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Hammond Wins East Stroudsburg Open

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

From Penn State Sports Information

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ten members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team took part in the East Stroudsburg Open today, both attached and unattached. True freshman Garett Hammond (Chambersburg, Pa.) won the 165-pound title to lead Penn State’s efforts.

Hammond was a perfect 5-0 on the day, putting forth a dominant performance with five bonus point wins. Hammond had two majors, a tech fall and two pins on the day and improved his record to 16-3 as an unattached Nittany Lion. Junior heavyweight Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) went 3-1 on the day plus grabbing a win over a non-collegiate grappler (which does not count in his results). Ruggear’s performance included a pin and a major was good enough for third place at 285.

Two Nittany Lion 141-pounders placed. Sophomore Michael Waters (Advance, N.C.) went 5-2 to place fourth at 141 while junior Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.) went 6-2 to take seventh with two pins and a tech fall.

Junior Kyle Moran (Oxford, Pa.) went 3-2 at 149 and freshmen Caleb Livingston (Drexel Hill, Pa.) was 3-2 at 157. Senior Andrew Church (Erie, Pa.) was 2-2 at 174 as well. Cameron Kelly (Pittsford, N.Y.) picked up a victory at 141; Dylan Dailey (Danville, Pa.) grabbed a victory at 184 and Josh Rogers (Pottstown, Pa.) won a bout at 197.

Ruth Suspended Indefinitely for Breaking Team Rules

| November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Penn State’s two-time NCAA champion Ed Ruth has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Cael Sanderson for violating team rules.

Sanderson broke the news at his weekly press conference.

“Real quick, one thing: Ed Ruth broke team rules yesterday,” Sanderson said. “He will not be wrestling this weekend. I’m not going to comment on that really any more than that, but just so you know. We’re going to figure out what we’re going to do [going forward], but definitely this weekend.”

Ruth will miss the weekend dual meets with Rider and Lehigh. James Frascella, who went 3-2 at the Binghamton Open last Sunday, will step in at 184.

Penn State Crowns Six Champs at Binghamton Open

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Penn State wrestling team crowned six champions and 12 placewinners to cruise to the title at the Binghamton Open on Sunday in the season opener for the defending national champions.

Zain Retherford (141), David Taylor (165), Matt Brown (174), Ed Ruth (184), Morgan McIntosh (197) and Jimmy Lawson (285) won titles for the Nittany Lions. Nico Megaludis (125), Jordan Conaway (133) and Jimmy Vollrath (157) came in second; Garrett Hammond (165) and Jon Gingrich (285) placed third, while Jimmy Gulibon was fourth at 133.

Retherford, a true freshman, went 5-0 on the day defeating Will Switzer of Lehigh by fall in 1:37. Taylor dominated the competition, racking up four falls and a technical fall on his way to a title. Brown and Ruth did the same.

Brown collected three falls and and two major decisions, while Ruth won four matches by tech fall and one by pin. McIntosh looked strong after redshirting last season. The sophomore went 5-0 and majored Jack Bennett of Cornell in the finals by a 13-3 score.

Lawson was 5-0 on the day and won a tough 3-1 decision over William Smith of Rutgers.

Penn State finished with 252.5 points to easily out-distance Cornell, who had 207 points and three champs, for the team title. Tyson Dippery went 2-2 for Rutgers at 141.

Bignhamton Open Results for Penn State
125 – Nico Megaludis (4-1, 2nd)
Champ. Round 1 – Nico Megaludis (Penn State) won by fall over Ibrahim Bunduka (George Mason) (Fall 4:22)
Champ. Round 2 – Nico Megaludis (Penn State) won by major decision over Kyle Brady (SHU) (Maj 17-4)
Quarterfinal – Nico Megaludis (Penn State) won by major decision over Josh Patrick (Rutgers) (Maj 16-4)
Semifinal – Nico Megaludis (Penn State) won by major decision over Sean McCabe (Rutgers) (Maj 15-4)
1st Place Match – Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) won by decision over Nico Megaludis (Penn State) (Dec 6-5)

133 – Jimmy Gulibon (4-2, 4th)
Champ. Round 1 – James Gulibon (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – James Gulibon (Penn State) won by tech fall over Ficholas Frank (USMA) (TF 16-1)
Champ. Round 3 – James Gulibon (Penn State) won by fall over Jeff Ott (Harvard) (Fall 2:01)
Quarterfinal – James Gulibon (Penn State) won by tech fall over Jalen Ramos (Rutgers) (TF 15-0)
Semifinal – Jordan Conaway (Penn State) won by decision over James Gulibon (Penn State) (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Semi – James Gulibon (Penn State) won by major decision over Dane Harlowe (Boston University) (Maj 13-0)
3rd Place Match – Geoffrey Alexander (Maryland) won by fall over James Gulibon (Penn State) (Fall 0:19)

133 – Jordan Conaway (4-1, 2nd)
Champ. Round 1 – Jordan Conaway (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jordan Conaway (Penn State) won by decision over Logan David (Cornell) (Dec 1-0)
Champ. Round 3 – Jordan Conaway (Penn State) won by decision over Grim Gonzalez (Bucknell) (Dec 7-2)
Quarterfinal – Jordan Conaway (Penn State) won by decision over Tj Fabian (SHU) (Dec 6-3)
Semifinal – Jordan Conaway (Penn State) won by decision over James Gulibon (Penn State) (Dec 3-1)
1st Place Match – Mark Grey (Cornell) won by decision over Jordan Conaway (Penn State) (Dec 3-1)

141 – Kade Moss (3-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Randy Cruz (Lehigh) won by decision over Kade Moss (Penn State) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Kade Moss (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Kade Moss (Penn State) won by decision over Jim Carucci (Lehigh) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 3 – Kade Moss (Penn State) won by fall over Andrew Polidore (SHU) (Fall 0:50)
Cons. Round 4 – Kade Moss (Penn State) won by decision over Drew Longo (Lehigh) (Dec 14-8)
Cons. Round 5 – Patrick Hogan (unrostered) won by decision over Kade Moss (Penn State) (Dec 7-6)

141 – Michael Waters (1-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Michael Waters (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Will Switzer (Lehigh) won by decision over Michael Waters (Penn State) (Dec 6-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Michael Waters (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Michael Waters (Penn State) won by major decision over Joseph Florenzo (SHU) (Maj 12-4)
Cons. Round 4 – Victor Lopez (Bucknell) won by decision over Michael Waters (Penn State) (Dec 8-3)

141 – Nate Morgan (3-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Nate Morgan (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) won by decision over Nate Morgan (Penn State) (Dec 12-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Nate Morgan (Penn State) won by decision over Lenny Bird (SHU) (Dec 10-4)
Cons. Round 3 – Nate Morgan (Penn State) won by decision over Casey Paglia (American University) (Dec 10-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Nate Morgan (Penn State) won by major decision over Tony Battista (Cortland) (Maj 14-4)
Cons. Round 5 – Victor Lopez (Bucknell) won by decision over Nate Morgan (Penn State) (Dec 5-4)

141 – Zack Beitz (4-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Zack Beitz (Penn State) won by fall over Jayce Carr (CSU) (Fall 2:52)
Champ. Round 2 – Zack Beitz (Penn State) won by tech fall over Colby Knight (Harvard) (TF 16-0)
Champ. Round 3 – Zack Beitz (Penn State) won by decision over Daniel Sanchez (Maryland) (Dec 10-4)
Quarterfinal – Zack Beitz (Penn State) won by decision over Connor Lapresi (Bucknell) (Dec 3-1)
Semifinal – Will Switzer (Lehigh) won by decision over Zack Beitz (Penn State) (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Semi – Adam Krop (Princeton) won by major decision over Zack Beitz (Penn State) (Maj 10-2)

141 – Zain Retherford (5-0, 1st)
Champ. Round 1 – Zain Retherford (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by major decision over Tyson Dippery (Rutgers) (Maj 10-0)
Champ. Round 3 – Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by fall over Eli Bienstock (Cornell) (Fall 5:54)
Quarterfinal – Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by decision over Adam Krop (Princeton) (Dec 6-3)
Semifinal – Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by tech fall over Casey Stasenko (Rutgers) (TF 15-0)
1st Place Match – Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by fall over Will Switzer (Lehigh) (Fall 1:37)

149 – James English (3-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – James English (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – James English (Penn State) won by major decision over Matt Hmmerstone (Bloomsburg) (Maj 11-0)
Champ. Round 3 – James English (Penn State) won by major decision over Kevin Moylan (Princeton) (Maj 9-0)
Quarterfinal – James English (Penn State) won by decision over Bobby Dierna (Cortland) (Dec 2-1)
Semifinal – Alex Cisneros (Cornell) won by forfeit over James English (Penn State) (FF)
Cons. Semi – Kevin Moylan (Princeton) won by forfeit over James English (Penn State) (FF)

149 – Kyle Moran (0-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Moran (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Ken Theobold (Rutgers) won by decision over Kyle Moran (Penn State) (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Kyle Moran (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Derrick Evanovich (Maryland) won by decision over Kyle Moran (Penn State) (Dec 7-5)

149 – Luke Frey (0-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Luke Frey (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Matt Coppola (Bucknell) won by injury default over Luke Frey (Penn State) (Inj. 0:00)
Cons. Round 2 – Luke Frey (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Brendan Goldup (SHU) won by forfeit over Luke Frey (Penn State) (FF)

157 – Caleb Livingston (2-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Hunsberger (George Mason) won by decision over Caleb Livingston (Penn State) (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Caleb Livingston (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Caleb Livingston (Penn State) won by decision over Billy Ramsey (Lehigh) (Dec 14-8)
Cons. Round 3 – Caleb Livingston (Penn State) won by decision over Ethan Rheault (SHU) (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Round 4 – Chris Dowdy (Cornell) won by fall over Caleb Livingston (Penn State) (Fall 6:00)

157 – Jimmy Vollrath (4-1, 2nd)
Champ. Round 1 – Jimmy Vollrath (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jimmy Vollrath (Penn State) won by tech fall over Brenan McAllister (Bucknell) (TF 16-1)
Champ. Round 3 – Jimmy Vollrath (Penn State) won by major decision over Leo Wortman (Stevens Institue) (Maj 11-3)
Quarterfinal – Jimmy Vollrath (Penn State) won by fall over Billy Randt (Lock Haven) (Fall 2:36)
Semifinal – Jimmy Vollrath (Penn State) won by decision over Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers) (Dec 6-2)
1st Place Match – Nestor Taffur (Boston University) won by decision over Jimmy Vollrath (Penn State) (Dec 9-8)

165 – David Taylor (5-0, 1st)
Champ. Round 1 – David Taylor (Penn State) won by fall over Colin Navickas (Stevens Institue) (Fall 1:13)
Champ. Round 2 – David Taylor (Penn State) won by fall over Vincent Grella (Binghamton) (Fall 2:00)
Quarterfinal – David Taylor (Penn State) won by fall over Aaron McKinney (Lock Haven) (Fall 2:41)
Semifinal – David Taylor (Penn State) won by tech fall over Nick Visicaro (Rutgers) (TF 18-2)
1st Place Match – David Taylor (Penn State) won by fall over Craig Eifert (Cornell) (Fall 1:51)

165 – Garett Hammond (7-1, 3rd)
Champ. Round 1 – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by tech fall over Mikey Simmons (Rutgers) (TF 17-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Devon Gobbo (Harvard) won by decision over Garett Hammond (Penn State) (Dec 9-6)
Cons. Round 2 – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by fall over Will Sullivan (Lehigh) (Fall 2:50)
Cons. Round 3 – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by major decision over Ben Haas (Lehigh) (Maj 16-5)
Cons. Round 4 – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by fall over Jacob George (Cornell) (Fall 6:00)
Cons. Round 5 – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by tech fall over Aaron McKinney (Lock Haven) (TF 16-1)
Cons. Semi – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by forfeit over Jake Kemerer (Lock Haven) (FF)
3rd Place Match – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by decision over Mitch Wightman (Boston University) (Dec 5-3)

174 – Rex Lutz (3-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Rex Lutz (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – John Paris (Binghamton) won by decision over Rex Lutz (Penn State) (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Rex Lutz (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Rex Lutz (Penn State) won by decision over Zack Zupan (Binghamton) (Dec 6-5)
Cons. Round 4 – Rex Lutz (Penn State) won by decision over Blaze Buckwalter (Lock Haven) (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 5 – Rex Lutz (Penn State) won by decision over Lou Puca (Cortland) (Dec 9-5)
Cons. Round 6 – Phillip Bakuckas (Rutgers) won by decision over Rex Lutz (Penn State) (Dec 4-3)

174 – Matt Brown (5-0, 1st)
Champ. Round 1 – Matthew Brown (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Matthew Brown (Penn State) won by fall over Taylor Jackson (Rutgers) (Fall 2:59)
Champ. Round 3 – Matthew Brown (Penn State) won by fall over Austin Wetterau (Bucknell) (Fall 1:16)
Quarterfinal – Matthew Brown (Penn State) won by major decision over Brett Harner (Princeton) (Maj 14-5)
Semifinal – Matthew Brown (Penn State) won by major decision over Eric Morris (Harvard) (Maj 13-3)
1st Place Match – Matthew Brown (Penn State) won by fall over Owen Scott (Cornell) (Fall 2:02)

184 – James Frascella (3-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – James Frascella (Penn State) won by decision over Michael Alexander (Cornell) (Dec 4-2)
Champ. Round 2 – James Frascella (Penn State) won by decision over Anthony Messner (Rutgers) (Dec 2-0)
Quarterfinal – James Frascella (Penn State) won by decision over Troy Murtha (Princeton) (Dec 8-3)
Semifinal – Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by tech fall over James Frascella (Penn State) (TF 20-3)
Cons. Semi – Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) won by decision over James Frascella (Penn State) (Dec 9-3)

 Ed Ruth (5-0, 1st)
Champ. Round 1 – Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by tech fall over Tyler Greene (Bucknell) (TF 19-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by tech fall over Zach Diekel (Lehigh) (TF 16-1)
Quarterfinal – Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by tech fall over Nick Bellanza (Cortland) (TF 16-1)
Semifinal – Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by tech fall over James Frascella (Penn State) (TF 20-3)
1st Place Match – Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by fall over Gabe Dean (Cornell) (Fall 1:24)

184 – Dylan Dailey’ (1-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) won by fall over Dylan Dailey (Penn State) (Fall 2:13)
Cons. Round 1 – Dylan Dailey (Penn State) won by fall over Daniel Choi (Cornell) (Fall 1:04)
Cons. Round 2 – Anthony Messner (Rutgers) won by decision over Dylan Dailey (Penn State) (Dec 4-2)

197 – Morgan McInstosh (5-0, 1st)
Champ. Round 1 – Morgan McInstosh (Penn State) won by fall over Brandon Litten (Drexel) (Fall 5:42)
Champ. Round 2 – Morgan McInstosh (Penn State) won by fall over Hayden Hrymack (Rutgers) (Fall 1:30)
Quarterfinal – Morgan McInstosh (Penn State) won by fall over Matt Moore (Lock Haven) (Fall 4:43)
Semifinal – Morgan McInstosh (Penn State) won by major decision over Abe Ayala (Princeton) (Maj 12-3)
1st Place Match – Morgan McInstosh (Penn State) won by major decision over Jace Bennett (Cornell) (Maj 13-3)

197 – Scott Syrek (1-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Abe Ayala (Princeton) won by decision over Scott Syrek (Penn State) (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Scott Syrek (Penn State) won by decision over Noah Santiago (Bloomsburg) (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 2 – McZiggy Richard (FLWC) won by injury default over Scott Syrek (Penn State) (Inj. 6:30)

197 – Josh Rogers (0-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Josh Rogers (Penn State) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Joe Giarmaita (Cortland) won by decision over Josh Rogers (Penn State) (Dec 9-3)
Cons. Round 2 – Ray O`Donnell (Princeton) won by fall over Josh Rogers (Penn State) (Fall 3:38)

285 – Jon Gingrich (7-1, 3rd)
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by fall over Chuck Boddy (Bucknell) (Fall 1:59)
Champ. Round 2 – William Smith (Rutgers) won by decision over Jon Gingrich (Penn State) (Dec 2-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by decision over Jake Kettler (George Mason) (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Round 3 – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by major decision over Daniel Hayden (SHU) (Maj 10-1)
Cons. Round 4 – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by fall over Brad Emerick (Lock Haven) (Fall 1:24)
Cons. Round 5 – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by decision over Riley Shaw (CSU) (Dec 8-1)
Cons. Semi – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by decision over Nicholas Ruggear (Penn State) (Dec 4-3)
3rd Place Match – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by decision over Tyler Deuel (Binghamton) (Dec 6-4)

285 – Nick Ruggear (3-2, DNP)
Champ. Round 1 – Nicholas Ruggear (Penn State) won by major decision over Sean Twigg (Maryland) (Maj 14-6)
Champ. Round 2 – Nicholas Ruggear (Penn State) won by major decision over Cole Lampman (Princeton) (Maj 16-4)
Quarterfinal – Nicholas Ruggear (Penn State) won by tech fall over Chris Florek (Stevens Institue) (TF 17-0)
Semifinal – William Smith (Rutgers) won by decision over Nicholas Ruggear (Penn State) (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Semi – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by decision over Nicholas Ruggear (Penn State) (Dec 4-3)

285 – Jimmy Lawson (5-0, 1st)
Champ. Round 1 – James Lawson (Penn State) won by decision over Jake Kettler (George Mason) (Dec 3-1)
Champ. Round 2 – James Lawson (Penn State) won by tech fall over Ryan Kail (Maryland) (TF 16-0)
Quarterfinal – James Lawson (Penn State) won by decision over Riley Shaw (CSU) (Dec 5-2)
Semifinal – James Lawson (Penn State) won by decision over Tyler Deuel (Binghamton) (Dec 5-2)
1st Place Match – James Lawson (Penn State) won by decision over William Smith (Rutgers) (Dec 3-1)

Binghampton Open Final Results

125
1st Place – Nahshon Garrett of Cornell
2nd Place – Nico Megaludis of Penn State
3rd Place – Scott Delvecchio of Rutgers
4th Place – David White of Binghamton
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) won by decision over Nico Megaludis (Penn State) (Dec 6-5)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Scott Delvecchio (Rutgers) won by decision over David White (Binghamton) (Dec 5-2)


133
1st Place – Mark Grey of Cornell
2nd Place – Jordan Conaway of Penn State
3rd Place – Geoffrey Alexander of Maryland
4th Place – Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Mark Grey (Cornell) won by decision over Jordan Conaway (Penn State) (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Geoffrey Alexander (Maryland) won by fall over Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State) (Fall 0:19)

141
1st Place – Zain Retherford of Penn State
2nd Place – Will Switzer of Lehigh
3rd Place – Adam Krop of Princeton
4th Place – Casey Stasenko of Rutgers
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by fall over Will Switzer (Lehigh) (Fall 1:37)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Adam Krop (Princeton) won by tech fall over Casey Stasenko (Rutgers) (TF 17-0)

149
1st Place – Chris Villalonga of Cornell
2nd Place – Alex Cisneros of Cornell
3rd Place – Joe Bonaldi of Binghamton
4th Place – Kevin Moylan of Princeton
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Chris Villalonga (Cornell) won by forfeit over Alex Cisneros (Cornell) (FF)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Joe Bonaldi (Binghamton) won by decision over Kevin Moylan (Princeton) (Dec 5-2)

157
1st Place – Nestor Taffur of Boston University
2nd Place – Jimmy Vollrath of Penn State
3rd Place – Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached
4th Place – Brian Realbuto of Cornell
4th Place – Taylor Simaz of Cornell
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Nestor Taffur (Boston University) won by decision over Jimmy Vollrath (Penn State) (Dec 9-8)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Brian Realbuto (Cornell) and Taylor Simaz (Cornell) (DFF)

165
1st Place – David Taylor of Penn State
2nd Place – Craig Eifert of Cornell
3rd Place – Garett Hammond of Penn State
4th Place – Mitch Wightman of Boston University
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – David Taylor (Penn State) won by fall over Craig Eifert (Cornell) (Fall 1:51)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Garett Hammond (Penn State) won by decision over Mitch Wightman (Boston University) (Dec 5-3)

174
1st Place – Matt Brown of Penn State
2nd Place – Owen Scott of Cornell
3rd Place – Jesse Shanaman of Cornell
4th Place – Eric Morris of Harvard
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Matt Brown (Penn State) won by fall over Owen Scott (Cornell) (Fall 2:02)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Jesse Shanaman (Cornell) won by forfeit over Eric Morris (Harvard) (FF)

184
1st Place – Ed Ruth of Penn State
2nd Place – Gabe Dean of Cornell
3rd Place – Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh
4th Place – Fred Garcia of Lock Haven
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Ed Ruth (Penn State) won by fall over Gabe Dean (Cornell) (Fall 1:24)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) won by decision over Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) (Dec 4-1)

197
1st Place – Morgan McInstosh of Penn State
2nd Place – Jace Bennett of Cornell
3rd Place – Hayden Hrymack of Rutgers
4th Place – Steve Congenie of Cornell
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Morgan McInstosh (Penn State) won by major decision over Jace Bennett (Cornell) (Maj 13-3)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Hayden Hrymack (Rutgers) won by decision over Steve Congenie (Cornell) (Dec 9-5)

285
1st Place – Jimmy Lawson of Penn State
2nd Place – William Smith of Rutgers
3rd Place – Jon Gingrich of Penn State
4th Place – Tyler Deuel of Binghamton
1st Place Match
1st Place Match – Jimmy Lawson (Penn State) won by decision over William Smith (Rutgers) (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match
3rd Place Match – Jon Gingrich (Penn State) won by decision over Tyler Deuel (Binghamton) (Dec 6-4)

 

Carson’s Corner: Marsteller’s Decision Will Benefit Penn State in the Long Run

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

MugLosing Chance Marsteller, the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2014, was a blow for Penn State and head coach Cael Sanderson. Make no mistake about that.

Marsteller was the heir apparent to replace David Taylor at 165. Now Sanderson will have to re-adjust and find a new anchor for the middleweights. It probably won’t be this season; most of the top guns have already made their college choices. He’ll have to wait for the 2015 class to get his man, unless he can change someone’s mind and get them to jump ship to the Nittany Lions before early signing day on November 13.

The Kennard-Dale senior had a change of heart and will take his talents to Oklahoma State and coach John Smith instead. It happens. Young athletes change their minds like will-o-the-wisps when it comes to recruiting. Look no further than college football and basketball. You’ll see de-commits happening on an almost daily basis.

Yes, losing Marsteller stinks if you’re a Penn State follower, but it’s not the end of the world or the Nittany Lions for that matter.

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “what does not destroy me make me stronger.” Well, Sanderson and company are not destroyed and this will make the program stronger.

How?

One word.

Adversity.

Adversity has a bad rap. There are many good things about having adversity come into your life.

Adversity builds character. Adversity keeps you from being soft and lazy. Adversity helps you focus and get to work on the things you need to do to bring you back and beyond where you started. Adversity makes champions.

Let’s face facts. Penn State has had a pretty good run. Three consecutive national championships with a fourth most likely coming this season. With so much success, there is a natural tendency to get complacent. It’s human nature.

Sanderson’s teams win and recruiting is easy. Most of the top kids want to go there. He doesn’t have to do a hard sell at all.  The national titles and All-Americans speak for themselves. Sanderson even turned away Thomas Haines this summer after he got a verbal from Nick Nevills, the top ranked heavyweight in the nation. Turning away a guy who could be a four-time PIAA champ.  Unbelievable.

The Marsteller decision is a wake-up call that could actually keep Penn State at the top of the college wrestling world. For the first time since he’s been the head man at PSU, Sanderson will not get the top kid in Pennsylvania. Don’t think for one minute, despite his quiet demeanor, he’s happy about it. It irks him to no end.

All this has done is make Sanderson and his staff even more focused keeping Penn State on top so it doesn’t happen again.

Something else to consider is the nature of recruiting itself. While Marsteller should be an outstanding wrestler in college, there is no guarantee he will be. It’s all a crap shoot.

Penn State fans know this all too well. Do the names Matt Gerhard, Adam Mariano, Nathan Galloway, and Garrett Scott ring a bell?

All were can’t miss prospects for the Nittany Lions. All were destined to be national champions. Guess what? They missed.

Gerhard never cracked the starting lineup, Mariano and Galloway left school, Scott disappeared in a blink of an eye.

Even if Marsteller has a great college career, does anyone believe he will do what Taylor, the man he was going to replace, has done? I don’t think so.

Marsteller is good.  He is a strong, physical farm boy with solid skills, but he doesn’t have the take your breath away ability of Taylor.

When all is said and done, Taylor will most likely become a four-time finalist and a two-time national champion. Does anyone believe Marsteller can do the same? Maybe, but I highly doubt it. He could win multiple championships, but I don’t for one-second think he’ll make it to four NCAA finals.

The truth is you can’t predict what a kid is going to do in college and that goes for any sport. Everyone knew Ed Ruth was good coming out of Susquehanna Township and Blair Academy, but I don’ t think anybody thought he’d be as good as he’s been. You just can’t know until they get on the mat and perform.

In the end, Marsteller didn’t want to be at Penn State, so why would Sanderson want someone who didn’t have his heart in the program? You need athletes who are committed to each other and their team to be successful. Marsteller didn’t want to make that commitment, so it’s best he isn’t going to Happy Valley.

The Marsteller decision looks bad for Penn State in the short term but in the long view, it may just be a blessing in disguise.

 

Marsteller Decommits From Penn State, Picks Okie State

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Stunning news in the wrestling world and a huge loss for Penn State.

Chance Marsteller, the unbeaten number one recruit in the nation, decommits from the Nittany Lions and will sign a national letter-of-intent next week with Oklahoma State.

Marsteller is ranked number one at 165 pounds and brings a 125-0 career record into his senior season. Marsteller recently captured his second Super 32 championship back in October.

The Kennard-Dale product announced his change of college plans on his Facebook page.