Iowa Dual: Running Blog - No. 8 Iowa 22, No. 1 Penn State 13
By Tony Mancuso, Athletic Communications on <abbr class="published" title="2011-01-30T12:25:48-05:00">January 30, 2011 12:25 PM</abbr> | No Comments | No TrackBacks
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome inside Rec Hall for GoPSUsports.com's live blog from today's dual between the No. 1 Nittany Lions (13-1, 2-1) and the three-time defending national champion and No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes (11-0-1, 3-0).
Take a look back at Iowa's upset victory over the top-ranked Nittany Lions inside a sold out Rec Hall.
Sold Out Crowd Seated and Ready
The highly anticipated clash between the top-ranked Nittany Lions and Iowa Hawkeyes has been circled for months. The sold out crowd began filing in two hours prior to the first bout. With 15 minutes on the clock prior to the bout, there was not a seat to be found inside Rec Hall. Sitting mat-side, the atmosphere is electric leading up to the 125-pound match. Every inch of the track circling the top of the building is packed with people. "Pack the track" is alive and well inside Rec Hall this afternoon. Stay tuned as we await the first bout of the afternoon.
125 - McDonough Tallies a Pin for Iowa
No. 2 Matt McDonough took control of the 125-pound in the first period against Nittany Lion freshman Nate Morgan, who made his dual-match debut on Sunday afternoon. McDonough used four takedowns to build an 8-3 advantage after three minutes of wrestling. From there, McDonough tallied a victory by pinfall at the 4:16 mark in the match. The sophomore handed the Hawkeyes a 6-0 lead in the match.
133 - Ramos Edges Long
No. 5 Andrew Long and No. 10 Tony Ramos from Iowa wrestled to a 0-0 tie after the first period, but Long tallied an escape within the first 10 seconds of period two to claim a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard. Long was aggressive throughout the first four minutes of action, but Ramos claimed the first takedown of the match off the left edge of the mat. Long answered with an escape point to square things heading into the third. One escape from Ramos was all the Iowa freshman needed in the final period to claim a slim 3-2 advantage on the final scoreboard. Ramos and Long battled for seven minutes, but Long's shot attempts fell short. Iowa built a 9-0 lead following the 133-pound battle.
141 - Alton Upset by Marion
The Nittany Lions got a boost in the first period from No. 5 Andrew Alton at 141. Alton has been tremendous in his first season in Penn State blue and white. Alton tallied a takedown and a three-point near fall late in the first period. The Lion freshman was moments from tallying a pinfall victory before Montell Marion managed to slip free off the mat. Alton's 5-0 lead was quickly trimmed down to 5-4. Marion stayed on the attack in the final two periods en route to a 10-9 upset victory for the Hawkeyes. Alton snagged a 9-8 lead in the final minute of action with an escape, but a late takedown from Marion and the riding point handed the Hawkeyes a 12-0 advantage in the overall match score.
149 - Molinaro Downs Mark Bellweg to Put the Lions on the Board
No. 5 Frank Molinaro took control of his bout with Iowa's Mark Ballweg in the opening period. Molinaro snagged a 2-0 with a takedown in the first period. He also controlled the riding time from the opening whistle. Molinaro also added two more takedowns in the second period and one in the third on the way to Penn State's first victory in the match. The Nittany Lion junior moved to 20-2 on the season with a 10-3 victory. Molinaro's victory gave the Lions a nice boost leading into the final bout before the final match prior to halftime.
157 - Taylor Battles to Victory Over St. John
The Nittany Lions tallied their second victory of the afternoon following a hotly contested affair between No. 3 David Taylor and No. 14 David St. John. The score was really never in doubt for the talented Nittany Lion freshman, but several attacks from the Iowa freshman towards Taylor's face turned the bout into a heated seven minutes of wrestling. Nonetheless, Taylor registered three takedowns, a reversal and a dominant effort in riding time en route to a 12-4 victory. Taylor's major decision trimmed Iowa's lead to 12-7 heading into the halftime break. Give Taylor credit for battling to a much-needed dominant victory despite being poked in the eye several times against St. John. The Lion freshman is now 26-0 on the season.
165 - Jenssen Downs Kemerer
No. 14 Aaron Jenssen ousted Nittany Lion Jake Kemerer by a 6-2 margin at 165 pounds. Jenssen mustered takedowns in the first and third periods on his way to the decision. Kemerer battled Jenssen for seven minutes, but the Hawkeye senior dictated the riding time and benefitted from two key takedowns to tally Iowa's fourth victory of the afternoon. Iowa's lead on the scoreboard was 15-7 after six bouts.
174 - Ruth Topples Lofthouse
Freshman Ed Ruth sliced Iowa's overall match lead down to 15-10 with a 10-3 decision over No. 13 Ethan Lofthouse from Iowa. Ruth's aggressive style built a 4-1 lead for the Lion freshman after one period. From there, Ruth added two more take downs on his way to seven-point victory. Ruth has been impressive throughout his first season on the mat for the Nittany Lions. Ruth's overall match record is a stout 24-1 this season.
184 - Wright Falls to Gambrall in Upset
Despite Ruth's victory at 174, No. 16 Grant Gambrall from Iowa quickly halted the Nittany Lion momentum with a 8-3 decision over No. 6 Quentin Wright. Wright trailed throughout the bout after Gambrall posted a first period takedown. From there, the Iowa sophomore utilized a significant advantage in riding time to claim the Iowa victory. With two bouts to go, Iowa built an 18-10 on the scoreboard.
197 - Lofthouse Downs Ortega
No. 14 Lue Lofthouse clinched the overall match victory for the Hawkeyes with a 17-6 major decision triumph over Justin Ortega at 197. The match turned in Lofthouse's favor for good when he tallied an escape and a takedown in the final seconds of the first period. From there, Lofthouse cruised to the victory to put the Hawkeyes up 22-10 in the overall match.
285 - Wade Clips Raising, 1-0
No. 5 Cameron Wade and Iowa's Blake Raising wrestled two scoreless periods in the heavyweight bout on Sunday afternoon. Wade got on the board with an escape point early in the third period, which set the score at 1-0. That would be all Wade needed to claim a slim victory against the Hawkeyes. With Wade's victory, the Nittany Lions claimed four bout victories in the 22-13 match victory for the three-time defending champion Iowa Hawkeyes.
The top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestling team came into Sunday's bout with No. 8 Iowa with aspirations of snapping the Hawkeyes' 72-match unbeaten streak, but the three-time defending national champions built an early cushion on the way to an overall victory on the scoreboard. You can point to the first three matches for the Hawkeyes on Sunday afternoon. Iowa set the tone with a pin at 125 and then two upset victories at 133 and 141. Penn State rallied with wins at 149, 157 and 174, but the fast start from Iowa was the difference on Sunday afternoon. Penn State's first loss of the season sends the Lions into a road weekend at Michigan State and Michigan. Give a tip of the cap to the 6,686 fans that helped create an incredible atmosphere for wrestling inside Rec Hall. The Lions will return home to face Illinois on Feb. 11.