PHILADELPHIA – Folkstyle has been put on the back burner for the past few weeks as University of Pennsylvania wrestlers turned to freestyle, bringing home three All-American honors from this past weekend’s University Nationals in Akron, Ohio.May Bethea, a 2016 NCAA qualifier at 157 pounds, finished sixth at 70kg. Canaan Bethea, a 2015 Penn graduate and a two-time NCAA qualifier, was sixth at 86kg. Frank Mattiace, twice an EIWA placewinner, was eighth at 97kg.
Penn was represented by eight wrestlers at University Nationals – each representing the Pennsylvania RTC which operates out of Penn’s Pottruck Wrestling Center. All eight grapplers won at least one match at the tournament.
May Bethea was seeded No. 4 in the tournament and posted a 5-3 record en route to a sixth place finish. He would reach the semifinals with a 7-7 decision over Markus Scheidel, who wrestles collegiately for Columbia. In the semifinals, Bethea was defeated by the No. 1 seed – and eventual champion – Adam Hall who was a two-time All-American at Boise State and is currently an assistant coach at N.C. State.
May’s big brother Canaan was dominant early on at 86kg with three technical falls in his first three matches, outscoring his opponents 31-0. In the quarterfinals, he was defeated by eventual champion Morgan McIntosh of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club – the 2016 NCAA runner-up at 197 pounds. Bethea, who competes full-time for the PRTC in freestyle, would finish his tournament with a 5-3 record and a sixth place finish.
Frank Mattiace posted a 4-3 record at 97kg for an eighth place finish. After a 12-1 technical fall to open his tournament, Mattaice was edged by the eventual runner-up, Nikko Reyes of Northern Colorado in the second round. Mattaice would go on to win three matches on the back side before coming up short in a 4-4 match with Jared Haught.
May Bethea – 70kg. (Sixth Place)
First Round: dec. Kamaal Shakur (Chattanooga), 16-10
Second Round: TF Christian Montserrat (WVU), 10-0
Third Round: TF Cohl Fulk (Wolfpack Wrestling), 10-4
Fourth Round: dec. Chase Straw (Iowa State), 10-4
Quarterfinals: dec. Markus Scheidel (NYC RTC), 7-7
Semifinals: lost to Adam Hall (Wolfpack Wrestling), 10-0
Consolation Quarterfinals: lost to Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan), 4-3
Fifth Place Match: lost to Kamaal Shakur (Chattanooga), 7-2
Joe Velliquette – 74kg.
First Round: TF TJ Miller (Virginia), 10-0
Second Round: dec. Robert Janis (Virginia Tech), 11-2
Third Round: dec. Logan Parks (Central Michigan), 3-1
Fourth Round: lost to Chad Welch (Boilermaker WC), Fall 0:56
Consolation Fifth Round: FALL Nicholas Hafenkamp (Bearcat WC), 0:39
Consolation Sixth Round: lost to Alex Griffin (Boilermaker WC), 3-0
Canaan Bethea – 86kg. (Sixth Place)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: TF Gage Garpow (Hoosier WC), 11-0
Third Round: TF Chris Pfarr (Minnesota Storm), 10-0
Fourth Round: TF Hunter Gamble (Bulldog Elite), 10-0
Quarterfinals: lost to Morgan McIntosh (Nittany Lion WC), 11-0
Round of 12: TF Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan), 14-3
Consolation Quarterfinals: dec. Nathan Jackson (Hoosier WC), 7-6
Consolation Semifinals: lost to Pete Renda (Wolfpack WC), 10-0
Fifth Place Match: lost to Riley Lefever (Wabash WC), Fall 2:26
Joe Heyob – 86kg.
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Morgan McIntosh (Nittany Lion WC), 10-0
Consolation Second Round: TF Nicholas Shawley (Clarion WC), 12-2
Consolation Third Round: dec. Thomas Sleigh (Buffalo Valley WC), 13-10
Consolation Fourth Round: TF Luke Greenburg (Northern Illinois), 10-0
Consolation Fifth Round: lost to Kevin Radford (Sunkist Kids), 15-5
Ryan Wosick – 86kg.
First Round: Bye
Second Round: lost to Matthew Rundell (Tarheel WC), 11-1
Consolation Second Round: TF Faris Karaborni (Minnesota Storm), 10-0
Consolation Third Round: TF Shane Mast (Golden Pride WC), 10-0)
Consolation Fourth Round: lost to Chris Pfarr (Minnesota Storm), 11-0
Frank Mattiace – 97kg. (Eighth Place)
First Round: Bye
Second Round: TF James Russell (Michigan State), 12-1
Third Round: lost to Nikko Reyes (Northern Colorado), 6-2
Consolation Fourth Round: TF Tristan Sponseller (Lock Haven), 10-0
Consolation Fifth Round: TF Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga), 13-2
Round of 12: dec. Daniel Chald (Tarheel WC), 2-1
Consolation Quarterfinals: lost to Jared Haught (Big Springs WC), 4-4
Seventh Place Match: lost to Kevin Beazley (Virginia Beach WC), 11-0
Robert Ng – 97kg.
First Round: lost to Jonathen Dennis (Viking WC), 8-3
Consolation First Round: dec. Saul Wilkins (Bloomsburg WC), 5-1
Consolation Second Round: lost to Steven Holloway (Iowa), 10-0
Patrik Garren – 125kg.
First Round: TF Sean Twigg (Terrapin WC), 10-0
Second Round: TF Cary Miller (App. State RTC), 11-0
Third Round: lost to Garrett Ryan (Sunkist Kids), 11-0
Consolation Fourth Round: lost to Denzel Dejournette (App. State RTC), 11-1
The individual finishes at University Nationals came after the Pennsylvania RTC had a strong showing at the first University National Duals event at George Mason at the end of May. The Quakers partnered with Drexel to represent the PRTC and post a 4-4 record in freestyle dual meets against other collegiate teams. May Bethea went 4-0 in his matches, while Frank Mattiace was 3-0 and Brooks Martino and Canaan Bethea each posted a 2-0 day.