We’ve had a lot of good questions in our first two weeks of our weekly wrestling mailbag, so we continue with our third edition.
Penn State wrestling is now 3-0 and has its first tournament in the books. Let’s keep things rolling as we get ready for Thanksgiving:
Does Mason Manville have a chance to crack the starting lineup in his four years with Penn State? — @jsk163, Twitter
Manville should crack the starting lineup. The question is, in what weight class? He is currently listed at 165 pounds, so it’s probably not going to be for a few years there because of a guy named Vincenzo Joseph. Now, should Joseph get hurt, which no one hopes he will, Manville could get into the lineup sooner. Should Joseph take an Olympic redshirt, Manville could also get in the lineup that way too. He could bump up to 174 pounds. He’d also have a shot to be in the lineup in another two years once Mark Hall graduates. Same situation with Hall; if Hall takes an Olympic redshirt, Manville could take that spot.
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Lehigh just smashed (Michigan on Sunday), are you pumped up for the Lehigh match or is it just another match? — @Dunkej01, Twitter
I’m really looking forward to this match for two particular reasons. First, there are going to be some pretty good matchups. For instance, if the Mountain Hawks use the lineup they did in their 27-8 rout of the Wolverines, there will be atleast five matchups of ranked wrestler versus ranked wrestler. There will also be six defending national champions on the mat that day with Penn State’s five and Lehigh’s Darian Cruz at 125 pounds. This will also be a matchup of two top-10 teams as the Mountain Hawks are sure to rise after topping then-No. 4 Michigan. The second reason I’m looking forward to this match is it’s going to be in the PPL Center in Allentown. It is home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers in the American Hockey League.
Will we see Brady Berge wrestle this season? — @jsk163, Twitter
This question has already been answered, as Berge has wrestled already this year. The redshirt freshman wrestled unattached at 157 pounds, went 4-1 and finished third at the Princeton Open at the beginning of November. He recorded two major decisions on his way to the semifinals, where he suffered his lone loss. Now, is he going to crack the starting lineup for the Nittany Lions? It won’t be this year as Berge is listed at 149 or 157 pounds on Penn State’s website. We all know who is at those weight classes. Look for Berge to crack the lineup possibly next year or the year following.
On the turkey, white meat or dark meat fan? — Twitter
With Thanksgiving later this week, how could I not answer this question? It’s a holiday that’s hardest for wrestlers, who have to keep an eye on their weights. My response to this question is simple — both! I usually go for white meat on my first go-around at the table. My next trip I’ll dig into the dark meat. It’s a win-win strategy.
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