Wrestlers are in a Philly Mood

Fresh off its first Big Ten title and five individual championships, Penn State's wrestling team heads down the road to Philadelphia for the NCAA Championships from March 17-19.

Eight Nittany Lions are among those athletes who will compete at this year's NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia March 17-19.

Four of Penn State's participating wrestlers are seeded in the top three for their respective weight classes, with Andrew Long No. 3 at 133 pounds, Frank Molinaro No. 2 at 149 pounds, David Taylor No. 3 at 157 pounds and Ed Ruth No. 2 at 174 pounds.

The other qualified Lions include Brad Pataky at 125 pounds, PSU's sole at-large selection for the event, Andrew Alton (No. 6) at 141 pounds, Quentin Wright (No. 9) at 184 pounds and Cameron Wade (No. 9) at 285 pounds.

Wright, Taylor, Long, Molinaro and Ruth all won Big Ten individual titles at the conference tournament two weeks ago as PSU won its first Big Ten team title. It was the first time a squad from the Eastern timezone has won the title since 1973.

Here are the early matchups for the Nittany Lions:

125 pounds

Brad Pataky vs. No. 12 Jarrod Garnett (Virginia Tech)

133 pounds

No. 3 Andrew Long vs. Casey Cruz (Northern Colorado)

141 pounds

No. 6 Andrew Alton vs.Anwar Goeres (Binghamton)

149 pounds

No. 2 Frank Molinaro vs. Zac Cibula (Rider)

157 pounds

No. 2 David Taylor vs. Robert Erisman (Oklahoma State)

174 Pounds

No. 2 Ed Ruth vs. Royal Brettrager (Liberty)

184 pounds

No. 9 Quentin Wright vs. Jonathan Fausey (Virginia)


No. 9 Cameron Wade vs. winner*

*Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) vs. Clayton Jack (Oregon State)

Full NCAA Wrestling Championships Brackets


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