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2009 NCAA Champ Jarrod King Granted 6th Year of Eligibility

July 7th, 2009 by Tom

Edinboro University Sports Information

EDINBORO, Pa. -- Edinboro University received word today from the NCAA that wrestler Jarrod King has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. King now seeks to become Edinboro's first two-time Division I national champion after capturing the 165 lb. crown this past March. Combined with the recent news that Phil Moricone would also receive a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, head coach Tim Flynn's lineup has taken on a decidedly different and more imposing look.

King transferred to Edinboro two years ago after spending three injury-filled seasons at Oklahoma. He redshirted in 2004-05 thanks to a shoulder injury, then posted a 16-9 record for the Sooners at 165 lbs. in 2005-06. The following year he was again felled by s shoulder injury, going 6-2 while missing almost the entire season. The NCAA deemed that King had missed two full seasons due to separate injuries and therefore granted the sixth year of eligibility.

 Jarrod King

In his first season as Fighting Scot King went 32-9, qualifying for Nationals at 165 lbs. for the first time. He went 2-2 at Nationals. King won both EWL and PSAC championships.

King capped an incredible year this past March by winning the national championship at 165 lbs. after arriving in St. Louis as the 12th seed. The senior proceeded to win all five of his matches, upsetting three higher seeds along the way. The first was a 12-5 decision over fourth-seeded Moza Fay of Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he won a grueling 6-6 two tiebreaker match against Iowa State's Jonathan Reader, the eighth seed. He prevailed thanks to an 11-second advantage in riding time.

That left King in the finals against second-seeded Andrew Howe of Wisconsin. He parlayed a body lock in the third period for the bout's lone takedown, snapping a 1-1 tie to win 3-2. King became Edinboro's fourth Division I national champion, joining Sean O'Day, Josh Koscheck and teammate Gregor Gillespie.

King ended a rollercoaster year with a 32-5 record. He ran off 12 straight wins to start the season, winning the Oklahoma Gold Classic and the PSAC Championships. Following a 4-1 loss to sixth-ranked Colt Sponseller of Ohio State, King won eight more matches in a row. That included a win in the title match of the Reno Tournament. The eight-match win streak came to an end thanks to a 3-2 loss to top-ranked Mack Lewnes of Cornell in the championship match of the Southern Scuffle. Less than two weeks later King had to be pulled from the lineup in the Virginia Duals due to a knee injury. It turned out he had a staph infection in his knee. Following a stay in the hospital and over a month out of the lineup, King returned with a week of practice under his belt to compete in Edinboro's final four dual meets.

King struggled somewhat upon his return, losing two of three matches, including a 5-3 decision to Donnie Jones of West Virginia in the final dual of the season. He looked like a different wrestler two weeks later, pinning Jones in 23 seconds in the EWL title match for his second straight EWL crown. King is a standout both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat. He has a 3.79 GPA as an Individualized Studies major. In wrestling, King was named both the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Wrestler of the Year. In the classroom, he was recently named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large University Division All-America Team. The Fighting Scot wrestler was one of 15 student-athletes named to the first team. He was also an NECA All-Academic selection and was named to the PSAC Winter Top Ten. Moricone entered the 2008-09 campaign seeking a third straight trip to the NCAA Division I National Championships. He opened with three impressive wins in the Fighting Scot Duals, but then went down with a herniated disk in practice. He would later require surgery, ending his senior year. Moricone will return with a 59-26 career record. Like King, his back injury was the second major injury he suffered during his time at Edinboro. He had previously suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in 2005-06 as a redshirt freshman. That came after he opened the season with a 6-2 record.

He returned the next year to claim the starting job at 174 lbs., finishing with a 26-11 record and qualifying for Nationals for the first time. He went 2-2 at Nationals. Moricone won the PSAC championship in 2006-07. Moricone returned to Nationals in 2007-08 after placing third at the EWL Championships. He would lose both of his matches to end the year with a 24-13 record.

Sources Say Sunderland Era Over at Penn State

March 29th, 2009 by Tom

Sources: Sunderland era over at PSU

Posted by ANDY ELDER, For The Patriot-News

CRAIG HOUTZ, Centre Daily Times

According to two sources close to the Penn State wrestling team, the Troy Sunderland era of Penn State wrestling is officially over. The 11-year coach of the Nittany Lions met with athletic director Tim Curley on Thursday morning and was told he could either resign or be fired. As of right now, no decision has been made by Sunderland.
The future of Sunderland and assistant coaches Matt Dernlan, Aaron Anspach and Mark Perry are uncertain as the new coach would almost assuredly want to bring his own people with him. Sunderland amassed a 115-90-2 record in his 11 seasons. He coached 27 All-Americans and guided three wrestlers to national championships. In addition, under his tutelage, seven other wrestlers were NCAA finalists.

Penn State was 8-11-2 overall this season and 1-6-2 in the Big Ten, where the Lions placed ninth in the 11-team standings. At the NCAA meet in St. Louis last weekend, Penn State finished 17th in the team race. This story was first reported on bwi.rivals.com.

Eiter Hired As Head Coach at Penn

October 31st, 2008 by Tom

University of Pennsylvania Sports Information

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has announced the hiring of Rob Eiter as its head wrestling coach on Tuesday. Eiter, who has served as an assistant on Penn's staff for the past two seasons, will be the 18th head coach in the 103 seasons of Penn wrestling.

"Rob's extensive experience in coaching as well as his accomplishments as an athlete have prepared him well for a head coaching role, "Penn's Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky said. "We are excited he will take this next professional step at Penn, and his two years as an assistant in our program will serve him well."

"I cannot express how happy my family and I are for this opportunity, "Eiter said. "Penn wrestling has a long tradition, with more than 100 years of competition, and I look forward to continuing that tradition. I want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Bilsky for allowing me the honor and privilege of coaching the young men that make up the Penn wrestling family. At the same time, I want to thank those young men for never losing sight of their goals during this search process and maintaining their positive attitude and work ethic in the room."
Over the past two seasons, Eiter has coached six EIWA champions as well as an NCAA champion and All-America in 2007 graduate Matt Valenti. Penn has won 24 dual meets in his two seasons involved with the program and sent 16 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.

Eiter, a 1991 graduate of Arizona State, brings a wealth of collegiate and international coaching experience with him. Prior to coming to Penn in 2006, Eiter served as an assistant coach at Northwestern where he helped guide the Wildcats to a 13th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships. That season, seven Northwestern wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships and three of those grapplers earned All-America honors.

Before his stint at Northwestern, Eiter served as an assistant at Clarion (Pa.) University where he coached Sheldon Thomas to an NCAA title and tutored Clarion's first-ever four-time All-America, Bryan Stout.

This past July, Eiter served as an assistant on the United States' entry to the 2008 FILA Jr. World Women's Championships in Turkey. He also coached the United States team at the 1999 Women's World Championships.

Before he began his coaching career, Eiter was a standout wrestler. He was a member of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic freestyle teams as well as the 1993 and 1995 World Championships teams. He was a five-time U.S. Open national champion and two-time World Cup silver medalist.

The Quakers enter the 2008-09 season ranked tied for 21st in the InterMat polls and have seven wrestlers ranked in the top 20 in their weight class. The seven ranked grapplers ties Penn for fifth-most in the country entering the season.

Penn begins its 2008-09 season with Wrestle-Offs on Sunday, Nov. 2 and its first home meets of the season on Nov. 22 when the Quakers host Princeton and Michigan starting at noon.

PSU-DuBois Adding Wrestling 2009-10 School Year

October 20th, 2008 by Tom

Head Wrestling Coach- Penn State DuBois

Penn State DuBois seeks an energetic and experienced Wrestling Coach to direct the reintroduction of wrestling on the PSU DuBois Campus. The Head Coach will direct and coordinate the planning, organizing, and coaching of the wrestling program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: recruitment of student-athletes in accordance with college policy, supervise coaching staff, game coaching, conduct practices, organize team travel, monitor student-athletes academic and social progress, equipment maintenance and purchases, budget management, fundraising, camp and clinic development and implementation, and administrative duties required to develop a competitive wrestling program. Candidates must have coaching and wrestling experience with preference given to those who have demonstrated those abilities at the College Level. Candidate must also show a strong foundation of recruiting and fundraising. All interested applicants need to send a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three references to PSU DuBois Athletics, Multipurpose Building, Penn State DuBois, DuBois, PA 15801 or email items to [email protected] Search will begin immediately and will continue to be open until position is filled.

Zeke Jones Leaves Penn, Takes US Freestyle Head Coach Position

October 4th, 2008 by Tom

Jones accepts position as U.S. freestyle head coach

University of Pennsylania Sports Information

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania's head wrestling coach Zeke Jones has announced his resignation to accept a position as the head coach of the United States freestyle national team.

With Jones' resignation, Penn has also announced that assistant coach Rob Eiter has been appointed interim head coach of the program.

"Penn has been a tremendous place for me and my family, "Jones said. "It has been a great place to work and live. Penn is one of the best places for a student-athlete to achieve success academically and athletically and working with men as gifted as the ones at Penn has been a blessing."

"This is a great opportunity for Zeke and we wish him the best with U.S.A. Wrestling, "Penn's Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky said. "At the same time, we feel very fortunate to have someone with Rob's ability and credentials to step up to the head coaching position."

Penn begins its 2008-09 wrestling season on November 22 with a pair of dual matches against Princeton (noon) and Michigan (2 p.m.) at The Palestra.