Penn State Wrestlers Seek Second Straight NCAA Championship
The Nittany Lion wrestlers, fresh off their second straight Big Ten title, are looking to win a second straight NCAA championship as well starting today in the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Each weight class consists of 32 wrestlers; 12 of which are seeded. Penn State has seven seeded wrestlers including three undefeated top seeds in Frank Molinaro, David Taylor, and Ed Ruth.
Nine of ten Penn State starters qualified for this weekend’s tournament; one more than last season. Below are the nine qualifiers and their first round match-ups:
125: No. 10 Nico Megaludis, freshman, (24-7) vs. Michael Martinez (24-10), Wyoming
133: Frank Martellotti, sophomore, (8-9) vs. No. 1 Jordan Oliver (24-1), Oklahoma State
149: No. 1 Frank Molinaro, senior, (28-0) vs. Christopher Villalonga (25-10), Cornell
157: No. 7 Dylan Alton, redshirt freshman, (24-5) vs. Jake O’Hara (26-13), Columbia
165: No. 1 David Taylor, sophomore, (27-0) vs. Corey Lear (16-9), Bucknell
174: No. 1 Ed Ruth, sophomore, (26-0) vs. James Resnick (18-4), Rider
184: No. 6 Quentin Wright, junior, (26-3) vs. Thomas Ferguson (21-12), North Carolina
197: Morgan McIntosh, freshman, (17-8) vs. Taylor Meeks (19-6), Oregon State
285: No. 6 Cameron Wade, senior, (26-4) vs. Quintas McCorkle (23-12), Clarion
Round one action starts today at noon. Here is the TV schedule for the weekend:
Today – noon (First Round) ESPN3
Today – 7:30 p.m. (Consolations) ESPN3
Tomorrow – 11 a.m. (Quarterfinals & Consolations) ESPNU / ESPN3
Tomorrow – 7 p.m. (Semifinals) ESPNU / ESPN3
Saturday – 11 a.m. (Championship medal round) ESPNU / ESPN3
Saturday – 7:30 p.m. (Finals) ESPNU / ESPN3
Check out the entire tournament bracket here.