Wrestling Opens Dual Season Against Tough Competition at Sprawl & Brawl

Wrestling Opens Dual Season Against Tough Competition at Sprawl & Brawl

Photo of junior Bryan Panzano (197) courtesy of Gil Talbot.

The Harvard wrestling team returns to Binghamton, N.Y., for the Journeyman/Brute Sprawl and Brawl Sunday, Nov. 21.  The Crimson will face off against No. 6 Penn State, Eastern Michigan and Michigan Stat in its first dual meets of the season.

The Crimson opens up the tournament with Penn State at 11:30 a.m. Followed by Michigan State at 1:15 p.m. and Eastern Michigan at 3 p.m.

Scouting Penn State
The sixth-ranked Nittany Lions have two wins under their belts after defeating Bloomburg (41-3) and then-No. 15 Lehigh (21-17) last week. Penn State is getting production out of its freshmen, all five of went undefeated in their collegiate debuts last weekend. Frank Martellotti went 2-0 at 125, No. 12 Andrew Alton went 2-0 at 141 with two pins, No. 6 David Taylor went 2-0 at 157 with a pin and a tech fall, No. 12 Jake Kemerer went 2-0 at 165 and No. 14 Ed Ruth went 2-0 at 174 with a tech fall.

Penn State has three more ranked wrestlers in No. 3 Frank Molinaro at 149, No. 6 Quentin Wright at 184 and No. 9 Cameron Wade at heavyweight.  

The Series
Sunday's dual will be the second straight meeting between the Crimson and Nittany Lions after a 71-year hiatus from dual competition.  Penn State holds a 4-0 lead in the all-time series.

Scouting Michigan State
The Sprawl & Brawl will be the first duals of the season for the Spartans who have competed at the Eastern Michigan and Michigan State opens over the past two weekends. MSU had 12 wrestlers place at the Michigan State Open last weekend including two winners in Troy Mason and Nick Kaczanowski in the freshman/sophomore division.
The previous weekend four Spartans won titles at the Eastern Michigan Open. Dan Osterman (149 pounds) and Michael McClure (heavyweight) claimed titles in the open bracket, while Luke Jones (174) and Nick McDiarmid (197) took first in freshman/sophomore division.

The Series
The two teams have met only one other time in dual action, Dec. 14, 1991 in a dual at Boston University. The Spartans earned a 20-14 victory.

Scouting Eastern Michigan
Like the Spartans, Eastern Michigan begins its dual season this weekend after competing at the EMU and MSU Opens the past two weekends. Filiberto Colon and Mike LeHolm have paced the Eagles, placing in the open division at MSU Open at 133 and 141 respectively. Colon won the open division at the EMU open a week earlier.

The Series
Eastern Michigan won the only dual between the two schools - a 38-13 victory Jan. 8. 2005 at the LoneStar duals.

The Competition
Corey Jantzen, who moved from 12th to ninth in the nation at 149 pounds, could face off against No. 3 Frank Molinaro of Penn State. Molinaro has not wrestled yet this season and reported battling an early season injury. Walter Peppelman will have his hands full at 157 pounds with Penn State's David Taylor (sixth) and MSU's David Cheza (14th). Adam Hogue will take on PSU's Jake Kemerer (12th) at 165, Either David Lalo or Ian Roy will battle Penn State's Ed Ruth (14th) and Cameron Croy will meet Quentin Wright (sixth) at 184.

Last Time Out
Harvard wrestling had three placewinners at the WWsports.com/Binghamton Open Sunday to open the season. Junior Corey Jantzen and sophomore captain Walter Peppelman fell in the finals at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively, while sophomore Adam Hogue finished fourth at 165 pounds.

Jantzen, ranked 12th at 149 pounds, recorded two pins and two major decisions before falling to second-ranked Kyle Dake in the final, 2-0. Peppelman had a win by fall and three major decisions before a 4-2 loss to DJ Meagher in the final. Hogue also record two pins and won two more matches to place.
Community Outreach
The Crimson is doing their share of community service each year. Jackson Salovarra '11, organized an event where Harvard went to church near campus to help weatherize the church rectory.  The Crimson spent all day insulating and closing the house up for the winter which in turn will save the rectory thousands of dollars in the long run.  This is just a small sample of how this program gives back to the community! 
On the Horizon
Harvard travels to Primm, Nev. for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Dec. 3-4.