PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team returns to the mats on Sunday at the Journeyman Tussle hosted by Hofstra University. Competition is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.
A round-robin competition, seven schools are represented at the event. No. 14 Rutgers, No. 16 N.C. State and No. 22 Penn highlight the ranked teams according to Intermat’s latest Tournament Power Index with Brown, Campbell, Hofstra and The Citadel also competing.
Penn’s lineup for Journeyman Duals
133 – Tristan DiVincenzo
141 – A.J. Vindici, Patrick Munn
149 – Joe Oliva, Jon Errico
157 – No. 16 May Bethea
165 – Joe Velliquette
174 – No. 3 Casey Kent, Quinton Hiles, Brian Krasowski
197 – No. 14 Frank Mattiace, Joe Heyob, Robert Ng, Jalen Laughlin
285 – Tyler Hall
Returning All-American Casey Kent is expected to make his 2016-17 debut after missing the first two tournaments of the season. He is the lone ranked wrestler entered at 174 pounds, but a test could come from N.C. State’s Nick Reenan a highly-touted recruit who has competed for Team USA in Greco-Roman at Junior Worlds.
No. 16 May Bethea is coming off a Keystone Classic where he advanced to the finals before falling to No. 1 Jason Nolf of Penn State. He will likely have another chance at a top-ranked wrestler in N.C. State’s Max Rohskopf who is No. 4 this week. A two-time NCAA qualifier, Rohskopf was ACC champion at 165 pounds last season.
No. 14 Frankl Mattiace also wrestled his way to the Keystone Classic finals two weeks ago before falling to a top-seeded wrestler from Penn State. He will be back in action on Sunday alongside three other Quakers at 197. Mattiace is the lone Top-20 wrestler at 197 pounds.
A total of 12 ranked wrestlers are entered this weekend, including No. 5 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) and No. 6 Kevin Jack (N.C. State) at 141 pounds.