HAMPTON, Va.; January 8, 2010 – Senior Adam Lynch (Mifflinburg, Pa.) picked up a critical pin at 141 to lead the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestlers, ranked No. 14 in the nation, to a 22-13 win over No. 13 Kent State in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Virginia Duals. Lynch's victory was one of six for Penn State as the Nittany Lions moved into tomorrow's semifinals. Penn State will meet No. 4 Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Junior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), ranked No. 12 at 125, put Penn State up 3-0 early with a solid 9-4 win at 125 before Kent State's Danny Mitcheff, ranked No. 5 at 133, got a major decision at 133 before Lynch's heroics at 141 gave the Nittany Lions a 9-4 lead. Lynch trailed by one late in the bout, reversed Kent State's Chase Skonieczny and then got the pin at the 6:36 mark. All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) added a solid 8-2 win at 149 to put Penn State up 12-4 and All-American Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah) got a 19-7 major at 157. The Nittany Lions held a 16-4 lead at the dual's midway point. All-American Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) added a 6-2 win at 165 before Kent State posted a decision at 174, giving the Nittany Lions a 19-7 lead. Senior David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio), ranked No. 14 at 184, was beaten 11-5 by No. 4 Dustin Kilgore, cutting the Nittany Lion lead to 19-10 with two bouts remaining. Kent State got a tie-breaker win at 197 to cut the Lion lead to 19-13 but sophomore Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) clinched the dual victory with a 3-1 (sv) win over No. 17 Brendan Barlow at heavyweight. The final decision gave Penn State an impressive 22-13 win. In winning six of ten duals, Penn State won the takedown battle 17-11 and won the battle of bonus four to one. In two duals today, Penn State won 13 of 20 bouts and had 33 takedowns to only 18 for its two foes. The Nittany Lions also dealt Kent State its first loss of the year. Penn State moves to 8-1-1 on the year while Kent State 6-1. Penn State will meet No. 4 Oklahoma State in the tournament semifinals tomorrow at 2 p.m. Penn State's next home dual is set for Jan. 22 when it hosts Illinois at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. Single event tickets will cost $8 for adults and $6 for youth. Group sales are available once again for groups of 15 people or more. Group prices are $4 in advance and $5 walk-up. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1.800.NITTANY between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC (1390 AM) or 3WZ (95.3 FM) and on www.GoPSUsports.com as well. The 2009-10 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline. #14 Penn State 22, #13 Kent State 13 Hampton, Va. – Virginia Duals – January 8, 2010 125: #12 Brad Pataky PSU dec. Troy Opfer KSU, 9-4 3-0 133: #5 Danny Mitcheff KSU maj. dec. Bryan Pearsall PSU, 12-3 3-4 141: Adam Lynch PSU pinned Chase Skonieczny KSU, WBF (6:36) 9-4 149: #5 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. Tommy Sasfy KSU, 8-2 12-4 157: #2 Cyler Sanderson PSU maj. dec. Mallie Shuster KSU, 19-7 16-4 165: #8 Dan Vallimont PSU dec. Ross Tice KSU, 6-2 19- 174: Kevin Witt KSU dec. Justin Ortega PSU, 3-1 19-7 184: #4 Dustin Kilgore KSU dec. #14 David Erwin PSU, 11-5 19-10 197: Adam Cogar KSU dec. Clay Steadman PSU, 2-1 (TB) 19-13 285: #18 Cameron Wade PSU dec. #17 Brendan Barlow KSU, 3-1 (SV) 22-13 Records: Penn State 8-1-1, Kent State 6-1 Up Next for Penn State: Va. Duals semifinals vs. #4 Oklahoma State, tomorrow at 2 p.m. Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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