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    totally different quentin wright(sp?) than against iowa! no brace, used that arm effectively! odd, but good

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    I still don't think Quentin looked great. Couldnt score from his own offense until late in the match. He can counter lesser guys(Hinton) but is goin to have a hard time beating elite guys with just counters and mat wrestling.
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    Third-Ranked Nittany Lions Pound Michigan State 30-9 in Big Ten Road Dual
    Taylor continues dominant run at 157 with another tech fall

    EAST LANSING, Mich.; February 4, 2011 – No. 3 Penn State rebounded from its first loss of the season by trouncing home-standing Michigan State 30-9 in a Big Ten road dual. With a line-up featuring five freshmen, the third-ranked Nittany Lions withstood an early Spartan flourish and win seven of ten bouts in the lop-sided victory.

    For the first time all year, a Penn State dual did not start at 125. Starting at 184, sophomore Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 14, posted a convincing 13-1 major over talented Spartan junior Ian Hinton. Michigan State responded at 197 as junior Tyler Dickenson posted a tough 5-2 win over Lion freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.). Michigan picked up a stunning upset at heavyweight as Joe Rizqallah turned Penn State’s Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) for five back points in the third period to post an 8-2 win and put the Spartans up 6-4. Spartan junior Eric Olanowski added to the MSU lead with a tough 8-5 win over Penn State true freshman Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.) at 125. Nittany Lion sophomore Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 9 at 133, got a 16-5 major over Chris Lyon at 133 to cut the Spartan lead to 9-8 at the break.

    The second half began with true freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7 at 141, getting a forfeit victory as Michigan State did not send anyone to the mat at that weight. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 149, posted a strong 12-5 win over Dan Osterman before undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, posted a 20-5 technical fall over Michigan State’s Sean McMurray to push Penn State out to a 22-9 lead. Sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) got the call at 165 and posted an impressive 9-1 major over MSU’s Bobby Nash. Freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, hammered Spartan Curran Jacobs 18-6 with over 3:00 in riding time as Penn State posted the 30-9 road win.

    Cael Sanderson’s Nittany Lions improve to 14-1 with the win, 3-1 in Big Ten action while Michigan State falls to 9-5, 1-4. Penn State owned a massive 34-4 edge in takedowns as none of Penn State’s seven victors gave one up. The Nittany Lions picked up nine bonus points thanks to a forfeit, a tech fall and four majors. Taylor’s win at 157 improves the Lion freshman to 27-0 on the year. The tech fall was the 11<sup>th</sup> of the year for Taylor and 26 of his 27 wins has come by a major, tech fall or pin.

    Penn State returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 6, when it visits No. 13 Michigan at 2 p.m. Tickets are also selling fast for the Lions’ final two home duals (Feb. 11 vs. Illinois, Feb. 18 vs. Wisconsin) but are still available. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets can place their orders by calling 814-865-5555 or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket pricing is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, and there will be a limit of eight tickets per order. Group sales are also available. The 2010-11 Penn State wrestling season is presented by the Family Clothesline. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting’s WRSC(1390 AM)and WSQV(92.1 FM). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

    #3 Penn State 30, Michigan State 9
    February 4, 2011 – East Lansing, Mich.

    184: #14 Quentin Wright PSU maj. dec. Ian Hinton MSU, 13-1 4-0
    197: Tyler Dickenson MSU dec. Nick Ruggear PSU, 5-2 4-3
    285: Joe Rizqallah MSU dec. #5 Cameron Wade PSU, 8-2 4-6
    125: Eric Olanowski MSU dec. Nate Morgan PSU, 8-5 4-9
    133: #9 Andrew Long PSU maj. dec. Chris Lyon MSU, 16-5 8-9
    141: #7 Andrew Alton PSU win by forfeit 14-9
    149: #5 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. Dan Osterman MSU, 12-5 17-9
    157: #3 David Taylor PSU tech fall Sean McMurray MSU, 20-5 (TF; 6:23) 22-9
    165: Nick Fischer PSU maj. dec. Bobby Nash MSU, 9-1 26-9
    174: #2 Ed Ruth PSU maj. dec. Curran Jacobs MSU, 18-6 30-9
    Attendance: 706
    Records: Penn State 14-1 (3-1 Big Ten), Michigan State (9-5, 1-4 Big Ten)
    Up Next for Penn State: at No. 13 Michigan, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.

    BOUT-BY-BOUT:

    184: For the first time this year, a PSU dual did not start at 125. Sophomore Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 14 at 184, met Michigan State junior Ian Hinton. The duo battled evenly for the first two minutes with neither man finding an opening to score. Action picked up a bit more over the last minute of the first half but still, no one managed a solid shot to take the lead. Tied 0-0, Wright chose down to start the second stanza and quickly escaped to a 1-0 lead. Hinton got in deep on Wright’s left leg for a moment, but Wright managed to force a stalemate at the 1:10 mark. Hinton used a low single to get in deep on Wright, but the Lion sophomore countered the move, moved himself from underneath the Spartan and got the takedown himself. He continued through with the move and put Hinton to his back but the Spartan rolled through before Wright could get the pin call. Wright picked up the three points for the near fall and led 6-1 after two periods. Hinton chose neutral to start the third period but Wright got the first points of the period. Hinton tried to tie Wright up at the shoulders, but the Lion slid to the mat and used a swift low double for a takedown and an 8-2 lead after a quick Hinton escape. Wright continued to pour on the offense, countering a Hinton shout by driving through the Spartan junior for another takedown and a 10-2 lead. Wright maintained control long enough to build up a minute-plus in riding time and added two more near fall points before the bout ended. With the riding time point, Wright notched a very impressive 13-1 major to put Penn State up 4-0 early.

    197: True freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) got the call for Penn State at 197 to meet Spartan junior Tyler Dickenson. Ruggear battled Dickinson, who carried a 19-9 mark into the bout, evenly for the first two minutes, working strong hand ties and keeping the action in the middle of the mat. Neither wrestler found an opening in which to score until :15 left when Dickinson nearly turned a low single into a takedown. But Ruggear whipped his leg out of trouble and kept the bout scoreless after three minutes. Dickinson chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 1-0 lead. Ruggear turned a high single into the bout’s first takedown at the 1:37 mark, taking a 2-1 lead. Dickinson escaped to tie the bout at 2-2 after a short Ruggear ride and action returned to the center circle. Dickinson took the lead with his first takedown, taking the lead with :44 left with a solid double leg. Trailing 4-2, Ruggear chose down to start the third period but could not break free of a strong Dickinson ride. The Spartan junior worked up a solid riding time edge and then maintained control for the rest of the period for the 2:00 ride-out. Dickinson picked up a riding time point and posted the 5-2 win.

    285: Junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 5 at heavyweight, met MSU’s Joe Rizqallah. Wade and Rizqallah battled for position for the bulk of the first period, looking for an advantage up high. Wade nearly scored with a low single at the end of the opening period, but Rizqallah forced a tie-up that killed the clock and action moved to the second period scoreless. Wade chose down and battled off an early Rizqallah turn attempt. He then worked his way free for an escape at the 2:27 mark to take a 1-0 lead. Rizqallah turned shoulder work into a takedown on the edge of the mat to lead 2-1 with :25 on the clock and then rode Wade out to lead by one after two periods. Rizqallah chose top to start the third period, upped his riding time edge to more than a minute and then tried to turn Wade once more for back points. Wade got turned for three back points and fell behind 5-1 with 1:40 on the clock. Rizqallah picked up two more back points before Wade escaped to a 7-2 deficit. The Spartan picked up the riding time point and notched a stunning 8-2 upset win, putting MSU up 6-4.

    125: True freshman Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.) made his second Penn State start at 125 against Michigan State junior Eric Olanowski. The first year Lion took a 2-1 lead with a takedown at the 2:32 mark, his first takedown in a Penn State dual. Olanowski worked a single leg into a 3-2 lead with his first takedown. The Spartan then rode Morgan for over a minute to build up a riding time edge. Olanowski then rode Morgan out to lead 3-2 with 1:48 in riding time after one period. Olanowski chose down to start the second period and escaped to a 4-2 lead. The Spartan junior used a high single for a second takedown and led 6-2 with 1:30 on the clock. Morgan spent the final seconds of the middle stanza fighting off a turning attempt by Olanowski and trailed 6-2 heading into the third period. Morgan chose down to start the third but Olanowski continued to pile on the riding time. The Spartan clinched the riding time point before Morgan escaped to a 6-3 deficit. The Lions freshman then got in on a single leg and worked for another takedown. He got the takedown and immediately cut the Spartan loose and trailed 7-5 with :30. Morgan scrambled for another takedown but Olanowski was able to force a stalemate and killed the clock. Olanowski escaped with a hard-fought 8-5 win and put the Spartans up 9-4.

    133: All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 9 at 133, took on Michigan State’s Chris Lyon. Long picked up the first takedown at the 1:28 mark, cut Lyon loose, and began looking for more points. Long turned a high single into a second takedown and added a short ride out to lead 4-1 after 3:00 of wrestling. Long chose down to start the middle stanza and quickly escaped to a 5-1 lead. Long added a third takedown at the :55 mark and once again cut Lyon loose. Looking for bonus points, the Lion sophomore added one more takedown and led 9-2 after two periods. Lyon chose down to start the third period and was nearly turned as Long almost finished off a cradle. But Long eventually cut Lyon loose, took him down and cut him again to lead 11-4 with a riding time edge at the 1:00 mark. Long tacked on two more takedowns and, with a riding time point, posted a strong 16-5 major to cut Michigan State’s lead to 9-8 at the break.

    141: True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7 at 141, was to battle Michigan State’s Joel Trombly but MSU forfeited giving Alton the forfeit victory and putting Penn State up 14-9.

    149: Junior Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 149, met Spartan Dan Osterman. Molinaro took a quick lead with a high double, lifting Osterman off the mat and taking him down for the 2-0 edge. But Osterman, who entered the bout 20-5, reversed Molinaro for a second, briefly tying the bout before the two-time All-American answered with his own reversal to up his lead to 4-2 with 1:10 on the clock. Molinaro worked to turn Osterman, but the Spartan managed to keep his back off the mat and the Lion junior led 4-2 with 1:45 in riding time after one period. Molinaro chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 5-2 lead. Molinaro added a punishing high double, lifting Osterman off the mat and putting him down for a 7-2 lead with :15 on the clock. Trailing 7-2, Osterman chose neutral to start the third period. But Molinaro was undaunted, turning a strong low single into a powerful takedown and a 9-2 lead. Molinaro essentially clinched the riding time point but gave up penalty point on an illegal hold. Molinaro cut Osterman loose and then began looking for bonus points. But Osterman was able to back off the mat for nearly a minute, working the clock down to :30. Molinaro added another takedown but Osterman escaped before the bout ended, keeping Molinaro from picking up a major. Molinaro had 2:19 in riding time and posted the 12-5 decision.

    157: Third-ranked freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) faced off against Michigan State’s Sean McMurray at 157. Taylor took an early lead with a takedown at the 2:02 mark and then cut McMurray loose. McMurray almost notched a takedown right after his escape, but Taylor worked free, forced a reset and then notched his second takedown to up his lead to 4-2 after another McMurray escape. Taylor picked up a penalty point for McMurray grabbing the edge of the mat and then took him down for a third takedown. He nearly turned McMurray at the buzzer but led 7-2 with :57 in riding time after the opening stanza. Taylor chose neutral to start the second period and quickly turned a low single into a fourth takedown and a 9-2 lead. Taylor cut McMurray loose with :30 on the clock and then turned a near cradle into a low single and a takedown with :10 left. Taylor picked up two near fall points and led 13-3 at the end of the period. McMurray chose top to start the period but Taylor quickly escaped and then drove through the Spartan for a takedown and a 16-3 lead with a clinched riding time point. Taylor cut McMurray loose again and then added another takedown to lead 18-4, cut him again and ended the bout with a final takedown and a 20-5 technical fall at the 6:23 mark.

    165: Sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) met Michigan State’s Bobby Nash at 165. Fisher took an early lead with a high double that he turned into a scramble and an eventual takedown with 2:32 on the clock. Fisher then put together a strong ride, building up a sizeable riding time edge with a strong performance on top. Fischer was able to keep control for the rest of the period and led 2-0 with 2:32 in riding time after one period. Fischer chose down to start the middle stanza and steadily worked his way into a reversal and a 4-0 lead with 1:16 on the clock. Fisher then put together another strong ride, keeping control of Nash for the rest of the period to carry the 4-0 lead with a clinched riding time point at 3:09. Nash chose top to start the third period, hoping to turn the Lion for near fall points. But Fischer once again worked his way into a reversal and moved out to a 6-0 lead. He then cut Nash loose and looked for one more takedown to secure a major. Fischer gained control of Nash’s right leg and forced a scramble in the middle of the mat. He then lifted Nash over, got the takedown with :18 left. A ride out and riding time point gave Fischer a convincing 9-1 major with 2:54 in riding time.

    174: Second-ranked freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) took to the mat at 174 to battle MSU junior Curran Jacobs. Ruth wasted no time in taking a 2-1 lead with a takedown and a Jacobs escape. Ruth proceeded to put on a takedown clinic, picking up two more quick scores to lead 6-3 with nearly 1:00 in riding time. Jacobs fought off a Ruth cradle attempt and escaped with :40 left, but Ruth’s relentless offense led to another takedown and an 8-3 lead at the end of one period. Ruth chose down to start the middle period, escaped, and then took the Spartan down for another takedown and an 11-3 lead with 1:40 on the clock. Jacobs escaped to an 11-4 deficit with 1:15 on the clock, but Ruth continued to add on takedowns. The Lion freshman turned a low single into another takedown and a 13-4 lead with :30 left in the bout. Trailing 13-4 with 1:56 in riding time him, Jacobs chose down to start the third and escaped to a 13-5 deficit. The Spartan tried to convert a high single into a takedown but Ruth was able to counter and roll behind him for a takedown of his own and a 15-5 lead. Jacobs did manage an escape at the :22 mark, but Ruth was able to add a final takedown to post an 18-6 major with 3:06 in riding time, giving PSU the 30-9 victory.


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    Could you guys please make sure you don't post the final score in the title of a new thread? I have had a few dvr'd matches ruined because of that. Thanks.

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    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 3 in the nation, used three pins to hammer No. 13 Michigan 28-13 in the Wolverines house to grab an impressive Big Ten road victory. The Lions handed Michigan their first conference defeat and snapped a six-dual UM win streak. Penn State used three thrilling pins, including two first period falls, to pick up its 15th win of the year.

    For the second straight time, Penn State's opponent chose to draw and this time the dual began at 133. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 9, got three back points at the end of the bout to post an impressive 16-6 major over No. 18 Zac Stevens. Michigan's top-ranked 141-pounder Kellen Russell won a thrilling 3-1 overtime decision over Nittany Lion true freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7, to cut the Lion lead to 4-3. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 149, dominated Eric Grajales 8-3 with over 2:00 in riding time and then undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) pinned No. 20 Brandon Zeerip in just 1:01. Taylor, ranked No. 3 at 157, improved to 28-0 on the year with 27 bonus point victories (seven pins, 11 techs and nine majors). Michigan closed out the first half with No. 19 Dan Yates earning a tough 5-2 win over Nittany Lion sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) at 165, cutting Penn State's lead to 13-6 at the break.

    Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, was strong in posting a 13-6 win over Michigan junior Justin Zeerip and then sophomore Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) struck quickly at 184, pinning Michigan's Hunter Collins in just :24 to put the Lions up 22-6. Wright, ranked No. 14 nationally, picked up his fifth pin of the year. Michigan rebounded at 197 where No. 10 Anthony Biondo posted a 12-3 major over Lion true freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) to cut the Penn State lead to 22-10. No. 5 Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) erased a 6-2 deficit against No. 10 Ben Apland at heavyweight by choosing top in the third period and quickly turning the Wolverine to his back for a pin at the 5:32 mark. The fall, Penn State's third of the dual and Wade's ninth, clinched the victory. Michigan's Sean Boyle picked up a hard-fought 6-2 win over true freshman Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.) at 125 but the Nittany Lions still posted the dominating 28-13 victory.<table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td>
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    The Nittany Lions improve to 15-1 on the year, 3-1 in Big Ten action, and handed a hot Michigan team its first loss of the conference season. Michigan falls to 10-3 overall, 5-1 in the loop. Penn State owned a slim 14-12 edge in takedowns, but dominated the dual with bonus points. Head coach Cael Sanderson's crew won six of ten bouts but picked up 10 bonus points off three pins and a major. Michigan notched just one bonus point off a major decision. The win was Penn State's second over the Wolverines after downing their Big Ten brethren in the Virginia Duals title bout. Penn State now owns a 26-24 edge in the all-time series.

    Penn State returns to action on Friday, Feb. 11, when it hosts No. 19 Illinois in Rec Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets are selling fast for the Lions' final two home duals (Feb. 11 vs. Illinois, Feb. 18 vs. Wisconsin) but are still available. Fans wishing to purchase tickets can place their orders by calling 814-865-5555 or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket pricing is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, and there will be a limit of eight tickets per order. Group sales are also available. The 2010-11 Penn State wrestling season is presented by the Family Clothesline. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC (1390 AM) and WSQV (92.1 FM). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

    #3 Penn State 28, #13 Michigan 13
    February 6, 2011 - Ann Arbor, Mich.

    133: #9 Andrew Long PSU maj. dec. #18 Zac Stevens, 16-6 4-0
    141: #1 Kellen Russell UM dec. (OT) #7 Andrew Alton PSU, 3-1 4-3
    149: #5 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. Eric Grajales UM, 8-3 7-3
    157: #3 David Taylor PSU pinned #20 Brandon Zeerip UM, WBF (1:01) 13-3
    165: #19 Dan Yates UM dec. Nick Fischer PSU, 5-2 13-6
    174: #2 Ed Ruth PSU dec. Justin Zeerip UM, 13-6 16-6
    184: #14 Quentin Wright PSU pinned Hunter Collins UM, WBF (0:24) 22-6
    197: #10 Anthony Biondo UM maj. dec. Nick Ruggear PSU, 12-3 22-10
    285: #5 Cameron Wade PSU pinned #10 Ben Apland UM, WBF 5:32) 28-10
    125: Sean Boyle UM dec. Nate Morgan PSU, 6-2 28-13

    Attendance: 1,036
    Records: Penn State 15-1 (4-1 Big Ten), Michigan (10-3, 5-1 Big Ten)
    Up Next for Penn State: home vs. #19 Illinois, Friday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. in Rec Hall

    BOUT-BY-BOUT:
    133: The dual began at 133, where sophomore Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 9 at 133, met Michigan junior Zac Stevens, who was ranked No. 19. Stevens scored right off the starting buzzer, taking Long down just seconds into the bout to lead 2-0 early. Long quickly escaped and turned into Stevens, looking for a takedown of his own. Long turned a low single into a takedown on the edge of the mat, but the second official waved it off and the Lion still trailed 2-1. But Long was undaunted, getting in deep on a low shot and scrambling for a takedown and a 3-2 lead with :59 on the clock. Stevens escaped quickly and tied the score at 3-3, but Long continued to pressure the Wolverine, but the bout moved to the second period tied. Long chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 4-3 lead. The Lion sophomore pressured Stevens to the edge of the mat for the first minute of the period and scrambled his way to a 6-3 lead with a second takedown at the 1:10 mark. Long then put together a brief ride, keeping control of Stevens until the :32 mark and building up a :27 riding time edge. Alton pulled Stevens' head to the mat, moved behind him and picked his ankle for a late takedown with :05 left and led 8-4 after two periods. Stevens chose down to start the third period but Long was able to control Stevens long enough to build up a 1:07 riding time edge before the Wolverine escaped. Long quickly took Stevens down and cut him loose to lead 10-6, looking for a major. Long added another takedown with :30 left and then turned Stevens to his back for three near fall points at the buzzer to grab an impressive 16-6 major with 1:42 in riding time.

    141: Seventh-ranked freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) faced off against top-ranked Kellen Russell of Michigan for the third time. Russell earned hard-fought one-point decisions in each of the prior meetings. The duo came out feisty, with each wrestler looking for early takedowns with a high pace. Alton set the pace early, circling Russell to the edge of the mat. Like the two prior bouts, takedowns were scarce between the two grapplers and the bout moved to the second period tied 0-0. Russell chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 1-0 lead. Alton tried a low single, under hook but Russell was able to slide out of trouble to keep the one point lead. Alton nearly turned the same move into a takedown but did not get the call at the :40 mark and still trailed 1-0. Trailing 1-0, Alton chose down to start the third period and escaped to a 1-1 tied with 1:41 on the clock. The rest of the third period featured a lot of shoulder ties but neither wrestler was able to find an opening to ice the bout and action moved into a sudden victory period. Alton and Russell traded shots for the extra minute with no results and the bout moved into the first of two overtime periods. Russell was down to start and quickly reversed Alton to lead 3-1. Off a reset with :17, Alton could not work his way free to an escape and trailed by two heading into the next :30 period. Alton was down to start the :30 and once again could not free himself from Russell. The top-ranked Wolverine posted a hard-fought 3-1 overtime decision to cut Penn State's lead to 4-3.

    149: Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) met Michigan freshman Eric Grajales at 149. Molinaro, ranked No. 5, set the tempo early but could not break through a defensive Grajales to score early. The Lion junior continued to pressure Grajales, however, and used a strong high double to take him down and lead 2-1 with :22 (after a Grajales escape). Leading 2-1, Molinaro chose down to start the middle stanza and quickly reversed the Wolverine for a 4-1 lead less than :10 into the period. The veteran Lion then put together a punishing ride, maintaining control of Grajales and looking for a chance to turn him for back points. While not getting the turn, Molinaro was able to build up a 2:09 time advantage with the ride out. Grajales chose neutral to start the third period. Grajales turned a low single into a double leg takedown on the edge of the mat with 1:23 left in the third, cutting Molinaro's lead to 4-3. Molinaro escaped to a 5-3 lead and then began pressuring the Wolverine for another takedown. With the riding time point clinched, Molinaro then secured the bout with a strong high single to lead 7-3 with :25 left on the clock. Molinaro then rode Grajales out to post a strong 8-3 win.

    157: Third-ranked freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) took on No. 20 Brandon Zeerip of Michigan at 157. Taylor wasted no time in making another statement. He quickly took Zeerip down and gained control of his shoulders. Deftly turning him to his back in seconds, Taylor then worked steadily to get the pin, finally getting the fall at the 1:01 mark to put Penn State up 13-3. The win improved Taylor to 28-0 with 27 of those wins earning bonus points. It was the freshman's seventh pin of the year.

    165: Red-shirt sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) met Wolverine freshman Dan Yates, who was ranked No. 19 at 165. Fischer had the first scoring chance of the bout, getting control of Yates' ankle and nearly getting a go-ahead takedown. But Yates was able to scramble for nearly :30 and force a stalemate. He then countered a Fischer shot and took 2-0 lead with a takedown of his own at the 1:34 mark. Yates then put together a strong ride, building up a 1:34 riding time edge with the ride out. Fischer nearly picked up a reversal at the end of the period, but Yates was able to hold on to lead 2-0 after one period. Fischer chose down to start the second period and steadily escaped to a 2-1 deficit but Yates had 2:06 in riding time. Fischer got in deep on a high single and looked to score a the end of the period, but Yates was able to force a stalemate with :07 left in the period. Leading 2-1 with more than 2:00 in time, Yates chose down to start the third period. He steadily worked his way into a reversal to lead 4-1 and clinch the riding time point. Fischer escaped at the 1:00 mark to trail 4-2 and then tried a high single that Yates was able to block off. Yates held on for the 5-2 win to cut Penn State's lead to 5-2 at the break.

    174: Red-shirt freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, faced off against Michigan's Justin Zeerip. Ruth wasted no time in getting in on a single leg, forcing a scramble that nearly led to an early takedown. But action moved out of bounds and a reset ensued at the 2:30 mark. Continuing to pressure the Wolverine, Ruth turned a low single into a 2-0 lead and then began looking for a chance to turn Zeerip for back points. The talented Lion freshman dominated the action from the top position, building up a sizeable riding time edge before cutting him loose at the :35 mark. Ruth then turned into the Wolverine, looking to add one more takedown in the period. Zeerip was able to fight off Ruth's moves and trailed just 2-1 after one period. Zeerip chose down to start the second period and Ruth once again began punishing the Michigan grappler from the top position. Ruth cut him loose at the 1:20 mark, tying the bout at 2-2 but Ruth had 2:34 in riding time. Ruth quickly added a second takedown, cut Zeerip and led 4-3 with 1:00. The second-ranked Nittany Lion fought off Zeerip's first shot at the :45 mark, forcing a stalemate with :20 left. Ruth picked up a third takedown at the buzzer and led 6-3 with 2:38 in riding time after two periods. He chose down to start the third stanza and steadily worked his way to a reversal and an 8-3 lead. After cutting Zeerip again, Ruth would tack on another takedown and cut and led 10-5 with 1:00 left. Needing one more takedown for a major, Ruth used a swift low double to take him down once more and led 12-6 after a quick Zeerip escape. Ruth was not able to get the last takedown and posted the 13-6 win, putting Penn State up 16-6.

    184: Sophomore Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 14 at 184, battled Hunter Collins. Wright wasted less time than Taylor, gaining control of Collins' shoulders right out of the gates and tossed the Wolverine to his back. In just :24, the 14th-ranked Lion sophomore picked up the pin and put Penn State up 22-6.
    197: True freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) took to the mat for Penn State at 197 to face No. 10 Anthony Biondo of Michigan. Biondo quickly took Ruggear down to lead 2-0 and then put together a strong ride, keeping control of the young Nittany Lion for the rest of the period to lead 2-0 with 2:53 in riding time. Biondo chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 3-0 lead. He then turned a high single into another takedown and a 5-0 lead with 1:34 on the clock. Like the first period, Biondo was able to control Ruggear until cutting him loose at the :31 mark. Biondo tacked on more takedown as the period ended and led 7-1 with 3:58 in riding time, clinching the extra point. Ruggear chose down to start the third period and was cut loose by Biondo to a 7-2 deficit. Ruggear gained control of Biondo's right ankle but Biondo was able to counter the move and add another takedown. The ranked Wolverine then turned Biondo for two back points and led 11-3 after cutting Ruggear loose with :30 left in the match. Biondo would post the 12-3 major and cut Penn State's lead to 22-10.

    285: Fifth-ranked heavyweight Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) met No. 10 Ben Apland of Michigan for the third time as well. Wade won two close decisions in the prior two meetings. Wade shot low on Apland but the Wolverine countered and took the Lion junior down to lead 2-1 after a quick Wade escape. Apland gained control of Wade's right leg and as the Nittany Lion tried to counter the move, the Wolverine worked his way into a second takedown and a 4-1 lead with 1:00 on the clock. Wade quickly escaped and turned into the Wolverine, looking for a takedown of his own. But Apland was able to hold firm and led 4-2 after the opening period with :43 in riding time. Apland chose neutral to start the second stanza. The duo battled evenly until Wade show in once more an Apland's left leg. The Wolverine once again worked to counter the move and forced a scramble in the middle of the mat. Apland steadily worked his way to a third takedown and a 6-2 lead after two periods. Wade chose top to start the third period, needing back points to come back. Wade wasted no time in gaining control of Apland, turning the Wolverine to his back and working himself into a chance for the fall. Wade first got the three count and then adjusted his position to pick up the pin just :28 into the final period. The fall at the 5:32 mark clinched the dual for the Lions, putting Penn State up 28-10.

    125: True freshman Nate Morgan (McCook, Neb.) took on Michigan's Sean Boyle at 125. Morgan shot early, looking to take a lead, but Boyle was able to counter the move and pick up a takedown of his own to lead 2-0 less than a minute into the bout. Morgan worked his way to an escaped at the 1:00 mark, cutting the Boyle lead to 2-1 with Boyle owning 1:12 in riding time. Neither wrestler notched any more points in the opening period and Boyle led by one after the opening period. Boyle chose down to start the third stanza, escaped, and then added a second takedown to lead 5-1 with 1:30 on the clock. Morgan battled for an escape but could not work his way free. The Lion freshman nearly notched a reversal as the period ended, but Boyle was able to maintain control and led 5-1 with 2:38 in time to his advantage at the end of the second. Morgan chose down to start the third and escaped to a 5-2 deficit. The young Lion worked for a takedown of his own, but Boyle was able to maintain his edge and post a 6-2 win.

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