PHILADELPHIA – One final tournament awaits the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team for the 2015 portion of its season, the Quakers venturing to State College for the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday at Rec Hall. Competition begins at 10 a.m. and the finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Quakers have not competed at the Nittany Lion Open since 2010, where a pair of future All-Americans in Zack Kemmerer (second at 141) and Scott Giffin (third at 174) secured high finishes.
Penn is scheduled to enter Jon Guevara (125), Tristin DeVincenzo (133), Caleb Richardson (133), Eric Friedman (141), Marc Mastropietro (141), A.J. Vindici (141), May Bethea (157), Brooks Martino (157), Joe Oliva (157), Joe Velliquette (165), Casey Kent (174), Joe Heyob (184), Lorenzo Thomas (184), Ryan Wosick (184), Frank Mattiace (197), Robert Ng (197), and Tyler Hall (285) on Sunday.
Lorenzo Thomas enters the weekend ranked No. 10 in the country according to the InterMat rankings, and with an 8-1 overall record. Last time out, he won the Keystone Classic championship and his only loss this season is to No. 1 Gabe Dean of Cornell. Another Top-20 wrestler in the field is Penn State’s No. 13 Matt McCutcheon. Thomas is 2-0 all-time against McCutcheon, each win a 4-2 decision.
At 133 pounds, Caleb Richardson is 5-3 this season, and fell out of the InterMat Top-20 after the Keystone Classic. He will have a chance to possibly get back into that poll with Penn’s State’s No. 8 Jordan Conaway and Maryland’s No. 18 Tyler Goodwin on the entrant list for the tournament.
Frank Mattiace is 7-3 this season at 197 pounds, with three wins by fall. The No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country is entered at this weight in Penn State’s Morgan McIntosh.
After missing the Keystone Classic with injury, Casey Kent is scheduled to return this weekend at 174 pounds. He is 3-1 this season, and unranked according to InterMat. Penn State’s Bo Nickal is ranked No. 6 this week, likely leading the field as the top seed.
One of the more interesting battles shaping up for the Red and Blue comes at 157 pounds where returning NCAA qualifier Brooks Martino and May Bethea are battling it out. Bethea got a win over Martino at the Keystone Classic en route to the championship, and both will be entered this weekend in a weight which includes No. 3 Jason Nolf of Penn State and No. 10 Joey Lavallee of Missouri.