Nov. 21, 2008

The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 14 nationally, will hit the road for a three-day swing through New York this coming weekend. Head coach Troy Sunderland's squad will visit No. 4 Cornell on Friday night for a 7 p.m. dual and then head to Binghamton University for the 2008 Sprawl and Brawl Duals. Penn State will battle No. 24 Virginia at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, then face No. 15 Edinboro at 12 p.m. and host Binghamton at 3:30 p.m.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a hard fought 18-15 upset loss to Hofstra on Sunday. Penn State got strong performances of a pair of freshman, but were stunned down the stretch in its 2008-09 season opener. In a bout showcasing Penn State's youth and emerging talent, four Nittany Lions made their dual meet debuts in the match. Hofstra already had a full team tournament and one dual meet under its belt while Penn State was making its' season debut in front of over 3,200 fans. Each team won five bouts, but the Pride won the bonus point battle 3-0 to secure the upset victory. True freshman Quentin Wright, making his collegiate debut just three days after learning he would start due to an injury to junior David Erwin, gave notice to the nation with a last-second takedown and a stunning 4-3 win over returning Hofstra All-American Alton Lucas at 174. Lucas was ranked No. 6 and undefeated heading into the dual. Red-shirt freshman Cameron Wade notched a critical win at HWT in his Penn State dual meet debut, downing Hofstra's Jordan Enck 4-2. But the victories would not be enough as the Pride stormed back from a 15-11 deficit with two bouts left to steal an 18-15 win.

Cornell enters Friday's dual ranked No. 4 and will be making its dual meet debut. The Big Red had an outstanding day at its season opening tournament, with four different wrestlers going 5-0 at the event. Cornell is led by seven ranked grapplers. Virginia is coming off a 1-2 showing at the ACC/Big Ten Clash. The Cavaliers downed Michigan State but fell to nationally ranked Wisconsin and Illinois. Virginia is being led by two ranked men. Edinboro is coming last wrestled two weeks ago, finishing a strong second at the Brute Oklahoma Gold Classic. The Fighting Scots are 3-0 and are led by seven ranked individuals. Binghamton also enters the week having not wrestled in a dual, but the Bearcats hosted the Brute Oklahoma Gold Classic. Binghamton is being led by Josh Patterson, ranked No. 17 at 184.

Penn State returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 7, when it takes part in the Nittany Lion Open at Rec Hall. Action begins at 8:30 a.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. Penn State students, Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Members and season ticket holders get in for free. Ticket prices for the general public are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $2 as the group rate. Penn State's next home dual is Dec. 14 when Penn State hosts West Virginia at 1 p.m. Tickets for all regular season duals are on sale now at the athletic department ticket office in the Bryce Jordan Center. Single-dual tickets are $5 for adults and seniors and $3 for students 18 and under. Penn State students with a proper student ID are admitted to wrestling events for free! Season tickets are $28 for adults and seniors, youth 18 and under season tickets are $21. Fans can call 814-863-1000 or 800-833-5533 to order tickets. All home duals will be streamed live at and over the air on WBLF 970 AM and WKVA 920 AM.

#14 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2008-09 Record
125 Brad Pataky So. Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield 2-3
133 Tim Haas Sr. Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff 0-1
141 Frank Molinaro Fr. Barnegat, N.J./Souther Regional 5-2
149 #2 Bubba Jenkins Jr. Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial 1-0
157 #2 Dan Vallimont Jr. Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Jefferson Twp. 1-0
165 Mark Friend Sr. Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville 0-1
174 #16 Quentin Wright Fr. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 1-0
184 #13 Phil Bomberger Sr. Port Royal, Pa./Juniata 1-0
197 Clay Steadman Fr. McKean, Pa./General McLane 1-1
Nathan Andrews So. Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley 3-4
HWT Cameron Wade Fr. Twinsburg, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel 5-2

Wt. Name Yr. Hometown 2008-09 Record
125 #2 Troy Nickerson Jr. Chenango Forks, N.Y. 2-0
Frank Perrelli So. Hackettstown, N.J. 5-0
133 Quin Leith Fr. Creston, Iowa 0-2
141 #3 Mike Grey So. Rockaway, N.J. 5-0
149 Grant Daffin Fr. Slisaw, Okla. 5-2
Brian Alves Jr. Willows, Calif. 4-2
Eric McGill So. Munster, Ind. 1-2
157 #5 Jordan Leen Sr. Soddy Daisy, Tenn. 4-1
165 #1 Mack Lewnes So. Annapolis, Md. 5-0
174 #5 Steve Anceravage Sr. Bloomsburg, Pa. 5-0
184 #18 Justin Kerber So. Emmetsburg, Iowa 5-1
Cam Simaz Fr. Allegan, Mich. 4-1
197 Taylor Moore Jr. Kansas City, Mo. 1-2
Matt Panasevich Jr. Kingsley, Pa. 3-2
HWT #10 Zach Hammond Sr. Galloway, N.J. 5-0


Head Coach: Steve Garland Series History: Penn State leads 7-0
Led by: Chris Henrich (# 14 at 174); Rocco Caponi (#8 at 184)

Head Coach: Tim Flynn Series History: Penn State leads 10-3
Led by: Ricky Deubel (#15 at 133); Torsten Gillespie (#17 at 149); Gregor Gillespie (#3 at 157); Jarrod King (#6 at 165); Phil Moricone (#15 at 174); #16 Chris Honeycutt (#14 at 184); Joe Fendone (#8 at HWT).

Head Coach: Pat Popolozio Series History: First meeting
Led by: Josh Patterson (#17 at 184)
All rankings listed are USA Today/NWCA as of 11/19/08

HAILE OUT INDEFINITELY Penn State suffered the loss of a second starter in the season's opening week when junior 197-pound starter Andrew Haile suffered an injury in his dual meet debut against Hofstra on Sunday, Nov. 16. Haile will be out and his scheduled date of return is yet to be determined.

WRIGHT TOPPLES #6 LUCAS IN COLLEGIATE DEBUT True freshman Quentin Wright, thrust into the Penn State line-up just days before the Lions' season opening dual vs. Hofstra, downed returning All-American and 6th-ranked Alton Lucas 4-3 in his collegiate debut. Wright used a last second takedown to send over 3,200 Rec Hall fans into a frenzy and claim the victory on 11/16.

WADE WINS IN HIS PENN STATE DUAL MEET DEBUT Red-shirt freshman heavyweight Cameron Wade was solid in claiming a 4-2 win over Hofstra's Jordan Enck in his Penn State dual meet debut. Wade claimed one of Penn State's five wins in the dual in front of over 3,200 cheering Rec Hall fans on 11/16.

VALLIMONT DOWNS #15 BONILLA-BOWMAN OF HOFSTRA Penn State All-American Dan Vallimont, ranked No. 3 in the nation, downed No. 15 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman of Hofstra 11-8 in his season opening action against the Pride on 11/16.

LIONS SPLIT BOUTS WITH PRIDE; UPSET ON BONUS POINTS No. 7 Penn State split its dual meet with the visiting Hofstra Pride, 5-5, but gave up the only three bonus points in the match on three major decisions and fell victim to an 18-15 upset loss in front of over 3,200 fans in Rec Hall. All-Americans Bubba Jenkins and Dan Vallimont grabbed wins at 149 and 157 as did No. 15 Phil Bomberger at 184. Freshmen Quentin Wright and Cameron Wade also got wins in their dual meet debuts on 11/16.

DECKER AND BOLLINGER PLACE AT ESU OPEN The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team had nine wrestlers compete in the East Stroudsburg Open yesterday, six attached and three unattached. Senior Jack Decker (Roseland, N.J.) led Penn State with a fifth place finish at 184 while red-shirt freshman Micah Bollinger (Mifflinburg, Pa.) placed seventh at 165. Decker went 2-1 at the event and received a bye in the fifth place bout to claim fifth. His only loss was a quarterfinal defeat to Tom Shovlin of Penn, who placed second. Bollinger went 3-2 with a pin to tie for seventh place as the seventh place bout was not contested. Also wrestling attached for Penn State were freshman Eric Caschera (South Williamsport, Pa.), who went 1-2 at 125; classmate Adam Smetana (Valencia, Pa.), who went 1-1 at 125; freshman Shane Everett (Saylorsburg, Pa.), who was 2-2 at 157; and sophomore Nathan Andrews (Spring Mills, Pa.), who was 2-2 at 197. Wrestling unattached were true freshman Jack Chidester (Conestoga, Pa.), who was 2-2 at 133; classmate Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.), who was 0-2 at 133; and Shane Donnelly (East Smithfield, Pa.), who was 2-2 at 165.

ERWIN TO MISS 2008-09 SEASON Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio) will miss the entire 2008-09 season after suffering an injury on Nov. 9 at the Michigan State Open. The junior 174-pounder was ranked No. 18 nationally at his weight at the time. Erwin's injury forces the two-year Penn State starter to end his campaign with a 3-0 mark. Erwin was hurt in the semifinals at the MSU Open and took an injury forfeit before the finals bout. With Erwin out, true freshman Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) will forgo a red-shirt season and man the 174-pound spot. Wright, a two-time PIAA State Champion from nearby Bald Eagle Area High School, was one of the nation's top recruits coming out of high school.