Fifth-Ranked Nittany Lion Wrestlers Shut Out Visiting Lock Haven 48-0 to Stay Undefeated
<div id="Content" readability="216.835714815">Dec. 12, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestlers, ranked No. 5 nationally, shut out visiting Lock Haven 48-0 in a non-conference dual in Rec Hall today. Over 4,000 fans filled Rec Hall to watch Penn State dominate their neighbors and stay undefeated on the year.
With a starting line-up featuring six freshmen, the Nittany Lions control the dual from start to finish. Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 18 at 125, majored LHU's Nick Hyatt and sophomore Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) pinned Evan Kolb at the 1:40 mark to put Penn State up 10-0 quickly. True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 10 at 141, broke through a defensive effort from LHU's Justin Loudon to post a 13-4 major. No. 6 Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) then made quick work of Lock haven senior Owen Wilkinson, picking up a 17-1 technical fall at the 3:52 mark in the 149-pound bout. Freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, put on a clinic at 157 as well, getting a 19-4 technical fall over Seth Creasy at the 6:27 mark to put Penn State up 24-0 heading into intermission.
Red-shirt freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) made his Penn State dual meet debut and picked up a forfeit win at 165 and sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) stepped in at 174 and notched a thrilling, last second win. Fischer picked up a takedown with just :07 left in the bout to beat Lock Haven's Mike Khoury 7-5 win. With No. 5 Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) injured, freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 12 at 174, moved up to 184 and made short work of Lock Haven's Jacob Bateman. Ruth pinned the bigger Bald Eagle at the 2:53 mark to put Penn State up 39-0. True freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) downed Lock Haven's Derrick Caldwell 8-6 at 197 and junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, pinned LHU's Harry Turner at the 2:15 mark to put an exclamation mark on the dual and give Penn State the 49-0 shut-out.
Penn State rolled up 18 bonus points thanks to three pins, two technical falls, two majors and a forfeit. The Nittany Lions won the takedown battle 23-3. The shutout was Penn State's second of the year, following up on a 45-0 win over Harvard in November. The 48-0 win is Penn State's most lopsided shutout win since a 54-0 win over Millersville on Jan. 25, 1983. The last time Penn State had two shutouts in one season was the 2006-07 season when the Lions beat Clarion (47-0) and Rider (41-0).
Penn State, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 19, when Ohio State invades Rec Hall for the Lions' Big Ten opener. Action begins at 2 p.m. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets for the 2010-11 Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling season can place their orders by calling 814-865-5555 or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket pricing is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, and there will be a limit of eight tickets per order. Group sales are also available. The 2010-11 Penn State wrestling season is presented by the Family Clothesline. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC
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