Brackets Through Quarterfinals
PHILADELPHIA – For the 19th year in a row, Penn will hold one of the nation’s strongest early-season tournaments as the Quakers hold the Keystone Classic in The Palestra starting at 10 a.m. 12 teams are entered in the tournament, four ranked in this week’s USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I poll with a total of 27 wrestlers ranked inside the Top-20 at their weight slated to enter the tournament.
On the home front, Penn looks to build on a second place finish at the Keystone Classic in 2012 and returns its two champions from a year ago. C.J. Cobb was victorious at 141 pounds a year ago, while Canaan Bethea picked up the title at 184 pounds. The Red and Blue will be plenty warmed up for the tournament after a Friday-night dual with Maryland in College Park.
2013 Keystone Classic Schedule
10 a.m. – Championship First Round (Pigtails)
10:20 a.m. – Championship Second Round
12:30 p.m. – Championship Quarterfinals/Consolation First Round
2 p.m. – Consolation Second Round
3 p.m. – Championship Semifinals/Consolation Third Round
4:30 p.m. – Consolation Fourth Round
5:15 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals
6 p.m. Championship, 3rd Place, 5th Place Matches
Brackets: Will be updated throughout the day at PennAthletics.com.
Live Streaming: Live video streaming via the Ivy League Digital Network will begin at 3 p.m. and continue through the finals. Viewers should note that the broadcast will focus on Penn wrestlers if they are competing in the semifinals through consolation semifinals. All championship matches will be streamed in their entirety regardless of affiliation.
Twitter: Follow @2013Keystone throughout the day for information on the tournament.
125: Pitt senior Anthony Zannetta enters the weekend ranked No. 7 in the country and is the likely top seed at this weight. A three-time NCAA qualifier, he was a Round of 12 advancer in 2012 before posting a 25-3 record as a redshirt last season. Rob Deutsch transferred to Rider from Old Dominion and was an NCAA qualifier for the Monarchs. He is ranked No. 10 this week and is likely the second seed. Penn will line up freshman Caleb Richardson who was a highly-regarded recruit in 2011 before spending a deferred year at the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club and 2012-13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He may be a bit of an unknown to college fans at this point, but could burst on the scene this weekend.
133: Another weight with two Top-20 wrestlers as probable top-two seeds, 133 is similar to 125 in that it is wide open after that. No. 12 Josh Wilcox of Bloomsburg was an NCAA qualifier in 2013, and is 4-2 to start 2013-14 with one loss to the no. 6 wrestler in the country. No. 17 Shelton Mack of Pitt is a two-time NCAA qualifier who is off to a 5-2 start this season. Wilcox and Mack are familiar with each other from Pitt’s days in the EWL, so a potential finals bout could be a fun one.
141: Penn’s No. 11 C.J. Cobb is the only ranked wrestler at this weight among the 12 teams competing, leaving plenty of opportunity for new faces to seize the spotlight and garner some attention. Cobb is the defending champion at the Keystone Classic, but his status to defend his title is up in the air as he battles an injury suffered during preseason. Northwestern’s Pat Greco qualified for NCAAs last season and could challenge Cobb.
149: An NCAA qualifier in 2012, Bloomsburg’s Bryce Busler is ranked No. 5 in the country and is 5-0 entering the weekend. He knocked off then-No. 1 and defending national champion, Kendrick Maple, at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Tournament en route to that championship to kickoff his season in fine form. Appalachian State’s Dylan Cottrell is 9-0 to begin the season and up to No. 16 this week. He has five wins with bonus points to date this season. Penn’s Andrew Lenzi was fifth at Keystone last season and is looking to this year tournament as a starting point towards building to a first NCAA appearance.
157: Two Top-10 wrestlers will jostle for the top seed at this weight in No. 8 Taylor Walsh of Indiana and No. 10 Nestor Taffur of Boston University. Both were NCAA qualifiers last season and both won matches at the national tournament. Last year at Keystone, they were fourth and third seeds, respectively, falling in the semifinals to the top two seeds. Penn’s Steve Robertson won Keystone at 149 in 2011 before finishing sixth, losing to Walsh, in 2012 at 157.
165: Arguably the deepest weight, five wrestlers in this week’s Top-20 could be entered in the bracket. Leading the way is no. 8 Josh Veltre from Bloomsburg. Veltre has two wins this season, both by major decision. Defending champion Pierce Harger of Northwestern is ranked No. 11 this season, and is set to defend his title. In fact, five placewinners from 2012 could return this weekend. In addition to Harger (first place) and Veltre (fourth), Rider’s No. 13 Ramon Santiago (third place), Indiana’s No. 18 Ryan LeBlanc (third place), and Penn’s Casey Kent (sixth place) all have aim on returning to the podium.
174: No. 8 Tyler Wilps from Pitt leads the field at this weight, entering with a 5-1 record this season. He is a returning NCAA qualifier from last season and will be making his first Keystone appearance. No. 17 Kevin Radford from Arizona State is another returning NCAA qualifier, down from 184 last year. He is 7-3 this season. Lee Munster of Northwestern is the defending champion, but hasn’t competed yet this season. Rider’s Jim Resnick is also a candidate to make noise if he enters the tournament. Harvard freshman Eric Morris could be the Crimson’s best shot at a champion.
184: Pitt again enters a high-ranking wrestler to lead the field at this weight ion No. 5 Max Thomusseit. A two-time NCAA qualifier who reached the Round of 12 last year, Thomusseit is 5-0. Penn’s Lorenzo Thomas is ranked No. 11 this week and will be back on home mats after missing all of 2012-13. He was second at the 2011 Keystone at 165 pounds. Penn teammate Canaan Bethea was champion at 184 last year but has not competed yet this season. Rider’s No. 20 Clint Morrison was sixth at the 2012 Keystone.
197: Four Top-20 wrestlers could enter this weekend’s tournament, paced by Bloomsburg’s Richard Perry. Ranked No. 11 this week, Perry is the defending champion at the Keystone Classic and a two-time NCAA qualifier. American’s No. 12 Danny Mitchell returns from a redshirt year looking to improve on a second place finish at the 2010 Keystone the last time he competed in the event. Pitt adds to its strong contingent of upper weights with No. 17 Nick Bonaccorsi. The EWL champion at 174 last year, Bonaccorsi was the ELW Freshman of the Year. Northwestern’s No. 20 Alex Polizzi was fourth at the 2012 Keystone en route to an NCAA qualifier berth. Penn’s Frank Mattiace is a bit of an unknown, but he won the ESU Open in his first collegiate tournament and then knocked off No. 10 Christian Boley of Maryland on Friday, 12-4.
285: Five Top-20 wrestlers could see action on Sunday. Returning NCAA finalist No. 2 Mike McMullan of Northwestern is atop the group. The Easton, Pa. native is a two-time All-American. Indiana’s No. 9 Adam Chalfant is the defending champ, having defeated McMullen in last year’s final. McMullan would get that win back at NCAAs later that season. No. 15 Blake Herrin (American) and No. 17 Kevin Innis (Boston University) round out the group of Top-20 wrestlers, with Penn’s Steven Graziano and Bloomsburg’s Justin Grant making it seven NCAA qualifiers from 2013 entered in the field.