The Nittany Lions were Big Ten champs in 2012, and National Champs in 2012 - again. So watching the video never gets old. But wrestling news doesn't stop at the end of the NCAA heavyweight match. Let's spin around the interwebs to get caught up.
David Taylor was named Penn State Male Athlete of the Year, along with Maya Hayes as Female Athlete of the Year. David and Maya are now in the running for the same awards at the Big Ten ceremony. Taylor went 34 - 0 on the season, winning the Big Ten title and NCAA title at 165 lbs. At the NCAA championship tournament, he went 5 - 0 with four pins and a technical fall in the final. That is stupid good.
Chattanooga is set to welcome 20 teams from across NCAA Division I wrestling, including four of the top five finishers at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Two-time defending NCAA Champion Penn State highlights the list of teams committed to visiting the Scenic City next season. No. 2 Minnesota and No. 4 Cornell will also return from last year's Scuffle lineup. No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 19 American highlight the newcomers for the 2013 event. They will be joined by Virginia Tech (11), Appalachian State (21), Missouri (26) and Virginia (28) as teams who finished in the top-30 at last year's NCAA Championships.
The only top-5 squad who will miss the Southern Scuffle this year? Iowa.
Two decorated members of the University of Wisconsin wrestling team have made plans to transfer, capping one of the most demoralizing seasons in program history. Andrew Howe, a 2010 NCAA champion and three-time All-American at 165 pounds, and Travis Rutt, an All-American at 184 pounds in 2011, will take their talents to Oklahoma.
That follows former Wisconsin champ and assistant coach Don Pritzlaff leaving. Something is amiss in Bucky land.
Four Penn State wrestlers were named to the Academic All-America team, including seniors Frank Molinaro and Cameron Wade. National runner-up Quentin Wright and the aforementioned David Taylor were the other two. Four of the 10 spots? That's not too shabby.
The early word from Coach Cael Sanderson is that we'll likely have to wait a while to see any of the three highly ranked new recruits. That includes top-5 overall recruit Jimmy Guilbon. According to Sanderson:
"We’ll give them a chance to get in there and see where they are," he said. "We’re not like, ‘We’re wrestling Gulibon or we’re wrestling Beitz.’
"Beitz wants to try out for the spot at 141. Gulibon would be a potential 133-pounder. I don’t want to throw him in there. I’d rather have him redshirt if we can."
From the same article, he notes that we'll have to wait a bit longer for the full 2012/2013 wrestling schedule. Why? When Lock Haven, Pitt, Bloomsburg, Edinboro, Bucknell, Lehigh and Clarion are within the same state, and you've been busy winning National Championships, well....
"It’s a little tricky, especially out here, because everybody kind of believes they’re your rival," he said. "It’s kind of hard to be everybody’s rival."
Ahh...the sweet words of success. With Honor, by the way.
One last link - on Sunday Ed Ruth showed why he is going to be awesome at 184 lbs when he took on Lehigh's Robert Hamlin at the Adam Frey Classic:
Consider it a learning experience for Lehigh two-time All-American wrestler Robert Hamlin. Hamlin faced Blair Academy graduate and 2012 174-pound NCAA champion Ed Ruth of Penn State in the feature bout of Sunday's fourth annual Adam Frey Classic at Lehigh's Grace Hall. Ruth collected three takedowns, an escape and a riding point and only allowed Hamlin two escapes on the way to an 8-2 decision.
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