Jan. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Penn State Athletics

The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked #14 in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, will open up Big Ten dual meet action this weekend when it makes a swing through the Hoosier State. Penn State takes on No. 21 Indiana on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in Bloomington and then visits No. 25 Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. in West Lafayette. The Indiana dual will air live on the Big Ten Network (Comcast channel 55).

The Nittany Lions are coming off a solid eighth place finish in the 2009 National Duals two weekends ago. Head coach Troy Sunderland's crew entered the tournament unseeded but went 2-3 to earn a top eight finish. The Nittany Lions downed No. 5 Missouri and No. 17 Michigan while losing close bouts to No. 4 Nebraska, No. 11 Minnesota and No. 16 Boise State. Penn State carries a 7-6 mark into its Big Ten openers and will be led by a trio of All-Americans carrying lofty national rankings.

All-American Bubba Jenkins is ranked No. 2 at 149 and sits as the highest ranked wrestler. All-American Dan Vallimont is ranked No. 8 at 157 and 2007 All-American Jake Strayer is ranked No. 11 at 133. True-freshman Quentin Wright is No. 14 at 174 while sophomore Brad Pataky sits at No. 19 at 125. Red-shirt freshman Frank Molinaro is ranked No. 19 at 141 by W.I.N.

Indiana is coming off perfect 3-0 performance in its own Hoosier Duals last weekend. Indiana is 13-2 overall and will be led by Junior Angel Escobedo, ranked No. 4 at 125. Sophomore Kurt Kinzer is ranked No. 12 at 157 while Trevor Perry is ranked No. 17 at 174.

Purdue is coming off similar 3-0 showing at the Wendy's Duals in Ashland, Ohio. The Boilermakers, who have been receiving votes in the national polls all season long, are 11-1 this year. Purdue will be led by Senior Jake Patacsil, who carries a No. 7 ranking at 149. Luke Manuel is ranked No. 9 at 165 while A.J. Kissel is NO. 14 at 184 and Logan Brown is No. 13 at 197.

A number of attractive match-ups loom in the Hoosier dual, including No. 19 Pataky vs. No. 4 Escobedo at 125, No. 8 Vallimont vs. No. 12 Kinzer at 157 and No. 14 Wright vs. No. 17 Perry at 174. In the Purdue dual, No. 2 Jenkins is set to tangle with No. 7 Patacsil at 149 in the marquee match-up.

Penn State's next home dual is set for Friday, Jan. 30, when Big Ten rival Minnesota invades Rec Hall for a 7 p.m. dual. 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 gopsusports.com and over the air on WRSC  AM and WHUN AM.



#14 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (7-6, 0-0 Big Ten)
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2008-09 Record
125 #19 Brad Pataky So. Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield 19-5
133 #11 Jake Strayer Sr. South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills 10-3
Tim Haas Sr. Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff 4-3
141 Frank Molinaro (#19 by WIN) Fr. Barnegat, N.J./Souther Regional 15-7
Colby Pisani Fr. Ridgway, Pa./Ridgway 0-1
149 #2 Bubba Jenkins Jr. Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial 18-0
157 #8 Dan Vallimont Jr. Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Jefferson Twp. 13-4
Shane Everett Fr. Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley 7-8
165 Mark Friend Sr. Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville 3-10
174 #14 Quentin Wright Fr. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 20-6
184 Phil Bomberger Sr. Port Royal, Pa./Juniata 6-6
Jack Decker Sr. Roseland, N.J./Seton Hall Prep 6-6
197 Clay Steadman Fr. McKean, Pa./General McLane 4-12
Nathan Andrews So. Spring Mills, Pa./Penns Valley 6-11
HWT Cameron Wade Fr. Twinsburg, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel 11-8


#21 INDIANA HOOSIERS (13-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2008-09 Record
125 #4 Angel Escobedo Jr. Griffith, Ind./Griffith 13-1
133 Matt Ortega Fr. Rio Rancho, N.M./Rio Rancho 19-5
141 Andrae Hernandez Sr. Griffith, Ind./Griffith 12-7
Scott Kelly Sr. Carmel, Ind./Carmel 14-13
149 Nick Walpole Jr. Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian 21-12
157 #12 Kurt Kinzer So. Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South 12-2
Matt Coughlin Jr. Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei 16-7
165 Paul Young So. Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South 22-7
174 #17 Trevor Perry Jr. Davison, Mich./Davison 21-8
184 Eric Cameron So. Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller 19-10
197 Matt Powless Fr. Newburgh, Ind./Evansville Memorial 14-8
HWT Nate Everhart Jr. Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew 17-11


#25 PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (11-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2008-09 Record
125 Matt Fields So. Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland 9-2
Akif Eren So. Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg 8-8
133 Carson Beebe So. Western Springs, Ill./Lombard Montini 8-4
141 Matt Hemry Jr. Portage, Ind./Portage 6-3
Juan Archuleta Jr. Hesperia, Calif./Sultana 15-7
149 #7 Jake Patacsil Sr. Sunrise, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas 26-3
157 Nick Bertucci Sr. Berwin, Ill/Fenwick 9-5
Colton Salazar Jr. Midway, Utah/Wasatch 10-5
165 #9 Luke Manuel So. Nevada City, Calif./Nevada Union 20-6
174 Jason Martin Sr. Williamsburg, Ind./Randolph Southern 16-6
184 #14 A.J. Kissel So. Sheboygan, Wis./Oostburg 22-5
197 #13 Logan Brown So. Bradford, Ohio/Covington 21-7
HWT Chris Kasten Jr. Winamac, Ind./Winamac Community 16-7
All rankings listed are USA Today/NWCA as of 1/21/09