By Pat Donghia
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Nov. 3, 2019 – Eleven members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team competed both attached and unattached at the Clarion Open in the first open tournament of the new season. Three true freshmen advanced to the finals at their respective weights, with Joe Lee (Evansville, Ind.) and Carter Starocci (Erie, Pa.) winning titles.
True freshman Joe Lee (Evansville, Ind.) rolled to a 4-0 record including three majors to win the 165-pound title in his first open tournament. Fellow true freshman Carter Starocci (Erie, Pa.) also went 4-0 at 174 and won his weight class with two majors as well. True freshman Michael Beard (Pottstown, Pa.) advanced to the finals 197 before losing a close decision, going 2-1 with a major to place second.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Meredith (Limerick, Pa.) had a good showing at 125. Meredith went 4-1 overall with two majors and a tech fall to place third. True freshman Terrell Barraclough (Kaysville, Utah) also placed third in his first open tournament. Barraclough went 5-1 at 149 with two majors to take third place.
True freshman Baylor Shunk (Centre Hall, Pa.) went 2-2 at 125 while redshirt freshman Paul Feite (Dillsburg, Pa.) went 1-2 at 157. True freshman Keagan Carmenatty (Ovid, N.Y.) grabbed a victory at 285 in his first collegiate open as well. True freshman Donovon Ball (New Cumberland, Pa.) wrestled at 184, true freshman Eddie Smith (Scotch Plains, N.J.) competed 197 as did classmate Joe Kurtz (Easton, Pa.)
Penn State opens up the dual meet season on Sunday, Nov. 10, at home against Navy. The Lions entertain the Midshipmen at 2 p.m. in Rec Hall.