Penn State Wins the Keystone Classic for the Third Year Straight
There were 18 total Nittany Lion wrestlers in the tournament and they posted at 60-16 overall record – 10 majors and 11 tech falls in addition to the 21 pins.
With true freshman Roman Bravo-Young’s impressive opening match last week at 133, hopes were high and he did not disappoint. He notched a pin and tech fall on his way to the finals where he took the title with a 24-9 win over Chandler Olson from Drexel.
Sophomore No. 4 Nick Lee won with similar style at 141 with a spotless 5-0 tournament record which included three tech falls, a pin and a major for the final win over Duke’s Josh Finesilver.
Two Nittany Lions went head to head at 149. Redshirt freshman No. 15 Brady Berge beat Jarod Verkleeren in a tight 3-2 semifinals match. The tough match caused Berge to take a medical forfeit in the finals while Verkleeran went on to a 4-2 record and took fourth place. Sophomore Luke Gardner went 5-2 and also placed fifth.
Senior No. 1 Jason Nolf notched three pins and one major on his way to the title over Drexel’s Evan Barczak. Nolf now has 49 career pins, nearing the Penn State all-time record of 53. Nittany Lion sophomore Bo Pipher went 4-2 at 157 to finish sixth.
Junior No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph was next at 165 with yet another dominating run. Joseph had four pins and a tech fall in the finals over Drexel’s Edeb Jarrell and he was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Junior No. 2 Mark Hall went 4-0 with two pins to win the title at 174 over No. 18 Matt Finesilver. Senior No. 4 Shakur Rasheed went 4-0 with three pins and a tech fall to take the crown at 184. He pinned Appalachian State’s Alan Clothier in just one minute in the final. Also at 184, junior Francisco Bisono went 2-3 with one major and took sixth place.
Senior No. 1 Bo Nickal picked up two pins and won the final with a major over Drexel’s No. 10 Stephen Loiseau. His career total pins now sits at 44, right behind Nolf and also coming up on the all-time school record.
Another Penn State clash went down in the semifinals at heavyweight. Senior Anthony Cassar and No. 2 Nick Nevills went head to head and Cassar came out with a 7-2 win. Cassar then dominated the finals with a major over No. 14 Joey Goodhart from Drexel. Nevills rebounded in the consolations and fought back for a third-place win.
Next up Penn State has a jam-packed weekend visiting Bucknell Friday, Nov. 30 and back to Happy Valley Sunday, Dec. 2 to face Lehigh in Rec Hall. The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of the Lehigh match at 1:30 p.m.