HAMPTON, Va. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 14 nationally, dropped a hard-fought l dual meet decision to No. 4 Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the 2010 National Duals. Head coach Cael Sanderson's Nittany Lions, the tournament's fourth-seed, won four of ten bouts against top-seeded OSU but it was not enough as the loss snapped an eight dual unbeaten streak. Penn State will now face No. 10 Oklahoma in the third place bout tonight at 8:30 p.m. The bout began with Oklahoma State's Chris Notte, ranked No. 9 at 125, downing No. 12 Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) 9-7. Pataky was looking to finish off a tying shot as the bout ended but the Nittany Lion junior waited too long to begin his offensive push. The Cowboys added a major at 133 and a pin at 141 to bolt out to a 13-0 lead. All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 149, put the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard with a 9-0 major over Quinten Fuentes. All-American Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah), ranked No. 2 at 157, used a late takedown to post a 5-4 win over No. 14 Neil Erisman and All-American Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) added a 2-1 win over No. 13 Alex Meade to cut the Cowboy lead to 13-10 with four bouts remaining. Oklahoma State got a technical fall at 174 before senior David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio), ranked No. 14 at 184, downed No. 9 Clayton Foster of Oklahoma State 9-3, cutting the Cowboy lead to 18-13 with two bouts remaining. Sophomore David Crowell (Easton, Pa.) made his Penn State dual meet debut wrestling up a weight at 197 where he faced No. 8 Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State. Gelogaev posted a 14-7 decision to clinch the dual. Oklahoma State added a decision at heavyweight to give the Cowboys the 24-13 win. The Cowboys won the takedown battle 22-9 and got six bonus points to one for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is now 8-2-1 on the year while Oklahoma State moves to 7-0-1. Penn State faces No. 10 Oklahoma tonight at 8:30 p.m. for third place in the event's final session. 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 13, #4 Oklahoma State 24 125: #9 Chris Notte OSU dec. #12 Brad Pataky PSU, 9-7 0-3 133: #7 Jordan Oliver OSU maj. dec. Bryan Pearsall PSU, 14-4 0-7 141: #4 Jamal Parks OSU pinned Adam Lynch PSU, WBF (3:55) 0-13 149: #5 Frank Molinaro PSU maj. dec. Quinten Fuentes OSU, 9-0 4-13 157: #2 Cyler Sanderson PSU dec. #14 Neil Erisman OSU, 5-4 7-13 165: #8 Dan Vallimont PSU dec. #13 Alex Meade OSU, 2-1 10-13 174: #10 Mike Benefiel OSU tech. fall Justin Ortega PSU, 20-5 (TF; 6:15) 10-18 184: #14 David Erwin PSU dec. #9 Clayton Foster OSU, 9-3 13-18 197: #8 Alan Gelogaev OSU dec. David Crowell PSU, 14-7 13-21 285: #2 Jared Rosholt OSU dec. #18 Cameron Wade PSU, 3-0 13-24 Records: Penn State 8-2-1, Oklahoma State 7-0-1Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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