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PSU Wrestling Media Day: Gearing Up For NCAA 4-Peat
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The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team will prepare for the start of the 2013-14 season with an exhibition classic and two open tournaments. Head coach Cael Sanderson will send two wrestlers to the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic on the campus of George Mason University. The event in Fairfax, Va., is set for Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in GMU's Patriot Center.
Two of Penn State's four returning NCAA finalists will take part in the exhibition event. Senior David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 1 at 165; and junior Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), ranked No. 3 at 174; will both wrestle at the event. The first Nittany Lion to compete at the event will be No. 1 Taylor. A three-time All-American, three-time finalist and `12 NCAA champion, the 2012 Hodge Trophy winner will take on Iowa State's Michael Moreno, who is ranked No. 4. Taylor is 100-3 through three seasons at Penn State. Moreno, who was a sixth-place All-American last year, was 31-10 as a sophomore a season ago.
Brown, an NCAA finalist and All-American in his first year as a starter in `12-13, went 29-5 last year and is 56-7 through two seasons at Penn State. Brown's second place finish a year ago at 174 has him ranked No. 3 heading into this year behind No. 2 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State (who defeated Brown 2-1 in a tie-breaker in the NCAA finals) and No. 1 Andrew Howe of Oklahoma. Brown will meet Howe in this year's NWCA event at 174. Howe red-shirted a year ago after transferring to OU from Wisconsin. He is a three-time Big Ten Champion and three-time All-American, placing second as a freshman, winning as a sophomore and taking third as a junior.
The Nittany Lions will send some wrestlers to the Clarion Knight Point Open on Sunday, Nov. 3, starting at 9 a.m. A number of Lions will travel unattached to the event. Next weekend, a strong contingent of Penn Staters will head to the Binghamton Bearcat Open on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. Most of the group will wrestle unattached as Sanderson's squad prepares for the season opener the following weekend.