Live Blogging for ALL PSU Duals
<hr style="background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245); height: 0px;">ok guys...this JUST in!
I have arranged it with Eric @ TOM for me to do LIVEBLOGGING for all (hopefully) of the PSU duals !
If you don't know what the heck that is, (where have you been for the past 10 years? But seriously folks....) feel free to ask. It is basically a "chat room" where people can discuss the action with other PSU fans, (ok we'll let some "other" fans in too, geez). You can make comments if you are @ the event from your cell phone (with the right APP I believe) as well as from your desktop or laptop while you are watching or listening to the dual. It is great for people who can't make it or don't subscribe to the BTN or CBS All access as I will be doing as much play by play as I can.
The links for each event will be posted here. Feel free to promote this to all of the Nittany Nation!
If it gets real busy I might need so assistants to help moderate & approve comments & that sort of thing. If you are interested in that let me know.
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Gulibon moves up to 125, could face Megaludis this weekend!
Best of the best could clash at WCCA - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (LINK)
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament just got a lot more interesting. The 125-pound final could pit returning county, WPIAL and two-time PIAA champions: Derry Area junior Jimmy Gulibon and Franklin Regional senior Nico Megaludis. Both are ranked No. 1 in the country — Gulibon at 119 pounds, Megaludis at 125 — by The Open Mat website.
The tournament begins at 5 p.m. today at Franklin Regional High School. The finals are set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
Gulibon, who won the Ironman and Powerade tournaments at 119 and will compete at that weight in individual tournaments next month, chose not to fight weight for a few weeks until he gets the 2-pound weight allowance later this month.
"I told Jimmy if he wanted to go up, give Nico the heads-up," Derry Area coach Mike Weinell said. "I told him he could probably win at 125 and 130 — it didn't matter."
Gulibon (13-0 this season, 88-2 career) has won two county and two WPIAL titles. Megaludis (22-0, 141-1) has won 107 consecutive matches and three county and WPIAL titles.
"The two practiced against each other on Saturday," Franklin Regional coach Eric Mausser said. "Nico found out Monday that Jimmy was coming up. Nico welcomes the challenge. He feels he has nothing to lose; he already is going to Penn State. If they make it to the finals, it's going to be a great battle."
The wrestling committee decided to make the bout the final match of the tournament.
The 135-pound weight class has four outstanding wrestlers: Mike DePalma of Jeannette, Heath Coles of Norwin, Ty Lydic of Latrobe and Jeremy Landowski of Burrell.
The 112-pound class is loaded, too, with Mt. Pleasant senior Nick Hough, Burrell freshman Zack Kelly, Franklin Regional sophomore Conner Medlang, Latrobe senior Chace Small and Penn-Trafford junior Willie Bohince.
The returning champions are Gulibon (112), Megaludis (119), Burrell senior Dave Makara (125), Lydic (130), Derry Area senior Travis Shaffer (135), Kiski School senior Evan Henderson (140), Kiski Area senior Matt McCutcheon (171) and Burrell senior Brian Beattie (215).
Second-Ranked Nittany Lion Wrestlers Down No. 23 Kent State 27-15 to Advance to Virginia Duals Title Tilt
Brad Pataky pins No. 10 Nic Bedelyon to lead Lions into tonight’s championship dual
HAMPTON, Va.; January 8, 2011 – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 2 nationally, downed No. 23 Kent State 27-15 in the semifinals of the 2011 Virginia Duals. Penn State, the tournament’s top seed, will now take on No. 15 Michigan tonight at 8:30 p.m. here in the Hampton Coliseum. The Nittany Lions used an early flurry of pins and bonus points to stave off a late Kent State rally.
Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) gave notice that he’s rounding back into form by pinning No. 10 Nic Bedelyon in the opening bout at 125. The fall came at the 4:02 mark and put Penn State up 6-0 early. No. 6 Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) followed with a workmanlike 6-1 win at 133 before Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) pinned Kent State veteran Chase Skonieczny at the 3:23 mark. The pin was Alton’s 15<sup style="line-height: 1.2em; outline-style: none;">th</sup> of the year and tied him for fifth on PSU’s all-time single season pins list. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 7 at 149, got a dominating 8-0 major and third-ranked freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) posted another technical fall (this one a 19-4 dismantling of Matt Cathell at the 4:40 mark).
Kent State broke into the scoring column when Ross Tice posted an 8-2 decision over Lion freshman Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) at 165. No. 2 Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) posted a hard-fought 11-8 win over Kent State’s Brandon Johnson at 174 before Casey Newburg picked up a win over PSU 165-pounder Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) at 184. The Flash also got a pin at 197 from No. 8 Dustin Kilgore. At heavyweight, Penn State suffered a tough upset loss as No. 13 Brendan Barlow downed No. 7 Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) 10-5 to make the final score 27-15 in Penn State’s favor.
Penn State moves to l0-0 on the year, it’s best start since going 12-0 in 1971-72 (no losses or ties). The Nittany Lions won six of the ten bouts but posted a decisive 9-3 edge in bonus points. Penn State and Kent State tied 15-15 in the takedown battle as the Golden Flash upper weights dominated the action after the Nittany Lions bolted out to the big lead.
Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad meets No. 15 Michigan tonight at 8:30 p.m. in the tournament’s championship bout. Michigan upset No. 9 Lehigh in the other semifinal. Penn State’s next home dual is a nationally televised match-up with No. 21 Pittsburgh on Jan. 21. Action in the Big Ten Network live event begins at 6 p.m. in Rec Hall. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets for the 2010-11 Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling season 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 (1390 AM) and WSQV (92.1 FM). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
#2 Penn State 27, #23 Kent State 15
January 8, 2011 – Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, Va.
125: Brad Pataky PSU pinned #10 Nick Bedelyon KSU, WBF (4:02) 6-0
133: #6 Andrew Long PSU dec. Tyler Small KSU, 6-1 9-0
141: #7 Andrew Alton PSU pinned Chase Skonieczny KSU, WBF (3:32) 15-0
149: #7 Frank Molinaro PSU maj. dec. Marcel Clopton KSU, 8-0 19-0
157: #3 David Taylor PSU tech fall Matt Cathell KSU, 19-4 (TF; 4:40) 24-0
165: Ross Tice KSU dec Jake Kemerer PSU, 8-2 24-3
174: #2 Ed Ruth PSU dec. Brandon Johnson, 11-8 27-3
184: Casey Newburg KSU dec. Nick Fischer PSU, 6-2 27-6
197: #8 Dustin Kilgore KSU pinned Justin Ortega PSU, WBF (4:59) 27-12
285: #13 Brendan Barlow KSU dec. #7 Cameron Wade PSU, 10-5 27-15
Records: Penn State 10-0 (1-0 Big Ten), Kent State 5-5
Up Next for Penn State: vs. #15 Michigan, championship final, tonight at 8:3 p.m.
125: Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) once again got the call at 125 for Penn State to battle No. 10 Nic Bedelyon of Kent State. Bedelyon got in on a single leg right away and took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown out of the gates. The tenth-ranked Flash grappler then maintained control of Pataky for nearly two minutes but Pataky worked his way into a near pin from the bottom. But a stalemate was called while Pataky was working for the reversal or pin and Bedelyon maintained his 2-0 lead with under a minute left in the period. Pataky escaped at the :30 mark to cut the lead to 2-1 but Bedelyon got in deep on another single leg. Pataky fought off the move for the final :18 to keep the score close at the buzzer. Down 2-1, Pataky chose down to start the second stanza (Bedelyon had over 2:00 in riding time). Pataky escaped at the 1:29 mark to tie the bout at 2-2 with Bedelyon having 2:38 in time. Pataky thrilled the Penn State faithful a minute in, hitting a mixer, catching Bedelyon and turning him to his back for a pin at the 4:02 mark.
133: No. 6 Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) faced off against Kent State’s Tyler Small at 133. Long wasted no time taking control of the match with a quick takedown. Small escaped after a :40 Long ride to cut the lead to 2-1. Small gained control of Long’s foot, looking to pull the Lion to the mat, but Long elevated himself, forced action to the mat and rolled around for a counter takedown to lead 4-1 with :58 in riding time after one period. Long chose down to start the second stanza but Small was able to maintain control of the All-American for over a minute before Long escaped at the :20 mark. Small was also hit with a stall warning in the process. Trailing 5-1, Small chose down to start the final period. Long spent the first minute looking to turn the Kent State wrestler for back points. Small fought off Long’s efforts but Long was able to dominate the action from the top and ride Small for the entire period and walk away with a convincing 6-1 win (with the riding time point).
141: No. 7 Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) met Chase Skonieczny of Kent State at 141. Alton got the first takedown of the bout at the 2:12 mark and then began looking for a chance to turn the Flash grappler. Skonieczny finally escaped after a 1:26 ride and cut the lead to 2-1 but Alton scored quickly with a high double off the reset to move out to a 4-1 lead with 2:04 in riding time after one period. Alton chose down to start the middle period and quickly reversed Skonieczny. He then turned him to his back and picked up the pin at the 3:23 mark. The win put Penn State up 15-0.
149: No. 7 Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) met Kent State’s Marcel Clopton at 149. Molinaro used his textbook high double to get the first takedown a minute in to take a 2-0 lead. Molinaro put together a punishing ride, maintaining control of Clopton for the entire period, turning him to his back for three near fall points at the buzzer. The swift turn gave the two-time All-American a 5-0 lead with 2:01 in riding time heading into the second stanza. Clopton chose neutral to start the second period but Molinaro stayed on the attack. Molinaro’s pressure forced the Kent State man into a first stall warning at the :20 mark. Leading 5-0 with 2:01 in time to his advantage, Molinaro chose down to start the third period. The Lion junior quickly escaped to a 6-0 lead and immediately began forcing Clopton back on his heels again. Molinaro picked up a stall point after another Clopton warning but Clopton continued to back up. Molinaro picked up the riding time point and posted a dominating 8-0 major with 1:37 in time.
157: Undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, met Matt Cathell. Taylor easily took Cathell down for an early takedown and then maintained control of him for :50 before an escape cut the lead to 2-1. Taylor was undaunted, taking Cathell down and to his back for a five point move to up his lead to 7-1 with 1:25 on the clock. Taylor cut Cathell loose and began looking for another takedown. A feisty double low ankle pick gave the Lion a 9-3 lead with :50 after another cut. Taylor picked up another takedown and turned Cathell to his back for a two point near fall at the buzzer to lead 13-3 after one period. Cathell chose neutral to start the second period but Taylor continued his takedown clinic with another one at the 1:12 mark. Taylor cut Cathell loose and led 15-3 and took Cathell down, picked up two back points and ended the match with a 19-4 technical fall at the 4:40 mark.
165: Freshman Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) took to the mat at 165 for Penn State to meet Golden Flash Ross Tice. Tice picked up the bout’s first takedown with 2:03 on the clock. The returning national qualifier maintained control of the Lion freshman for :52 before Kemerer escaped to a 2-1 deficit. Kemerer upped his offensive pressure but Tice was able to counter a late Kemerer shot with a takedown of his own at the buzzer. Trailing 4-1 after one, Kemerer chose down to start the second period but could not break free before Tice built up a 1:31 time edge. Kemerer’s escape cut Tice’s lead to 4-2 at the 1:30 mark. The duo battled evenly for the remainder of the period and Tice led 4-2 heading into the final stanza (with Tice holding a 1:29 time edge). Tice chose down to start the final period. Kemerer maintained control long enough to work the time edge to a minute before cutting him loose to a 5-2 lead. Kemerer fought off a low Tice single to force a reset at the :48 mark but the Lion could not break through on the offensive end. Tice picked up a stall warning at the :10 mark and then picked up one late takedown to post the 8-2 win.
174: No. 2 Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) battled Brandon Johnson of Kent State at 174. Johnson countered an early Ruth shot to take a 2-0 lead out of the gates. Johnson then kept control of the Lion freshman for :47 before an escape cut the lead to 2-1. Ruth took the lead with a high single at the 1:45 mark. He then maintained control for a minute before Johnson escaped to a 3-3 tie. Ruth added a late takedown as the period ended to lead 5-3 heading into the second period. Ruth chose down to start the second period and nearly pinned Johnson while getting the escape. Johnson worked a low single into a double leg and a second takedown against Ruth to cut the Lion’s lead to 6-5 with :43 on the clock. But Ruth quickly reversed the Kent State grappler off a reset to move out to an 8-5 lead. Ruth then rode Johnson out to carry the 8-5 lead into the final stanza. Johnson chose down to start the third period and worked his way to a reversal, cutting the lead to 8-7. Ruth escaped to a 9-7 lead with time not an issue at this point. Ruth used a duck under to lift Johnson off the mat and toss him down for a takedown and an 11-7 lead. Ruth kept control of Johnson until the :12 mark and Ruth posted the 11-8 decision.
184: With All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) still recovering from injury, sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) moved up from 165 and met KSU’s Casey Newburg at 184. Newburg got an early takedown and maintained control of the Lion for 1:21 before a Fischer escape cut the lead to 2-1. Fischer got in deep on a shot with 1:00 left but Newburg fought off the move and forced a reset. Leading 2-1 with 1:20 in time, Newburg chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 3-1 lead. Fischer continued to shoot, looking to score on a high single. But Newburg’s length made it difficult for Fisher to break through on offense. Trailing by two, Fischer chose down to start the final period. Fischer got hit with a first stall warning at the 1:20 mark and escaped to a 3-2 deficit with 1:00 on the clock (Newburg clinched the time point). The Flash grappler added a second takedown to take a 5-2 lead. Newburg would hold on for the 6-2 win and cut Penn State’s lead to 27-6.
197: Sophomore Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.) got the call at 197 to take on No. 8 Dustin Kilgore. Kilgore took Ortega down at the 1:45 mark and picked up three points with a near fall to open up a 5-0 lead midway through the first period. The returning All-American maintained control of Ortega and turned him once more for three back points and an 8-0 lead a the :30 mark. Leading by eight with 1:54 in time, Kilgore chose neutral to start the second stanza. Kilgore picked up a second takedown at the 1:06 mark to take a 10-0 lead. Kilgore used a near side cradle to pin Ortega at the buzzer, picking up the fall at the 4:59 mark.
285: In a battle of ranked heavyweights, No. 7 Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) faced off against No. 13 Brendan Barlow of Kent State. Barlow came out of the gates on fire, taking control of Wade’s leg early and taking a 2-0 lead with 2:24 on the clock. Wade escaped quickly and began looking for a score of his own. The duo worked the middle of the mat for the next minute plus action moved to the second period with Barlow owning a 2-1 lead. Wade chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 2-2 tie. Barlow added a second takedown and led 4-3 after a Wade escape with 1:20 left. Wade could not find any offense against Barlow and found himself down 4-3 heading into the third period. Barlow chose neutral to start the final stanza, looking to avoid Wade’s ride. The Lion junior needed a takedown to avoid the upset loss but could not break through Barlow’s defense. Barlow countered a Wade shot, took Wade down and then added two more as a scrambling Wade took loose shots as the period ended. Barlow’s 10-5 win made the final 27-15 in Penn State’s favor.
No. 2 Penn State Takes Down No. 15 Michigan 24-12 to Win 2011 Virginia Duals Championship
First Lion title at the event since 1991
HAMPTON, Va.; January 8, 2011 – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 2 nationally, dominated No. 15 Michigan 24-12 in the championship final of the 2011 Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. The victory gave the Nittany Lions the Virginia Duals title for the first time since 1991 and keeps head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad undefeated on the year.
Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) completed an undefeated weekend with a strong 8-2 win over Michigan’s Sean Boyle at 125, giving Penn State an early 3-0 lead. All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) majored No. 18 Zac Stevens 12-3 at 133 to give the Lions a 7-0 lead after two bouts. In the dual’s premier match-up, top-ranked Kellen Russell of Michigan notched another one point win over Penn State’s seventh-ranked Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), 2-1, at 141. No. 7 Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) then dominated Eric Grajales 6-2 at 149, including 2:50 in riding time before freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, put on a clinic on his way to a 19-4 technical fall over Aaron Hynes.
With Penn State up 15-3, Michigan’s Dan Yates posted a tough 8-2 win over Nittany Lion freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.), but that win was answered by Nittany Lion Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.). Ruth, ranked No. 2 at 174, pinned Michigan’s Jonathan Beck at the 1:06 mark to put Penn State on top 21-6. Michigan’s Hunter Collins then posted a 9-4 win over Lion sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) at 184. Fischer had moved up a couple weight to take on the Wolverine. No. 15 Anthony Biondo of Michigan then downed Penn State’s Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.) 9-4 at 197, cutting Penn State’s lead to 21-11. Nittany Lion junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 7 at heavyweight, beat No. 9 Ben Apland 3-0 in the final bout to give the Lions the 24-12 final margin.
Penn State moves to l1-0 on the year, it’s best since going 12-0 in 1971-72 (no losses or ties). Taylor was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for his performance at 157 as well. Penn State won the takedown battle 19-8 and notched a 6-0 edge in bonus points. The title is Penn State’s first at the event since winning the crown in 1991 and the Nittany Lions now own a 25-24 edge in the all-time series with the Wolverines. The two teams will meet again in Ann Arbor on Feb. 6 in the conference dual (this dual does not count as one of Penn State’s eight Big Ten duals).
Penn State returns to action in a nationally televised home match-up with No. 21 Pittsburgh on Jan. 21. Action in the Big Ten Network live event begins at 6 p.m. in Rec Hall. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets for the 2010-11 Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling season 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 (1390 AM) and WSQV (92.1 FM). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
#2 Penn State 24, #15 Michigan 12
January 8, 2011 – Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, Va.
125: Brad Pataky PSU dec. Sean Boyle UM, 8-2 3-0
133: #6 Andrew Long PSU maj. dec. #18 Zac Stevens UM, 12-3 7-0
141: #1 Kellen Russell UM dec. #7 Andrew Alton PSU, 2-1 7-3
149: #7 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. Eric Grajales UM, 6-2 10-3
157: #3 David Taylor PSU tech fall Aaron Hynes UM, 19-4 (TF; 4:53) 15-3
165: Dan Yates UM dec. James Vollrath PSU, 8-2 15-6
174: #2 Ed Ruth PSU pinned Jonathan Beck UM, WBF (1:06) 21-6
184: Hunter Collins UM dec. Nick Fischer PSU, 9-4 21-9
197: #15 Anthony Biondo UM dec. Justin Ortega PSU, 9-4 21-12
285: #7 Cameron Wade PSU dec. #8 Ben Apland UM, 3-0 24-12
Records: Penn State 11-0 (1-0 Big Ten), Michigan 4-2 (0-0 Big Ten)
Up Next for Penn State: Home vs. #20 Pittsburgh, Friday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. in Rec Hall
125: Senior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) took on Michigan’s Sean Boyle in a rematch of their meeting at the Southern Scuffle last week (won by Boyle 11-3). Pataky came out hot, shooting swiftly three times but not breaking through Boyle’s defense. But on Pataky’s fourth effort, the Lion senior got the takedown to take an early 2-0 lead. Pataky then turned Boyle for three back points and a 5-0 lead. Pataky spent the next minute trying to turn Boyle again. Boyle fought off Pataky’s efforts for back points but the Pataky ride out allowed the Lion to carry a 5-0 lead with 2:11 into the second period. Pataky chose down to start the middle stanza and used a shoulder roll to escape at the 1:22 mark. Boyle shot low and took Pataky down and in the process, Pataky took a long injury time out before the Lion senior was able to continue, still leading 6-2. Boyle then cut Pataky loose to a 7-2 Penn State lead, looking for another takedown. Pataky fought off a Boyle shot and carried the 7-2 lead with 1:13 in riding time into the third period. Boyle chose neutral to start the third period. Pataky got in low on Boyle’s right leg, working long for another takedown, but Boyle was able to force a stalemate at the 1:14 mark. Pataky got in again on Boyle’s right leg but another stalemate forced a reset with :17 left. Pataky’s strong performance allowed the Nittany Lion senior to avenge the loss in the scuffle to win 8-2 and put Penn State up 3-0 early.
133: No. 6 Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa) took on Michigan’s Zac Stevens, ranked No. 18, at 133. Long gained control of Stevens’ arm, pulled him down to the mat and reached around the Wolverine for a takedown at the 1:59 mark. Stevens scrambled to an escape after a short Long ride. Long continued to pressure the ranked Wolverine, looking for an opening to pick up a second takedown. The Lion sophomore gained control of Stevens’ left leg but the Michigan grappler was able to scoot off the mat to force a reset at the :23 mark. Long used a beautiful double leg to drive through Stevens at the :10 mark and, with the ride out, led 4-1 after the opening stanza. Long chose down to start the middle period and worked his way to an escape and a 5-1 lead with 1:20 on the clock. Long spent the next minute shooting Stevens off the mat, forcing the Wolverine into a stall warning with :50 on the clock. Long turned a double leg into a takedown with a nice side step on the edge of the mat to move out to a 7-1 lead and then added another ride out to carry that lead into the final period. Stevens chose down to start the final period and quickly escaped to a 7-2 deficit. Long caught Stevens with a shoulder throw, nearly turning him to his back. The takedown and a cut by Long gave him a 9-3 lead with 1:31 left. Long countered a low Stevens shot and added another takedown to lead 11-3 at the :50 mark. Long then rode the ranked Wolverine for the rest of the period and, with the bonus point, notched a convincing 12-3 major.
141: In one of the marquee battles of the tournament, Nittany Lion freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7 at 141, met top-ranked Kellen Russell of Michigan. The bout was a rematch of the Southern Scuffle semifinal from last week, won by Russell 4-3. Alton and Russell exchanged heated shots during the first :30, with neither man picking up a go-ahead takedown. The early flurry was followed by hand fighting in the center circle. After a scoreless first period, Russell chose down to start the second. Russell escaped at the 1:50 mark to lead 1-0. Russell began leaning on his collar ties to force Alton into a mistake, but the Penn State true freshman was able to keep Russell at bay. Down 1-0, Alton chose down to start the third period. Russell was able to gain control of Alton’s arm, breaking the lion freshman down and building up over a minute’s worth of riding time. Alton continued to work hard on the bottom, trying to escape to tie the bout, but Russell clinched the riding time point. Alton escaped with :05 left but Russell’s 1:47 in riding time gave the top-ranked Wolverine the 2-1 win (his second one-point win over Alton), cutting Penn State’s lead to 7-3.
149: No. 7 Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) battled Michigan’s Eric Grajales at 149. The two-time All-American used a high double to take Grajales down and open up an early 2-0 lead with 1:56 left in the first period. Grajales escaped after a :40 ride, cutting the Lion’s lead to 2-1. Neither man found an opening for the remainder of the period and action moved to the second period with Molinaro up by one. The Lion junior chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 3-1 lead. Molinaro turned a scramble in the middle of the mat into a second takedown and a 5-1 lead with 1:10 left in the period. Molinaro’s strong ride forced Grajales into a first stall warning at the :18 mark. The ride-out allowed Molinaro to lead 5-1 with 1:44 in riding time heading into the final period. Grajales chose down to start the final period but Molinaro continued to punish the Wolverine, dominating action and clinching the riding time point. Molinaro cut Grajales loose at the :55 mark, looking for a possible major. But Grajales was able to fight off Molinaro’s efforts and keep the damage to a minimum. Molinaro’s 6-2 win put Penn State up 10-3.
157: Undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, met Wolverine Aaron Hynes. Taylor used a low single leg to notch his first takedown :30 into the bout and then began looking for a chance to turn Hynes for back points. Taylor got two back points and then cut Hynes loose with 1:00 on the clock. Taylor then used a quick duck-under for another takedown and a 6-3 lead after letting Hynes loose again. Taylor added another takedown and two more back points to lead 10-2 with 2:08 in time after the first period. Hynes chose neutral to start the second, but Taylor used an ankle pick to take Hynes down again and cut him loose to lead 12-3. Another Taylor takedown and three more back points upped his lead to 17-3. He cut Hynes loose with :20 left and picked up one final takedown at the 4:53 mark for the 19-4 technical fall.
165: Freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) took to the mat at 165 for Penn State to meet Michigan’s Dan Yates. Vollrath got in early on Yates’ left leg and worked himself into an early takedown to lead 2-1 after a quick Yates escape with 2:25 left in the opening period. Yates tried to shoulder throw Vollrath a couple times but the Lion freshman was able to roll through each attempt and keep his slim lead. Yates nearly took the lead with a strong single leg on the edge of the mat but action moved out of bounds with :18 on the clock, forcing a reset. Leading by one, Vollrath chose down to start the second period. He tried to roll out of trouble but Yates was able to catch him and nearly pick up a stunning pin at the 1:35 mark. Yates’ three back points allowed the Wolverine to take a 4-2 lead but Vollrath’s effort to avoid the pin kept the bout alive. Yates was able to control the action from the top for the remainder of the period and led 4-2 with 1:54 in riding time heading into the final period. Yates chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 5-2 lead. Yates used a knee pick to take Vollrath down one more time and up his lead to 7-2 with a clinched riding time point a the :55 mark. The ride out gave Yates an 8-2 win and cut Penn State’s lead to 15-6.
174: No. 2 Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) faced off against Michigan’s Jonathan Beck at 174. Ruth quickly took Beck down and nearly pinned him with a far side cradle. The three back points and a Beck escape gave Ruth a 5-1 lead. Ruth notched another takedown and cut Beck loose, took him down and this time completed the cradle to get a quick pin at the 1:06 mark.
184: With All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) still recovering from injury, 165-pounder Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) jumped up two weights to 184 to take on Michigan’s Hunter Collins. Fischer worked his way into early control of Collins’ leg, but the Wolverine countered and scrambled his way to a takedown and a 2-0 lead at the 2:21 mark. Fischer escaped and action resumed in the center circle with 1:56 left in the opening period. Collins added another takedown with 1:10 on the clock. Collins then rode Fischer out to carry the 4-1 lead with nearly 2:00 in riding time into the second period. Fischer chose down but Collins was able to control the action from the top again. Fischer escaped at the :15 mark to cut the lead to 4-2, but Collins had already clinched the riding time point. Collins chose down to start the third period and reversed the Lion sophomore to up his lead to 6-2. Fischer escaped, but Collins was able to take him down quickly again to lead 8-4 after cutting the Lion loose. Collins went on to post the 9-4 win and cut Penn State’s lead to 21-9.
197: Sophomore Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.) got met No. 15 Anthony Biondo of Michigan at 197. Biondo scored quickly, taking a 2-0 lead and then put together a strong ride, trying to turn Ortega for back points. But Ortega was able to fight off the turning opportunities until he escaped at the :48 mark. Leading 2-1 with 2:04 in riding time, Biondo chose down to start the second period and quickly reversed Ortega to up his lead to 4-1. Biondo rode Ortega out again and led 4-1 with a clinched riding time point heading into the third period. Ortega chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped, but Biondo answered with a takedown to up his lead to 6-2 with 1:14 on the clock. Biondo cut Ortega loose and took him down again to open up an 8-3 lead. Biondo worked to turn Ortega but the Lion was able to keep off his back until he was cut loose by Biondo at the :22 mark. Biondo went on to notch the strong 8-4 win with 4:33 in riding time to cut Penn State’s lead to 21-11.
285: In a battle of ranked heavyweights, No. 7 Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) looked to bounce back from an upset loss against Kent State against No. 8 Ben Apland of Michigan. The bout was a rematch of the Southern Scuffle title bout, won by Wade 4-2 with a late two-point tilt. The duo spent the first half of the opening period trading barbs in the center circle. Wade countered a loose Apland shot at the :31 mark, taking a 2-0 lead in front of the Michigan bench. Wade then rode Apland out to carry that 2-0 lead into the middle period. Apland chose neutral to start the second period and the duo spent the middle period looking for openings. Neither man could score and action moved to the third period with Wade leading 3-0. Wade chose down to start the third and quickly escaped to a 3-0 lead. The bout would end with that same score as Wade posted the hard-fought 3-0 win and give the Nittany Lions a 24-12 win and the Virginia Duals title.
Long ignites Lions in Virginia Duals debut - Sports | Centre Daily Times
Long's strong debut highlights wins over VMI, Edinboro - The Daily Collegian Online
Penn State wrestling advances to semifinals at the Virginia Duals | PennLive.com
Lions capture wrestling duals title - Sports | Centre Daily Times
Nittany Lions win championship at Virginia Duals - The Daily Collegian Online
(Final Brackets of the VA Duals)
Penn State Wrestling dominates opponents over break - The Daily Collegian Online
Flashes Top No. 9 Lehigh for Third Place at Virginia Duals: Kent State University Athletics
Penn State-Iowa wrestling dual sold out
But not everyone is happy about it!
Let PSU wrestle at Jordan Center - AltoonaMirror.com
Nittany Lions go HD inside Rec Hall - Sports | Centre Daily Times
My philosophy is that is always good to be well educated on your opponents so I try to once & awhile throw some links to articles about other schools on PSU's schedule. & While PSU does not have a dual vs Cornell they did tie them last week @ the Southern Scuffle. PSU is now ranked #2 & it is looking like those 2 will be competing in Philadelphia @ the NCAAs in March. In a few cases it might end up being head to head!
As a side note, Pennsylvania by statistic has more NCAA Div I All-Americans then any other state. The Pennsylvania High School with the most NCAA Div I All-Americans? My alma mater, State College. Something to be proud of for sure.
State College grads Koll & Bosak power Cornell to crown - Sports | Centre Daily Times
Cornell Big Red wrestling offers best of both worlds - ESPN
Penn State recruit Nico Megaludis demonstrating some flexibility...