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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Penn State finished the first day of the 2010 Southern Scuffle in second place, just behind pre-tournament favorite and top-ranked Cornell. Hosted by UNC Greensboro, the Scuffle boasts 30 teams and more than 50 ranked individuals in a two-day format.
The Nittany Lions posted 50.5 points in the team race, which includes seven ranked squads, while counting only one scorer per weight. Cornell is in first place with 54.0 points while Michigan scored 49.5 points to sit in third. Oregon State follows with 48.5 points while Kent State and Minnesota are tied for fifth (43.5).
The Nittany Lions went 40-10 overall with 10 pins in opening-day action after sending 15 wrestlers to the mats. All but three wrestlers stayed alive through nearly 12 hours of wrestling.
At 125 pounds, Brad Pataky and No. 16 Frank Martellotti wrestled for the Nittany Lions, with Pataky making his season debut. He shook off the rust early, picking up two wins before dropping a last-second 5-4 decision to No. 13 Frank Perrelli of Cornell in the third round. Pataky bounced back with a 7-1 win and moved into the consolation’s fifth round with a 3-1 mark. Martellotti got a first-round bye then dropped a decision to Penn’s Mark Rappo. The loss was Martellotti’s first of the year and the true freshman bounced back to win three consecutive matches with two majors to stay alive in wrestle-backs.
Sophomore Bryan Pearsall was Penn State’s lone entrant at 133 pounds and won his first two bouts before dropping a 5-2 decision to Edinboro’s Eric Morrill. Pearsall closed the first day with a pin of Navy’s Allen Stein to finish 3-1 and move into the fifth round of consolations. New Nittany Lion Andrew Long, the national runner-up last season for Iowa State, was not able to wrestle at the event due to NWCA weight certification guidelines. He will make his Nittany Lion debut at the Virginia Duals.
True freshman Andrew Alton entered the meet undefeated and ranked No. 9 nationally. He was joined by senior Adam Lynch at 141 pounds and they combined to go 6-0 with each advancing to the quarterfinals. Alton earned three pins, with stoppage coming at 6:24, 0:22 and 1:23 to give him a 16-0 record with 13 pins. His 13 pins are tied for sixth on Penn State’s all-time single-season pins list. Lynch was equally impressive, rolling to three wins, including a first-round pin of No. 14 Germaine Lindsey of Ohio.
Two-time All-American and sixth-ranked Frank Molinaro and James English both wrestled for PSU at 149 pounds. They combined for a 6-0 record to advance to the quarterfinals with Molinaro notching a major and a technical fall for a date in Thursday’s quarterfinals. English matched Molinaro’s record, picking up a pin and a major.
At 157 pounds, freshman David Taylor, who is ranked No. 3 nationally, picked up two technical falls and a pin on his way to a 3-0 mark to move 16-0 on the year with four pins, five tech falls and six majors. Jason Vollrath also competed at the weight, dropping a first-round decision before roaring back with four consecutive wins, including two majors, to stay alive in the wrestle-backs.
Freshman Jake Kemerer returned to action for Penn State after an illness earlier in December and sophomore Nick Fischer joined him at 165. Kemerer went 3-0 with a major and two decisions to move into the quarterfinals while Fischer won his first bout, then dropped his second. He went on to win two consolation matches before bowing out of the tournament with a 4-3 loss to Navy’s Mason Bailey.
Tenth-ranked Ed Ruth was Penn State’s lone entrant at 174 pounds and cruised to the quarterfinals following a decision and 11-3 win (including 5:28 in riding time) against Michigan’s Justin Zeerip to go 2-0 on the day and move into the quarterfinals.
With All-American Quentin Wright still recovering from an injury, freshman Andrew Church got the call at 184 for the Nittany Lions and lost two decisions to be eliminated after going 0-2 on the day. Freshman Nick Ruggear then took to the mat for Penn State at 197. He had a first round bye and the lost his second round match-up to North Carolina’s Caylor Williams. Ruggear bounced back for a third-round consolation victory before bowing out with a 1-2 record. Sixth-ranked junior Cameron Wade competed at heavyweight where he picked up two pins and a decision to go 3-0 before heading into the quarterfinals.