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Penn State Rout Buffalo to Complete Third Straight Unbeaten Season

| February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Penn State Nittany Lions (14-0, 9-0 B1G) closed out their third straight unbeaten dual meet season by pinning a 55-0 shutout on Buffalo in sold out Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions win over the Bulls allows head coach Cael Sanderson’s team to end the campaign with a 14-0 overall.  Penn State already won the 2018 Big Ten Regular Season (Dual Meet) title with a 9-0 mark.  Buffalo falls to 5-12.

Three seniors got the call in their final dual collegiate dual meets, led by Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.) at 149. The Nittany Lions have now won 45 straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 campaign.  Penn State dropped a 21-18 dual at Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 2015 and closed out the year with a win over Rider.  The Nittany Lions went 16-0 in 2015-16, 14-0 in 2016-17 and 14-0 this year. While this was a non-conference win, Penn State will head into next year with a 25-dual win streak in Big Ten action as well.  The sell-out crowd of 6,431 was the 41st straight sell-out in Rec Hall, giving the Nittany Lions 45 sellouts in its last 47 home duals (41 straight in Rec Hall and four of six in the near-16,000 seat Bryce Jordan Center).

The dual began at 125 where senior graduate transfer Carson Kuhn (Sandy, Utah) was set to close out his collegiate dual career in front of a rowdy Rec Hall crowd.  Kuhn, who transferred from Boise State in January, received a forfeit victory as Buffalo did not weigh in a competitor.  Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) wrestled in the final dual of his collegiate career at 133.  The transfer from Central Michigan dominated Justin Patrick, rolling to an 8-3 victory with 1:52 in riding time to put Penn State up 9-0 early.

True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 8 at 141, dominated Nicholas Cassella before picking up the fall at the 4:37 mark.  Lee’s pin set up Retherford’s career dual finale at 149. Retherford, ranked No. 1 nationally, said goodbye to Rec Hall with his 52nd career pin. The Lion said goodbye to the Rec Hall faithful with a pin over Nick Palumbo at the 4:10 mark.  The win improves the Lion senior to 23-0 on the year.  With No. 1 Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.) out one more time at 157, redshirt freshman Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) stepped in and picked up his first dual win as a Nittany Lion by pinning Eric Fasnacht at the 1:53 mark.  Penn State led 27-0 at intermission.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 3 at 165, posted a strong and workmanlike 16-8 major over Noah Grover to open up the second half, putting the Lions up 31-0.  Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, then notched PSU’s fourth pin of the dual, picking up the fast fall of Derek Holcomb at the 0:56 mark.  Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, notched his eighth fast fall in under 1:00, taking down and sticking Brett Parry in just 0:11.  The fall is tied for second all-time at Penn State for fastest pin (David Taylor in 2014). Dylan Alton holds the record with a pin at the 0:08 mark in 2013.

Junior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 5 at 197, kept Penn State’s pin parade going by getting the fall over Buffalo senior Joe Ariola at the 1:57 mark to put the Nittany Lions up 49-0.  Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 4 at 285, took on Buffalo’s Nolan Terrance in the final bout of the dual.  The Lion junior took Terrance down twice early and, on the second one, took the Bull down to his back, reset himself briefly and picked up Penn State’s seventh pin of the dual at the 2:48 mark.  Nevills’ fall secured a 55-0 shutout win, clinched a new PSU record for points in a dual meet (55) and tied the all-time record for pins in a dual (7).  The points and pins records were both set on Jan. 25, 1983, when the Lions used seven pins to beat Millersville 54-0.

The shutout was Penn State’s first of the year and the Lions picked up 25 bonus points off seven pins (Lee, Retherford, Pipher, Hall, Nickal, Rasheed, Nevills), a forfeit (Kuhn) and a major (Joseph).  The Nittany Lions posted a gaudy 24-1 takedown advantage in the dual. Retherford now has 118 career wins, 13th all-time at Penn State. He has 52 career pins (16 this year), third all-time and just one shy of the Penn State record of 53 held by David Taylor and Josh Moore. While Nolf stays at fifth all-time with 44 career pins, Nickal has 14 this year and 39 for his career, sixth all-time.  Rasheed has 12 this season and 20 for his career and Hall has 10 this year and 22 for his career, both just out of the top 20 all-time in Penn State history.

A total of nine individuals were honored as part of Senior Day.  In addition to Kuhn, Keener and Retherford, Lions Jered Cortez, Matt McCutcheon, Devon Van Cura, Ethan Wissler, Kenny Yanovich as well as affiliate club member Shannon Dougherty were recognized.

Penn State will now prep for the 2018 Big Ten Championships on March 3-4 in East Lansing, Mich. The NCAA qualifier for the conference, the two day event will take place in Michigan State’s Breslin Center and begins on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m.

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#1 Penn State 55, Buffalo 0

February 18, 2018 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.

125: Carson Kuhn PSU win by forfeit                                                                             6-0

133: Corey Keener PSU dec. Justin Patrick UB, 8-3                                             9-0

141: #8 Nick Lee PSU pinned Nicholas Cassella UB, WBF (4:37)                  15-0

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned Nicholas Palumbo UB, WBF (4:10)     21-0

157: Bo Pipher PSU pinned Eric Fasnacht UB, WBF (1:53)                               27-0

165: #3 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. Noah Grover UB, 16-8                     31-0

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU pinned Derek Holcomb UB, WBF (0:56)                      37-0

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Joe Ariola UB, WBF (0:11)                 43-0

197: #5 Shakur Rasheed PSU pinned Joe Ariola UB, WBF (1:57)                  49-0

285: #4 Nick Nevills PSU pinned Nolan Terrance UB, WBF (2:48) 55-0

Attendance: 6,431 (41st straight Rec Hall sellout, 45th of 47 overall including 4 of 6 in BJC)

Records: Penn State 14-0, 9-0 B1G; Buffalo 5-12

Up Next for Penn State: 2018 Big Ten Championships, March 3-4, East Lansing, Mich.

Penn State Wrestling Notes: Buffalo

| February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Huskies Get by Saint Marys in Final Dual of the Season

| February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Despite missing four starters from the lineup, Mifflin County rode the return of Joey Taptich and a decisive win from Anthony Fultz to a 37-33 dual meet victory over Saint Marys on Thursday.

The Huskies end the regular season with a 12-7 record and now have a week off before a date at the District 6, Class 3A championships in Altoona on Saturday, February, 24.

“This dual meet broke up the monotony of practice because that’s what could end up happening where you have a couple weeks of just practicing,” Mifflin County coach Kirby Martin said. “Hopefully, this keeps our edge heading into next weekend. We need to have several good days of practice. We need to continue to practice with a lot of pace, keep building our conditioning, and just start to get excited about the postseason.”

The Huskies, without the services of Christian Fisher (113), John Retherford (138), Dylan Grassmyer (195) and Kross Todaro (220), won seven bouts picking up bonus points in six of those. Mifflin County had three forfeits, two falls, and a major decision to go along with a regular decision.

With the Flying Dutchmen leading 27-25, the match at 195 would decide the dual meet with forfeits coming to Saint Marys at 220 and the Huskies at heavyweight. Anthony Fultz jumped up two weight classes and the senior gave Mifflin County the victory with a fall over Sean Lathrop.

“It came down to the end and unfortunately, we needed every single point. I’m very proud of him as a senior to get a pin in our last dual meet of the season to seal the match,” Martin said. “He’s put in his time. He’s been with us for four years. He was a starter earlier in the season, but with guys moving weight classes, he got bumped out. Tonight, he had one more chance and made the most of it.”

Fultz got a quick takedown, locked up a tight cradle and referee Gary Barger slapped the mat for the fall in 29 seconds.

“There was a lot of fire there. It’s my last match. I won’t be going on to districts or anything, so I figured put it all out there,” Fultz said. “I had that kid tight and obviously it worked. I got the pin pretty quick. I figured as long as I didn’t get tired out I could get the win. It’s pretty awesome. I’m never going to forget this or the team. It’s been a big part of my life shaping me as a person.

“Wrestling has instilled in me a lot of good habits and it’s made me a better person. I was just trying to do my job and win the match.”

Taptich made his season debut at 126 after missing the majority of the regular season with a broken hand. The Husky senior didn’t disappoint the home crowd coming away with a 13-4 major over Greg Tettis.

“Leading up to this day, I was so anxious and so ready to just get after it. I felt so restrained for two or three months working out every morning and after school,” Taptich said. “It felt so good to break out here with the home crowd one last time. It’s an awesome experience and one of my favorite feelings I’ve ever had in my life. I’m glad I was able to get back here for one. I would have liked to get back for more. My mindset is to go out and wrestle as hard as I can for six minutes.”

Taptich, showing no signs of mat rust, scoring four takedowns, three off a sharp double, two escapes and three back points to roll to the victory.

“His initial takedowns were excellent. He needs to put in some work in the room and get his conditioning up, but hopefully, this will build his confidence,” Martin said.

At 120, Derek Burk (18-13) jumped out to a 10-2 lead after two periods and then had to fight off a hard-charging Tylor Herzing in the third for the 12-8 victory. Taptich followed with a win and at 132, Logan Wise (23-12) decked Hayden Tettis with a headlock for the fall in 1:31 to give the Huskies a 13-6 lead.

Back-to-back falls by the Dutchmen (5-11) gave the visitors an 18-13 lead before Trey Kibe (31-5) built an 11-3 advantage before pinning Jeremy Garthwaite in 2:29 of their 152-pound match, giving Mifflin County the lead back at 19-18.

At 170, Trent Hidlay didn’t get to wrestle in front of the home crowd for his final bout in the Husky gymnasium, thanks to a forfeit by Saint Marys that brought the Husky boo-birds out in full force. Hidlay is now 32-0 on the season and winner of 70 in a row.

In the match of the night, Jacob Krepps lost a hard-fought bout to Zach Becker by a 4-2 count in the overtime tiebreaker at 182. After a scoreless first, Becker (29-5) received a penalty point and an escape to make it 2-0. Krepps (19-13) scored a takedown to even things up at 2-2. A scoreless first and sudden death forced the 30-second rideouts.

In the first rideout, Krepps got too high and Becker shrugged him off to come around for a reversal. The Husky sophomore couldn’t get off the bottom in the second rideout in the 4-2 loss.

Bronson Smith-Price picked up a forfeit to end the scoring for Mifflin County.

The Husky junior high won 50-29 and some wore singlets from the Lewistown, Kish, Indian Valley and Rothrock days. Singlets couldn’t be found for Chief Logan and Penn Highlands.

Mifflin County 37, Saint Marys 33
113: Eddie Messineo (SMAH) over (MCH) (For.) 120: Derek Burk (MCH) over Tylor Herzing (SMAH) (Dec 12-8) 126: Joey Taptich (MCH) over Gregory Tettis (SMAH) (MD 13-4) 132: Logan Wise (MCH) over Hayden Tettis (SMAH) (Fall 1:31) 138: Johnny Wittman (SMAH) over Max Oburn (MCH) (Fall 5:31) 145: Alec Bittler (SMAH) over Brycen Hassinger (MCH) (Fall 1:00) 152: Trey Kibe (MCH) over Jeremy Garthwaite (SMAH) (Fall 2:29) 160: Tim Beimel (SMAH) over Brian Smink (MCH) (Fall 2:46) 170: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over (SMAH) (For.) 182: Zach Becker (SMAH) over Jacob Krepps (MCH) (TB-1 4-2) 195: Anthony Fultz (MCH) over Sean Lathrop (SMAH) (Fall 0:27) 220: Michael Rusciolelli (SMAH) over (MCH) (For.) 285: Bronson Smith-Price (MCH) over (SMAH) (For.) 106: Double Forfeit

Mifflin County vs. Saint Marys Preview

| February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mifflin County closes out its regular season at home tonight with a dual meet against Saint Marys out of District 9. The Huskies will use this as a tune-up to get ready for the postseason, beginning next Saturday in Altoona at the District 6 Class AAA championships.

The Flying Dutchmen are 5-10 on the season having beaten Punxsutawney, Curwensville, Redbank Valley, Coudersport, and Warren. Saint Marys has been behind the eight-ball in dual meets having to forfeit at three weights (106, 195, and heavyweight) for most of the season.

Leading the way for the Dutchmen is junior Alec Bittler, ranked tenth in the state at 145. Bittler sports a 23-3 overall record. Other top wrestlers for Saint Marys include sophomore Tylor Herzing (23-8 at 120), along with seniors Hayden Tettis (19-8 at 132) and Zach Becker (28-5 at 182).

The Huskies (11-7) captured the District 6 championship two weeks ago with wins over Central Mountain (36-35) and Bald Eagle Area (36-33). Mifflin County stumbled at the PIAA Duals – dropping a 47-18 decision to Nazareth and a 42-27 loss to Central Dauphin.

Mifflin County features three ranked wrestlers in senior Trent Hidlay (No. 1 at 170), junior Christian Fisher (No. 15 at 113), and freshman Trey Kibe (No. 9 at 152). Hidlay is 31-0 on the season and a winner of 69 straight matches. Kibe is 30-5, and Fisher is 25-7.

Other winning wrestlers for the Huskies include Derek Burk (17-13 at 120), Logan Wise (22-12 at 126/132), John Retherford (14-12 at 138), Jacob Krepps (19-12 at 182), and Kross Todaro (20-9 at 220). Look for the return of Joey Taptich to the lineup tonight. The Husky senior missed most of the regular season with a broken hand.

Here is the probable lineup for tonight’s dual with Mifflin County wrestlers listed first:

106: No match
113: No. 15 Christian Fisher, Jr. (25-7) vs. Eddie Messineo, Fr. (4-14)
120: Joey Taptich, Sr. (0-0) or Derek Burk, So. (17-13) vs. Tylor Herzing, So. (23-8)
126: Taptich or Burk vs. Greg Tettis, So. (10-13)
132: Logan Wise, Sr. (22-12) vs. Hayden Tettis, Sr. (19-8)
138: John Retherford Jr. (14-12) vs. Johnny Wittman, So. (14-11) or Nick Crisp, Fr. (9-2)
145: Brycen Hassinger, Fr. (9-16) vs. No. 10 Alec Bittler, Jr. (23-3)
152: No. 9 Trey Kibe, Fr. (30-5) vs. Jeremy Garthwaite, Fr. (14-16)
160: Cole Baker, Sr. (2-17) or Haydn Crum, So. (0-3) vs. Austin Sadosky, Sr. (4-8) or Tim Beimel, Sr. (7-5)
170: No. 1 Trent Hidlay Sr. (31-0) vs. Sean Lathrop, Fr. (9-15) or Sadosky
182: Jacob Krepps, So. (19-12) vs. Zach Becker, Sr. (28-5)
195: Dylan Grassmyer, Jr. (2-8) vs. Lathrop or Forfeit
220: Kross Todaro, Sr. (20-9) vs. Michael Rusciolelli, Sr. (10-10)
285: Bronson Smith-Price, So. (11-13) vs. Forfeit

Lions Roll Iowa 28-13 to Claim Big Ten Championship

| February 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Penn State Nittany Lions (13-0, 9-0 B1G), wrestling without top-ranked Jason Nolf at 157, rolled over visiting Iowa (11-3, 6-3 B1G) in front of nearly 16,000 fans in the sold out Bryce Jordan Center.  Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad closed out its Big Ten dual slate with a strong 28-13 win over the Hawkeyes, ending the year as the conference’s lone unbeaten squad and winning the 2018 Big Ten Regular Season (Dual Meet) title outright.

Penn State used two quick pins in the second half to run away from No. 7 Iowa, getting fast falls from Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.) at 174 and Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas) at 184.  The duo posted two of Penn State’s seven wins in the dual meet.

The dual began at 125 where senior Carson Kuhn (Sandy, Utah) took on his second straight highly ranked opponent.  Kuhn took on No. 3 Spencer Lee of Iowa in the dual’s opening match-up, and the ranked Hawkeye got a fall at the 2:06 mark.  Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) put the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard with a solid 5-2 win over Paul Glynn, cutting the Hawkeye lead to 6-3.  True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 8 at 141, posted a strong 11-8 win over Hawkeye Vince Turk, tying the dual at 6-6.

Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, dominated No. 2 Brandon Sorensen in one of the bout’s most anticipated match-ups.  Retherford rolled to a 6-2 win including 3:07 in riding time thanks in large part to a full second period rideout.  With No. 1 Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.) out at 157, Lion freshman Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) stepped took on No. 2 Michael Kemerer.  Kemerer posted a 14-4 major to give Iowa a 10-9 lead at intermission.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, led No. 7 Alex Marinelli throughout the bout but, on a throw attempt of his own, was tripped to his back and lost a tough 9-6 upset loss.   Sophomore Hall ranked No. 2 at 174, brought nearly 16,000 Nittany Lion fans to their feet by pinning Joey Gunther, locking up a cradle at the 1:00 mark to give Penn State a 15-13 lead.  Junior Nickal, ranked No. 1 at 184, followed suit with a cradle of his own and pinned Mitch Bowman in just :50. Nickal’s pin gave Penn State a 21-13 lead.

Junior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.) stepped up at 197 and took on No. 7 Cash Wilcke of Iowa and continued to showcase Penn State’s wealth of riches at 197.  Rasheed dominated the ranked Hawkeye, rolling up four takedowns, including one with just :04 left.  The late takedown, and 3:52 in riding time, gave Rasheed a rousing 11-2 major and clinched the dual for the Nittany Lions. Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 6 at 285, sent the record crowd home in great spirits, using a third period takedown and strong offense on his feet to post a 3-2 win over No. 3 Sam Stoll.  Nevills’ victory gave Penn State the 28-13 dual meet victory.

Penn State nearly doubled up Iowa in takedowns, posting a 17-10 advantage.  The Nittany Lions won seven of ten bouts and picked up seven bonus points off two pins (Hall, Nickal) and a major (Rasheed). The victory moves Penn State’s dual meet win streak to 44, dating back to the 2014-15 season. It is also Penn State’s 25th straight Big Ten dual meet victory.  Retherford now has 117 career wins, 14th all-time at Penn State. Nickal now has 13 pins this year, 38 for his career, good enough for sixth all-time at Penn State.  Hall now has nine this year, 21 for his career.

The sell-out crowd of 15,998 is the largest ever to witness an NCAA dual meet held at an indoor venue (breaking the indoor mark that Penn State held, set in the BJC on Dec. 8, 2013, against Pitt).  The Nittany Lions own the top four all-time indoor attendance marks (Iowa’s 42,287 for an outdoor meet against Oklahoma State prior to a football game on 11/14/15 is the all-time record). Penn State has wrestled in 44 sellouts in its last 46 dual meets (four of six in the BJC and 40 straight in Rec Hall). Penn State is now 13-0, 9-0 in the Big Ten and the outright, solo owners of the 2018 Big Ten Regular Season (dual meet) title.  Iowa falls to 11-3, 6-3 B1G.

The Nittany Lions will close out their dual meet schedule next Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. when they host Buffalo in Rec Hall.  A limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets may be available for the dual.  Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.

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#1 Penn State 28, #7 Iowa 13

February 10, 2018 – Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, Pa.

125: #3 Spencer Lee IOWA pinned Carson Kuhn PSU, WBF (2:06)                                   0-6

133: Corey Keener PSU dec. Paul Glynn IOWA, 5-2                                                         3-6

141: #8 Nick Lee PSU dec. Vince Turk IOWA, 11-8                                                          6-6

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU dec. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen IOWA, 6-2                             9-6

157: #2 Michael Kemerer IOWA maj. dec. Bo Pipher PSU, 14-4                                        9-10

165: #7 Alex Marinelli IOWA dec. #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU, 9-6                                       9-13

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU pinned Joey Gunther IOWA, WBF (1:00)                                       15-13

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Mitch Bowman IOWA, WBF (0:50)                         21-13

197: Shakur Rasheed PSU maj. dec. #7 Cash Wilcke IOWA, 11-2                         25-13

285: #6 Nick Nevills PSU dec. #3 Sam Stoll IOWA, 3-2                                                    28-13

Attendance: 15,998 (4th of 6 sellouts in BJC, 44th of 46 overall including 40 straight in Rec Hall)

Records: Penn State 13-0, 9-0 B1G; Iowa 11-3, 6-3 B1G

Up Next for Penn State: home vs. Buffalo, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. in Rec Hall