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Exclusive: NCAA rules Cody Law ineligible for season; UPJ wrestler not optimistic about appeal
By Eric Knopsnyder
Forest Hills graduate Cody Law, is shown during the Penn State wrestling media day in State College on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Law transferred to Pitt-Johnstown in January 2016.
Cody Law’s uniform choice at an open tournament last month likely will force him to sit out this semester and hurt Pitt-Johnstown’s chances to win a third national championship.
Law, a Forest Hills High School graduate who was on the Penn State wrestling team the first semester, transferred close to home for the second semester and had hoped to be eligible immediately. The NCAA denied his appeal on Wednesday, UPJ coach Pat Pecora said, because he wore a Penn State uniform in the Nittany Lion Open in December.
“Not what we were expecting,” Law said on Thursday. “It doesn’t seem right to me.”
The redshirt sophomore didn’t wrestle in any dual meets this season or represent Penn State in any team tournaments, and Nittany Lions coach Cael Sanderson granted him a release, which would have allowed Law to be eligible to wrestle immediately for the Division II Mountain Cats.
Open tournaments often feature wrestlers who are taking a redshirt year or are unable to make the starting lineup, as was the case with Law at Penn State. Those redshirting compete under an “unattached” tag and wear something other than a school-issued uniform. Had Law done that, he might be in the Pitt-Johnstown lineup on Friday when the Mountain Cats host Gannon.
Pecora said that, in his opinion, the rule was designed to keep an athlete from competing for one Division I school in the first semester and another in the second.
“I don’t think he violated the intent of the rule,” Pecora said. “I think that’s what the NCAA has to look at (is) what’s the intent of the rule and why. They’re very strict with these things. I thought there would be a chance. I guess there still is an outside chance.”