It is being reported that Montell Marion weighed in. Makes things a lot more interesting.
Kr1963's messages aren't coming through on my crackberry. Some else update the score, please?
Highlight to read score:
12-0 Iowa, Mcd fall, Ramos over Long, MM over AA.
Iowa Dual: Running Blog - No. 8 Iowa 15, No. 1 Penn State 10
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 matchup dual between the No. 1 Nittany Lions (13-0, 2-0) and the three-time defending national champion and No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes (10-0-1, 2-0).
We will have an update live from the mat-side in front of the sold out Rec Hall crowd after every bout. This match has been circled for a long time, and we are thrilled to bring you live coverage from Rec Hall. Fans began filing into the building two hours prior to the match. Stay tuned.
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.
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I know I crack on Iowa alot but that they are up 15-10 with three matches to go tells me alot about that coaching staff and those younger guys. So far a VERY gutsy performance. Obviously with Pataky in there thats most likely a different result but you can only wrestle who the other team puts out on the mat. Great dual, can't wait to see how it ends up.
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Oh my God. I can breathe again. I didn't think I was gonna make it there.