- I want to make it clear what this is and what this is not. What this is NOT is an overview of the entire
team. What this is, is a who’s who preview of THIS season 2022-2023. Meaning
that I am going to talk about the starters who I feel will have an impact THIS
year. Those who will win big matches in duals. Those who will earn placings in
major tournaments like CKLV, RENO, MIDLANDS, MATMEN INVITE, SOUTHERN SCUFFLE,
CONFERENCES & NCAA’s. In some cases
a weight class will have multiple talented wrestlers. I will note that & I
will also be making posts later on about the best wrestle-offs to look forward
to this season. Then after that is
determined I will make post later into the season of who our best backups are
in the nation.
This post will NOT include redshirts. Those who are redshirting this season will be included in a separate post entitled “22’-23’ Best Redshirts.”
In the shadow of Penn State, the accolades & achievements of Pennsylvania are often overlooked. It's really a shame because the Quakers have a great team & deserve a little more recognition for it. We're looking at a team that has a very good shot at qualifying eight wrestlers to the NCAA's, some of which are All American candidates. A quick note, Neil Antrassian has decided to continue his career at Virginia.
Sophomore Ryan Miller had a very nice season last year going 21-8 on the year. Among his achievements a runner-up finish at the Mat Men Open & a 3rd place finish at the EIWA.
Two time NCAA qualifier Michael Colaiocco had a very nice season himself last year. With a 22-4 record he won an EIWA title. A 3rd place finisher at the Midlands in 202, I would say he's among those searching for an All American finish this season.
C.J. Composto OR Carmen Ferrante
Here in lies a true testimony to the overall toughness that is NCAA DI wrestling. Sophomore Carmen Ferrante had himself an outstanding freshman season last year. 23-77, he made the finals of both the Mat Men Open as well as the EIWA, earning his first NCAA All American finish of 8th. Among his victories he majored Parker Filius 8-0 & defeated Michigan's Stevan Micic, who recently won a World Bronze medal 7-5. Nevertheless even after all of that, he'll still be challenged for the varsity position this season. The wrestle-off will be with senior Carmen Ferrante a 2019 NCAA qualifier who took an 8th place finish at the Mat Men Open last season. Among the Quaker battles for varsity, I see this one being the best.
Among the incredible amount of talent coming back this season yet to earn an All American honor, senior Anthony Artalona is one of the best. Twice the NCAA R12, he's made the EIWA finals twice, winning a title in 2019. He's also been 6th at the Midlands & he was 3rd at the Mat Men Open this past season. It seems that 149 lbs is an all out warzone to see who it'll be that gets to face Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell in the finals. Artalona is one of the heavy artillery in that war & it's likely that he could face him in the EIWA finals as well.
Give me Doug Zapf on a good day & we're looking at another Quaker who could earn All American status this season. 30-7 on the season last year, he's thus far been 4th & 5th at the EIWA championships. I honestly see no reason at all why he couldn't win an EIWA title this season. He owns a 9-8 victory over Josh Humphries of Lehigh. Last year he had two very close matches with NCAA runner-up Quincy Monday of Princeton losing 3-1 & 8-6. He also took Nebraska All American Peyton Robb to the limit in a 3-2 loss.
21-9 on the season last year, Nick Incontrera earned a 7th place finish at the Mat Men Open as he made the EIWA finals. Only a sophomore the future looks bright.
Two time NCAA qualifier Cole Urbas was 25-11 on the season last year with a 5th place finish at the Mat Men Open & a 4th place finish at the EIWA.
Senior Ben Goldin went 20-9 on the season last year earning a 7th place finish at the Mat Men Open & a 4th place finish at the EIWA.