PREVIEW: No. 2 Penn State Heads to 2011 Virginia Duals as Top Seed

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True freshman Andrew Alton is ranked No. 7 nationally at 141 and heads to the Virginia Duals with a 19-1 record.


True freshman Andrew Alton is ranked No. 7 nationally at 141 and heads to the Virginia Duals with a 19-1 record.

Jan. 5, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -

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TODAY'S ACTION UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 5, 2011 -- The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten), ranked No. 2 nationally, will take part in the 2011 Virginia Duals on January 7-8. The two-day dual meet tournament takes place in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va. The Nittany Lions will be one of 16 teams competing and enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed.

Penn State will face VMI in the opening round, beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday. The winner of the Penn State/VMI dual will take on the winner of the Old Dominion/Edinboro (the 8th-seed) at 1 p.m. on Friday. The losers of those duals will also meet at 1 p.m. on Friday. The rest of the bracket plays itself out later Friday and all day Saturday.

Head coach Cael Sanderson's squad enters the Duals sporting a perfect 7-0 mark (1-0 in the Big Ten). The Lions are coming off a solid performance at the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C., last week. Penn State claimed the Co-Championships of the 2010 Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C. Penn State, ranked No. 4 at the time, 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 and Ed Ruth won titles at 157 and 174 while junior Cameron Wade 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 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.

Ruth has vaulted to No. 2 in the national rankings at 174 after beating the previous top two ranked wrestlers at the Scuffle. He heads to Virginia with a 17-1 mark. Taylor is still undefeated on the year, sporting a 19-0 mark and ranked No. 3 at 157. Sophomore Andrew Long will make his Penn State debut this weekend in Virginia and enters the national rankings at No. 6 at 133. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro is 13-2 on the year and is ranked No. 7 at 149 while true freshman Andrew Alton, 19-1 with 13 pins at 141, is ranked No. 7 as well. Junior Cameron Wade is 16-2 at heavyweight and also ranked No. 7 while true freshman Frank Martellotti, 18-3 at 125, is ranked No. 16. All-American Quentin Wright, ranked No. 6 at 184 prior to an early December injury, is still listed as doubtful for the Duals.

The 31st year of the Virginia Duals features a strong team line-up and will showcase some of the nation's top wrestlers. In addition to No. 2 Penn State, No. 9 Lehigh, No. 15 Michigan, No. 23 Kent State and No. 25 Arizona State are in the field as are Wyoming and Virginia (both of whom received votes in the latest poll). A strong contingent of 40 ranked grapplers could see action at the Hampton Coliseum as well.

TheMat.com/USA Wrestling will provide up to four feeds of live video coverage continuously through the Virginia Duals. Wrestling coverage will begin via Ustream.tv, the Virginia Duals site and TheMat.com at 9 a.m. Friday. Penn State returns to action on Friday, Jan. 21, when Pittsburgh invades Rec Hall for a 6 p.m. dual (broadcast live on the Big Ten Network). 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. Updates from the Nittany Lion Open will air on WRSC AM (1390) and WSQV FM (92.1). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

POSSIBLE COMPETITORS As of January 5, 2011

#2 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten)


Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2010-11 Record
125 #16 Frank Martellotti Fr. Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side 18-3
Brad Pataky Sr. Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield 3-2
133 #6 Andrew Long So. Creston, Iowa/Creston 0-0
Bryan Pearsall So. Lititz, Pa./Warwick 13-6
141 #7 Andrew Alton Fr. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 19-1
Adam Lynch Sr. Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg 7-3
149 #7 Frank Molinaro Jr. Barnegat, N.J./Southern Regional 13-2
James English So. York, Pa./Central York 13-4
157 #3 David Taylor Fr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 19-0
James Vollrath Fr. Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South 21-4
165 Jake Kemerer Fr. Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield 11-5
Nick Fischer So. Unionville, Pa./Unionville 13-5
174 #2 Ed Ruth Fr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township 17-1
184 Andrew Church Fr. Erie, Pa./Fort LeBeouf 4-7
Justin Ortega So. Oxford, Pa./Oxford 3-5
*Quentin Wright So. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 8-2
197 Nick Ruggear Fr. Oxford, Pa./Oxford 13-6
285 #7 Cameron Wade Jr. Twinsburg, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel 16-2

THIS WEEK
No. 2 Penn State (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten) treks to Hampton, Va., for the 2011 Virginia Duals. The two-day dual meet tournament takes place on Jan. 7-8 at the Hampton Coliseum.

UP NEXT
Penn State returns to dual meet action when it hosts No. 20 Pittsburgh in a nationally televised dual on Friday, Jan. 21. Action on the Big Ten Network begins at 6 p.m. in Rec Hall.

ON THE AIR
TV - None
Live Web Video -- TheMat.com/USA Wrestling will provide up to four feeds of live video coverage continuously through the Virginia Duals. Wrestling coverage will begin via Ustream.tv, the Virginia Duals site and TheMat.com at 9 a.m. Friday.
Radio - WRSC AM (1390) and WSQV FM (92.1)
Web -- All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package.


HEAD COACH Cael Sanderson
Cael Sanderson, now in his second year as mentor of the Nittany Lions, came to Penn State after three extremely successful years as the head coach at his alma mater. Sanderson's teams did not finish any lower than fifth at the NCAA Championships and never had a wrestler not qualify for nationals, getting 30 of 30 grapplers through to the championship tournament. In 2007, Sanderson's rookie campaign, he led ISU to a 13-3 dual meet record and the first of three straight Big 12 Championships. An NCAA Runner-Up finished in Detroit capped off a wildly successful year as the Cyclones crowned one national championship and Sanderson was honored as Big 12 Coach of the Year, National Rookie Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year. The next year, Sanderson led ISU to a 16-4 dual meet mark, another Big 12 title and a fifth place finish at nationals. Iowa State's seven All-Americans in 2008 were the most at the school since 1993. This past season, Sanderson's team went 15-3 in duals, won its third straight Big 12 title and took third place at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis (just 12 points out of first place). The Cyclones also crowned another national champion. In three years, Sanderson's teams went 44-10, won three conference crowns, qualified all 30 wrestlers for nationals, and earned 15 All-America awards and two individual national titles. In his first year at Penn State, he guided the Lions to a 13-6-1 dual meet mark, 5-3 in Big Ten action, and crowned his first Big Ten Champion. Sanderson now sports a 64-16-1 dual meet mark in this, his fourth year as a collegiate head coach. He is 20-6-1 in his second year at Penn State.

RUTH NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Penn State wrestler Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for the week ending January 2, 2011. The honor is the first for Ruth, a freshman 174-pounder for the Nittany Lions, and is the first for Penn State this year. Ruth won the honor after winning five bouts, including decisions over then No. 1 Mack Lewnes of Cornell and No. 2 Chris Henrich of Virginia, en route to the 174-pound title at the Southern Scuffle last week. Ruth's performance led the Nittany Lions to a tie for first place in the 34-team field and earned him the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler award. Ruth opened the tournament by pinning Army's Robert Doyle in 2:11, followed by an 11-3 major decision over Michigan's Justin Zeerip. He earned his second pin of the event against Lock Haven's Michael Khoury, scoring the fall in 1:07. Ruth then defeated Lewnes by an 11-5 decision in the semifinals before earning a 7-2 decision over Henrich to take home the title.

IOWA DUAL SOLD OUT; LIMITED NUMBER OF STANDING ROOM ONLY TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY
Penn State Athletics has announced that the wrestling dual between No. 2 Penn State and No. 7 Iowa on Jan. 30 in Rec Hall is sold out. In order to meet increasing demand for Penn State wrestling events, a limited number of standing-room-only tickets will available for the dual on Monday. The seated portion of Rec Hall's 6,000-plus capacity has been sold for the 2 p.m. dual but Athletics is making a limited number of SRO tickets available to allow fans into Rec Hall to stand along the upper track. The sale will begin on Monday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. The tickets will be sold by the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office either in person or by calling 814 865-5555. All SRO tickets will be mailed to the buyer even if they come in person. These tickets will be easily identified as special SRO tickets and there will be a limit of four (4) tickets per buyer. The price for the tickets will be the same as for regular single duals ($8 for adult/$5 for youth) and there are no group SRO tickets being sold. Rec Hall's listed capacity is 6,502. Tickets for Penn State's other three remaining home duals are also selling fast but are available for purchase at this time and can be purchased at the same time as purchasing SRO tickets for the Iowa dual. The Nittany Lions host in-state rival No. 20 Pittsburgh in a nationally televised dual on Friday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. The dual will air live to over 73 million households on the Big Ten Network. Penn State hosts No. 10 Illinois on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. and then closes out its home schedule with a date against No. 4 Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets 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 still available for the Pitt, Illinois and Wisconsin duals as well.

LIONS STORM THE SOUTHERN SCUFFLE TO EARN CO-CHAMPIONSHIP WITH #1 CORNELL
Behind a solid and balanced attack, the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestlers stormed the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C., to earn a Co-Championship with No. 1 Cornell. Penn State had three individual champions and a runner-up as well as four other placers. David Taylor won the crown at 157, Ed Ruth earned the 174-pound title as well as Most Outstanding Wrestler honors and Cameron Wade won at heavyweight. Frank Molinaro lost a 1-0 decision in the finalist a 149 as well. Both Penn State and Cornell earned 151.5 points to far-outdistance third place Oregon State. 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.

Ed Ruth DOWNS #1 AND #2 IN ONE DAY; WINS SCUFFLE CROWN AT 174 AND NAMED OW
Ranked No. 10 at 174, red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth 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 was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler for his stellar performance. Ruth was one of four finalists Penn State had at the event (and three champs).

TAYLOR UNTOUCHABLE IN CLAIMING 157-POUND TITLE AT SOUTHERN SCUFFLE
Red-shirt freshman David Taylor, 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 was one of four finalists Penn State had at the event (and three champs).

WADE CLINCHES SCUFFLE CO-TITLE WITH HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN IN TOURNEY'S FINAL BOUT
Cameron Wade, 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 was one of four finalists Penn State had at the event (and three champs).

MOLINARO DROPS 1-0 DEC. TO #1 DAKE IN SCUFFLE FINALS; ALTON LOSES 4-3 TO #1 RUSSEL TO LEAD FIVE OTHER NITTANY LION PLACE WINNERS
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 was one of four finalists Penn State had at the event. The four finalists were joined by four other Nittany Lions as place-winners at the prestigious event. At 141, true freshman Andrew Alton 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. Freshman James Vollrath rebounded from a first round loss at 157 to reel off nine straight wins to storm to third place while freshman Frank Martellotti went 6-3 at 125 to take sixth. Sophomore James English went 5-2 at 149 to take seventh place to round out Penn State's eight place winners.

PITT DUAL MOVED TO 6 P.M. FOR LIVE BTN COVERAGE!
The home wrestling dual with rival Pittsburgh on Jan. 21 has had its start time moved to 6 p.m. The time change will now allow the Big Ten Network to air the much-anticipated wrestling dual live to over 70 million homes nationwide. Penn State and Pittsburgh have a long and storied wrestling rivalry. The two teams have met 65 times with Penn State owning a 50-12-3 advantage in the series, but the teams wrestled to a 19-19 tie last year in Pittsburgh. This year's dual will feature a number of anticipated match-ups of ranked opponents and is also Penn State's final non-conference dual meet.

Andrew Long JOINS NITTANY LIONS
The Penn State wrestling team has added All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) to its active roster. Long has joined the team and is eligible to compete immediately for the Nittany Lions. Long, who will be a sophomore and compete at 133 pounds this year, was the 2010 NCAA National Runner-Up at 125 pounds, advancing to the national finals in Ohama last year for Iowa State. The Creston, Iowa, native posted a 27-7 record last year on his way to becoming a freshman All-American, collecting six majors, four technical falls and seven pins. Long red-shirted in 2008-09 after a superb high school career that in which he posted a 175-13 record and won three Iowa high school championships. He is the son of Matt and Debbie Long.

ALTON NOW 6TH ON ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON PINS LIST
True freshman Andrew Alton picked up three more pins during his third place finish at the Southern Scuffle and now had 13 on the year. Alton is now 19-1 on the year with 13 pins. The 13 falls ties him for sixth on Penn State's all-time single season pins list.

OVER 5,100 CHEER AS LIONS CRUSH #22 OHIO STATE 42-3 IN MOST LOPSIDED BIG TEN DUAL WIN IN PSU HISTORY
The Penn State Nittany Lions won nine out of ten bouts to trounce No. 22 Ohio State 42-3 on Dec. 19 in the Big Ten dual meet opener for both teams. Over 5,100 fans crammed into Rec Hall to watch the event (5,102). The win ties a Penn State record for most lop-sided Big Ten dual meet victory. Penn State beat Northwestern 42-3 back on Feb. 6, 2004, also in Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions used pins from Andrew Alton at 141, Frank Molinaro at 149 and Cameron Wade at HWT; majors from Frank Martellotti at 125, David Taylor at 157 and Ed Ruth up a weigh at 184; and a forfeit win at 174 to grab the victory.

LIONS OFF TO BEST DUAL MEET START SINCE 1988-89
The Nittany Lions head to the Southern Scuffle with a 7-0 dual meet record. The mark is Penn State's best start since beginning the 1988-89 year 8-0 (without a loss or tie.)

#3 TAYLOR DOMINATES #13 SPONSELLER; CONTINUES DOMINANT START TO CAREER
Red-shirt freshman David Taylor nearly teched #13 Colt Sponseller of Ohio State in Penn State's dual meet win on 12/19. Taylor posted a 14-1 major with 5:56 in riding time to improve to 13-0 on the year. Taylor has had only one of his 13 bouts be decided by a decision. He has three pins, three tech falls and six majors to date.



PEARSALL KNOCKS OFF #10 PADDOCK TO LEAD PENN STATE OVER BUCKEYES
Sophomore Bryan Pearsall continued his impressive second season at 133 for Penn State, posting a thorough 9-4 win over No. 10 Ian Paddock of Ohio State. The victory helped spark Penn State to a 42-3 dismantling of Ohio State in the Big Ten dual meet opener for both teams on 12/19.

FISCHER AND VOLLRATH PICK UP FIRST CAREER DUAL MEET WINS
Sophomore 165-pounder Nick Fischer moved up a weight to 174 and picked up his first Penn State dual meet win with a thrilling 7-5 decision over Lock Haven's Michael Khoury in Penn State's 48-0 win over LHU on 12/12. In addition, red-shirt freshman 157-pounder James Vollrath was set to step in at 165 for an ailing Jake Kemerer and picked up a forfeit victory in his Penn State dual meet debut.

LIONS SHUT OUT LOCK HAVEN 48-0 FOR SECOND SCORELESS EFFORT OF THE YEAR
Penn State's 48-0 shut-out of Lock Haven on 12/12 was the team's second of the year, following up on a 45-0 win over Harvard in November. The 48-0 win is Penn State's most lopsided shutout victory since a 54-0 win over Millersville on Jan. 25, 1983. The last time Penn State had two shutouts in one season was the 2006-07 season when the Lions beat Clarion (47-0) and Rider (41-0).

Cael Sanderson TO BE INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
The nation's first undefeated four-time NCAA champion, Cael Sanderson, joins three other of America's best wrestlers chosen for induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum on June 8-9, 2011 in Stillwater. Distinguished Members selected along with Sanderson for the Class of 2011 include Dennis Hall, Dan Brand and Richard Delgado, posthumously. "This is another outstanding class of inductees," said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. "I am excited that our Hall of Fame gets to honor such a prestigious group whose legacies span over 60 years of wrestling in this country." Sanderson made history by becoming the first four-time undefeated NCAA Division I champion in collegiate history. The former Iowa State star went 159-0 from 1999 through 2002. He capped his career by winning a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

LIONS CROWN FOUR AT NITTANY LION OPEN
No. 5 Penn State sent 29 wrestlers into action at the 2010 Nittany Lion Open, had 16 quarterfinalists and ended the day with four champions. Three freshmen and a junior claimed titles for head coach Cael Sanderson and the Nittany Lions. Penn State sent eight wrestlers into the finals with half of them winning their bouts. Freshman Frank Martellotti went 5-0 to win at 125 with two pins, a tech fall and a major. Classmate Andrew Alton put on a show at 141, going 6-0 to claim the title with five pins. The fifth pin was a :39 fall over No. 20 Zack Kemerer of Penn in the finals. Red-shirt freshman David Taylor continued his superb run with a 6-0 day at 157. Taylor claimed the title with a 9-3 dismantling of Virginia Tech's Jesse Dong (who was the #3 seed at NCAAs last year). Taylor had a fall, a tech and three majors. Junior Cameron Wade went 5-0 with three tech falls, a pin and a major Penn State's superb day at the Open was tempered, however, in the finals at 184. No. 6 Quentin Wright was beating No. 14 Nathan Schiedel of Binghamton when the returning All-American was injured and suffered an injury default to take second place. Wright went 4-1 on the day. Just seconds before that, two-time All-American Frank Molinaro, ranked No. 2 at 149, was upset in overtime by No. 10 Mario Mason of Rutgers. Mason downed Molinaro 3-1 (sv), giving the Lion junior a 5-1 record on the day. Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth, ranked No. 14 at 174, handled No. 9 Scott Giffin of Penn 6-2 in the semifinals and then dropped a hard-fought 9-4 decision to No. 8 Mike Letts of Maryland in the finals. Ruth went 5-1 for second place with two pins and two tech falls. True freshman Dirk Cowburn, wrestling unattached at 165, advanced to the finals where he was pinned by No. 3 Josh Asper of Maryland. Cowburn went 5-1 for his runner-up finish. The day at the NLO was solid all-around for Penn State. The Lions had 29 entrants in the event, 16 of which advanced to the quarterfinals and 11 of which made the semis. Penn State had eight finalists, half of whom won titles.

LION FRESHMEN SHINE AT SPRAWL AND BRAWLS
Penn State started six freshmen in each of its three duals at the Sprawl and Brawl Duals on Nov. 21 and the outstanding group posted a superb 16-2 record. Frank Martellotti (125), Andrew Alton (141), David Taylor (157), Jake Kemerer (165), Ed Ruth (174) and Nick Ruggear (197) combined for the solid showing.

RUTH LEADING DUAL MEET TAKEDOWN RACE
Red-shirt freshmen Ed Ruth has taken the lead in Penn State's team dual meet takedown race. Ruth has 26 dual meet takedowns, one more than teammate David Taylor, who has 25. Taylor is one of three Nittany Lions who have not been taken down in a dual meet yet as well. Taylor is 25-0 in takedowns, Andrew Alton is 14-0 and Frank Molinaro is 7-0.

RUGGEAR WINS PSU DUAL DEBUT
True freshman Nick Ruggear made his Penn State dual meet debut at the Sprawl and Brawl Duals on Nov. 21 and won his first two bouts (an 12-1 major over Harvard's Bryan Panzano and a 4-2 win over WVU's Cameron Gallaher) before losing to Rutgers' Mike Wagner.

ALTON WINS FIRST FOUR BY FALL
True freshman Andrew Alton won his first four collegiate bouts in fine fashion, getting a pin in each bout. Alton won each of those four bouts with falls in the first period by a combined time of only 3:57.

ENGLISH OUTSTANDING AT SPRAWL AND BRAWLS
Sophomore James English stepped into the starting line-up at 149 to begin the season as two-time All-American Frank Molinaro rehabbed a pre-season injury and made a national statement at the Sprawl and Brawl Duals on Nov. 21. English downed two top-ten foes, beating #9 Corey Jantzen of Harvard 4-3 and #8 Brandon Rader of West Virginia 5-3 in back-to-back dual meet wins.

LIONS GO 3-0 AT SPRAWL & BRAWLS, INCLUDING 22-10 VICTORY OVER #24 RUTGERS
The Nittany Lions won seven of ten bouts against #24 Rutgers to down the Scarlet Knights 22-10 and closed out the 2010 Sprawl and Brawl Duals with a 3-0 mark on Nov. 21. The Nittany Lions opened the event by shutting out Harvard 45-0. It was Penn State's first shut-out since the Lions blanked rival Lehigh 33-0 on Dec. 7, 2007. Penn State won the takedown battle with RU 19-7 and posted a daunting 60-10 edge in takedowns over the course of the day's three duals.

Dylan Alton, COWBURN AND VOLLRATH CLAIM ESU OPEN CROWNS
Twelve members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team took part in the 2010 ESU Open, hosted on Saturday East Stroudsburg University and three of them left with individual titles. Dylan Alton, Dirk Cowburn and James Vollrath each won their respective weight classes at the crowded event. With action against unrostered wrestlers not counting in the records, Vollrath was one of three Nittany Lions wrestling attached in the Blue and White singlet. The red-shirt freshman went 4-0 at 157 to win his title. Alton and Cowburn were each wrestling unattached. Alton went 5-0 with a pin and a major to with the 149 pound crown while Cowburn went 4-0 with three pins to with the 165 pound weight class. Three other Nittany Lions placed (all wrestling unattached. Nate Morgan went 4-1 at 125 and advanced to the final bout before losing, placing second. Sam Sherlock went 5-1 at 133 and took third and Thomas Gorman went 6-2 at 157 to place fifth.

SHERLOCK AND FISCHER CLAIM W&J TITLES
Seventeen members of the Penn State wrestling team competed, both attached and unattached at the Washington and Jefferson Open on Saturday. Sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) and true freshman Sam Sherlock (West Mifflin, Pa.) each won their respective weight classes to lead seven Penn State placers. Fischer was one of five Nittany Lions wrestling attached in their blue and white singlets and he went a perfect 6-0 to claim the 165-pound title. He notched a major and had two pins on his way to the crown. Red-shirt freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) had a solid tournament, advancing to the finals at 157 before losing. Vollrath was 4-1 with a major to take second at his weight. Senior 125-pounder Eric Caschera (South Williamsport, Pa./South Williamsport) went 6-2 with a major to place fifth at 125. Senior Michael Lorenzo (Bellefonte, Pa.) went 1-1 at 174 and freshman Andrew Church (Erie, Pa.) went 4-2 with a major and a pin at 174 to round out Penn State's attached grapplers competing at the event. Sherlock was a perfect 5-0 at 133 to win the crown, posting two majors during his title winning run. Classmate Dirk Cowburn (Coudersport, Pa.) picked up the most wins of any Nittany Lion on the day, going 7-1 with two pins and two majors to take third at a crowded 165-pound weight class. Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.), also a first year wrestler, went 6-1 with a major at 125 to take third while fellow first-year wrestler Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) was 5-1 with a major at 197 to place third and round out Penn State's placers at the event.

FIVE FRESHMEN PERFECT IN DEBUT WEEKEND
Penn State's young and talented line-up got an early lift in its opening weekend as five freshmen combined to go 10-0 in the Nittany Lions' two dual meet victories. True freshman Frank Martellotti went 2-0 at 125, true freshman Andrew Alton went 2-0 at 141 with two pins, red-shirt freshman David Taylor went 2-0 at 157 with a tech fall and a pin, red-shirt freshman Jake Kemerer went 2-0 at 165 (including a win over No. 11 Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh) and red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth went 2-0 at 174 with a tech fall.

NEARLY 5,300 PACK REC HALL AS LIONS DOWN #15 LEHIGH 21-17
The Penn State Nittany Lions, ranked No. 6 at the time, thrilled nearly 5,300 fans in a packed Rec Hall on 11/14 by beating intra-state rival Lehigh, ranked No. 15, 21-17. Five Penn State freshmen made their Rec Hall dual meet debuts by grabbing exciting wins to spark Penn State to a perfect 2-0 opening-weekend start. The crowd was the largest for a Penn State dual since 5,841 watched Penn State beat Iowa 24-13 on Feb. 4, 2007.

LIONS BEAT HUSKIES BEFORE SRO CROWD
Penn State travelled to Bloomsburg University on 11/13 for the 2010-11 season opener and downed the host Huskies 41-3 in front of a standing-room-only crowd in BU's Nelson Field House. On a night when Bloom was re-dedicating a newly renovated arena, Penn State's fan base turned out in full force to make up a large chunk of over 2,300 fans in the 1,700 capacity venue. Penn State won nine of ten bouts, including getting five wins from freshmen making their collegiate debuts. Sophomore Bryan Pearsall got a key pin at 133, sophomore James English stepped in at 149 to grab a win, All-American Quentin Wright got a pin at 184 and sophomore Cameron Wade got a major at HWT to round out PSU's nine wins.

NEARLY 3,000 FANS FILL REC HALL FOR INTRASQUAD
Nearly 3,000 fans rolled into Rec Hall for the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling intrasquad dual meet. Head coach Cael Sanderson's squad took part in 12 matches in front of over 2,900 fans. With one of the nation's best and youngest line-ups, 16 of the 24 wrestlers were freshmen.

PENN STATE RANKED #2 IN NWCA/USA TODAY COACHES POLL; 7 LIONS RANKED INDIVIDUALLY BY INTERMAT
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, led by head coach Cael Sanderson, has moved to No. 2 in the Latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, tied for the second spot with Oklahoma State. Penn State is coming off a co-championship with No. 1 Cornell at the Southern Scuffle last week. The Nittany Lions are 7-0 on the year and off to their best dual meet start since beginning the 1988-89 season 8-0. The Nittany Lions also have seven wrestlers ranked individually by Intermat. Cornell, who Penn State tied at the Southern Scuffle, retains its No. 1 spot with 275 points while Penn State follows closely behind with 258, along with Oklahoma State. Big Ten powers Wisconsin (No. 4 with 236) and Minnesota (No. 5 with 230) round out the top five. Boise State (6), Iowa (7), Oklahoma (8), Lehigh (9) and Illinois (10) comprise the second part of the top ten. Michigan (15), Purdue (18), Northwestern (21) and Ohio State (24) are all ranked in the top 25, giving the Big Ten nine schools listed in the coaches poll. Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), fresh off an Outstanding Wrestler Award for winning the 174-pound title at the Southern Scuffle where he beat the former No. 1 and No. 2 ranked wrestlers, is now ranked No. 2. Ruth will head to Virginia with a 17-1 record with seven pins, three tech falls and two majors. Classmate David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), who won the 157-pound crown at the Southern Scuffle, is ranked No. 3. Taylor is undefeated with a 19-0 record with five pins, seven techs and six majors. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) is now ranked No. 7 at 149. Molinaro, who lost a 1-0 decision to No. 1 Kyle Dake of Cornell in the finals at the Scuffle, is 13-2 overall with three pins, two techs and five majors. Red-shirt sophomore Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) will make his Penn State debut this week and has entered the 133-pound rankings at No. 6. Long is the 2010 NCAA National Runner-Up at 125. Senior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), winner of the heavyweight crown at the Southern Scuffle, is ranked No. 7 nationally and is 16-2 overall with seven pins, three techs and two majors. True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), who dropped a last-second 4-3 decision to No. 1 Kellen Russell of Michigan in the semifinals at the Scuffle, is now ranked No. 7 at 141. Alton is 19-1 overall with 13 pins and two majors. His 13 pins is tied for sixth on Penn State's single-season falls list. True freshman Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is now ranked No. 16 at 125. Martellotti took sixth at the Southern Scuffle and is 18-3 on the year. All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), who was ranked in the top 10 at 184 prior to being injured in early December, will return to the rankings upon his return to the line-up.

SEVEN NITTANY LIONS RANKED BY THEOPENMAT.COM
Seven Penn State wrestlers are currently ranked nationally by TheOpenMat.com. Freshman Frank Martellotti is ranked #16 at 125, sophomore Andrew Long is #10 at 133, freshman Andrew Alton is #5 at 141, junior Frank Molinaro is #4 at 149, freshman David Taylor is #2 at 157, freshman Ed Ruth is #2 at 174 and junior Cameron Wade is #2 at 285. All-American Quentin Wright will not be ranked by TOM until he returns to the Penn State line-up at 184.

SINGLE DUAL MEET TICKETS ON SALE
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. This year's home schedule continues in a nationally televised dual. The Pittsburgh Panthers close out Penn State's non-conference schedule in Rec Hall on Friday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network. The Iowa Hawkeyes come to town on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., followed by a match-up with the Illinois Illini on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions close out their dual meet schedule with a home meeting with the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.

PENN STATE WRESTLING RADIO NETWORK EXPANDS
The Penn State wrestling radio network is expanding with the addition of a second station carrying all live action during the 2010-11 season. In addition, PA Sports Now will carry the Cael Sanderson Show on over 10 stations state-wide (see side panel note). Once again, Forever Broadcasting's WRSC (1390 AM) will serve as the flagship station for the entire dual meet schedule as well as tournament action from the Nittany Lion Open, the Southern Scuffle, the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships. This year, Clinton County's WSQV (92.1 FM) has signed on to carry the live schedule as well. Jeff Byers, long-time voice of Penn State wrestling, will once again call the action for Nittany Lion fans. All live broadcasts, dual meets and tournaments, as well as the Cael Sanderson Show, will also be streamed live on GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. Simply got to www.GoPSUsports.com, click on the All-Access icon and follow the steps to sign up.

 

 

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