Penn State came into Philadelphia ranked a clear #1 in the country and showed a partisan and seemingly larger crowd than last year. They are so enjoyable to watch with a wide-open style that it makes even the casual observer a fan. PSU lost only one match in what might be considered an upset, 3rdplace at 149lbs. Not counting the medical forfeit in the 149lbs finals. Otherwise Drexel and Penn showed some improvement and toughness. Drexel sent 5 wrestlers to the finals. App State got in on the action as well, I thought that several of their wrestlers came in with a strong competitive mindset. Look for them to climb the ladder at nationals. Team depth was down a bit this season. I hope that coach Reina grows the event for next year. Lastly there was a Richard Perry sighting just before the finals. #PerryStrong! If you don’t know his story get out from under your rock and look it up.
Here are a few interviews with coaches: Roger Reina, Matt Azevedo, John Hangey. Cael Sanderson and I talked about media revenue and the gold standard but wouldn’t let me get his opinion on the record.
I have so many videos that it will take a couple of days to get all the highlights up. Check back. Click the hyperlinks. Check the Keystone Classic folder at the bottom of the page.
- PSU 192
- Drexel 109.5
- U Penn 108
- Appalachian State 100
- Rider 81.5
- Duke 70.5
- Harvard 64
- VMI 29.5
- F & M 28
- Sacred Heart 13.5
1stMitch FInsilver-Duke MFF Brady Berge-PSU
3rdHunter Ladnier-Harvard dec. Jon Errico-U Penn 11-6
3rdJoshua Kim-Harvard dec. Evan Deluise-U Penn3-2
3rdNeal Richards-VMI Major dec. Bryan McLaughling-Drexel 13-4
3rdKadeb Russell Medina-Duke major dec. Clifton Wang-Harvard 8-0
3rdRandall Diabe-App State dec. Ethan Laird-Rider 5-2
3rdNick Nevills-PSU dec. Cary Miller-App State 10-4