UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; May 3, 2010 â€“ The 2009-10 Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling recruiting class, already considered one of the nationâ€™s best, has gotten even stronger with the addition of five talented new faces. Head coach Cael Sandersonâ€™s incoming class has grown to nine with the new commitments.
Penn Stateâ€™s incoming class of freshmen has been joined by Hank Stinson (Voorhees, N.J.), Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.), Seth Beitz (Juniata, Pa.) and Cameron Kelly (Pittsford, N.Y.).
Stinson comes to Penn State after a superb career at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, N.J. Stinson was a two-time New Jersey State Champion and ranked among the nationâ€™s elite overall by Intermat as well as in the top 10 at 140. Stinson won the 2007-08 New Jersey state title at 135 and missed most of 2008-09 with an injury. He moved up a weight to win the 2009-10 state title at 140 this year and leaves ERHS with a 120-10 career record.
Martellotti was a four-time PIAA state placer at Shady Side High School, including a state championship in 2007, a third place finish in 2008 and 2009 and a runner-up finish last year. He is ranked among the nationâ€™s top 20 wrestlers at 130 by Intermat (www.intermatwrestle.com). Martellotti was also a three-time WPIAL champ and compiled a 168-21 career record after finishing 48-3 this season.
Ruggear is coming off a strong late winter and spring. He took third at PIAAs at 215 this past season and placed fifth at high school nationals earlier in the spring. The Oxford High School grad went 40-4 this past season for the Hornets and left Oxford with a 120-30 career record with 49 pins.
Beitz will come to Penn State after closing out an outstanding career at Juniata High School by earning PIAA Runner-Up status at 140 this past March. Beitz went 44-8 on his way to the finals last year and leaves Juniata with a 154-31 career record.
Kelly was a two-time state qualifier at Pittsford High School in Pittsford, N.Y., taking fifth at 119 and qualifying at 125. Kelly was a team captain this year and was a two-time New York Section V Champion for the Panthers. He posted a 135-31 career record.
â€œThese five young men are outstanding additions to our program,â€ Sanderson said. â€œWe are excited to welcome them to the Penn State wrestling family and believe that they will be outstanding representatives of this University and the direction we are taking this program. As a staff, we are working hard to bring in student-athletes that will make our fans proud in every facet of their Penn State lives and these wrestlers will work hard to live up to the standards we have set.â€
These five talented wrestlers join four early signees to form one of the nationâ€™s most vaunted recruiting classes. Penn State will also be welcoming twin brothers Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) and Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), Dirk Cowburn (Coudersport, Pa.) and Sam Sherlock (West Mifflin, Pa.). Each of those wrestlers is ranked among the tops in the country overall and at his respective weight class, according to Intermat).
New season tickets for next season can now be purchased, while current season ticket holders will receive their option to renew later in the fall. Season ticket prices for 2010-11 will be $42 for adults and $28 for youth (18 and under) with payments being made in full at the time of the order. A $5 per order handling fee will be added. Reserved seat locations will be assigned and Nittany Lion Club members will be assigned best available seats according to their active membership and point level. Following fulfillment of all Nittany Lion Club season ticket requests, seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To order tickets, please call Joel Diamond at 814-867-2557. New ticket orders will be fulfilled and mailed by November 1, 2010. Renewal applications for current season ticket holders will be available on or before October 1.
Courtesy of Patrick Donghia, Penn State Sports Information