No. 2 Penn State wrestles No. 23 Kent State at 2 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the Virginia Duals. Here's a preview of the meet:
Penn State Projected Lineup125: Brad Pataky, Sr., 5-2, or No. 16 Frank Martellotti, Fr., 18-3; 133: No. 6 Andrew Long, So., 2-0; 141: No. 7 Andrew Alton, Fr., 21-1; 149: No. 7 Frank Molinaro, Jr., 15-2; 157: No. 3 David Taylor, Fr., 19-0; 165: Jake Kemerer, Fr., 11-5, or James Vollrath, Fr., 22-4; 174: No. 2 Ed Ruth, Fr., 19-1; 184: Andrew Church, Fr., 4-8; 197: Justin Ortega, So., 4-6; Hwt: No. 7 Cameron Wade, Jr., 18-2.
Kent State Projected Lineup125: No. 10 Nic Bedelyon, Jr., 11-2; 133: Tyler Small, Fr., 12-8; 141: Chase Skonieczny, So., 13-12; 149: Tommy Safsky, So., 14-10, or Marcell Clopter, Sr., 8-4; 157: Matt Cathell, Sr., 8-4, or Mallie Shuster, So., 5-5; 165: Ross Tice, Jr., 16-9; 174: Brandonn Johnson, Fr., 15-11; 184: Casey Newburg, So., 15-10; 197: No. 8 Dustin Kilgore, Jr., 21-2; Hwt: No. 13 Brandon Barlow, Jr., 14-7.
The skinny: Penn State earned bonus points in 15 of its 17 bout victories Friday en route to defeating VMI 42-3 and Edinboro 37-12. Kent State reached the semifinals by defeating Rider 26-16 and Arizona State 31-7. ...Penn State and Kent State both competed in last week's Southern Scuffle with Penn State tying Cornell for the title. The Golden Flashes finished sixth. Penn State and Kent State met in the quarterfinals of last year's Virginia Duals with Penn State prevailing 22-13. The Nittany Lions hold a 6-0 lead in the all-time series. ...This could be Penn State's closest dual meet since defeating Rutgers 22-10 on Nov. 21. The Golden Flashes are favorite at 184 and 197, and 125, 165 and heavyweight are toss-ups. Wade defeated Barlow 3-1 in sudden victory last year. ...Bedelyon is a former Indian Valley standout. He didn't wrestle in last year's meet and fell to Arizona State's Anthony Robles on Friday. ...Kent State assistant coach Josh Moore wrestled for Penn State from 2001-04. Moore was a two-time All-American and reached the 2004 NCAA finals at 133.
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