Taylor and Wright Claim National Collegiate Open Titles
Feb. 21, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Six members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, including top red-shirts, competed at the National Collegiate Open at Clarion on Saturday. True freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) and red-shirting All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) won titles at 157 and 184 pound weight classes respectively.
The talented duo each won their fourth open tournament titles. Taylor went 5-0 at 157 with two technical falls and two pins. Taylor's five wins improves his record during this red-shirt season to 21-2 with 10 technical falls and seven pins. Wright went 4-0 at 184 with three pins to win the title. The 2009 All-American at 174 downed Nittany Lion true freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) 6-4 in the title bout. Wright's four wins improves him to 14-1 with nine pins in his red-shirt year. Ruth went 3-1 with a pin and a major to take second place and improves to 14-3 with three pins during this red-shirt campaign.
True freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) was once again impressive at 157, going 5-2 to take fourth place. Vollrath had three pins and is 18-8 with six pins during his red-shirt year. Senior Eric Caschera (South Williamsport, Pa.) went 1-2 at 125 and junior Michael Lorenzo (Bellefonte, Pa.) went 3-2 with a pin at 174 to round out Penn State's competitors.
Penn State closes out the 2009-10 season with a 13-6-1 dual meet record, 5-3 in Big Ten dual and ending the year in fourth place in the dual meet standings. Minnesota is now 12-5, 7-1 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2010 Big Ten Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7. The two day event is hosted by the University of Michigan. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC (1390 AM) or 3WZ (95.3 FM) and on www.GoPSUsports.com as well. The 2009-10 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.