U.S. Senior National Championships/Olympic Trials Qualifier
The U.S. Senior National Championships which is also a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier will take place this weekend in Las Vegas. The top 7 place finishers in each of the six freestyle weight classes will qualify for the Olympic Trials in April. The NLWC Regional Training Center will be represented by five Resident Athletes and 2 U.S. Army WCAP Athletes.
125.5 lbs/57 kg -Mark McKnight and Brad Pataky
143 lbs/65 kg-Frank Molinaro
163 lbs/74 kg-Vladysav Dombrosky
189 lbs/86 kg-David Taylor and Victor Terrel
275 lbs/125 kg-Eric Thompson
All of the freestyle competition will take place on Saturday, December 19. Saturday's action will be broadcast live on Flowrestling.org. Every bout on all six mats will be aired.
David Taylor earned 1st place at 74 kg (163 lbs.) at the U.S. Open National Championships. David had a superb tournament defeating Richard McCarty (Gator) by fall in 0:27, Jacob Butenhoff (Columbia Bason Wrestling) by fall in 0:23, Nestor Taffur (Princeton Amateur Wr) by technical fall 10-0, Tyler Caldwell (Sunkist Kids Wrestling) by technical fall 12-2 in the semi finals, and Andrew Howe (NYAC) by decision 2-0 in the finals .
Resident Athletes who placed were Jake Varner, 2nd at 97 kg/213 lbs., Frank Molinaro, 5th at 65 kg/143 lbs., and Eric Thompson, 7th at 125 kg/275 lbs.
Jake defeated Alfonso Hernandez (Titan Mercury) by decision 7-1, Paco Retana (Colorado Mesa Wrestling) by technical fall 10-0, Enock Francois (NYAC) by decision 3-0, JD Bergman (NYAC) by decision 2-2, before being upset in the finals by Kyle Snyder (Titan Mercury) 2-1.
In a weight class loaded with former NCAA Champions, Frank beat Michael Mitchel (NYAC) by fall 4:29, defeated Michael Stamp (Gator) by fall in 1:23, beat Jason Chamberlain (Titan Mercury) by decision 3-1, lost in the semi finals to Brent Metcalf (NYAC) by decision 4-2, lost in the consolation semi finals to Logan Stieber (Titan Mercury) 9-6, and won the 5th place bout over Jason Chamberlain by decision 4-1.
Eric beat Matthew Meuleners (Titan Mercury) by technical fall 12-2, lost to Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) by 10-0, defeated Justin Grant (NYAC) by technical fall 10-0, lost to Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids) 11-4, and won by injury default over Tony Nelson (Minnesota Storm) in the 7th place bout.
The top 5 finishers at this tournament qualified for the U.S. World Team Trials which will be held on June 12-14 in Madison, WI.
Quentin Wright (86kg) will be representing the NLWC at this weekends Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament on Friday, January 30, 2015. Follow results at www.trackwrestling.com. Click on "Trackwrestling Events" and then "Popular Tournaments". Search for the 2015 Dave Schultz Memorial Touranment and click on to view results.
The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club will be represented by Frank Molinaro (65kg), Cyler Sanderson (70kg), and Eric Thompson (125kg) at the Paris Grand Prix January 31-February 1, 2015. Click HERE for more details on the event.
The 2014 Nittany Lion Wrestling Club's Youth Recreation Wrestling Program concluded with the last "Sucker Saturday". The past 6 weeks the 70 plus participants improved their fitness, played some games, and learned some wrestling. The kids had a blast! Below is Jake Varner mentoring some young wrestlers on "Sucker Saturday". Click HERE for the photo gallery.
After taking a year off the Nittany Lion Open is back! This Sunday, December 7, 300-400 wrestlers representing 20 teams will be coming to Happy Valley to compete for the Nittany Lion Open Crown. Below are the details:
Start Time: 10am
Admissions: Available at the door. $10 Adults/$5 youth/Free kids under 5
Ed Ruth topped Keith Gavin 10-7 at 190lbs on Saturday afternoon in Flo Premier Leagues second professional wrestling even held at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals in Troy, NY on Saturday Afternoon. At 165 lbs two UFC fighters who were former wrestlers battled it out with Maynard coming out on top with a score of 19-9. Click HERE for a full release.
Wrestlers from all over the United States as well as the world are training at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Olympic Regional Training Center. Canada brought seven athletes and Peurto Rico brought four athletes to get some good training in this week. Also, the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club as well as other regional training centers on the East Coast have been sending wrestlers up to train.
The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club claimed the U.S. Nationals Regional Training Center Cup on Saturday. Jake Varner returned to competition to claim the U.S. Nationals title at 97kg defeating Wynn Michalak 4-0. David Taylor finished 2nd, just falling short of Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs 7-6. Ed Ruth earned 3rd place at 86kg after his win over Jon Reader 12-11. Finishing 4th at 65kg for the NLWC was Frank Molinaro. Mark McKnight (57 kg) and Quentin Wright (86 kg) both finished 7th. The top 7 place winners automatically qualify a spot for the U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wisconsin, May 31-June 1. Click Here for place match results. Bracket results can be found at trackwrestling.com.
The US Open is April 18-19 in Las Vegas. Athletes expected to compete for the NLWC include; Mark McKnight, Les Sigman, Quentin Wright, David Taylor, Ed Ruth, and Jake Varner. Click Here for Information on the 2014 US Open.