Penn College and USMAPS Learn at Nittany Lion Open
The 20th Annual Nittany Lion Open boasted all the big boys in NCAA DI wrestling from across the eastern United States. NCWA programs, U.S. Military Acadamy Prep and Penn College, earned valuable competition skills alongside the over 400 top collegiate wrestlers in attendance. USMAPS Tony Risaliti (165) led the way with four solid wins against only two losses, while teammate Samson Imonode (174) recorded two victories vs as many losses to finish his day at 2-2. 149 pound freshman Connor Melde also managed to chalk up a win in the ten mat extravaganza held in the Penn State field house. Penn College on the other hand could not manage to pull off a win, even with their aggressive style, and finished the day 0-for-6 . D.J. Frederich, of Croton On Hudson, N.Y., in the 125-pound weight class; Kyle Sunseri, of Athens, at 141; Wade Jacobson, of Alexandria, Va., at 141; and Paul Crutchlow, of Morris Plains, N.J., at 174, all went one and out, while Jasper Ocker, of Burnham, at 197, went 0-2.
“There were some good things that our guys were doing, but then there were those simple little things where we made a mistake and the more experienced guys we were wrestling scored on us. …It was a pretty short day for us,” said Penn College coach Schuyler Frey. “I think each of the guys learned a lot, and that’s one of the main reasons we go there, just to open their eyes to the best wrestling competition that we can get.”
The Penn Wildcats resume dual meet competition Tuesday hosting Penn State - Fayette. While MAPS will be back on the mats at the Long Island Open at Nassau County Community College Saturday December 8th.