PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Wrestling Rolls into Big Ten Championship

During Cael Sanderson’s second season as Penn State wrestling’s head coach, he started five freshmen and led the squad to a 17-1-1 overall record. This season marked the most dual-meet victories for the Lions since going 18-3 in 1998. Currently the grapplers are ranked fourth in the NCAA rankings, despite holding the top spot for a while during the season.

This weekend at the Big Ten Championships, it’s all about the individual. Penn State’s ten wrestlers will take to the mats Saturday and Sunday at Northwestern University in search of Big Ten championships and a trip to the national tournament, which is March 17-19 in Philadelphia.

Five of Penn State’s ten wrestlers are number one seeds in their weight classes. There are 11 teams in the tournament, and Penn State is ranked atop half of the weight classes. Wisconsin’s three top-ranked wrestlers make them the only other Big Ten team with multiple top-seeds in the tournament.

Andrew Long (11-1 record at 133 pounds), Frank Molinaro (25-2 at 149), David Taylor (31-0 at 157), Ed Ruth (29-1 at 174), and Cameron Wade (26-4 at 285) are all seeded atop the Big Ten this weekend.

Brad Pataky (8-3 at 125) heads to the tournament as the fourth seed, and Quentin Wright (12-6 at 184) is seeded eighth.

True freshman Andrew Alton (26-6 at 141) is ranked seventh in the nation, but enters the weekend seeded fifth. I’d say the Big Ten is pretty good.

Penn State’s only two unseeded wrestlers are James Vollrath (24-6 at 165) and Nick Ruggear (15-12 at 197). 24-6 and unseeded?  I’m thinking that weight class may be difficult.

The Big Ten has 64 automatic bids to the NCAA tournament based on regular season results. The Big 12 earned 33 and the Pac 10 earned 26. (At least we have wrestling; football’s a lost cause at this point, anyway.)

The weekend looks promising for Penn State’s wrestlers. With five of the ten competitors being just freshmen and a coach who is the biggest icon in the history of college wrestling, the future is most certainly bright in Happy Valley.

About the Author

Comments

More by Tyler

Students Sign Banner in Support of Emily Whitehead

Hundreds of students stopped by the Student Book Store on College Avenue today in support of Emily Whitehead, THON child for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) who is currently fighting leukemia.

Hashtag Goes Viral in Support of THON Child

55 Days: The War of Attrition

Athletics

North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend