I see the dual with Penn State clearly favored in four classes, Pitt in one, and the rest could go either way.
125-toss(Zanetta is good but continues to lose this year to guys he beat last year, hope he can turn it around)
141-toss(never thought this at the beginning of the year but there is no denying what Alton has done so far)
149-psu heavy(johnson needs to get bigger or drop to 141 when nauman leaves)
165-toss(i seem to be in the minority but i like headlee here)
184-toss(never thought this would be a toss up at the beginning of the year but Wright is coming off an injury and before that just wasnt looking dominate like I expected. Plus Thomussiet is tough and is right with the top guys he has wrestled this year.
197-Pitt heavy(if Zac Thomussiet is back)
Hwt-Toss(Wade and Tomei have beaten each other over the years)
Pitt would need all the toss-ups to keep this one close.
Just a reminder that this dual will be on BTN LIVE on Friday with a Live Blog. Match notes to be released in a few days.
From www.goPSUsports.com & PSU SID Pat Donghia
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 19, 2011 -- The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (11-0, 1-0 Big Ten), ranked No. 2 nationally, will host No. 22 Pittsburgh (8-5, 1-0 EWL) on Friday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in Rec Hall before travelling to Bloomington, Ind., for a Big Ten dual at Indiana (10-3, 0-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Penn State/Pitt dual is a live national television broadcast on the Big Ten Network, viewable by over 73 million people across the country.
Head coach Cael Sanderson’s Penn State squad is coming off a title run at the 2011 Virginia Duals. The Nittany Lions were unstoppable, going 4-0 with with wins over VMI (42-3), Edinboro (37-12), #23 Kent State (27-15) and #15 Michigan (24-12) by a combined score of 130-42. The Nittany Lions won 29 of 40 bouts with Brad Pataky (125), Andrew Long (133), Frank Molinaro (149), David Taylor (157) and Ed Ruth (174) going undefeated (4-0) during the tournament. The Virginia Duals title was Penn State’s first since 1991.
Penn State enters this week’s dual meets with eight ranked wrestlers and a perfect 11-0 record. The Nittany Lions have started as many as six freshmen at one time during duals this year and currently feature only one senior in the projected starting line-up. Brad Pataky is that lone senior, sporting a 7-2 record and a No. 11 national ranking at 125. Sophomore Andrew Long is 4-0 at 133 with a No. 5 ranking while true freshman Andrew Alton, ranked No. 5 at 141, is 22-2. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro is 17-2 on the year and has a No. 5 ranking at 149 while red-shirt freshman David Taylor is a perfect 23-0 and is ranked No. 3 at 157. Classmate Ed Ruth is 21-1 at 174 and has Penn State’s top ranking at No. 2, sophomore All-American Quentin Wright is 8-2 and ranked No. 6 at 184 while junior Cameron Wade, 19-3 overall, is ranked No. 6 at heavyweight.
No. 22 Pittsburgh enters the Friday dual with an 8-5 record, 1-0 in the Eastern Wrestling League. The Panthers are led by No. 3 heavyweight Ryan Tomei, who is 20-3 overall; Zac Thomusseit, who is 20-3 and ranked No. 11 at 197; and Tyler Nauman, who is 16-2 at 141 and ranked No. 7. In addition to that trio of ranked grapplers, the Panthers feature 165-pounder Ethan Headlee who is 20-8 and 184-pounder Max Thomusseit, who is also 20-8. The Panthers are coming off a 33-6 EWL win over Lock Haven last Friday night. Penn State leads the all-time series between the two schools by a wide 50-12-3 margin, but the Panthers battled Penn State to a 19-19 tie in Pittsburgh last year. Prior to last year’s tie, Penn State had won two straight. The Lions won 26-19 on Jan. 9, 2005 in Rec Hall. Pitt’s last win was an 18-12 victory on Jan. 5, 2001, also in Rec Hall.
Penn State returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 30, when No. 8 Iowa invades Rec Hall for a 2 p.m. dual. While the Iowa dual is now a sellout, tickets still remain for Penn State’s final two home duals against Illinois and Wisconsin. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets for the 2010-11 Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling season can place their orders by calling 814-865-5555 or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office.
The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket pricing is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, and there will be a limit of eight tickets per order. Group sales are also available. The 2010-11 Penn State wrestling season is presented by the Family Clothesline. Updates from the Nittany Lion Open will air on WRSC AM (1390) and WSQV FM (92.1). 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.
PROBABLE STARTERS As of January 19, 2011
#2 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (11-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2010-11 Record
125 #11 Brad Pataky Sr. Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield 7-2
133 #5 Andrew Long So. Creston, Iowa/Creston 4-0
141 #5 Andrew Alton Fr. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 22-2
149 #5 Frank Molinaro Jr. Barnegat, N.J./Southern Regional 17-2
157 #3 David Taylor Fr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 23-0
165 Jake Kemerer Fr. Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield 12-6
Nick Fischer So. Unionville, Pa./Unionville 13-7
174 #2 Ed Ruth Fr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township 21-1
184 #6 Quentin Wright So. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 8-2
Andrew Church Fr. Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf 6-11
197 Nick Ruggear Fr. Oxford, Pa./Oxford 13-6
Justin Ortega So. Oxford, Pa./Oxford 4-8
285 #6 Cameron Wade Jr. Twinsburg, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel 19-3
#22 PITTSBURGH PANTHERS (8-5, 1-0 EWL)
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2010-11 Record
125 Anthony Zanetta So. Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks 8-10
133 Shelton Mack Fr. Meadville, Pa./Meadville 10-10
141 #7 Tyler Nauman Jr. Middletown, Pa./Middletown 16-2
149 Dane Johnson Fr. New Kensington, Pa./Shady Side Academy 14-12
157 Donnie Tasser So. Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon 14-12
165 Ethan Headlee Jr. Waynesburg, Pa./Waynesburg 20-8
174 Andy Vaughan Sr. Gibsonia, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic 12-5
184 Max Thomusseit Fr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 20-8
197 #11 Zac Thomusseit Jr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 20-3
285 #3 Ryan Tomei Sr. Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford 20-3
No. 2 Penn State (11-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will take part in two duals this weekend. Penn State hosts No. 22 Pittsburgh (8-5, 1-0 EWL) on Friday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. and then treks to Indiana (10-3, 0-2 Big Ten) for a Big Ten dual on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m.
The Nittany Lions will host No. 8 Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 30. The 2 p.m. dual is already sold out.
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No. 22 Wrestling To Face Penn State Friday on National T.V. - UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Jan. 19, 2011
PITTSBURGH?The Pitt wrestling team will travel to State College, Pa., Friday, Jan. 21 for a top-25 showdown against Penn State. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET and will air live on the Big Ten Network.
The Panthers enter Friday?s action with an 8-5 dual season record and a 1-0 EWL mark. Most recently, the Panthers trounced the Lock Haven Bald Eagles, 33-6, in the conference opener.
Despite facing six opponents currently ranked in the NWCA/USA Today top-25 poll, Pitt will face arguably its tallest task yet. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 2 in the nation and boast an undefeated 11-0 dual record.
Penn State is led by Head Coach Cael Sanderson, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist who accumulated a combined 159-0 record while winning four national championships in his collegiate career at Iowa State. The Nittany Lions feature a ranked grappler at eight of the 10 weight classes.
Last season, the two squads squared off at Fitzgerald Field House, with both teams wrestling to an 18-18 tie. In one of the most exciting finishes last year, redshirt senior Ryan Tomei recorded a takedown in the final seconds of the match to pick up a major decision and give Pitt the tie.
The live broadcast, alongside an expected capacity crowd of 6,486 is something Pitt Head Coach Rande Stottlemyer believes will bring out the best in wrestlers.
?Rec Hall is an intense wrestling setting and one that all our guys are really looking forward to experiencing,? Stottlemyer said. ?Many of our guys who have postseason aspirations know that this is a golden opportunity for themselves to showcase their talent. It?s certainly going to be a challenge, but one that our entire team is looking forward to.?
Sanderson is also looking forward to the matchup.
?Pitt has a real strong team this year,? Sanderson said in his weekly segment. ?They?re a solid team with some real stars in their lineup. It?s going to be fun.?
Both squads share some familiarities. David Taylor, Penn State?s standout freshman starter at 157, was classmates with Pitt freshman Max Thomusseit (197) at St. Paris Graham High School in Ohio. The two newcomers are a combined 43-8 this season.
Pitt redshirt freshman Dane Johnson (149) attended the same high school (Shady Side Academy) as Penn State freshman Frank Martellotti (125).
Perhaps most unique, is the fact that both schools feature a roster with three sets of brothers, including Pitt?s Donnie and P.J. Tasser, Max and Zac Thomusseit, and Matt and Tyler Wilps.
Pitt assistant coach Matt Kocher hails from State College, where he was a four time district champion, earning a PIAA state championship his senior year. At State College High School, Kocher compiled an impressive 123-20 record. At Pitt, Kocher was a four time NCAA qualifier and an NCAA All-American in 2007.
The two teams will meet for the 61<sup>st</sup> time, with Penn State leading the all-time series, 46-11-3.
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