From a PA paper.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2008
Hawkeyes pound Nittany Lions in showdown
IOWA CITY, Iowa ? Penn State received an across-the-mat glimpse at a team primed to return to Big Ten and national dominance.
Iowa won seven of 10 bouts en route to pounding the Nittany Lions 27-13 before 7,525 fans Sunday at Carver-Hawk-eye Arena. The Hawkeyes, who returned to No. 1 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association/ InterMat rankings last week, snapped a two-year losing streak against the Nittany Lions (8-3).
Iowa (13-1) recorded six bonus points and compiled a 23-9 takedown edge. The Hawkeyes dismantled the Nittany Lions without returning NCAA 165-pound Mark Perry who didn?t wrestle because of a knee injury.
One of Penn State?s victories came at 165 where sophomore Dave Rella recorded four take-downs, including three during the third period, in an 11-3 major decision over Aaron Janssen.
?They beat us every way you can get beat,? Penn State coach Troy Sunderland said. ?They beat us on top, they beat us on bottom, they beat us on our feet. We just got outwrestled and I?m extremely disappointed with a couple of the efforts.?
Penn State?s first Big Ten match featured a rough start. The Hawkeyes won seven of the first eight bouts.
Iowa ended the stretch by recording victories in the meet?s two marquee bouts.
Freshman Garrett Scott replaced Jake Strayer, who stayed home because of his grandmother?s death, and faced Iowa sophomore Dan LeClere at 141. The bout included two wrestlers who combined to win seven high school state titles ? Scott won three PIAA Class AA titles at Juniata Valley and LeClere claimed four Iowa small-school state titles.
As expected, the duo produced a close bout, with LeClere recording a takedown with 22 seconds remaining to record a 4-3 victory. Scott held a 3-2 lead entering the final minute after recording a second- period takedown and being cut by LeClere during the third. LeClere worked through Scott?s defense for the initial takedown in the first period.
A bout later, Iowa 149-pounder Brent Metcalf, a four-time Michigan state champion who didn?t lose in high school, recovered from a first-period deficit to pin Penn State?s Bubba Jenkins, a Junior World Freestyle Champion. Jenkins held a 6-1 lead after recording a takedown and four-point move in the first 1:30.
Metcalf quickly reversed Jenkins and then used the final five minutes to display an explosive offense. Metcalf held a 22-12 lead after the second period and recorded Iowa?s only fall 33 seconds into the third period.
?Metcalf just kept wrestling harder and harder, and his intensity got higher and higher,? Sunderland said. ?Bubba didn?t respond to it.?
Penn State closed the match with two victories as Dan Vallimont improved to 18-0 by defeating Ryan Morningstar 6- 2 at 157. Vallimont took Morningstar down twice. Rella then dominated Janssen to improve to 9-9.
?It?s kind of hard to wrestle at the end of a train wreck and not get caught up in what happened earlier,? Sunderland said. ?Dan continued doing what he was good at. Morningstsar isn?t a slouch. He?s a pretty solid kid and Dan did a nice job of controlling him.?
Iowa generated momentum early as Jay Borschel, another four-time Iowa state champion, took Mark Friend down four times during an 11-5 victory at 174. Friend replaced David Erwin, who didn?t wrestle because of an injury. Sunderland declined to specify the nature of Erwin?s injury.
Iowa?s Phillip Keddy then followed Borschel?s victory with a 19-3 technical fall over Phil Bomberger at 184. Keddy, like Borschel, recorded four takedowns.
Phil Davis earned Penn State?s only victory during the first half of the dual meet as he cranked Chad Beatty to his back to record a fall with three seconds remaining in the second period at 197. The fall was Davis? (11-0) fifth of the season. Davis has recorded bonus points for the Nittany Lions in 10 of his 11 victories.
Iowa also recorded victories at heavyweight, where Matt Fields took John Laboranti down twice in a 7-3 victory; at 125, where Charlie Falck used an escape and riding time to edge Mark McKnight 2-0; and at 133, where Virginia Tech transfer Joe Slaton recorded six takedowns in a 14-6 major-decision over Tim Haas.
Penn State doesn?t have long to recover from the defeat. The Nittany Lions wrestle at Ohio State on Friday. Ohio State defeated Penn State 24-11 in the fifth-place match at this month?s national duals. The Nittany Lions return to Rec Hall two days later to face Indiana.
?The good thing is that our kids were able to compete on a somewhat even talent level,? Sunderland said. ?Our kids are in shape, but they have to wrestle harder. There?s no simple answer. They have to do it. We can train them, but they have to put out what we are telling them to do and put the extra work in.
?Iowa has a tough team. But we have a tough team, too. Our kids just got outdesired.?
Notes:Freshmen Frank Molinaro, Tim Darling and Cameron Wade won titles at this past weekend?s Kent State Open. Molinaro edged Clarion?s Greg Lewis to win the 141- pound title, Darling defeated Central Michigan?s Ryan Cubberly 7-2 at 149 and Wade topped Pitt?s Ryan Tomei in the heavyweight final. Darling and Wade captured their first college titles. Molinaro won the East Stroudsburg and Cleveland State Opens earlier this season.