Third-Ranked Nittany Lion Wrestlers Tie No. 5 Minnesota 18-18 in Battle of Top Five Teams
<div id="Content" readability="238.245081081">Feb. 13, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestlers, ranked No. 3 nationally, forged an 18-18 tie at No. 5 Minnesota on Sunday in a battle between two of the nation's top squads. Undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) and sophomore Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) provided the spark for Penn State in the dual.
Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), ranked No. 11 at 125, returned to the mat for the first time since January 8 to take on No. 5 Zach Sanders of Minnesota. The Lion nearly upset Sanders but dropped a scintillating 10-8 decision. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 9 at 133, continued his hot week with an impressive 14-4 major over talented Minnesota freshman David Thorn to put Penn State on top 4-3. Long is now 10-1 on the year with seven majors. Second-ranked Gopher senior Mike Thorn notched a late takedown to hold off Nittany Lion freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7, by a 4-1 score at 141. Fifth-ranked Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) held on for a 6-5 win over Minnesota's Danny Zilverberg at 149 to put Penn State up 7-6. Undefeated freshman Taylor nearly pinned Minnesota's Matt Mincey at 157 but did not get the call and settled for a 16-1 technical fall at the 6:15 mark to give the Lions a 12-6 lead at the break. Taylor, now 30-0, has posted bonus point decisions in 29 of his 30 wins. He has 13 technical falls, nine pins and seven majors.
Minnesota closed the gap with an 8-0 major from No. 11 Cody Yohn over Lion freshman Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) at 165. No. 2 Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) posted a 12-5 win over No. 12 Scott Glasser at 174, nearly picking up the major but for a last-second Glasser escape. The win put Penn State up 15-10. No. 9 Scott Glasser majored No. 13 Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) at 184 to cut Penn State's lead to 15-14 before Gopher junior Sonny Yohn returned to the line-up for the first time since December at 197. Yohn, who was ranked in the top ten before an injury at the Southern Scuffle, majored freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) 10-2 to give Minnesota an 18-15 lead heading into the final bout of the dual. Junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, clinched a dual meet tie with an exciting 2-0 win over No. 8 Tony Nelson in the final action of the day.The dual meet, a Big Ten Network production, will air tonight as a same day tape delay at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) on the BTN. Not only did the teams split the dual five bouts a piece, but each team had 14 takedowns as well. Penn State got its three bonus points off Taylor's technical fall and Long's major while Minnesota used majors at 165, 184 and 197. While only forging a tie, the deadlock marks the first time in Penn State history that the Nittany Lions have not lost in the Gophers' building.
Penn State returns to action on Friday, Feb. 18, with a 7 p.m. dual against No. 12 Wisconsin in Rec Hall. The match-up is Penn State's dual meet finale and will also serve as senior night. Tickets are disappearing fast 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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