MADISON, Wis. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 13 nationally, picked up three key wins over ranked opponents to roll to a Big Ten dual meet win at No. 12 Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions won six of ten bouts to post a convincing 22-15 win. Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) got Penn State off to a solid start as the 12th-ranked Lion got an 11-3 major over Wisconsin's Drew Hammen at 125. The Badgers countered with a technical fall win at 133, taking a brief 5-4 lead. But head coach Cael Sanderson's crew opened up the flood gates with three straight wins to lead 16-5 heading into intermission. Senior Adam Lynch (Mifflinburg, Pa.) upset yet another ranked wrestler, posting a strong 5-4 win over No. 20 Cole Schmitt at 141. The victory was Lynch's third in Big Ten action, all over ranked opponents. Lynch's win then set up All-American Frank Molinaro's (Barnegat, N.J.) thrilling 6-5 win over No. 2 Kyle Ruschell at 149. Molinaro, ranked No. 5, used a four-point move in the first period to grab the win. Senior All-American Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah) then pinned UW's Greg Burke at 157 to give Penn State a 16-5 lead heading into intermission. Wisconsin snapped the Lion win streak as No. 1 Andrew Howe posted a hard-fought 7-2 win over No. 8 Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) at 165, cutting the Nittany Lion lead to 16-8. Wisconsin then got a decision at 174 to cut Penn State's lead to 16-8. Senior David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio) answered with a solid 2-0 win over No. 16 Travis Rutt to give Penn State a 19-11 lead with two bouts remaining. Wisconsin got a major from No. 8 Trevor Brandvold at 197 before sophomore Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) posted a convincing 4-0 win over Wisconsin's Eric Bugenhagen at heavyweight. The final decision gave Penn State the 22-15 road victory. Wisconsin won the battle of takedowns 21-13, but Penn State won the battle of bonus points 4-3. Wisconsin entered the dual with six ranked wrestlers and the Nittany Lions came away with three wins against them. Penn State is now 10-5-1 on the year, 2-2 in Big Ten duals while Wisconsin falls to 5-8, 1-2 in the Big Ten. Penn State returns to action next Friday when Northwestern invades Rec Hall for a 7 p.m. match-up. 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. #13 Penn State 22, #12 Wisconsin 15 125: #12 Brad Pataky PSU maj. dec. Drew Hammen UW, 11-3 4-0 133: #8 Tyler Graff UW tech. fall Bryan Pearsall PSU, 23-8 (TF; 6:44) 4-5 141: Adam Lynch PSU dec. #20 Cole Schmitt UW, 5-4 7-5 149: #5 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. #2 Kyle Ruschell UW, 6-5 10-5 157: #5 Cyler Sanderson PSU pinned Greg Burke UW, WBF (6:39) 16-5 165: #1 Andrew Howe UW dec. #8 Dan Vallimont PSU, 7-2 16-8 174: Brendan Ard UW dec. Justin Ortega PSU, 6-4 16-11 184: #13 David Erwin PSU dec. #16 Travis Rutt UW, 2-0 19-11 197: #8 Trevor Brandvold UW maj. dec. David Crowell PSU, 11-3 19-15 285: #11 Cameron Wade PSU dec. Eric Bugenhagen UW, 4-0 22-15Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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