HAMPTON, Va. – Entering the 2010 Virginia Duals as the fourth seed, the Penn State Nittany Lions dropped a hard-fought 22-15 decision to second seeded Oklahoma to take fourth place at the event. No. 14 Penn State and No. 10 Oklahoma split the ten bouts five to five, but the Sooners used seven bonus points to grab the win and take third place. The tightly contested dual featured five bouts pitting ranked wrestlers against each other, beginning at 125 where No. 12 Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) posted an 8-6 win over No. 13 Jarrod Patterson. The Sooners countered with a pin at 133 and a major at 141 to take a 10-3 lead. In a hotly contested bout, No. 4 Kyle Terry used a late takedown to fend off an upset bid from No. 5 Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) at 149, posting a 5-2 win and putting the Sooners up on top 13-3. Penn State got key wins from two All-Americans as Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah), ranked No. 2 at 157, posted a 5-2 win over No. 11 Shane Vernon and Dan Vallimont, ranked No. 8 at 165, got a 6-4 (sv) win over No. 16 Tyler Caldwell to cut the OU lead to 13-9. Freshman Justin Ortega (Oxford, Pa.) took No. 8 Jeff James to a tie-breaker but lost 2-1 (tb), cutting PSU's momentum short and putting the Cowboys up 16-9. Senior David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio) got a 9-3 win at 184 to bring Penn State to within four, but a Sooner pin at 197 iced the bout for OU. Sophomore Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Pa.), ranked No. 18 at heavyweight, posted a 2-0 win over No. 12 Nathan Fernandez to close out the bout but the Sooners would escape with a 22-15 win. Oklahoma won the takedown battle 14-8 and used the dual's only seven bonus points to break free and grab the victory. Oklahoma State won the team title, downing Lehigh in the finals. Two teams that Penn State beat, Kent State and Virginia Tech, finished fifth and sixth respectively, while Virginia finished seventh and Michigan eighth. Penn State is now 8-3-1 on the year while Oklahoma stands at 8-1-1. Penn State will be off next weekend and then returns home for the first time in nearly three months when it hosts No. 20 Illinois at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. Single event tickets will cost $8 for adults and $6 for youth. Group sales are available once again for groups of 15 people or more. Group prices are $4 in advance and $5 walk-up. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1.800.NITTANY between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC (1390 AM) or 3WZ (95.3 FM) and on www.GoPSUsports.com as well. The 2009-10 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline. #14 Penn State 15, #10 Oklahoma 22 125: #12 Brad Pataky PSU dec. #13 Jarrod Patterson OU, 8-6 3-0 133: Kendric Maple OU pinned Bryan Pearsall PSU, WBF (5:27) 3-6 141: #5 Zack Bailey OU maj. dec. Adam Lynch PSU, 16-4 3-10 149: #4 Kyle Terry OU dec. #5 Frank Molinaro PSU, 5-2 3-13 157: #2 Cyler Sanderson PSU dec. #11 Shane Vernon OU, 5-2 6-13 165: #8 Dan Vallimont PSU dec. #16 Tyler Caldwell OU, 6-4 (sv) 9-13 174: #8 Jeff James OU dec. Justin Ortega PSU, 2-1 (tb) 9-16 184: #14 David Erwin PSU dec. Erich Schmidtke OU, 9-3 12-16 197: #3 Eric Lapotsky OU pinned Clay Steadman PSU, WBF (2:31) 12-22 285: #18 Cameron Wade PSU dec. #12 Nathan Fernandez OU, 2-0 15-22Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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