Over 6,300 Watch Nittany Lion Wrestlers Dismantle No. 16 Wisconsin 30-12 in Dual Finale
Andrew Long dominates Tyler Graff 12-5 at 133 to spark Lions in front of SRO crowd
<div id="Content" readability="249.807797627"> Feb. 18, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The fourth-ranked Penn State wrestling team, under the direction of head coach Cael Sanderson, dismantled No. 16 Wisconsin 30-12 in front of a standing room only crowd of 6,311 fans in Rec Hall. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) notched the signature win of the dual, dominating Tyler Graff at 133, 12-5.
Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) ranked No. 11 at 125, made his first Rec Hall appearance of the year the last of his career, posting a 10-5 win over Tom Kelliher to give Penn State an early 3-0 lead. Long, ranked No. 8 at 133, thrilled the SRO Rec Hall crowd by hammering No. 3 Graff 12-5 and the true freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7 at 141, continued the Lion win streak by pinning Shane McQuade at the 3:52 mark. The pin was Alton's 17th of the year, which is fourth all-time in a single season at Penn State. Junior Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 3 at 149, then majored No. 10 Cole Schmitt of Wisconsin 9-1 to put Penn State up 16-0. Red-shirt freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, then completed the regular season undefeated with an 18-2 technical fall over UW's Kalvin York at the 4:57 mark to give Penn State a 21-0 lead at intermission. Taylor's 31-0 mark on the year includes 30 bonus point wins. The York tech fall was his 14th to go along with nine majors and seven pins.
Red-shirt freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) then downed Wisconsin's Shawn Perry 7-3 at 165 before classmate Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) posted a strong 8-5 win over No. 14 Ben Jordan at 174 to put Penn State up 27-0. No. 3 Travis Rutt of Wisconsin fought off a Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) cradle attempt and got a pin at the 4:41 mark, breaking the shut out. Wisconsin's Trevor Brandvold, ranked No. 2, then pinned Lion freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) in just :42 to cut the Lion lead to 27-12. Junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, downed No. 10 Eric Bugenhagen 5-2 in the final bout to give Penn State the lopsided 30-12 victory.
Tonight's dual, which was a Big Ten Network StudentU production and aired live in HD at bigtennetwork.com, will air on the Big Ten Network tomorrow morning, Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. Penn State ends the 2010-11 dual meet season with a 17-1-1 mark, 6-1-1 in Big Ten duals. Wisconsin ends its dual season at 10-6-1, 1-5-1 in conference action. Penn State's 17 dual wins is the most since the Nittany Lions went 18-3 in 1998. The .921 winning percentage is the best since the Nittany Lions went 22-0-1 in 1993. Penn State's six Big Ten dual meet wins ties the school record for Big Ten wins in a season (the Nittany Lions went 6-0 in 1998). Penn State posted a wide 19-5 margin in takedowns and, in winning eight of ten bouts, split the bonus point battle 6-6.
Sanderson's Nittany Lions will now prep for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 5-6 at Northwestern University. The two-day event is the national qualifier for the conference and begins with an 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central) session on Saturday, March 5. The Sunday session starts at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central) with the finals airing live on the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central). 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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