Wrestling to Host Keystone Classic on Sunday

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s wrestling team will welcome 13 other programs to The Palestra on Sunday for the 2014 Keystone Classic. An annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition, this year’s installment is set to be a prime opportunity for early-season action as three teams in the most recent InterMat Tournament Top-25 – No. 6 Northwestern, No. 16 Pittsburgh, No. 24 Penn – are slated to compete. All total, 22 wrestlers ranked inside the Top-20 at their respective weight class are expected to compete.

2014 Keystone Classic Schedule (Tentative)
8 a.m. – Doors Open for Public
9 a.m. – Championship Round 1
10 a.m. – Championship Round 2
12 p.m. – Championship Quarterfinals and Consolation First Round
2 p.m. – Consolation Second Round
3 p.m. Championship Semifinals and Consolation Third Round
4:30 p.m. – Consolation Fourth Round
5:30 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals
6:30 p.m. – Championship Finals and Placement Matches

Live streaming via the Ivy League Digital Network (subscription service) will begin at 3 p.m. with the semifinals. Please note that the semifinal broadcast will focus on Penn wrestlers if they are competing. If no Penn wrestlers are in the semifinals, coverage will focus on Feature Matches in the semifinals. All championship final matches will be shows regardless of competing schools.

Last year’s edition of the Keystone Classic featured 38 wrestlers who would go on to compete at the NCAA Championships, including four All-Americans and a national champion.

A look at the Keystone Classic, weight-by-weight …

125 pounds (2013 champion – David Terao, American)
With last year’s champion not entered and finalist Rob Deutsch up at 133, this weight is up in the air. Stanford’s Evan Silver is ranked No. 15 by InterMat this week, leading the field. Appalachian State’s Dominic Parisi is a two-time NCAA qualifier. Outside of those two veterans, a host of young grapplers could make some waves and earn team points.

133 pounds (2013 champion – Shelton Mack, Pitt)
Another weight with the defending champion not in the field, 133 is likely to be led by No. 20 Rob Deutsch of Rider. Drexel’s Kevin DeVoy was an NCAA qualifier last season and runner-up at EIWAs and is on the cusp of the InterMat Top-20. The same can be said of Stanford’s Connor Schramm who has started well this season. Northwestern’s Dom Malone was runner-up at 133 at Keystone last year, and went on to qualify for NCAAs. Penn’s Caleb Richardson was a NCAA qualifier last year at 125 pounds, and is also hovering just outside the Top-20 early in the season.

141 pounds (2013 champion – Ethan Riley, Indiana)
Once again, a new champion will be crowned at this weight and the likely top seed is Harvard’s No. 9 Todd Preston. The EIWA champion at 141 last season, Preston was Round of 12 at NCAAs and has already reached the finals at the Binghamton Open this season. Northwestern’s Jameson Oster is No. 18 this week according to InterMat, with Rider’s Chuck Zeisloft right behind at No. 19. Zeisloft is an NCAA qualifier who has twice placed at Keystone. Penn’s contingent will be led by senior Andrew Lenzi.

149 pounds (2013 champion – Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern)
The defending champion at the Keystone Classic is also the defending national champion in Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis. Three of the InterMat Top-20 are likely to be entered, with Appalachian State’s No. 10 Dylan Cottrell and Pittsburgh’s No. 13 Mike Racciato set to compete. Penn’s No. 14 C.J. Cobb did not wrestle last weekend, but if he is healthy for the weekend he would add to an already deep field of NCAA qualifiers competing at this weight. Rider’s B.J. Clagon has made some noise early this season and could factor in at the end of the day, as could Drexel’s Matt Cimato.

157 pounds (2013 champion – Taylor Walsh, Indiana)
The 2013 champion has bumped up a weight this season, but runner-up Ray Bethea of Penn returns. A pair of ranked wrestlers will compete this weekend, with South Dakota State’s No. 17 Cody Pack and Northwestern’s No. 20 Bryce Brill entered. Eastern Michigan’s Brandon Zeerip was an NCAA qualifier at 157 last season, adding more depth to this field. In addition to Ray Bethea, Penn had two other 157-pounders in the quarterfinals at the ESU Open last weekend in Charlie Lynch and Brooks Martino. Both will be wrestling in The Palestra for the first time in almost two years due to injury.

165 pounds (2013 champions – Josh Veltre, Bloomsburg)
No. 4 Pierce Harger of Northwestern headlines the field at 165, coming off an All-American finish last season. No. 12 Taylor Walsh of Indian was the champion at 157 last year, going on to earn an NCA qualifying spot at that weight. He led all of Division I in pins last year with 22. No. 14 Jim Wilson of Stanford adds a third ranked wrestler and returning NCAA qualifier to the field.

174 pounds (2013 champion – Tyler Wilps, Pittsburgh)
Last year’s champion is on the list of preliminary entrants in No. 5 Tyler Wilps of Pittsburgh. An All-American last season, Wilps has not competed yet this season. If he is ready to go, he likely will be the top seed. Stanford’s Keaton Subjec is up to No. 20 this week by InterMat after a third-place run at the Roadrunner Open last week which featured three wins over ranked opponents. Just two ranked wrestlers leaves room for someone to come off the pace, perhaps Penn’s Dan McDevitt who was second at the ESU Open last weekend.

184 pounds (2013 champion, Lorenzo Thomas, Penn)
Returning All-American Lorenzo Thomas is the defending champion and ranked No. 3 in the nation this week by InterMat after a title run last week at the ESU Open. He very well could be on a collision course with Pitt’s No. 4 Max Thomusseit – a two-time Round of 12 finisher at NCAAs. Rider’s Clint Morrison has placed before at Keystone and is a veteran of the tournament.

197 pounds (2013 champion, Richard Perry, Bloomsburg)
Northwestern’s No. 9 Alex Polizzi likely will be the top seed at this weight, coming off back-to-back NCAA qualifying runs. Last year, he was third at Keystone. No. 10 Nick Bonaccorsi may have something to say about the top seed and tournament title, though, with two NCAA qualifying seasons of his own. South Dakota State’s Nathan Rotert is ranked No. 18 this week after big wins in the past two weeks. Harvard’s James Fox was an NCAA qualifier last season. Rider’s Donald McNeil was fifth at Keystone last year and eighth at Midlands before suffering an injury. In 2013, he was an NCAA qualifier. Indian’a Luke Sheridan makes it five former NCAA qualifiers likely to compete this weekend.

285 pounds (2013 champion, Kyle Colling, Arizona State)
No. 1 Mike McMullan of Northwestern will be the top seed, entering with three All-American finishes to his credit and an national finalist run in 2013. He has twice finished runner-up at the Keystone Classic. South Dakota State’s J.J. Everard is No. 19 this week by InterMat, with a win at the Bison Open and a second place finish at SDSU’s tournament to his credit. Appalachian State’s Denzel Dejournette was sixth at Keystone last season and is right outside the Top 20 this week. He recently won the Roadrunner Open, pinning Brooks Black (Illinois) in the final

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