Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler for the 2011 Season
QUENTIN WRIGHT - PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGIATE WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
At the conclusion of each college wrestling season, WrestlingReport.com selects its Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler of the Year. This annual recognition goes to a wrestler who is both a Pennsylvania native and competed for a Pennsylvania college or university.
WrestlingReport, under the direction of Bruce Closson, today announced that the Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler of the Year for the 2011 season is Quentin Wright. Wright, from Wingate, is a third-year sophomore at Penn State University. He first became an All-American his true freshman year at Penn State, by placing sixth at the 2009 NCAA Tournament, then competing at 174 pounds. Wright redshirted the 2010 year.
This season Quentin Wright, competing at 184 pounds, battled back from an early season injury, to lead Penn State to the Big Ten and NCAA tournament titles. Wright sustained an injury in the finals of the December (2010) Penn State Open, that sidelined him until late January, when he returned to the Penn State’s lineup. Quentin dropped four late season dual meet bouts to Big Ten opponents, and Nittany Lion fans began to wonder if Wright could bounce back to his All-American form for the early March Big Ten tournament and the mid March NCAA’s, to be held in-state in Philadelphia.
Bounce back he did. In early March Wright clawed his way through the Big Ten tournament, capturing the title and being voted outstanding wrestler. Penn State edged the Iowa Hawks for the team title in that event. Two weeks later in Philadelphia, Mr. Wright marched through the 2011 NCAA Tournament, gaining five victories, to claim the crown at 184 pounds. Significantly, Wright helped lead the Nittany Lions to the NCAA team title, their first since 1953.
Congratulations to Quentin Wright, WrestlingReport.com’s Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler of the Year for 2010. Past winners of this WR.com recognition were: Penn State’s Jeremy Hunter for the 2000 wrestling season; Edinboro University’s Josh Koscheck for 2001; Lehigh University team mates Rob Rohn and Jon Trenge (tie vote) for 2002; Lehigh University’s Troy Letters for both 2003 and 2004; Pitt-Johnstown’s Thad Benton for 2005; Phil Davis of Penn State for 2006; Pittsburgh’s Keith Gavin for 2007 and 2008; and Edinboro’s Jarrod King for 2009 and 2010.