Last week, Lighthouse Wrestling was proud to promote the Sprawl & Brawl Duals, organized by the Journeymen Wrestling Club, under the leadership of Frankie Popolizio. However, as deep in talent as that event is, the 2010 Northeast Duals, also sponsored by the JWC, might just be the best accumulation of talent in one place at one time this early into the 2010/2011 season…With a field consisting of seven of the nation’s top 25 teams (13 of the top 50), LHW and Journeymen have one suggestion for you, MAKE IT A DOUBLE, by being in attendance for both of the JWC’s premier events.
Scheduled this year for the last Saturday in November (27th), the NE Duals will be four rounds of back and forth, hotly contested matches with national implications, beginning at 9:30am on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College….With a battle of top-25 teams meeting in the opening round (#15 Missouri vs. #21 American University), you definitely don’t want to arrive tardy for the party…Other first round duals will include: #23 Rutgers vs. #32 Stanford, #24 Pittsburgh vs. #37 UPenn, #22 Virginia vs. Columbia, #40 George Mason vs. Bloomsburg, and #28 Binghamton vs. Sacred Heart (in an early CAA match-up)
As the day progresses, those with their butts in the seats will be treated to the likes of these featured duals: #15 Missouri vs. #23 Rutgers, #17 Lehigh vs. #22 UVA, #21 American vs. #32 Stanford, and #33 Northern Iowa vs. #28 Binghamton (ALL in round #2); #24 Pitt vs. #22 Virginia, #17 Lehigh vs. #15 Missouri, and #32 Stanford vs. #28 Binghamton (ROUND 3); To close the show, focus on #15 Missouri vs. #35 Maryland, #21 American vs. #24 Pittsburgh, and #32 Stanford vs. #37 Penn (in what I am calling the “Knowledge Bowl”).
Not convinced that HVCC is the place to be on the 27th, than consider this; in addition to this endless collection of collegiate talent, the event organizers have arranged for a very special attraction as a few of our nation’s best senior level competitors will play host to members of the perennially strong and always intimidating Russian National Team. If you’re a fan of the international styles, than this is a can’t miss for you.
Turning back to the main event, the 2010 NE Duals will showcase the following nationally ranked individuals (in weight order): 125- #14 Anthony Zanetta (Rutgers) and #15 Ryan Mango (Stanford); 133- #13 Rollie Peterkin (Penn); 141- #3 Tyler Nauman (Pitt), #16 Nick Nelson (Virginia), #17 Todd Schavrien (Mizzou), and #20 Anwar Goeres (Binghamton);149- #13 Don Vinson (Binghamton), #14 Mario Mason (Rutgers), and #19 Derek Valenti (UPenn); 157- #2 Steve Fittery (American U.), #4 Justin Lister (Bing), #13 Darryl Cocozzo (Rutgers), and #20 Dan Gonsor (formerly of UVA, now at Missouri); 165- #4 Jarion Beets (Northern Iowa, #5 Jon Asper (Maryland), #7 Scott Winston (Rutgers), #11 Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh), #12 Jedd Moore (UVA), and #13 Zach Toal (Missouri); 174- #2 Chris Henrich (Virginia), #6 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford), #7 Scott Giffin (UPenn), #11 Mike Letts (Maryland), #14 Dorian Henderson (Missouri), and #19 Alex Caruso (formerly of Lehigh; Now at Rutgers); 184- #12 Bagna Tovuujav (George Mason), #14 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh), and l#17 Nate Schiedel (Binghamton); 197- #7 Cayle Byers (George Mason), #8 Brent Haynes (Missouri), #11 Zach Giesen (Stanford), #12 Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh), #15 Micah Burak (UPenn), #17 Mike Salopek (Virginia), and #20 Dan Mitchell (American); And, making up a stacked class of big boys will be: #1 Zach Rey (Lehigh), #3 Dom Bradley (Missouri), #6 D.J. Russo (Rutgers), #8 Ryan Flores (American), #11 Ryan Tomei (Pitt), and #19 Christian Brantley (Northern Iowa).
Other, non-ranked talent worth coming to see include (alphabetical order by school): 2x Junior College National finalist/1x Champion Ganbayar Sanjaa (149/American); highly touted freshmen Nick Meinsen (133), Tyler Beckwith (174), and 285 Lance Moore of Binghamton; a trio of Lehigh Mountain Hawk frosh in the persons of Frank Cagnina (133), Stephen Dutton (141), and 174 Austin Meys; 2010 NCAA qualifiers John Kohler (141) and Kyle John (157) of Maryland; Missouri Tiger NCAA qualifier, Mike Larson (184); former top-10 recruit/2010 NCAA qualifier Zack Kemmerer (141), 2008 NCAA qualifier Thomas Shovlin (184), and elite first-year big man Kyle Cowan (285) of the UPenn Quakers; An individual to watch from Pitt will be multiple-time NCAA qualifier, Ethan Headlee (174) who is returning to the Panther line-up after a RS year in 2010; National qualifiers Justin Paulsen (133) and Lucas Espericueta representing the Stanford Cardinal; and finally a pair of upperweights in blue-chip RS freshman Jon Fausey (184) and returning NCAA qualifier Jack Danilkowicz (285).
Tickets for the event can be purchased at a price of $20…It just may be the best money if you ever spent….For information regarding this and all JWC events, please visit the official homepage of the Journeymen Wrestling Club.
Note: For those of you who plan to be in the area the day before the duals, the JWC is happy to welcome former NYS Champion/Michigan State wrestling alum/UFC Star Rashad Evans who will be conducting a mixed martial arts clinic on the 26th from 7:30pm-9:30pm.