No. 3 Taylor nearly techs Sponseller at 157 to thrill over 5,000 Lion faithful

<div id="Content" readability="232.207415773">Dec. 19, 2010

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, battered visiting Ohio State 42-3 today in the Big Ten wrestling dual meet opener for both teams. No. 5 Penn State won all but one bout against No. 22 Ohio State in front of yet another huge Rec Hall crowd. Over 5,100 fans cheered Penn State on as the Nittany Lions moved to 7-0 on the year.

With a starting line-up featuring five freshmen, the Nittany Lions were nonetheless dominant. Red-shirt freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) remained undefeated with a 14-1 dismantling of Buckeye senior Colt Sponseller in the dual's marquee bout at 157. Taylor entered the bout ranked No. 3 while Sponseller was No. 13. Taylor's 14-1 major included 5:44 of riding time and the Lion freshman remains undefeated on the year with a 13-0 record.

The dual began with Nittany Lion true freshman Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 17 at 125, posting a convincing 9-1 major over Bo Touris to put Penn State up 4-0 early. Martellotti stayed perfect on the year with a 12-0 mark. Sophomore Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) then sent the raucous Lion crowd to their feet with a stunning 9-4 upset win over No. 10 Ian Paddock of Ohio State at 133. True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 10 at 141, kept the Penn State faithful happy with a lightning-fast pin in his Big Ten debut. Alton caught Buckeye Randy Languis right out of the gates and pinned him in just :31 seconds to give Penn State a 13-0 lead. Alton remains undefeated with a 13-0 record.


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Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) continued his early season roll. The No. 6-ranked 149-pounder pinned OSU's Sean Nemec at the 5:56 mark to put Penn State up 19-0 heading into Taylor's match. Molinaro is now 8-1 on the year. Taylor's 14-1 major over Sponseller gave Penn State a stunning 23-0 lead heading into intermission.Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) continued to fill in for freshman Jake Kemerer (Pittsburgh, Pa.) at 165 and picked up a solid 5-1 win over Ohio State's Jared Kusar. The win was Fischer's second straight in dual meet action. Kemerer did weigh in at 165 but did not wrestle as he is still recovering from an illness. Still, the Lion freshman picked up a win at 174. Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 11 at 174 did not get a shot at No. 13 Nick Heflin at 174 as Heflin did not pass skin check. Kemerer stepped in at 174 to pick up the forfeit victory, allowing Ruth to move up to 184, where he dominated OSU's Peter Capone 18-6. The quick forfeit and major gave Penn State a 36-0 lead. Ohio State picked up its only win, getting a decision at 197 as C.J. Magrum beat Penn State's Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.) 8-2. But junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, put an exclamation point on the dual with a pin of Buckeye Zach Stolarsky. The pin at the 2:06 mark was Penn State's third of the bout and gave the Nittany Lions the 42-3 victory.

Penn State won the takedown battle by a gaudy 23-4 margin and racked up 15 bonus points thanks to three pins, a forfeit and three majors. The victory improved Penn State to 7-0 and gives the Nittany Lions their first 7-0 start since beginning the 1988-89 season 8-0.


Penn State returns to action on Dec. 29-30 when it treks to Greensboro, N.C., for the Southern Scuffle. Penn State's next home dual is a nationally televised match-up with No. 21 Pittsburgh on Jan. 21. Action in the Big Ten Network live event begins at 6 p.m. in Rec Hall. 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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