PHILADELPHIA – Once again, The Palestra will serve as home to Penn Wrestling’s annual Keystone Classic Presented by Canna Milne Financial on November 20, welcoming 12 of the nation’s top wrestling programs to the “House of Wrestling” for a premier early-season tournament.
Fans unable to attend the Keystone Classic can watch live - every match from every mat -- on FloWrestling and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Penn, ranked No. 22 in this week’s InterMat Tournament Rankings, will host defending national champion Penn State (ranked No. 4), and No. 23 Rider in addition to Appalachian State, Drexel, Eastern Michigan, Franklin & Marshall, Harvard, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Sacred Heart and VMI.
Keystone Classic Schedule
9 a.m. – Championship First Round
2:30 p.m. – Championship Semifinals
5:30 p.m. – Championship Finals
A total of 25 ranked wrestlers are on the rosters of the competing teams this weekend, setting up many potential early-season looks at NCAA Championships contenders.
Weight-By-Weight Notes (All Entries Subject to Change)
125 pounds: Penn State freshman No. 6 Nick Suriano is the line Top-20 wrestler entered this weekend, he is coming off a 3-0 win over then-No. 4 Connor Schramm of Stanford. Drexel’s Zach Fuentes and Pittsburgh’s L.J. Bentley are returning NCAA qualifiers at the weight.
133 pounds: Three Top-20 wrestlers are entered this weekend, including a pair of Top-10 wrestlers in Pittsburgh’s No. 8 Dom Forys and Penn State’s No. 9 Jared Cortez. The third ranked wrestler represents the home team in No. 17 Caleb Richardson. Forys was Round of 12 at last year’s NCAAS. Keep an eye on Drexel’s Kevin Devoy, who is back down at 133 after bumping to 141 last year. In 2014-15, Devoy won 38 matches at 133 pounds, won Drexel’s first EIWA championship, and was a Round of 12 wrestler at NCAAs.
141 pounds: Penn State’s No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon is the lone Top-20 and returning NCAA qualifier in the field. Youth will be served at this weight as 17 of the 24 entries are freshmen or sophomores.
149 pounds: Defending NCAA champion Zain Retherford of Penn State is currently ranked No. 1 in the country. He will be joined by No. 9 Matt Cimato of Drexel in the field. Cimato was a quarterfinalist last year at NCAAs. Joining them as returning NCAA qualifiers will be Eastern Michigan’s Nick Barber. Pitt’s Mikey Racciatto – the Keystone champion at 141 last year – has moved up to 149.
157 pounds: Penn State’s Jason Nolf was a NCAA finalist last year at 157, and is No. 1 in the country this week. He leads a field of four Top-20 wrestlers, including Penn’s No. 19 May Bethea. Last year, Bethea claimed the Keystone Classic crown and won a match at NCAAs. Also among Top-20 wrestlers entered are No. 17 B.J. Clagon – an All-American at 149 – and No. 20 Neal Richards of VMI.
165 pounds: Rider’s Chad Walsh, an All-American at 157 last year, is ranked No. 5 at 165 this season. Three other Top-20 wrestlers are entered this weekend – No. 12 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State), No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (Pittsburgh) and No. 17 Forrest Pryzbyz (Appalachian State).
174 pounds: Penn’s Casey Kent is ranked No. 3 in the country after earning All-American honors last season. Penn State’s Geno Morelli, a NCAA qualifier last year at 165, is ranked No. 13 this season at 174. Harvard’s Josef Johnson was a NCAA qualifier last season. Northwestern’s Johnny Sebastian, a Bergen Catholic product, missed all of last year with injury but was 23-3 as a redshirt in 2014-15.
184 pounds: Penn State again leads the way with No. 3 Bo Nickal, the NCAA runner-up at 174 last season. This is another field which can be considered wide open after the top seed with no other returning NCAA qualifiers and no seniors among the 16 entrants.
197 pounds: Three Top-20 wrestlers are entered at this weight, led by Rider’s Ryan Wolfe who enters the week ranked No. 11. Just behind him is Penn State’s Matt McCutcheon at No. 14 while Penn’s Frank Mattiace is ranked No. 16.
285 pounds: Appalachian State’s Denzel Dejournette is ranked No. 8 this week and is the defending champion from last year’s Keystone Classic. Penn State sophomore Nick Nevills is ranked No. 13 this week, while Pittsburgh’s Ryan Solomon is No. 14. Other notable entrants are returning NCAA qualifiers Gage Hutchinson (Eastern Michigan), Joey Goodhart (Drexel) and Mauro Correnti (Rider).