Penn State Wrestling hits the road this weekend
PHILADELPHIA — The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0, 0-0 B1G), ranked No. 1 on InterMat’s Tournament Power Index (TPI), hits the road this weekend for a dual meet and a team-scored tournament in Philadelphia. The Lions visit Binghamton (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. for a dual with the Bearcats. Penn State then treks to Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania for the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19. The dual at Binghamton will be streamed on ESPN3.
Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad is coming off 2-0 Rec Hall weekend, with wins over Army West Point (45-3) and Bucknell (36-6). The Nittany Lions tallied seven pins in their 20 matches, including five in the dual victory over Army West Point. Junior Jason Nolf led the charge, going 2-0 with two falls.
Penn State will send redshirt freshman Devin Schnupp into action at 125. Schnupp made his collegiate dual debuts last weekend and dropped two very close matches. No. 15 Corey Keener went 2-0 at 133 in his Penn State debuts, including a pin and a major. Junior Jered Cortez is 2-0 at 141. Top-ranked Zain Retherford is 2-0 at 149 with a pin and a tech fall while No. 1 Nolf is 2-0 at 157 with the two pins.
Top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph is 2-0 at 165 with a major and a tech while second-ranked Mark Hall is 2-0 with a pin and a tech. No. 1 Bo Nickal is 2-0 at 184 with a pin and a major while sophomore Anthony Cassar, unranked by InterMat and ranked No. 18 by TrackWrestling, is 1-1 at 197. Junior Nick Nevills, ranked No. 3 at 285, is 2-0 with a pin.
Penn State will take its ten dual starters as well as ten other individuals for Sunday’s Keystone Classic as each team can enter up to 20 individuals in the tournament. The final list of Penn State’s additional competitors at The Palestra is to be determined.
Binghamton will be making its season dual debut Friday night, having wrestled in open tournaments to date. The Bearcats are led by senior Steven Schneider, who is ranked No. 14 at 184. The Bearcats could feature a veteran line-up that includes eight upperclassmen, including junior Vincent DePrez at 165 and senior Jacob Nicholson at 133. Penn State owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with Binghamton, including last year’s 46-0 victory in Rec Hall on 12/11/16. Penn State won 36-8 at Binghamton back on 11/23/08 as well.
This will be Penn State’s second straight trip to Penn’s Keystone Classic. The Nittany Lions won the team title last year with 245.0 points. Penn State crowned a number of individual champions, including Zain Retherford at 149, Jason Nolf at 157, Vincenzo Joseph at 165, Shakur Rasheed at 174, Bo Nickal at 184, Matt McCutcheon at 197 and Nick Nevills at 285. Other teams scheduled to take part in the team-scored tournament are Penn, Appalachian State, Drexel, Eastern Michigan, Franklin & Marshall, Harvard, Northwestern, Rider, Sacred Heart and VMI.
Penn State will visit Lehigh on Sunday, Dec. 3, for a 2 p.m. dual in Lancaster’s PPL Center in its next action. The next time the Nittany Lions grapple in Rec Hall will be on Sunday, Dec. 17, when the Indiana Hoosiers come to down for Penn State’s Big Ten dual opener.
#1 PENN STATE
(2-0, 0-0 B1G)
125: Devin Schnupp Fr. Lititz, Pa./Warwick / 0-2
133: #15 Corey Keener Sr. Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain / 2-0
141: Jered Cortez Jr. Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North / 2-0
149: #1 Zain Retherford Sr. Benton, Pa./Benton / 2-0
157: #1 Jason Nolf Jr. Yatesboro, Pa./Kittanning / 2-0
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph So. Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic / 2-0
174: #2 Mark Hall So. Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley / 2-0
184: #1 Bo Nickal Jr. Allen, Texas/Allen / 2-0
197: Anthony Cassar So. Rocky Hill, N.J./Montgomery / 1-1
#4 Matt McCutcheon Sr. Apollo, Pa./Kiski Area / 0-0
285: #3 Nick Nevills Jr. Clovis, Calif./Clovis / 2-0
125: Steven Bulzomi Jr. Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot
133: Jacob Nicholson Sr. Waterloo, N.Y./Waterloo
141: Joe Russ Jr. Smithtown, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
149: Frankie Garcia So. Norwich, N.Y./Norwich
157: Tristan Rifanburg So. Norwich, N.Y./Norwich
165: Vincent DePrez Jr. Hilton, N.Y./Hilton
174: Anthony Lombardo Jr. Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic
184: #14 Steven Schneider Sr. Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur
197: Mark Tracy Jr. Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East
285: Connor Calkins Jr. Almond, N.Y./Aldred-Almond
No. 1 Penn State (2-0, 0-0 B1G) hits the road this weekend for a dual meet and a team-scored tournament in Philadelphia.