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No. 11 Penn State knocks off Michigan
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Head coach Cael Sanderson's Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 11 nationally, dominated visiting Michigan in Big Ten dual meet action, rolling to a 29-10 win. Over 4,500 fans watched Penn State win seven of ten bouts with two pins on its way to a third straight win. 13th-ranked Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) put Penn State on top early, getting a 13-0 major over Michigan's Sean Boyle. Michigan's Zac Stevens withstood a furious Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) comeback in the third period to post a hard-fought 13-9 win at 133, cutting the Lion lead to 4-3. Senior Adam Lynch (Mifflinburg, Pa.) was strong in a 9-5 win over Michigan's Marc Weber at 141 and All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) posted a 25-11 major over UM's Mark Boyer at 149, putting Penn State up 11-3. Senior All-American Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah) then pinned Michigan's Dave Johnson at the 2:46 mark to send Penn State into the locker room leading 17-3. All-American Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) got an 8-7 win over Aaron Hynes at 165 before Michigan broke the Lions momentum. Wolverine Justin Zeerip got a 7-2 win over PSU's Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.), cutting Penn State's lead to 20-6. No. 11 David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio) fought his way to a 12-9 win over UM's Hunter Collins at 184 before Michigan's Anthony Biondo, ranked No. 9 at 197, got a major over sophomore David Crowell (Easton, Pa.) before sophomore Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) pinned UM's Ben Apland at the 4:16 mark to give Penn State a 29-10 win. The Nittany Lions have now won three straight duals and are 4-2 in the Big Ten. Penn State won the takedown battle with a 26-17 edge. The Nittany Lions had a 7-1 advantage in bonus points as well. Over the course of the weekend, Penn State won 14 of 20 bouts and outscored its two Big Ten foes 66-20. Penn State collected five pins, three majors and a technical fall in the two wins as well. The Nittany Lions notched 46-26 takedown advantage in the two duals. Penn State is now 12-5-1 on the year, 4-2 in Big Ten duals. Michigan is now 4-12, 0-5 Big Ten. The Nittany Lions continue their home stand by welcoming Michigan State to Rec Hall on Friday, Jan. 12, for a 7 p.m. meeting. Single event tickets will cost $8 for adults and $5 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. #11 Penn State 29, Michigan 10 125: #13 Brad Pataky PSU maj. dec. Sean Boyle UM, 13-0 4-0 133: Zac Stevens UM dec. Bryan Pearsall PSU, 13-9 4-3 141: Adam Lynch PSU dec. Marc Weber UM, 9-5 7-3 149: #4 Frank Molinaro PSU maj. dec. Mark Boyer UM, 25-11 11-3 157: #7 Cyler Sanderson PSU pinned Dave Johnson UM, WBF (2:46) 17-3 165: #7 Dan Vallimont PSU dec. Aaron Hynes UM, 8-7 20-3 174: Justin Zeerip UM dec. Justin Ortega PSU, 7-2 20-6 184: #11 David Erwin PSU dec. Hunter Collins UM, 12-9 23-6 197: #9 Anthony Biondo UM maj. dec. David Crowell PSU, 15-5 23-10 285: #11 Cameron Wade PSU pinned Ben Apland UM, WBF (4:16) 29-10Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print
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