Scott Green, the legendary New York State Junior Coach, as well a former assistant coach at Binghamton University and the current head coach at prep powerhouse Wyoming Seminary, recently made the comment on his facebook profile that it is starting to “smell like wrestling season.” For many enthusiasts, with matches officially kicking off this past weekend, this is a statement that is abundant with veritas and intensity. However, while I acknowledge the importance of all matches, for me, the start of the college season is always marked by the first of Frankie Popolizio and Journeymen Wrestling Club’s two mega-events; 2010/2011 is no different as I, along with a plethora of fans located in the Northeast, anxiously await the calendar hitting November 21st, the date of the JWC’s annual Sprawl and Brawl Duals….Hosted by the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, Binghamton University, this year’s field is highlighted by the participation of teams such as Penn State University, Harvard University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, and West Virginia, as well as the aforementioned Bearcats.
Beginning at 10am, this day-long wrestling extravaganza provides the fans in attendance with the opportunity to get a first hand look at the some of the best talent that our country has to offer on the collegiate level. And, with the DI National Tournament set to make its return to the East this season (Philadelphia), November 21st represents the region’s chance to recruit as many fans as possible in the hopes of packing the Wells Fargo Center in March. With this in mind, even if you are only a casual fan now, do not miss out on the opportunity to see such great action; I promise you, you will leave BU hooked.
Featuring Cael Sanderson’s #7 Nittany Lions, each of the participating teams will compete in at least two duals with several of the teams adding a third match before calling it a day. Of the match-ups, the ones that instantly jump off the page are the following: #21 Rutgers vs. #45 West Virginia (round #2; Mat #2), #7 Penn State vs. #52 Harvard (round #2; Mat #1), #52 Harvard (Round #3; Mat #3), #29 Binghamton vs. #49 Michigan State (Round #4; Mat #2), #49 Michigan State vs. and #7 Penn State vs. #21 Rutgers (Round #4; Mat #1), among several other duals that are sure to be competitive.
Individually, the Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl will showcase the following nationally ranked wrestlers (by weight class): 125- #20 Shane Young (West Virginia); 141- #13 Andrew Alton (Penn State) and #20 Anwar Goeres (Binghamton); 149- #3 Frank Molinaro (Penn State), #9 Brandon Rader (West Virginia), #12 Corey Jantzen (Harvard), #13 Donnie Vinson (Binghamton), #14 Mario Mason (Rutgers), and #15 David Cheza (Michigan State); 157- #4 Justin Lister (Binghamton), #6 David Taylor (Penn State), and #14 Darryl Cocozzo (Rutgers); 165- #7 Scott Winston (Rutgers), and #16 Donnie Jones (West Virginia); 174- #13 Ed Ruth (Penn State) and #19 Alex Caruso (Rutgers); 184- #3 Quentin Wright (Penn State) and #18 Nate Schiedel (Binghamton)…Rounding out the nationally recognized student-athletes will be the big boys from Rutgers and Penn State respectively, #6 D.J. Russo and #9 Cameron Wade.
If the previously mentioned collection of talent is not enough to win you over, then consider that in addition to those who are nationally ranked, Sunday the 21st will also you the privilege of being there in person when super frosh such as Tyler Beckwith (Binghamton, Nick Meinsen (Binghamton), Lance Moore (Binghamton), and Jake Kemmerer (Penn State) all make their collegiate debuts.
Admission/Tickets are a very modest $15 apiece with team discounts currently available….For more information, please visit the official online home of the Journeymen Wrestling Club by clicking here