No. 25 Wrestling Set for Clash With No. 24 Penn State

Penn vs. Penn State Live Stats

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – For the first time in over a month, Penn enters the weekend ranked in the Top 25 by InterMat, coming in this week at No. 25. The Quakers take their national ranking on the road on Friday, heading to State College, Pa. to wrestle the team one spot ahead of them in the polls, No. 24 Penn State.

The Quakers and Nittany Lions have met 23 times over the years, with Penn State prevailing in all but two of those duals. Penn has had luck recently, with both of its wins coming in the last ten years.

Penn sends three wrestlers to the mat who are ranked in the national polls while the Lions counter with four. For the Quakers, two wrestlers come in ranked No. 11 in the country – Rollie Peterkin (125) and Cesar Grajales (149). Matt Dragon currently sits No. 18 at 157 pounds.

When talking about the Nittany Lions rosters, the discussion begins with No. 2 Bubba Jenkins at 149 pounds. The returning All-American is 21-0 on the season and is looking to improve on a 2008 season that saw him advance all the way to the national championship match at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Jenkins and his opponent, Grajales, have not met previously.

Two wrestlers who do have experience against each other collegiately are Peterkin and his opponent at 1265 pounds, No. 13 Brad Pataky. The two met at the Michigan State Open in 2006 with Pataky coming out on top, 12-8.The two have wrestled on the freestyle circuit as well and familiarity could breed contempt at one of the more anticipated matches of the meet.

Other nationally-ranked wrestlers for Penn State include No. 9 Jake Strayer (133) and No. 16 Quentin Wright (174).

Penn has been improving as a team since the Virginia Duals, winning five of its last seven matches with the only losses coming to No. 3 Cornell and No. 4 Nebraska. A victory over Penn State tonight will continue the momentum the Red and Blue have built over the last month as the Quakers head to No. 8 Lehigh on Sunday and the EIWA Championships at The Palestra on March 7-8.

Penn’s Probable Lineup

125 – No. 11 Rollie Peterkin

133 – Bryan Ortenzio

141 – Rick Rappo

149 – No. 11 Cesar Grajales

157 – No. 18 Matt Dragon

165 – Zack Shanaman

174 – Scott Giffin

184 – Colin Hitschler

197 – Thomas Shovlin

Hwt. – Trey McLean

Penn State Probable Lineup

125 – No. 13 Brad Pataky

133 – No. 9 Jake Strayer/Tim Haas

141 – Frank Molinaro

149 – No. 2 Bubba Jenkins

157 – Tim Darling

165 – Dan Vallimont

174 – No. 16 Quentin Wright

184 – Jack Decker

197 – Clay Steadman/J.R. Brown

Hwt. – Cameron Wade/Stefan Tighe