Some Eastern Magic in Philly – Penn State and Cornell On Top in a Tight Team Race

The Wrestling Witch of the East showed up in the form of Penn State blue and Cornell red and worked its magic as the 2 eastern teams moved ahead of Iowa. One of these teams could be making a bid to be the first eastern team to win a national wrestling title since Penn State in 1953.

The Wrestling Witch of the East showed up in the form of Penn State blue and Cornell red and worked its magic as the 2 eastern teams moved ahead of Iowa. One of these teams could be making a bid to be the first eastern team to win a national wrestling title since Penn State in 1953.

Penn State moved seven wrestlers into Friday’s quarter final round while Cornell Big Red moved along five. Let’s not count out Iowa just yet as they also have 5 wrestlers in tomorrow’s quarters. The quarter final round may well set the tone for top team scoring for the remainder of this tournament. Wisconsin and Oklahoma State each have 4 wrestlers in tomorrow’s winners bracket round, but it was the east’s American University tied for 4th with Oklahoma State. The team race is a close after Thursday night’s second round (prior to the wrestle-back round) as Penn State leads with 30.5, Cornell is 2nd with 27.5, Iowa has 24 and American and Oklahoma State posted 21 points.

Looking locally, Hofstra advanced 2 wrestlers into the quarter final round as both Lou Ruggirello and PJ Gillespie won by decision. Ruggirello won over Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion and Gillespie over Peter Yates of Virginia Tech. Steve Bonanno will wrestle tomorrow morning after a consolation round 6-5 win over Tyler Iwumara of Cal. St. Bakersfield. Steven Keith of Harvard lost to the #1 seed Anthony Robles and dropped into the wrestle-back round tomorrow morning. Lehigh’s Stephen Dutton advanced to tomorrow’s wrestle-back round with a victory over Jon Kohler of Maryland. Hofstra’s Vince Varela will wrestle in tomorrow’s consolation round due to a win against Mike Koehnlein of Nebraska.

Other East coast wrestlers of note who advanced into the quarter finals include Kyle Dake, Andrew Alton, David Taylor, Ed Ruth, unseeded Diego Bencamo of Duke, Quentin Wright, Cam Simaz and Zach Rey (who advanced with an OT win). Johnny Greisheimer of Edinboro is in the wrestle-back round tomorrow morning. New Jersey’s Darrien Caldwell of NCSU, the #1 seed at 149 pounds, defaulted out of his match against Eric Grajales of Michigan with an apparent shoulder injury. We will have to see if he comes back and wrestles tomorrow. Alive in tomorrow’s wrestle-back round: Hunter Meys of Boston University, Justin Lister of Binghamton, Ryan Patrovich and Ben Clymer of Hofstra, Pete Capone and Ian Paddock of Ohio State.

Top 10 Team Scores after Day 1

  1. Penn State 30.5
  2. Cornell 29
  3. Iowa 25
  4. Oklahoma St. 25
  5. American 23.5
  6. Arizona State 21
  7. Wisconsin 20
  8. Boise State 19.5
  9. Minnesota 19
  10. Nebraska 18.5

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