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No. 4 Penn State Co-Champs of 2010 Southern Scuffle with No. 1 Cornell

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Dec. 30, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team continued its outstanding early season run, claiming the Co-Championships of the 2010 Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C. Penn State, ranked No. 4, tied No. 1 Cornell for the team crown. The Nittany Lions sent four wrestlers to the finals in front of a rowdy crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and crowned three champions.

Red-shirt freshmen David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) and Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) won titles at 157 and 174 while junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) forged the tie with a title winning decision in the tournament's final bout at heavyweight. Ruth's sizzling title-run at 174 earned him the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) almost made it four for four in the finals for Penn State with a one-point loss to the nation's top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 149. The Nittany Lions sent 15 wrestlers into action at the two-day event and eight placed.

True freshman Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.) bounced back from a loss in his first bout yesterday to reel off six straight wins before a loss in the consolation semifinals. Martellotti, ranked No. 16 nationally at 125, would end the event with a 6-3 record and a sixth place finish and is 18-3 on the year. Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) had a solid return to the mat after missing the first semester with an injury. Pataky went 3-2 with a major and a tech fall. While not placing at 125, Pataky's first action of the year should spur him on to more action at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 7-8.



Sophomore Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) went 4-2 at 133. The Lion went 1-1 today, picking up crucial bonus points with a pin in his first bout before losing in the sixth round of consolations. Pearsall had two pins during the tournament for the Nittany Lions and is now 13-6 overall.

At 141, true freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) gave up a last-second takedown to No. 1 Kellen Russell of Michigan and dropped a 4-3 decision in a thrilling upset bid in the semifinals. The 9th-ranked 141-pounder rebounded for two wins in wrestle-back to take third place. Alton went 6-1 on the day with three pins and a major. He is now 19-1 on the year. Senior Adam Lynch (Mifflinburg, Pa.) lost to No.11 Michael Mangrum of Oregon State in his quarterfinal match-up and then lost again in wrestle-backs to finish one win shy of placing. Lynch went 3-2 with a pin and a major at the tourney and is 7-3 overall.

After a quarterfinal win, two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 6 at 149, crushed No. 15 Torsten Gillespie 9-1 That win moved him into the finals where he met No. 1 Kyle Dake of Cornell. Molinaro set the offensive tempo, taking shot after shot in the finals but Dake was able to spend the match on the edge of the mat and used a third period escape to post the 1-0 win. Molinaro went 6-1 on the day with three majors and a technical fall. Molinaro improves to 14-2 on the year.

Sophomore James English (York, Pa.) capped off an outstanding performance for the Nittany Lions by taking 7th place. English posted a 1-1 mark on day two and went 5-2 at the tournament with a pin. He is now 13-4 overall.

Red-shirt freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, continued to dominate the field with a 23-6 technical fall over Michigan's Brandon Zeerip in the semifinals. The win moved him into the finals where he took on No. 9 Paul Young of Indiana. In another dominating performance, Taylor made short work of the Hoosier senior, turning the veteran Big Ten grappler numerous times on his way to a decisive 18-2 technical fall at the 4:06 mark. Taylor was simply unchallenged at the event, going 6-0 with four technical falls and two pins. Taylor is still undefeated on the year with a 19-0 mark.

Classmate James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) continued his hot run. After losing in the first round yesterday, Vollrath won nine straight matches to take third place. Included in his run was a 5-3 victory over No. 7 Bryce Saddoris of Navy. Vollrath now sports 21-4 record.

Red-shirt freshman Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) took No. 6 Paul Gillespie to the limit as the Hofstra grappler needing riding time to win 2-1 in the quarters at 165. Kemerer then lost his first wrestle-back and bowed out of the tournament with a 3-2 record, one win shy of placing. Kemerer is 11-5 on the year. Sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) bowed out of the tournament after a 3-2 showing yesterday.

Ranked No. 10 at 174, red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) gave notice to the country with a thorough 11-5 win over No. 1 Mack Lewnes of Cornell in the semifinals. Ruth then took on No. 2 Chris Henrich of Virginia in the finals. In a feat rare for any wrestler, yet alone a freshman, Ruth dominated the second-ranked Cavalier on his way to a 7-2 win. In beating the No. 1 and No. 2 seed in the same afternoon, Ruth won the Scuffle crown with a 5-0 record (including two pins and a major). Ruth will head to the Virginia Duals with a 17-1 record.

With All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) still recovering from an injury at 184, red-shirt freshman Andrew Church (Erie, Pa.) went 0-2 yesterday and was Penn State's only competitor at that weight.

Red-shirt freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) went 1-2 at 197 yesterday and was eliminated as Penn State's only wrestler at that weight as well.

Junior heavyweight Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 nationally, continued to roll and beat No. 12 Clayton Jack 7-4 in the semifinals, setting up a finals bout against No. 7 Ben Apland of Michigan. Wade needed a win to force a tie in the team race and he gave the packed house all they could handle. Down 2-1 with time running out, Wade turned Apland for two back points as the Lion faithful roared and, with a riding time point, notched a 4-2 thriller to take the title at heavyweight. The win allowed Penn State to forge a tie in the team race as well. Wade went 6-0 with three pins to win the title and now has a 16-2 overall record.

The Nittany Lions and Big Red each had 151.5 points while Oregon State was a distant third with 132.5. Michigan claimed fourth with 132 while Minnesota wrestled to a fifth place finish with 126.5 points. Penn State went 65-22 on the day with 36 of those bouts earning bonus points. Penn State had 15 pins, six technical falls and 15 majors while placing eight wrestlers in the top eight.

Cael Sanderson's Nittany Lions return to action at the Virginia Duals on January 7-8 in the new year. The two-day dual meet tournament takes place in Hampton, Virginia. Penn State's next home dual is a nationally televised match-up with No. 21 Pittsburgh on Jan. 21. Action in the Big Ten Network live event begins at 6 p.m. in Rec Hall. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets for the 2010-11 Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling season can place their orders by calling 814-865-5555 or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket pricing is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, and there will be a limit of eight tickets per order. Group sales are also available. The 2010-11 Penn State wrestling season is presented by the Family Clothesline. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC (1390 AM) and WSQV (92.1 FM). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, N.C.
T1: PENN STATE - 151.5 pts.
T1: Cornell - 151.5 pts.
3: Oregon State - 132.5 pts.
4: Michigan - 132.0 pts.
5: Minnesota - 126.5 pts.
6: Kent State - 76.0 pts.
7: Edinboro - 72.0 pts.
8: Penn - 71.5 pts.
T9: Hofstra - 65.5 pts.
T9: Virginia - 65.5 pts.

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, N.C.

125: #4 James Nicholson (Old Dominion) W, 4-2 dec. #7 Zach Sanders (Minnesota)
133: #9 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) W, 6-0 dec. #4 Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra)
141: #1 Kellen Russell (Michigan) W, 6-2 dec. #2 Mike Thorn (Minnesota)
149: #1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) W, 1-0 dec. #6 Frank Molinaro (Penn State)
157: #3 David Taylor (Penn State) W, 18-2 tech. fall over #9 Paul Young (Indiana) (TF; 4:06)
165: #4 Justin Kerber (Cornell) W, 6-4 dec. #7 Cody Yohn (Minnesota)
174: #10 Ed Ruth (Penn State) W, 7-2 dec. #2 Chris Henrich (Virginia)
184: #2 Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) W, 7-2 dec. #3 Steve Bosak (Cornell)
197: #2 Cam Simaz (Cornell) W, 5-4 (TB) dec. #6 Cayle Byers (George Mason)
285: #6 Cameron Wade (Penn State) W, 4-2 dec. #7 Ben Apland (Michigan)

Penn State's 125 agate:

#16 Frank Martellotti:
1st Round: bye
2nd Round: L, 1-4 dec. Mark Rappo, Penn
Conso Rd. 2: W, 10-0 maj. dec. Dustin Brooks, Indiana
Conso Rd. 3: W, 14-0 maj. dec. Jacob Corrill, North Carolina
Conso Rd. 4: W, 9-3 dec. Robert Jillard, Liberty
Conso Rd. 5: WBF over Steve Mitcheff, Kent State (3:19)
Conso Rd. 6: W, 6-3 dec. Matthew Snyder, Virginia
Conso Qtr: W, 9-3 dec. Sean Boyle, Michigan
Conso Semi: L, 4-6 #14 Ben Kjar, Utah Valley
5th Place: L, 4-12 maj. dec. #13 Frank Perrelli, Cornell
Went 6-3, 6th place

Brad Pataky:
1st Round: W, 11-3 maj. dec. Johnathan Pope, VMI
2nd Round: W, 15-0 tech. fall over Pedram Rahmatabadi, North Carolina (TF; 2:50)
3rd Round: L, 4-5 dec. #13 Frank Perrelli, Cornell
Conso Rd. 4: W, 7-1 dec. vs. Sean Boylan, Bloomsburg
Conso Rd. 5: L, 3-11 maj. dec. Sean Boyle, Michigan
Went 3-2, DNP

Penn State's 133 agate:

Bryan Pearsall:
1st Round: W, 5-2 dec. Joseph Spisak, Virginia
2nd Round: W, 6-5 dec. Jordan Thome, Army
3rd Round: L, 2-5 dec. Eric Morrill, Edinboro
Conso Rd. 4: WBF over Allen Stein, Navy (3:48)
Conso Rd. 5: WBF over Evan Kolb, Lock Haven (5:30)
Conso Rd. 6: L, 7-11 dec. Garrett Drucker, Oregon State
Went 4-2, DNP

Penn State's 141 agate:

#9 Andrew Alton
1st Round: WBF over Nick Heilmann, North Carolina (6:24)
2nd Round: WBF over Daniel Ownby, UNC-Greensboro (0:22)
3rd Round: WBF over Augustus Sako, Virginia (1:23)
Qtrs: W, 15-7 maj. dec. #10 Cole Von Ohlen, Air Force
Semis: L, 3-4 dec. #1 Kellen Russell, Michigan
Conso Semi: W, 8-5 dec. Zack Kemmerer, Penn
3rd Place: W, 9-5 dec. #10 Cole Von Ohlen, Air Force
Went 6-1, 3rd place

Adam Lynch
1st Round: WBF over #14 Germaine Lindsey, Ohio (6:19)
2nd Round: W, 12-4 maj. dec. Rocco Wellek, North Carolina
3rd Round: W, 6-0 dec. Luke Vaith, Hofstra
Qtrs: L, 3-6 dec. #11 Michael Mangrum, Oregon State
Conso Rd. 6: LBF vs. August Sako, Virginia (5:27)
Went 3-2, DNP

Penn State's 149 agate:

#6 Frank Molinaro
1st Round: W, 16-4 maj. dec. Eric Filipowiz, Navy
2nd Round: W, 6-1 dec. Scott Sakaguchi, Oregon State
3rd Round: W, 22-7 tech. fall over Daniel Helena, North Carolina (TF; 7:00; no NF)
Qtrs: W, 11-2 maj. dec. Tommy Sasfy of Kent State
Semis: W, 9-1 maj. dec. #15 Torsten Gillespie, Edinboro
FINALS: L, 0-1 dec. #1 Kyle Dake, Cornell
Went 5-1, 2nd Place

James English
1st Round: W, 7-3 dec. Derek Royster, The Citadel
2nd Round: WBF over Mike Long, VMI (4:27)
3rd Round: W, 10-2 maj. dec. Daniel Young, Army
Qtrs: L, 0-4 dec. #1 Kyle Dake, Cornell
Conso Rd. 6: W, 4-0 dec. Marcel Clopton, Kent State
Conso Qtrs: L, 2-4 dec. #14 Ivan Loupochanski, UNC-Greensboro
7th Place: W, 3-2 vs. Daniel Young, Army
Went 5-2, 7th place

Penn State's 157 agate:

#3 David Taylor
1st Round: W, 18-2 tech. fall vs. Alex Elder, Oregon State (TF; 5:26)
2nd Round: W, 20-5 tech. fall vs. Joseph Grygelko, Minnesota (TF; 4:52)
3rd Round: WBF over Bradley Wukie, Penn (2:37)
Qtrs: WBF over Kyle Kiss, North Carolina (1:18)
Semis: W, 23-6 tech. fall over Brandon Zeerip, Michigan (TF; 6:15)
FINALS: W, 18-2 tech. fall over #9 Paul Young, Indiana (TF; 4:06)
Went 6-0, CHAMPION

James Vollrath
1st Round: L, 1-4 dec. Daniel Kolodzik, Princeton
Conso Rd. 1: W, 8-1 dec. Thad Keklak, Kent State
Conso Rd. 2: W, 3-2 dec. Pierre Frazile, The Citadel
Conso Rd. 3: W, 8-0 maj. dec. Jesse Shanaman, Cornell
Conso Rd. 4: W, 12-2 maj. dec. Jaaziah Bethea, George Mason
Conso Rd. 5: W, 3-2 dec. Bryce Bussler, Bloomsburg
Conso Rd. 6: W, 10-3 dec. Kyle Kiss, North Carolina
Conso Qtrs: W, 6-1 dec. Corey Mock, North Carolina
Conso Semis: W, 5-3 dec. #7 Bryce Saddoris, Navy
3rd Place: W, 6-5 dec. Brandon Zeerip, Michigan
Went 9-1, 3rd place

Penn State's 165 agate:

Jake Kemerer
1st Round: W, 12-4 maj. dec. Colin Genthert, North Carolina State
2nd Round: W, 6-1 dec. Dominick Vetell, Appalachian State
3rd Round: W, 10-5 dec. Aaron Keeton, George Mason
Qtrs: L, 1-2 dec. #6 P.J. Gillespie, Hofstra
Conso Rd. 6: L, 0-6 dec. Jeb Clark, Utah Valley
Went 3-2, DNP

Nick Fischer
1st Round: W, 5-2 dec. Nick Rex, Campbell
2nd Round: L, 2-8 dec. Jeb Clark, Utah Valley
Conso Rd. 2: W, 9-0 maj. dec. Kyle Dilley, Ohio
Conso Rd. 3: W, 9-1 maj. dec. Jared Shernoffsky, Duke
Conso Rd. 4: L, 3-4 dec. Mason Bailey, Navy
Went 3-2 overall, eliminated

Penn State's 174 agate:

#10 Ed Ruth
1st Round: bye
2nd Round: WBF over Robert Doyle, Army (2:11)
3rd Round: W, 11-3 maj. dec. Justin Zeerip, Michigan
Qtrs: WBF over Michael Khoury, Lock Haven (1:07)
Semis: W, 11-5 dec. #1 Mack Lewnes, Cornell
FINALS: W, 7-2 dec. #2 Chris Henrich, Virginia
Went 5-0, CHAMPION

Penn State's 184 agate:

Andrew Church
1st Round: L, 2-5 dec. Brock Mantella, Boston
Conso Rd. 1: bye
Conso Rd. 2: L, 3-8 dec. Harrison Cook, Penn
Went 0-2, eliminated

Penn State's 197 agate:

Nick Ruggear
1st Round: bye
2nd Round: L, 0-6 dec. Caylor Williams, UNC-Greensboro
Conso Rd. 2: bye
Conso Rd. 3: W, 10-4 dec. Daniel Mills, Army
Conso Rd. 4: L, 3-8 dec. Beau Wenger, Ohio
Went 1-2, eliminated

Penn State's 285 agate:

#6 Cameron Wade
1st Round: WBF over Andrew Wilson, Liberty (2:17)
2nd Round: W, 7-2 dec. Matt Tourdot, Old Dominion
3rd Round: WBF over Luke Johnson, The Citadel (4:47)
Qtrs: WBF over Jeremy Johnson, Ohio (4:01)
Semis: W, 7-4 dec. #12 Clayton Jack, Oregon State
FINALS: W, 4-2 dec. #7 Ben Apland, Michigan
Went 6-0, CHAMPION


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