PREVIEW: #5 Penn State Hosts #22 Ohio State in Big Ten Opener
Nittany Lions and Buckeyes renew rivalry at 2 p.m. in Rec Hall
<div id="Content" readability="424.129628161"> Dec. 15, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
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The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten), ranked No. 5 nationally, will host No. 22 Ohio State (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) on Sunday, December 19. Action begins at 2 p.m. in the Big Ten dual opener for both teams. The day will feature a `Wrestling Winter Cap Bonanza' scheduled for halftime (hundreds of Nittany Lion wrestling winter hats will be thrown out to the Rec Hall faithful at intermission).
Penn State is coming off a stellar 48-0 shutout over visiting Lock Haven last Sunday. The Lions were a perfect 10-0 in the dual that saw head coach Cael Sanderson send six freshmen into action. Three of those freshmen remained undefeated on the season in the process. The Nittany Lions tallied 18 bonus points thanks to three pins, two technical falls, two majors and a forfeit.
The Nittany Lions will send a young and talented line-up into action once again as the Big Ten season opens with the Buckeyes. Freshman David Taylor is ranked No. 3 at 157 and will carry a perfect 12-0 mark into the dual. Taylor has three pins, three technical falls and five majors to his credit as well. He is one of three freshmen starters with an unblemished record. True freshman Andrew Alton is 12-0 at 141 and carries a No. 10 national ranking. Nine of his 12 collegiate victories have been by fall. True freshman Frank Martellotti, who earned the starting spot at 125 after senior Brad Pataky went down with an injury, has been outstanding thus far this season. Martellotti is 11-0 as a rookie and is ranked No. 17 nationally. Fellow freshman Ed Ruth has been equally impressive at 174. Ruth is 11-1 on the year with five pins and three technical falls. Ruth has steadily moved up the national rankings and currently sits at No. 11.
While the newcomers to Penn State's line-up have created excitement with their solid debuts, two veteran Lions continue to roll along. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro is 7-1 at 149 and ranked No. 6 nationally. Molinaro missed the bulk of November with an injury but is wrestling back into form now. Junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) is 9-2 at heavyweight and carries a lofty No. 6 ranking as well. Wade has three pins and three majors and his only two losses are to the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked big men. The Nittany Lions will once again be without the services of sophomore All-American Quentin Wright, who is out at 184.
Ohio State comes in with a 1-2 mark after man-handling
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