers.
Sophomore All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 6 at 149, blazed his way to a 5-0 mark and the title at 149. Molinaro was unstoppable in his wins, outscoring his five foes by a combined score of 36-6. Senior All-American Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah), ranked No.4 at 157, downed true freshman teammate David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) 9-7 in a thrilling final at 157 to claim the crown. Sanderson went 5-0 to take first while Taylor went 4-1 (including a pin of the 17th-ranked wrestler in the nation) to take second. Senior David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio) battled his way through a rugged field at 184 to go 5-0 and claim the title. Erwin got a last-second takedown over Edinboro's Chris Honeycutt to win 9-8 in the finals. He also downed No. 10 Josh Patterson of Binghamton in the semifinals.
Other top performances for Penn State (in addition to the three champions and Taylor's second place showing) included junior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), who was upset in the finals at 125. Pataky, ranked No. 6, was turning No. 9 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech when the talented Hokie caught Pataky and pinned him at the 4:49 mark. Red-shirting sophomore All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) bounced back from an upset loss in the semifinals at 184 to take third, senior All-American Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.), bounced back from an upset loss in the semifinals to take third at 165 and Colby Pisani (Ridgway, Pa.), who took fourth at 141.
Other place winners for Penn State included freshman Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.), who was eighth at 133; freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.), who was fifth at 157; true freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), who was fifth at 184; sophomore Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), who was fifth at heavyweight; and senior Brendan Herlihy (Fairfield, Conn.), who was eighth at heavyweight.
Penn State will re-visit its EWL?days next weekend, visiting West Virginia on Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m., and Pittsburgh on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions' next home event will be on Jan. 22 when the Illinois Illini come to State College. Single event tickets for Nittany Lion wrestling cost $8 for adults and $6 for youth. Group sales are available once again for groups of 15 people or more. Group prices are $4 in advance and $5 walk-up. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1.800.NITTANY between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC?(1390 AM), 3WZ (95.3 FM) and on GoPSUsports. com as well. The 2009-10 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
2009 NITTANY LION OPEN FINALS RECAP:
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 - Rec Hall - State College, Pa.
Penn State's weight-by-weight summary:
125: Junior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), ranked No. 6 at 125, suffered an upset loss to No. 9 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the finals of the 2009 Nittany Lion Open. Pataky was trying to turn Garnett for back points when he got caught and pinned at the 4:49 mark. The Lion went 4-1 on the day to take second place. Also competing at 125 was senior Eric Caschera (S. Williamsport, Pa.), who went 1-1 on the day (1-2 including non-collegiate wrestlers).
Penn State's 125 agate:
#6 Brad Pataky:
133: Penn State young duo of 133 pounders competed in the event, with red-shirt freshman Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) took eighth place, going 4-3 overall (with three of those wins coming against non-collegiate wrestlers giving him a 1-3 record on the day). Sophomore Tyler Saltsman (Concord, N.H.) went 0-2 on the day (1-2 including non-collegiate competition). Also competing at 133 was freshman Tom Reynolds (Skillman, N.J.), who went 0-1.
Penn State's 133 agate:
*Tom Reynolds L, 3-6 dec. Chance Marsteller, UANR Reynolds DNP, 0-1 overall
141: Sophomore Colby Pisani (Ridgway, Pa.) was superb at 141 for Penn State, winning his first three bouts to advance to the semifinals at 141. He downed No. 8 Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals before losing his final two bouts to take fourth place. Pisani was 3-2 overall. Senior Adam Lynch (Mifflinburg, Pa.) went 2-0 on the day, 2-2 including non-collegiate wrestlers, and did not place.
Penn State's 141 agate:
149: Sophomore All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) blazed his way to a perfect 5-0 mark and the 2009 Nittany Lion Open crown at 149, stepping up as the first of Penn State's three champions. Molinaro outscored his opponents by a combined score of 36-6.
Also competing at 149 was freshman Jarret Freeman (Laurelton, N.Y.), who went 0-1; freshman James English (York, Pa.), who went 2-2 (3-2 including non-collegiate wrestlers); and junior Christian Harr (Hollidaysburg, Pa.), who went 2-2 overall (3-2 including non-collegiate action).
Penn State's 149 agate:
#6 Frank Molinaro
157: Senior All-American Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah) and true freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) put on a thrilling show for the Rec Hall fans in the finals at 157, with Sanderson holding off a late Taylor charge to notch a hard-fought 9-7 win over the red-shirting freshman. Sanderson went 5-0 on the day to claim the crown while Taylor was 4-1, including a pin of No. 17 Patrick Wright of Missouri in the semifinals.
True freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) was also outstanding for Penn State, taking fifth place with a 4-1 mark (5-1 including non-collegiate opponents). Freshman Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) was solid at 157, winning his first three bouts before losing two close decisions. He went 3-2 on the day. Freshman Eric Resch (Lititz, Pa.) went 0-2 at 157 as well.
Penn State's 157 agate:
#4 Cyler Sanderson
165: Senior All-American Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) came back from an upset loss in the semifinals to pin Lehigh's Dennis Galente at the 3:20 mark to take third place. Vallimont, ranked No. 9 at 165, went 4-1 on the day.
Senior Matt Dodds (Leola, Pa.) also competed at 165 and went 2-2 on the day. True freshman Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) won his first two bouts but then dropped a tough decision in the third round before taking an injury default loss in his first consolation bout. He went 2-2 on the day.
Penn State's 165 agate:
#9 Dan Vallimont
Penn State's 174 agate:
184: Senior David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio) continued his ascent at 184 pounds with a superb 5-0 run to claim the 2009 Nittany Lion Open crown, Penn State's third titlist of the day. Erwin's wins included a sound 5-2 victory over No. 10 Josh Patterson of Binghamton and a 9-8 victory (courtesy of a last-second takedown) over Edinboro's Chris Honeycutt in the finals. Erwin improves to 10-2 on the year, 10-0 at 184.
All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) overcame an upset loss in the semifinals to pin No. 10 Josh Patterson of Binghamton in the third place bout. Wright, wrestling unattached, posted a 3-1 mark to take the bronze. True freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) was equally impressive on the day, going 5-1 to post a strong fifth place showing. Sophomore David Crowell (Easton, Pa.) was solid with a 3-2 showing on the day as well. Penn State's four talented 184-pounders combined to go 16-4 and take first, third and fifth place.
Penn State's 184 agate:
197: Sophomore Clay Steadman (McKean, Pa.) won his first two bouts to get off to a hot start, but was pinned by No. 12 Brent Haynes of Missouri in the third round. Steadman then took an injury forfeit to bow out of the tournament with a 2-1 mark. True freshman Luke Macchiaroli (Tempe, Ariz.) went 0-2 on the day as well.
Penn State's 197 agate:
285: Sophomore Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) bounced back from an upset loss in the quarterfinals to win his last three bouts with two technical falls and a pin to take fifth place at heavyweight. Wade, ranked No. 11, was upset by No. 18 Ryan Tomei of Pitt in the quarters. He went 5-1 on the day with two pins and two technical falls. Senior Brendan Herlihy (Fairfield, Conn.) went 3-3 (4-3 incl. non-collegiate) to place eighth.
Penn State's 285 agate:
#11 Cameron Wade