No. 1 Penn State Downed by No. 8 Iowa in Front of Sold Out Rec Hall Crowd
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestling team dropped a hard-fought 22-13 decision to No. 8 Iowa on Sunday in front of a sold out Rec Hall. Iowa scored key victories at 133, 141 and 184 to upset Penn State and keep its unbeaten streak alive at 73. A capacity crowd of 6,686 watched the dual, which was the largest Rec Hall crowd since fire codes capped attendance in the mid-1990s.
The Hawkeyes came out on fire, picking up three quick wins, including two upsets to put Penn State down early. No. 2 Matt McDonough pinned Nittany Lion true freshman Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.) at 125. Morgan was filling in for No. 11 Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), who continues to rest an injury. At 133, Iowa's Tony Ramos, ranked No. 10, posted a 3-2 upset win over No. 5 Andrew Long to put Iowa up 9-0. That win was followed by Montell Marion's 11-9 win over No. 5 Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) at 141. Alton nearly pinned Marion in the first period before Marion, the defending national runner-up at 141, came back with a furious third period comeback. Iowa's third straight win put the Hawkeyes up 12-0.
Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) answered with a 10-3 win over Iowa's Mark Ballweg at 149. Ballweg was ranked No. 15 at 141 and moved up a weight to meet Molinaro. Undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, continued his dominance with a 12-4 major over No. 14 Derek St. John of Iowa. Taylor had over 4:00 of riding time in the performance. Taylor's major cut the Iowa lead to 12-7 at halftime.
Red-shirt freshman Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) battled No. 14 Aaron Janssen tough at 165, but the Hawkeye senior escaped with a 6-2 win. Classmate Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, notched a dominating 10-3 win over No. 13 Ethan Lofthouse at 174 to cut the Hawkeye lead to 15-10. No. 16 Grant Gambrall downed Penn State's Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 6 at 184, 8-3 in another key bout to push the Hawkeye lead to 18-10. No. 14 Luke Lofthouse notched a 17-6 major over Penn State's Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.) at 197 to clinch the dual before No. 5 Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) downed Iowa's Blake Raising 1-0 at heavyweight to make the final score 22-13 in Iowa's favor. Penn State falls to 13-1 with the loss, 2-1 in the Big Ten. Iowa improves to 11-0-1, 4-0 in the conference. Iowa continues its unbeaten string, pushing the mark to 73 duals without a loss. Iowa won the takedown battle 23-14 and the bonus point battle 4-1.
Penn State returns to action on Friday, Feb. 4, in a road dual at Michigan State. Action in East Lansing starts at 7 p.m. Penn State then visits No. 13 Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 6, 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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