Second-Ranked Nittany Lions Throttle No. 22 Pitt 30-7 in Intra-State Wrestling Rivalry
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 2 nationally, dominated No. 22 Pittsburgh in front of over 5,500 fans in a packed Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions won eight of ten bouts, including the night's two marquee match-ups at 141 and heavyweight, to post a 30-7 non-conference win and improve to 12-0 on the year.
Pitt picked up an early win at 125 as Penn State gave senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), ranked No. 11, the night off. The Panthers got a major from Anthony Zanetta over Eric Caschera (South Williamsport, Pa.) to take an early lead. But Nittany Lion sophomore Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 5 at 133, answered with a 17-5 major over Pitt's Shelton Mack to tie the score. True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) notched an early signature win by dominating No. 7 Tyler Nauman 8-4 at 141 to give Penn State a lead it would never relinquish. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 5 nationally, picked up an 8-2 win at 149 and undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, notched a 26-11 technical fall over Pitt's Donnie Tasser to give Penn State a 15-4 lead at intermission.
Pitt's Ethan Headlee improved to 21-8 on the year with a tough 4-0 win over Penn State's Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) at 165. Penn State had the quick answer, however as freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, pinned Andy Vaughn at the 5:45 mark to put Penn State up 21-7. All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 6 at 184, tacked on a hard-fought 12-7 win over 20-bout winner Max Thomusseit and true freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) posted a solid 4-2 win over Pitt's Phil Sorentino at 197. The dual ended at heavyweight in a battle of top six grapplers. Penn State's Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6, notched a first period takedown and then used a full second period ride-out to down No. 3 Ryan Tomei 3-2 to thrill the Penn State faithful and put a capper on the dominating evening can cement the 30-7 win.
With the, the Nittany Lions remain undefeated at 12-0, tying the best start in the school's long and storied history (no losses or ties). The 12-0 mark ties the 1971-72 team finished the year with a 12-0 record. Penn State won the takedown battle 23-12 and posted a 6-1 edge in bonus points. Taylor's technical fall at 157 gives the Lion freshman 23 bonus wins on the year (major, TF or pin), which is ninth all-time in a single season at Penn State. Penn State returns to on Sunday in a Big Ten road dual at Indiana. Action in Assembly Hall begins at 1 p.m. and the dual will feature a live HD web broadcast at www.bigtennetwork.com. The Big Ten StudentU production will then air on the Big Ten Network later the following week in an abbreviated form.
Penn State's next home dual is already a sellout (Sunday, Jan. 30, vs. Iowa at 2 p.m.). Tickets are also selling fast for the Lions' final two home duals (Feb. 11 vs. Illinois, Feb. 18 vs. Wisconsin) but are still available. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets 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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