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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0, 0-0 B1G) will trek to the University of Pennsylvania for the Keystone Classic tournament on Sunday, Nov. 20. Action at the historic Palestra begins at 9 a.m. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s crew will take part in the invitational, a team scored event, for the first time.
Penn State will send its starting line-up plus nine more talented Nittany Lions to the event. True freshman Nick Suriano is 2-0 on the year and ranked 6th by InterMat at 125; sophomore Jered Cortez is 2-0 and No. 9 at 133, senior Jimmy Gulibon is 1-1 and No. 11 at 141, junior Zain Retherford is ranked No. 1 at 149 and 2-0; sophomore Jason Nolf is ranked No. 1 at 157 and 2-0; red-shirt freshman Vincenzo Joseph is 1-1 and No. 12 at 165; senior Geno Morelli is 2-0 and No. 13 at 174; sophomore Bo Nickal is 2-0 and No. 3 at 184; junior Matt McCutcheon is 2-0 and No. 14 at 197 and sophomore Nick Nevills is 2-0 and No. 9 at 285.
Also making the trip and competing for Penn State will be Patrick Higgins at 125, George Carpetner at 133, Kade Moss and Dominic Giannangeli at 141, Gary Dinmore at 149, Caleb Livingston at 165, Shakur Rasheed at 174, Devon Van Cura at 184 and Kellan Stout at 197.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a superb opening weekend that saw the team go 2-0 in duals at Army West Point (a 45-0 win) and home vs. No. 12 Stanford (a 36-6 victory). Penn State won 18 of 20 bouts in the Friday/Sunday swing. Penn State is making its first trip to the Keystone Classic.
Penn State hosts No. 10 Lehigh in the 2016-17 BJC Dual. The Nittany Lions and Mountain Hawks tangle in the near-16,000 seat arena on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 12 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Penn State Athletics ticket office at 1-800-NITTANY. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. The 2016-17 Penn State wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.
#4 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (2-0, 0-0 B1G)125 #6 Nick Suriano Fr. Paramus, N.J./Bergen Catholic / 2-0
Patrick Higgins Fr. Monroeville, N.J./Woodstown / 0-0
133 #9 Jered Cortez So. Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North / 2-0
George Carpenter So. Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro / 0-2
141 #11 Jimmy Gulibon Sr. Latrobe, Pa./Derry Area / 1-1
Kade Moss Jr. South Jordan, Utah/Bingham / 0-0
Dominic Giannangeli Fr. Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional / 2-2
149 #1 Zain Retherford Jr. Benton, Pa./Benton / 2-0
Gary Dinmore Fr. Skillman, N.J./Hunterdon Central / 4-0
157 #1 Jason Nolf So. Yatesboro, Pa./Kittanning / 2-0
165 #12 Vincenzo Joseph Fr. Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic / 1-1
Caleb Livingston Sr. Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby / 0-0
174 #13 Geno Morelli Sr. DuBois, Pa./DuBois / 2-0
Shakur Rasheed So. Coram, N.Y./Longwood / 0-0
184 #3 Bo Nickal So. Allen, Texas/Allen / 2-0
Devon Van Cura So. Washington, N.C./Washington / 1-2
197 #14 Matt McCutcheon Jr. Apollo, Pa./Kiski Area / 2-0
Kellan Stout Fr. Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon / 2-2
285 #9 Nick Nevills So. Clovis, Calif./Clovis / 2-0
Team ranking is InterMat TPI (Tournament Power Index) as of 11/15
No. 4 Penn State (2-0, 0-0 B1G) will trek to the University of Pennsylvania for the Keystone Classic tournament on Sunday, Nov. 20. Action at the historic Palestra begins at 9 a.m.
Penn State hosts No. 10 Lehigh in the 2016-17 BJC Dual. The Nittany Lions and Mountain Hawks tangle in the near-16,000 seat arena on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 12 p.m.
ON THE AIR
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Radio All Season - Penn State Radio Network. All live streaming of Penn State audio is free this year.
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SURIANO, MORELLI AND NEVILLS NOTCH BIG WINS TO LEAD LIONS OVER #12 STANFORD
True freshman Nick Suriano dominated #4 Connor Schram at 125, rolling up nearly 2:00 in riding time to post a 3-0 shutout in his Rec Hall dual debut; senior Geno Morelli dominated #13 Jim Wilson to post a 6-3 win at 174; and sophomore Nick Nevills beat #10 Nathan Butler 3-1 at 285 to lead Penn State to a resounding 36-6 win over 12th-ranked Stanford. Penn State won eight of ten bouts in sold out Rec Hall.
NITTANY LIONS SHUTOUT ARMY WEST POINT 45-0
Penn State opened up its season at Army West Point on 11/11 and won all ten bouts. Three Nittany Lions won their Penn State and collegiate debuts: Nick Suriano (125), Jered Cortez (133) and Vincenzo Joseph (165) all got wins in their inaugural action in the blue and white singlet. Jimmy Gulibon posted the night’s most impressive win, a 17-6 major over #17 Logan Everett. Matt McCutcheon also notched a 4-2 win over #11 Rocco Caywood at 197.
HALL WINS BEARCAT OPEN; DINMORE SECOND
Ten members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team trekked to Binghamton, N.Y., for the 2016 Bearcat Kaloust Open today. True freshman Mark Hall, wrestling unattached, came away with 174 pound title while red-shirt freshman Gary Dinmore took second at 149. Five members of the team were competing attached, five unattached. Hall rolled to the title at 174 in his first open tournament wrestling unattached at the collegiate level. Hall went 5-0 with two pins, a tech fall and a 12-4 major over Harvard’s Josef Johnson in the finals. Dinmore went 4-0 with a major, winning four straight before losing in the finals to a non-collegiate wrestler (meaning the loss does not count on his record). In addition to Dinmore and Hall, eight other Lions wrestled at Binghamton. Red-shirt freshman Dominic Giannangeli went 2-2 at 141 and red-shirt freshman Kellan Stout went 2-1 at 197. Francisco Bisono picked up a win at 174 and upped his season long win total to seven. Bisono went 6-1 at last week’s Clarion Open to place third.
BISONO TAKES THIRD AT CLARION OPEN
Red-shirt freshman Francisco Bisono rolled to a 6-1 record at the Clarion Open on 11/6, placing third at 174. Bisono had one pin during his run as well. True freshman Bo Pipher went 2-2 with a pin at 141 as well. Devon Van Cura picked up a win at 184 while true freshmen Devin Schnupp and Brian Friery competed as well.
TEN LIONS RANKED BY INTERMAT; NINE BY FLO
Ten Nittany Lions are ranked by InterMat in the latest release by the site. Nick Suriano is #6 at 125, Jered Cortez #9 at 133, Jimmy Gulibon #11 at 141, Zain Retherford #1 at 149, Jason Nolf #1 at 157, Vincenzo Joseph #12 at 165, Geno Morelli #13 at 174, Bo Nickal #3 at 184, Matt McCutcheon #14 at 197 and Nick Nevills #13 at 285. Nine Penn Staters are ranked by Flo Wrestling: Suriano #10, Cortez #8, Gulibon #11, Retherford #1, Nolf #1, Morelli #12, Nickal #3, McCutcheon #9 and Nevills #10.
PENN STATE RADIO NETWORK SET FOR 2016-17
The Penn State Wrestling Radio Network has been finalized for the 2016-17 campaign. Forever Media’s WRSC-AM 1390 will serve as the flagship station for the network. The Penn State Coaches Show featuring Cael Sanderson, presented by Pepsi, will be carried by Forever Broadcasting as well. Forever Media will air the bulk of the season on WRSC-AM 1390 with select dates tabbed for WQWK-AM 1450. In addition to those two stations WIBF-FM 92.5 Mexico/Lewistown and WDBF-FM 106.3 Mt. Union/Huntingdon will broadcast the full season as well. Jeff Byers will once again serve as the voice of Penn State Wrestling, calling each broadcast mat-side with the Nittany Lions. The Penn State Coaches Show featuring Cael Sanderson, presented by Pepsi, will air on Forever Media as well this year. The one-hour program will take place at Lettermans on East College Ave. in State College nearly every Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. from November 11 through mid-March. Fans are encouraged to attend the program throughout the year. The show will air live on WQWK-AM. Sanderson will be the featured guest for most shows from November 16 through mid-March. In addition to Sanderson, The Penn State Coaches Show will include various coaches from other Penn State teams and athletics administrators. The show is slated for Nov. 16, Nov. 30, Dec. 6, Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8. The Penn State Coaches Show featuring Cael Sanderson, presented by Pepsi, will feature guests answering questions from fans at Lettermans and online. Fans can submit questions to www.GoPSUsports.com/askthecoach. All Penn State wrestling broadcasts this season, both live action and the Penn State Coaches Show featuring Cael Sanderson, will be streamed online for free on GoPSUsports.com via GoPSUNow.
SOME TICKETS REMAIN FOR THE ‘16-17 BJC DUAL; LIMITED SRO’S FOR REMAINING REC HALL DUALS
The Penn State wrestling team, winner of five of the last six NCAA and Big Ten titles, has announced the start of public ticket sales for the 2016-17 BJC Dual as well as standing room only (SRO) tickets for the Nittany Lions’ six Rec Hall dates. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s Nittany Lions will host Lehigh on Sunday, Dec. 4. The public can purchase BJC Dual Tickets by visiting www.gopsusports.com, calling 1-800-NITTANY or stopping by the BJC Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Penn State’s remaining Rec Hall dates are as follows: vs. Binghamton on Sunday, Nov. 11; vs. Rutgers on Jan. 13-15 (date TBA for TV); vs. Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 29; vs. Illinois on Friday, Feb. 10; and vs. Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 12. Fans can purchase SROs to any of these events by calling 1-800-NITTANY based on availability, on a first come, first serve basis.