Taylor, Wright and Wade pick up pins as Lions take second of the year from Wolverines
<div id="Content" readability="247.406229291"> Feb. 6, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 3 in the nation, used three pins to hammer No. 13 Michigan 28-13 in the Wolverines house to grab an impressive Big Ten road victory. The Lions handed Michigan their first conference defeat and snapped a six-dual UM win streak. Penn State used three thrilling pins, including two first period falls, to pick up its 15th win of the year.
For the second straight time, Penn State's opponent chose to draw and this time the dual began at 133. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 9, got three back points at the end of the bout to post an impressive 16-6 major over No. 18 Zac Stevens. Michigan's top-ranked 141-pounder Kellen Russell won a thrilling 3-1 overtime decision over Nittany Lion true freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7, to cut the Lion lead to 4-3. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 149, dominated Eric Grajales 8-3 with over 2:00 in riding time and then undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) pinned No. 20 Brandon Zeerip in just 1:01. Taylor, ranked No. 3 at 157, improved to 28-0 on the year with 27 bonus point victories (seven pins, 11 techs and nine majors). Michigan closed out the first half with No. 19 Dan Yates earning a tough 5-2 win over Nittany Lion sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) at 165, cutting Penn State's lead to 13-6 at the break.
Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, was strong in posting a 13-6 win over Michigan junior Justin Zeerip and then sophomore Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) struck quickly at 184, pinning Michigan's Hunter Collins in just :24 to put the Lions up 22-6. Wright, ranked No. 14 nationally, picked up his fifth pin of the year. Michigan rebounded at 197 where No. 10 Anthony Biondo posted a 12-3 major over Lion true freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) to cut the Penn State lead to 22-10. No. 5 Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) erased a 6-2 deficit against No. 10 Ben Apland at heavyweight by choosing top in the third period and quickly turning the Wolverine to his back for a pin at the 5:32 mark. The fall, Penn State's third of the dual and Wade's ninth, clinched the victory. Michigan's Sean Boyle picked up a hard-fought 6-2 win over true freshman Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.) at 125 but the Nittany Lions still posted the dominating 28-13 victory.
The Nittany Lions improve to 15-1 on the year, 3-1 in Big Ten action, and handed a hot Michigan team its first loss of the conference season. Michigan falls to 10-3 overall, 5-1 in the loop. Penn State owned a slim 14-12 edge in takedowns, but dominated the dual with bonus points. Head coach Cael Sanderson's crew won six of ten bouts but picked up 10 bonus points off three pins and a major. Michigan notched just one bonus point off a major decision. The win was Penn State's second over the Wolverines after downing their Big Ten brethren in the Virginia Duals title bout. Penn State now owns a 26-24 edge in the all-time series.
Penn State returns to action on Friday, Feb. 11, when it hosts No. 19 Illinois in Rec Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets are 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 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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