PSU matmen ready to work on another title

UNIVERSITY PARK – An hour-and-a-half before practice was scheduled to start, some members of the Penn State wrestling team drilled hard in the warm wrestling room of the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex.

Even as coach Cael Sanderson addressed questions during media day, the drills went on.

The Nittany Lions have won three straight NCAA titles under Sanderson, who is beginning his fifth season as head coach.

In addition to the team talent, they have a number of studs back like two-time NCAA champion Ed Ruth at 184, three-time NCAA finalist and 2012 champ David Taylor at 165, two-time national runner-up Nico Megaludis at 125 and returning runner-up Matt Brown at 174 just to name a few. Two-time champ Quentin Wright has graduated, but he’s still in the room training to make the world team.

The Lions don’t officially begin their dual meet season until Nov. 16, when they wrestle at Rider, but some of them will compete on Nov. 3 at the Clarion Knight Point Open and Nov. 10 at the Bighamton Bearcat Open.

“I think we have a lot of real tough, talented kids,” Sanderson said. “We’ll find out at Binghamton, but I think these guys are as ready to go as any team we’ve ever had. They’ve got potential of being a great team. You can see that by who we have returning and some of the new faces that are coming up. So, we’re real excited about the potential of this season.”