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    Btw PSU fans TOM will be doing a Live Blog with Audio from the Big Tens. Andy "Fuhr" Fuhrman, "Drooke" & former PA HS wrestler & Purdue AA Chris Fleeger will be doing PBP & Color. I just got my press pass today & while I will not be blogging a lot I will be doing video interviews & maybe some matches if allowed.

    Jeff Byers will be doing live updates from Evanston as well which you can get on PSU all access.

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    Big Ten Brackets up. Click here & look for the PDF file at the top
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    Penn State in First Place After Session 2 of 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
    Nittany Lions send five wrestlers into championship finals

    EVANSTON, Ill.; March 5, 2011 ? The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team sits in first place after day one of the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Northwestern University. A 5-1 showing in the semifinals allowed Penn State to move ahead of Iowa and take the lead after one day of competition. In addition, seven Nittany Lions have clinched trips to the NCAA Championships in Philadelphia on March 17-19.

    Penn State is in first place with 110.5 points, just 1.5 ahead of second place Iowa, which has 109. Minnesota is in third with 96.5 while Wisconsin sits in fourth with 85.5. Penn State has five wrestlers in the finals while Iowa sends four.

    Penn State has five wrestlers in the championship finals tomorrow afternoon. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) will be the first up after his 7-2 win over Illinois? B.J. Futrell in the semifinals at 133. Long is 3-0 so far in his first Big Ten tournament. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) posted a convincing 4-0 win over Illinois? Eric Terrazas in the semifinals at 149 and moves into the finals as well. Red-shirt freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) stayed undefeated on the year with another lopsided win over Indiana?s Paul Young. Taylor rolled to an 18-4 major, just one point shy of a tech fall, and will wrestle in the championship finals at 157 tomorrow. Taylor?s major gives him a 33-0 record with 32 with bonus points. The 32 bonus point victories ties the Penn State record for bonus point wins in a season.

    He will be joined by classmate Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), who used a riding time point to post a 3-2 win over Iowa?s Ethan Lofthouse in the semifinals at 174. Ruth, like Taylor, will battle for the Big Ten title tomorrow. While every other Nittany Lion was a No. 1 seed, sophomore All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) has rocketed to the finals at 184 as the No. 8 seed. Wright followed up his impressive morning where he downed the top-seed with a convincing 8-5 win over 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Tony Dallago of Illinois to move into tomorrow?s finals. Junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) lost a tough 3-0 decision to Minnesota?s Tony Nelson in the semifinals at heavyweight, Penn State?s only loss in the semifinals. Wade will wrestle in the consolation semifinals tomorrow.

    True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) notched a 17-2 tech fall over Purdue?s Jake Fleckenstein in the consolations and will wrestle in the consolation semifinals tomorrow. Alton, Wade and Penn State?s five finalists have all clinched a trip to NCAAs.

    Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) went 1-1 during the evening session and will wrestle for seventh place tomorrow. Joining Pataky with a seventh place bout will be unseeded freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.). Vollrath downed 7<sup>th</sup>-seeded Ryan LeBlanc of Indiana with a TB criteria win after three sudden victories. He then dropped a last second 3-1 SV decision to 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Dan Yates of Michigan, moving the unseeded Lion into the seventh place match tomorrow. True freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) dropped a 4-0 decision to Michigan State?s Tyler Dickenson and ended his tournament 0-2 at 197.

    Penn State now has a 19-8 record in the tournament. The Nittany Lions have 11 bonus points thanks to four tech falls, three majors and a pin.


    The 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships conclude Sunday afternoon in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Consolations and seventh place bouts start at 2 p.m. (Eastern)/1 p.m. (Central) with the finals slated to start at 4 p.m. (Eastern)/3 p.m. Central). The finals will air live on the Big Ten Network. The event serves as the national qualifier for all 11 Big Ten programs as individuals try to advance to the 2011 NCAA Championships on March 17-19 in Philadelphia, Pa. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting?s WRSC(1390 AM)and WSQV(92.1 FM). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

    2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships ? Team Standings After Session 2
    Saturday, March 5, 2011 ? Evanston, Ill.

    1: PENN STATE ? 110.5
    2: Iowa ? 109.0
    3: Minnesota ? 96.5
    4: Wisconsin ? 85.5
    5: Michigan ? 73.0
    6: Northwestern ? 53.0
    7: Ohio State ? 52.5
    8: Illinois ? 51.0
    9: Purdue ? 44.5
    10: Michigan State ? 38.5
    11: Indiana ? 35.0

    The following is a weight-by-weight breakdown of Penn State?s tournament to date:

    125: #10 Brad Pataky, Sr., (Clearfield, Pa.) ? 4<sup>th</sup> seed ? 10-5 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: W, 15-0 tech fall over Eric Olanowski MSU (TF; 7:00)
    Qtrs: L, 5-9 dec. 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Sean Boyle MICH
    Cns. Rd. 2: W, 17-2 tech fall over Bo Touris OSU (TF; 4:57)
    Cns. Rd. 3: L, 7-2 dec. 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Tom Kelliher WIS
    7<sup>th</sup> Place: tomorrow

    Senior Brad Pataky, the tournament?s fourth seed, opened up the 125-pound bracket with a first round match-up against Michigan State?s Eric Olanowski. Pataky dominated the Spartan with multiple turns and over 4:00 of riding time on his way to a 15-0 technical fall at the 7:00 mark. Pataky then met 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Sean Boyle of Michigan and dropped a hard-fought 9-5 decision.

    Pataky met Ohio State?s Bo Touris in the second round of consolations and picked up more bonus points, posting a 17-2 technical fall over the Buckeye at the 4:57 mark. Pataky then met Wisconsin?s Tom Kelliher in the third round of consolations. Kelliher was the 8<sup>th</sup>-seed. Pataky led 2-1 with just seconds left but Kelliher worked his way out of a scramble for a last second takedown and a 3-2 win. The loss sends Pataky into tomorrow seventh place bout.


    133: #3 Andrew Long, So. (Creston, Iowa) ? 1<sup>st</sup> seed ? 14-1 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: W, 18-3 tech fall over Matt Ortega IND (TF; 7:00)
    Qtrs: W, 6-2 dec. 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Ian Paddock OSU
    Semis: W, 7-2 dec. 4<sup>th</sup>-seed B.J. Futrell ILL
    Finals: Tomorrow vs. 2<sup>nd</sup> seed Tyler Graff WIS

    Sophomore Andrew Long, the tournament?s top seed at 133, took on Indiana?s Matt Ortega in the first round. Long used a last second takedown and a riding time point to post a dominating 18-3 technical fall at the 7:00 mark. He followed that up with a solid 6-2 decision over Ohio State?s Ian Paddock, the 8<sup>th</sup>-seed, giving up an early takedown but roaring back for the decisive victory.

    Long met 4<sup>th</sup>-seed B.J. Futrell of Illinois in the semifinals and came back from an early 2-0 deficit to roll to a roll to a convincing 7-2 win and move into tomorrow?s championships finals. Long will meet Wisconsin?s Tyler Graff in the finals.

    141: #7 Andrew Alton, Fr. (Mill Hall, Pa.) ? 5<sup>th</sup> seed ? 27-7 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: bye
    Qtrs: L, 2-6 dec. 4<sup>th</sup>-seed Jimmy Kennedy ILL
    Conso Rd. 2: bye
    Conso Rd. 3: W, 17-2 tech fall over 7<sup>th</sup> seed Jake Fleckenstein PUR (TF; 4:32)
    Conso Semis: Tomorrow vs. 2<sup>nd</sup> seed Montell Marion IOWA

    Rookie Andrew Alton met 4<sup>th</sup>-seed Jimmy Kennedy in the opening round of arguably the conference?s toughest weight class. Kennedy worked his way to a 6-2 decision over Alton, sending the Nittany Lion true freshman into the consolation round.

    Alton took on 7<sup>th</sup>-seed Jake Fleckenstein of Purdue in the third round of consolations after getting a second round bye. The Nittany Lion made short work of the Boilermaker, knocking off a 17-2 tech fall at the 4:32 mark. Alton will now meet 2<sup>nd</sup>-seed Montell Marion of Iowa in the consolation semifinals tomorrow.

    149: #3 Frank Molinaro, Jr. (Barnegat, N.J.) ? 1<sup>st</sup> seed ? 27-2 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: bye
    Qtrs: W, 9-0 maj. dec. 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Danny Zilverberg MINN
    Semis: W, 4-0 dec. 4<sup>th</sup>-seed Eric Terrazas ILL
    Finals: vs. 6<sup>th</sup>-seed Eric Grajales MICH

    Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro made short work of Minnesota?s Danny Zilverberg, dominating the 8<sup>th</sup>-seed to the tune of a 9-0 major with over 3:00 of riding time. The decisive win moved the Lion junior into the semifinals.

    Molinaro took on 4<sup>th</sup>-seed Eric Terrazas of Illinois in the semifinals and downed the Illini grappler in a 4-0 decision. Molinaro moves into tomorrow?s championship finals where he will face 6<sup>th</sup>-seed Eric Grajales of Michigan.

    157: #3 David Taylor, Fr. (St. Paris, Ohio) ? 1<sup>st</sup> seed ? 33-0 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: bye
    Qtrs: WBF over 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Matt Mincey MINN (1:27)
    Semis: W, 18-4 maj. dec. 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Paul Young IND
    Finals: vs. 2<sup>nd</sup>-seed Derek St. John IOWA

    Red-shirt freshman David Taylor wasted no time making a splash at his first Big Ten tournament. The top-seeded Lion pinned 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Matt Mincey of Minnesota at the 1:27 mark to move into the semifinals.

    Taylor then met 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Paul Young of Indiana in the semifinals and hammered the Hoosier grappler for the third time this year. Taylor finished just one point shy of a tech fall, posting an 18-4 major and moving into the championship finals tomorrow. He will meet 2<sup>nd</sup>-seed Derek St. John of Iowa in the finals.

    165: James Vollrath, Fr., (Richboro, Pa.) ? 25-8 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: L, 6-19 maj. dec. 1<sup>st</sup>-seed Andrew Howe UW
    Conso Rd 2: W, 3-3 (TB3, RT crit.) dec. 7<sup>th</sup>-seed Ryan LeBlanc IND
    Conso Rd 3: L, 1-3 (SV) dec. 6<sup>th</sup>-seed Dan Yates MICH
    7<sup>th</sup> Place: Tomorrow


    Red-shirt freshman James Vollrath took on the tournament?s top seed, Wisconsin?s Andrew Howe, in the opening round. Vollrath found the footing tough against the nation?s second ranked 165-pounder and lost a 19-6 major.

    The Penn State freshman then met 7<sup>th</sup>-seed Ryan LeBlanc of Indiana in the consolation second round and worked his way to a thrilling 3-3 (TB3, RT crit) win, using :15 of tie-breaker riding time to move into the third round of consolations. Vollrath took 6<sup>th</sup>-seed Dan Yates of Michigan to extra time as well but gave up a last second takedown in a 3-1 (SV) loss. Vollrath, unseeded, will wrestle for seventh place tomorrow.


    174: #2 Ed Ruth, Fr., (Harrisburg, Pa.) ? 1<sup>st</sup> seed ? 31-1 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: bye
    Qtrs: W, 18-5 maj. dec. 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Curran Jacobs MSU
    Semis: W, 3-2 dec. 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Ethan Lofthouse IOWA
    Finals: vs. 2<sup>nd</sup> seed Nick Heflin OSU

    Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth, the No. 1 seed at 174, dominated 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Curran Jacobs of Michigan State in the quarterfinals. Ruth used multiple takedowns and forced Jacobs into three stalls to roll to the victory and move into tonight?s semifinals.

    The top-seed Ruth then took on 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Ethan Lofthouse of Iowa in the semifinals and used riding time to squeak out a 3-2 win at 174 and move into the finals where he will face second-seed Nick Heflin in the finals.

    184: #17 Quentin Wright, So. (Wingate, Pa.) ? 8<sup>th</sup> seed ? 15-6 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: W, 10-2 maj. dec. Hunter Collins UM
    Qtrs: W, 4-3 dec. 1<sup>st</sup> seed Travis Rutt WIS
    Semis: W, 8-5 dec. 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Tony Dallago ILL
    Finals: vs. 2<sup>nd</sup>-seed Kevin Steinhaus MIN

    Sophomore Quentin Wright, the eighth seed at 184, battled Michigan?s Hunter Collins in a first round match-up. Wright, like Long at 133, used a last second takedown to secure bonus points, posting a 10-2 major over Collins to move into the quarterfinals. In the quarters, Wright used a first period escape, a second period reversal and a swift escape from trouble at the end of the third to down top-seeded Travis Rutt of Wisconsin, 4-3.

    Wright ten battled 5<sup>th</sup>-seed Tony Dallago of Illinois in the semifinals. Wright got taken down seconds into the bout but quickly reversed Dallago and then rolled to a convincing 8-5 win. The 2009 All-American at 174 will now take on 2<sup>nd</sup>-seed Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota in the championship finals tomorrow.

    197: Nick Ruggear, Fr. (Oxford, Pa.) ? 15-14 overall ? TOURNEY COMPLETE

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: L, 3-12 maj. dec. 3<sup>rd</sup>-seed Logan Brown PUR
    Conso Rd. 2: L, 0-4 dec. Tyler Dickenson MSU

    True freshman Nick Ruggear took on third seed Logan Brown of Purdue in a pigtail match a 197. Brown defeated Ruggear, picking up a 12-3 major with over 3:00 of riding time.

    Ruggear moved into the consolations where he dropped a tough 4-0 decision to Michigan State?s Tyler Dickenson, ending his tourney run at 0-2. Ruggear ends the Big Ten tournament with a 15-14 overall record.

    285: #6 Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio.) ? 1<sup>st</sup> seed ? 27-5 overall

    1<sup>st</sup> Rd: bye
    Qtrs: W, 7-0 dec. 8<sup>th</sup>-seed Ben Kuhar NU
    Semis: L, 0-3 dec. 4<sup>th</sup>-seed Tony Nelson MINN

    Junior Cameron Wade, the top seed at heavyweight, dominated Northwestern?s Ben Kuhar, the 8<sup>th</sup> seed, with a 7-0 decision in the quarterfinals. Wade?s win moved him into the semifinals.

    The top-seeded Nittany Lion was Penn State?s lone loss in the semis, however, as 4<sup>th</sup>-seed Tony Nelson of Minnesota handed the big man a 3-0 defeat. Wade now moves into tomorrow?s consolation semifinals.

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    Kinda cool that Tony left a few of my questions in there during the interviews with Taylor, Ruth & Wright!


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    Notice the PSU fight song in the background...


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    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 10, 2011 -- The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (17-1-1, 6-1-1 Big Ten, 2011 Big Ten Champions) will send eight wrestlers to the 2011 NCAAWrestling Championships in Philadelphia, looking to make a run at the school?s first national title since 1953. The three-day event takes place at the Wells Fargo Center on March 17-19 and starts on Thursday the 17th at 11 a.m.

    Penn State is coming off a superb run at the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, going 5-0 in the championship finals and winning the school?s first ever Big Ten wrestling championship. Five wins in the finals and key bonus points in consolations helped spark Penn State to a one-point victory over runner-up Iowa. Sophomore Andrew Long, junior Frank Molinaro, freshman David Taylor, freshman Ed Ruth and sophomore Quentin Wright each claimed Big Ten crowns at their weights while senior Brad Pataky, freshman Andrew Alton, freshman James Vollrath and junior Cameron Wade each picked up key points and bonus points in consolation action to help Penn State claim the crown. Penn State won the title with 139.0 points while Iowa was in second with 138.0. Penn State crowned five champions while the Hawkeyes crowned two. Minnesota was third with 109.5 while Wisconsin was a close fourth with 103.5.

    Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) received an at-large bid at 125 during the annual Selection Show aired live at www.ncaa.com to give Penn State its eighth qualifier to NCAAs. In addition, Penn State now knows that seven of its eight entrants will enter the tournament seeded, led by two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), who is the No. 2 seed at 149, and red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), who is the No. 2 seed at 174. All seven of Penn State?s seeds are in the top 10. The eight qualifiers are the most for Penn State since eight went in 2006. The Nittany Lions are coming off a thrilling run to the school?s first ever Big Ten Championship, sparked by a school record five individual champions.

    Pataky, 11-5 overall, will be unseeded at the tournament and will face No. 12 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech. Pataky and Garnett met twice last year and split the action 1-1. The winner of the Pataky/Garnett bout will take on the winner of the battle between No. 5 seed Zach Sanders of Minnesota and Jason Lara of Oregon State.

    Sophomore Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), 15-1 overall and the 2011 Big Ten Champion, will be the No. 3 seed at 133. Long, the 2010 NCAA National Runner-Up at 125, will face Northern Colorado?s Casey Cruz in the opening round. Long and Cruz did not meet this year. The winner of the Long/Cruz bout will take on the winner of the match-up between Jordan Thome of Army and David Thorn of Minnesota.

    True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), 28-8 overall, is the No 6 seed at 141. Alton will battle Binghamton?s Anwar Goeres in the opening round. Alton and Goeres did not meet this year. The winner of the Alton/Goeres bout will take on the winner of the first round match-up between No. 11 seed Matthew Mariacher of American and Kaleb Friedley of Northwestern in the second round.

    Two-time All-American Molinaro, 28-2 overall and the 2011 Big Ten Champion, is the No. 2 seed at 149. He will take on Rider?s Zac Cibula in the opening round. Molinaro and Cibula have never met. The winner of the Molinaro/Cibula bout will take on the winner of the battle between Michigan State?s Dan Osterman and Penn?s Derek Valenti in the second round.

    Undefeated red-shirt freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), 34-0 overall and the 2011 Big Ten Champion, is the No. 3 seed at 157. Taylor will meet Oklahoma State?s Robert Erisman in the opening round. Taylor did not face Erisman, who is the Big 12 Champion at 157 but unseeded at NCAAs, this season. The winner of the Taylor/Erisman match will take on the winner of the bout between Matt Kaylor of Binghamton and David Bonin of Northern Iowa in the second round.

    Red-shirt freshman Ruth, 32-1 overall and the 2011 Big Ten Champion, is the No. 2 seed at 174. Ruth will battle Liberty?s royal Brettrager in the opening round. The duo has never met. The winner of the Ruth/Brettrager bout will face the winner of the match-up between Minnesota?s Scott Glasser and Wyoming?s Patrick Martinez in the second round.

    Sophomore Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), 16-6 overall and the 2011 Big Ten Champion, is the No. 9 seed at 184. Wright will face Virginia?s Jonathan Fausey in the opening round. The winner of the Wright/Fausey battle will meet the winner of the bout between No. 8 seed Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota and Jason McCroskey of Chattanooga in the second round.

    Junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), 28-6 overall, is the No. 9 seed at heavyweight. Wade will take on the winner of a pig-tail bout featuring unseeded big men Jeremy Johnson of Ohio and Clayton Jack of Oregon State. The winner of Wade?s first round battle will take on the winner of the match-up between Northern Iowa?s Christian Brantley and No. 8 seed Tony Nelson of Minnesota in the second round.

    Penn State returned to the top 10 last year in head coach Cael Sanderson?s first season as mentor at Penn State. The finish was only the fourth top ten finish for Penn State since (and including) 2000 and the 49.0 points was the 17th most in school history. Penn State had three All-Americans last year, tied for second most since 2003 (Penn State had four in 2008). The 2011 NCAA Championships will mark the end to head coach Cael Sanderson?s second year at Penn State. ESPNwill offer unprecedented live HD coverage of the entire 2011 NCAAWrestling Championships. Sessions 1 and 2 are live on ESPN3, sessions 3, 4 and 5 are live on ESPNU and ESPN3 (simulcast) and the championship finals are live on ESPN. All broadcasts are in HD. All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
    PENN STATE?S 2011

    ncaa qualifiers
    As of March 10, 2011
    PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (17-1-1, 6-1-1 Big Ten)
    2011 BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
    Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2010-11 Record
    125 Brad Pataky Sr. Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield 11-5
    B10 Finish: 7th -- vs. the 125 Field This Year: 2-4 -- Coaches: #16 -- RPI: MS*

    133 Andrew Long So. Creston, Iowa/Creston 15-1
    B10 Finish: CHAMPION -- vs. the 133 Field This Year: 10-1 -- Coaches: #5 -- RPI:MS*

    141 Andrew Alton Fr. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 28-8
    B10 Finish: 5th -- vs. the 141 Field This Year: 8-8 -- Coaches: #6 -- RPI:#2

    149 Frank Molinaro Jr. Barnegat, N.J./Southern Regional 28-2
    B10 Finish: CHAMPION -- vs. the 149 Field This Year: 15-2 -- Coaches: #3 -- RPI:#4

    157 David Taylor Fr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 34-0
    B10 Finish: CHAMPION -- vs. the 157 Field This Year: 15-0 -- Coaches: #2 -- RPI:#1

    174 Ed Ruth Fr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township 32-1
    B10 Finish: CHAMPION -- vs. the 174 Field This Year: 17-1 -- Coaches: #2 -- RPI:#2

    184 Quentin Wright So. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 16-6
    B10 Finish: CHAMPION -- vs. the 184 Field This Year: 6-6 -- Coaches: #18 -- RPI:#11

    285 Cameron Wade Jr. Twinsburg, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel 28-6
    B10 Finish: 5th -- vs. the 285 Field This Year: 13-6 -- Coaches: #6 -- RPI:#4

    Coaches rankings and RPI as of 2/23
    MS -- * Did not meet minimum matches wrestled to qualify for RPIranking

    Live Web Video -- see above via ESPN3.com
    Radio - WRSCAM (1390)and WBPZAM.
    Web -- All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package.

    PENN STATE CLAIMS SCHOOL?S FIRST EVER
    BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
    The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, under the direction of head coach Cael Sanderson, was nearly perfect on day two of the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, going 5-0 in the championship finals and winning the school?s first ever Big Ten wrestling championship. Five wins in the finals and key bonus points in consolations helped spark Penn State to a one-point victory over runner-up Iowa. Sophomore Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), junior Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) and sophomore Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) each claimed Big Ten crowns at their weights while senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) and junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) each picked up key points and bonus points in consolation action to help Penn State claim the crown. Penn State won the title with 139.0 points while Iowa was in second with 138.0. Penn State crowned five champions while the Hawkeyes crowned two. Minnesota was third with 109.5 while Wisconsin was a close fourth with 103.5.

    RECORDS FALL AS PENN STATE NABS 2011 BIG TEN TITLE!
    Head coach Cael Sanderson led Penn State to the school?s first ever Big Ten crown when the Nittany Lions edged Iowa by one point at Northwestern University on March 5-6, 2011. Not only was the crown PSU?s first since joining the conference nearly two decades ago (1992-93 season), but the 139.0 points shattered the old school record for points at the tournament (123.50 in 1993). Penn State?s five individual champions is also a new record, breaking the old record of three set in 1993 and 1994. The five Nittany Lion finalists tied the record for most finalists (five in 1993).

    CAEL SANDERSON NAMED 2011 BIG TEN
    COACH OF THE YEAR
    Head coach Cael Sanderson, in his second year as Penn State?s head coach, was named 2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year following Penn State?s title run at the Big Ten Championships on March 5-6 in Evanston. This year alone, Sanderson has guided the Nittany Lions to its first-ever Southern Scuffle Co-Championship (2010-11) and its first Virginia Duals Championship since 1991 (2010-11). In guiding Penn State to a 6-1-1 conference mark, Sanderson equaled the most Big Ten dual meet wins in Penn State history in just his second year at the helm of the Nittany Lions (Penn State won six Big Ten duals in 1998). Sanderson becomes Penn State?s third Big Ten Coach of the Year (the first since 2003).

    DAVID TAYLOR 2011 BIG TEN CHAMP AT 157;
    NAMED BOTH WRESTLER AND FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
    Continuing a dominating season of historic proportion, red-shirt freshman David Taylor blazed through the field at the 2011 Big Ten Championships to claim the 157-pound title. Taylor recorded a pin over Minnesota?s Matt Mincey, an 18-4 major over Indiana?s Paul Young and a decisive 8-3 win over Iowa?s Derek St. John in the finals. His run improved him to 34-0 on the year at the end of the tourney, with a school-record tying 32 bonus point wins. Taylor was honored after Penn State won the team title by being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. He becomes the first Nittany Lion ever to win both awards in the same season. Taylor is Penn State?s fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Year (the first since 2004) and third Big Ten Wrestler of the Year (the first since 2000). Taylor?s win at 157 makes it two in a row for Penn State as graduated senior Cyler Sanderson won the 157-pound crown last year.

    QUENTIN WRIGHT 2011 BIG TEN CHAMP AT 184
    NAMED 2011 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP OW
    Sophomore Quentin Wright entered the 2011 Big Ten Championship as the eighth and final seed at 184 and left Northwestern as the 184-pound champion and 2011 Big Ten Championship Outstanding Wrestler. Wright, a 2009 All-American at 174 and a red-shirt last year, majored Michigan?s Hunter Collins in the first round and then downed No. 1 seed Travis Rutt of Wisconsin 4-3 in the quarterfinals, ending day one on a high note. Wright then posted an 8-5 win over Illinois? Tony Dallago before edging second-seeded Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota in the finals, finishing off Penn State?s perfect five-for-five run in the championship finals. Wright?s thrilling effort earned him his first Big Ten title and his OW award was Penn State?s first since 1995.

    ANDREW LONG 2011 BIG TEN CHAMP AT 133
    Sophomore Andrew Long, the 2010 national runner up at 125, earned the Big Ten Championship at 133 with a sizzling 4-0 run through the field at Northwestern?s Welsh-Ryan Arena. Long claimed his first conference crown and Penn State?s first at 133. He began the tournament with an 18-3 tech fall over Indiana?s Matt Ortega, then downed Ian Paddock of Ohio State 6-2. A 7-2 win over fourth-seed B.J. Futrell in the semifinals set up a championship bout with second-seed Tyler Graff of Wisconsin. Long won the title with a swift four-point move in sudden victory, grabbing the 7-3 (sv) win and beginning a stunning PSU run of five-for-five finals victories.

    FRANK MOLINARO 2011 BIG TEN CHAMP AT 149
    UNTOUCHABLE IN EVANSTON
    Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro was about as dominant as a wrestler can be at his weight class, posting a perfect 3-0 record without giving up a single point to claim the 149-pound title at the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Molinaro, in winning his first crown, majored Minnesota?s Danny Zilverberg 9-0 in the first round, shut out fourth-seed Eric Terrazas of Illinois 4-0 in the semifinals and then hammered Michigan?s Eric Grajales 3-0 in the championship finals. Molinaro becomes Penn State?s first-every 149-pound Big Ten Champion.

    ED RUTH 2011 BIG TEN CHAMP AT 174
    Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth continued his dominance in 2010-11 by going 3-0 to win the 2011 Big Ten Championship at 174 pounds. Ruth, who improved to a stellar 32-1 at the tourney?s end, was one of five Penn State Champions on the day and, along with classmate David Taylor, gave Penn State two freshman conference champions. Ruth opened the tournament with an 18-5 major over Michigan State?s Curran Jacobs before downing Iowa?s Ethan Lofthouse 3-2 in the semifinals. He capped off his tourney run with a resounding 8-5 win over second-seed Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the finals.

    WADE AND ALTON TAKE FIFTH, JOIN 5 CHAMPS
    AS AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS
    Junior heavyweight Cameron Wade and true-freshman 141-pounder Andrew Alton each took fifth place at their weights, adding critical bonus points during the tournament to help Penn State win the school?s first ever Big Ten Championship. Wade went 2-2 on the weekend and provided what turned out to be Penn State?s final team point with a 9-0 major over Michigan?s Ben Apland in the fifth place bout. The two points (one for placing, one bonus for the major), pushed Penn State over the top to win the team race 139.0 to 138.0 over second place Iowa. Alton also went 2-0, notching a key tech fall in the third round of consolations and picking up a critical point with a fifth place bout win over Northwestern?s Kaleb Friedley.

    PATAKY AND VOLLRATH TAKE SEVENTH; NOTCH
    CRITICAL BONUS POINT VICTORIES IN TEAM TITLE RUN
    Senior Brad Pataky and red-shirt freshman James Vollrath each had one bout on Sunday, the final day of the 2011 Big Ten Championships, and each man stepped up in the biggest of possible ways to not only win their seventh place bouts, but tack on critical bonus points to help Penn State win the 2011 Big Ten Championship by a point. Pataky came back from two Saturday upsets to post a 16-1 tech fall over Michigan State?s Eric Olanowski in the seventh place bout at 125, adding 2.5 points (one for the win, 1.5 for the TF) to Penn State?s team total. Pataky went 3-2 at the tournament. Vollrath, unseeded at 165, stunned the home crowd with a quick :57 pin over 8th-seed Kevin Bialko of Northwestern. The fall gave Penn State three more team points (one for the win, 2.0 for the fall) and began a run of nine straight Penn State victories during Sunday?s final session. Vollrath went 2-2 at the event.

    PATAKY EARNS AT-LARGE BID
    TO 2011 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Penn State?s NCAAqualifier total got a boost during the official NCAAWrestling Selection Show on Wednesday, March 9, when senior Brad Pataky received an at-large selection to the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Pataky, a senior, now heads to his third NCAA tournament after finishing in the round of 12 the last two years. He heads to Philadelphia with a 5-4 career record at the event. The Nittany Lions have a recent history of making ?wild card/at-large? selections count.Penn State?s last at-large recipient took complete advantage of the opportunity as one-time red-shirt freshman Frank Molinaro took an at-large selection at 141 in 2009 and turned it into an eight-place, All-America, finish in St. Louis. Ayear before that, then-senior Mark McKnight turned a wild card at 125 into a stunning NCAAtournament run, going 6-2 to take fourth place in St. Louis as well.

    FIVE LIONS EARN NO. 1 SEEDS FOR BIG TENS
    Five Nittany Lion wrestlers had the the No. 1 seed at their respective weights for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 5-6, 2011. Sophomore Andrew Long, junior Frank Molinaro, freshman David Taylor, freshman Ed Ruth and junior Cameron Wade each earned top-seeds for head coach Cael Sanderson?s squad. Lon, Molinaro, Taylor and Ruth all met the seeds by winning individual titles. Sophomore Quentin Wright was Penn State?s fifth champion, wrestling up from the No. 8 seed to win the crown. Wade took fifth.

    HOME WRESTLING ATTENDANCE REACHES
    HISTORIC LEVELS
    Fans of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team came out in full force this year, making tickets to see head coach Cael Sanderson?s squad compete in Rec Hall a hot commodity. The Nittany Lions averaged nearly 5,500 fans per home dual, by far the best average attendance at Penn State in two decades or more.

    Two of Penn State?s duals sold out, with the Iowa dual on Jan. 30 selling out standing room only tickets as well. 6,686 fans packed Rec Hall for the match-up with the Hawkeyes, the largest Rec Hall sporting event crowd since enhanced fire codes capped attendance at the building in the mid-1990s. The Wisconsin dual on Feb. 18 also sold out all available seats with a solid portion of SRO tickets being sold as well. 6,311 fans watched Penn State down the Badgers 30-12 on Senior Night.

    Six of Penn State?s seven home duals, including Iowa and Wisconsin, topped the 5,000 fan mark, including 5,527 for Penn State?s win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 21. The Nittany Lions drew a total of 38,182 fans to Rec Hall for seven duals, giving Penn State a gaudy 5,455 per dual average.

    Final national average totals will be released in March with Penn State almost a cinch to finish second nationally, which would be the highest national finish for Penn State in decades. For a complete list of attendance figures from this year, see the table on page five of these notes. Last year in Sanderson?s first season as head coach at Penn State, the Nittany Lions averaged 4,341 fans per home dual with the highest figure a 4,883 crowd against Illinois. The figure was about 1,700 more per dual than the prior year. This year?s average added over 1,000 fans per dual. In just two seasons with Sanderson at the helm, Penn State has essentially doubled its average attendance from 2,789 in 2008-09 to 5,455 this year.

    With tickets becoming increasingly hard to find, fans are encouraged to secure season tickets for the 2011-12 season early. Fans can make deposits on new season tickets by calling Joel Diamond 814-867-2557. Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal applications later in the summer. Current season ticket holders can add additional season tickets on their renewal forms. All new season tickets will be sold based on availability basis. Penn State?s 5,456 per dual average was easily the second-best in the nation (Iowa, which utilizes Carver Hawkeye Arena, led the country with 8,209). Minnesota wa a distant third at 4,479 per dual. The Nittany Lions and Iowa are the only schools this year to have each dual bring in 4,000 or more fans, going seven for seven this year.

    TAYLOR UNDEFEATED AT 34-0 WITH 32 BONUS POINT WINS
    Red-shirt freshman David Taylor remained undefeated with a 3-0 run through the 2011 Big Ten Championships and will head to nationals riding a 34-bout unbeaten streak. Taylor notched a pin and a major to win the 157-pound Big Ten crown and is now 34-0 on the year, with 32 of those wins earning bonus points. The lone regular decision was a decisive 9-3 win over Virginia Tech?s Jesse Dong on 12/5 and his Big Ten title bout was an 8-3 decision over #7 Derek St. John of Iowa. Taylor has eight pins, 14 tech falls and ten majors. Taylor?s bonus win tally of 32 is tied for the all-time single season record at Penn State.

    ANDREW ALTON NOW ALONE IN 4TH ON ALL-TIME
    SINGLE SEASON PINS LIST; ED RUTH 10TH
    True freshman Andrew Alton pinned Wisconsin?s Shane McQuade in Penn State?s dual meet finale on 2/18. He ends the regular season with a 26-6 record and 17 pins. The 17 falls has him alone in fourth place on Penn State?s all-time single-season falls list. The record is 24, set by Josh Moore in 2003-04. In addition, Ed Ruth?s 11 pins this year has him in a tenth place tie with five other Nittany Lions.

    PSU RANKED #4 IN FINAL NWCA/USA TODAY COACHES POLL; 8 LIONS RANKED BY INTERMAT
    The Penn State wrestling team, led by head coach Cael Sanderson, earned a No. 4 ranking in the final USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, measuring dual meet strength. The finish is the highest for the Nittany Lions since the NWCA and USA Today began partnering on the poll and Penn State?s highest final dual ranking in nearly two decades.

    EIGHT NITTANY LIONS RANKED
    Eight Penn State wrestlers are currently ranked nationally by TheOpenMat.com Senior Brad Pataky is #10 at 125, sophomore Andrew Long is #3 at 133, freshman Andrew Alton is #6 at 141, junior Frank Molinaro is #3 at 149, freshman David Taylor is #2 at 157, freshman Ed Ruth is #2 at 174, sophomore Quentin Wade is #18 at 184 and junior Cameron Wade is #6 at 285.

    Patrick Donghia
    Last edited by Schlottke; 03-18-2011 at 06:56 PM.

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