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Penn State Dominates Bucknell 36-6

| November 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; November 12, 2017 – No. 1 Penn State (2-0, 0-0 B1G) concluded an unbeaten weekend with a lopsided 36-6 win over visiting Bucknell (0-4).  Over 6,500 fans packed Rec Hall for the dual, Penn State’s 37th straight Rec Hall sellout.  Penn State picked up two pins in the win, and with five in Thursday’s victory over Army West Point, collected seven falls in its two duals in Rec Hall over the weekend.

The dual began at 125 where Nittany Lion redshirt freshman Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) continued his first Lion dual weekend.  Bucknell’s Jake Campbell posted a hard-fought 3-1 win to give the Bison an early 3-0 lead.  Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), ranked No. 15 at 133, made short work of that lead, however, by posting a dominating 12-4 major over David Campbell to put the Nittany Lions up 4-3. Keener collected 3:51 in riding time in the lopsided win.

Junior Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.) downed Matt Kolonia 10-4 at 141 to give the Lions a 7-3 lead. Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, picked up a second period pin, getting the fall over Seth Hogue at the 4:14 mark to give the Nittany Lions a 13-3 lead.  Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, sent Penn State into intermission with a 19-3 lead thanks to Penn State’s second pin of the day, a fall over Christian Bassolino at the 3:33 mark.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, kept the Lions rolling with a 23-8 technical fall over D.J. Hollingshead, picking up TF at the 6:30 mark.  Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, mirrored Joseph’s results with a 2-16 technical fall at the 6:50 mark.  Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, followed those two bonus point wins up with a 16-6 major to give the Nittany Lions a 33-3 lead.

Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) continued his first Lion dual weekend at 197, saw a furious third period rally fall short in an 11-8 loss to Garrett Hoffman.  Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 3 at 285, closed out the dual meet with a strong 11-4 win with 2:50 in riding time to give the Nittany Lions the 36-6 victory.

The Nittany Lions gathered 12 bonus points off two pins, two tech falls and two majors.  Penn State posted a lopsided 49-4 edge in takedowns.

Penn State is now 2-0 overall, 0-0 in the Big Ten.  Bucknell falls to 0-4.  The dual was wrestled in front of a sellout crowd of 6,535.  The Nittany Lions have wrestled in front of 37 straight Rec Hall sellouts and 40 of 42 overall (including three of five in the Bryce Jordan Center.  The Nittany Lions have won 33 straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season.

Penn State continues action next weekend with a dual meet at Binghamton on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.  The Nittany Lions then trek to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Penn.  With all home dual meets sold out, a limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets are available to select Rec Hall duals based on availability.  Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.

The 2017-18 Penn State wrestling season is sponsored by The Family Clothesline. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest.

 

#1 Penn State 36, Bucknell 6

November 12, 2017 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.

125: Jake Campbell BU dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 3-1                            0-3

133: #15 Corey Keener PSU maj. dec. David Campbell BU, 12-4              4-3

141: Jered Cortez PSU dec. Matt Kolonia BU, 10-4                                 7-3

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned Seth Hogue BU, WBF (4:14)            13-3

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Christian Bassolino BU, WBF (3:33)        19-3

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU TF D.J. Hollingshead BU, 23-8 (TF; 6:30)  24-3

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU TF Nick Stephani BU, 21-6 (TF; 6:50)                    29-3

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU maj. dec. Drew Phipps BU, 16-6                          33-3

197: Garrett Hoffman BU dec. Anthony Cassar PSU, 11-8                       33-6

285: #3 Nick Nevills, PSU dec. Eric Chakonis BU, 11-4                            36-6

Attendance: 6,535 (37th straight Rec Hall sell-out; 40th of 42 including 3 of 5 in Rec Hall)

Records: Penn State 2-0, Bucknell 0-4

Up Next for Penn State: at Binghamton, Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

Verkleeren Captures Bearcat Open

| November 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; November 12, 2017 – Over a dozen Penn State wrestlers took part in open tournament action today as the Nittany Lions also took care of dual meet business in Rec Hall earlier in the afternoon. Thirteen Penn Staters took part in the Binghamton Bearcat Open in Vestal, N.Y. on Sunday. The Lions had athletes wrestling both attached and unattached, including six true freshmen. Penn State also had representation at the East Stroudsburg Open the same day.

True freshman Jerod Verkleeren (Greensburg, Pa.) competed unattached at 149 and rolled through the field for the 149-pound title. The Greensburg native went 5-0 in his first open tournament as a collegian to lead Penn State, which had six of its 13 entrants place. Verkleeren had two tech falls.  True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.) competed for the second straight week in open action at 141.  Lee went 3-1 with two tech falls and a major to place third.

Junior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.) competed at 197.  The Nittany Lion junior, wrestling in his second open tournament up at 197, went 3-1 with three pins to take fourth place.  Junior Devon Van Cura (Washington, N.C.) wrestled at 184 and posted a 5-1 record with a major to place fifth.  Sophomore Dominic Giannangeli (Murrysville, Pa.) wrestled at 133 and posted a 5-1 mark as well to finish fifth.  Giannangeli had one pin on the day.

Redshirt freshman Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) wrestled at 149 and posted a 4-2 record. Redshirt freshman Luke Gardner (Pottsville, Pa.) took to the mat at 149. Gardner went 4-2 with a pin and a major.  Redshirt freshman Mason Lindenmuth (Brockway, Pa.) grappled at 133 and went 3-2 with two pins.

In addition to Verkleeren and Lee, five other true freshmen wrestled unattached at the tournament. True freshman James Hoeg (Mattituck, N.Y.), wrestling at 197, went 2-2 with a major. Mason Manville (Lorton, Va.), wrestling at 165, posted a 3-2 mark with a pin and two tech falls. Richie McClanahan (Panama City Beach, Fla.) competed at 149 and went 2-2. Scott Obendorfer (Germantown, Md.) wrestling at 141, went 1-2. Joey Blumer (Leechburg, Pa.) competed at 141 and went 2-2 with a major.

Two Penn Staters competed at the East Stroudsburg Open as well. Junior Scott Stossel (Pittsburgh, Pa.) wrestled at 133. Stossel went 2-2 with a major.  Redshirt freshman Benjamin Tuohey (Chadds Ford, Pa.) competed at 157 and went 1-2.

Penn State continues action next weekend with a dual meet at Binghamton on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.  The Nittany Lions then trek to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Penn.  With all home dual meets sold out, a limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets are available to select Rec Hall duals based on availability.  Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.

The 2017-18 Penn State wrestling season is sponsored by The Family Clothesline. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest.

Hayden Hidlay Goes 2-0 at Northeast Duals

| November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former Mifflin County state champ Hayden Hidlay officially opened his collegiate career by going 2-0 at the Journeymen Northeast Duals on Saturday.

The North Carolina State redshirt freshman picked up a 12-1 major decision against Oklahoma and a technical fall against The Citadel.

The Wolfpack finished 3-0 on the day with wins over Oklahoma (27-13), Ithaca (33-12) and The Citadel. Hidlay participates in the Journeyman Classic individual tournament tomorrow.

Penn State Opens Season with 45-3 Win Over Army

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 1 Penn State (1-0, 0-0 B1G) opened up the 2017-18 season with a resounding 45-3 win over visiting Army West Point (0-1) in Rec Hall. Over 6,300 fans packed Rec Hall for the dual, Penn State’s 36th straight Rec Hall sellout, as the Lions posted five pins in the victory.

The dual began at 125 where Nittany Lion redshirt freshman Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) made his collegiate debut. Schnupp dropped a hard fought 6-4 decision to Army’s Trey Chalifoux. Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), ranked No. 15 at 133, made his Penn State debut after transferring from Central Michigan in dazzling fashion. The graduate student pinned Army’s Lane Peters at the 2:50 mark to put the Lions on top 6-3. Junior Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.) followed that up at 141 with a strong 12-6 decision over Austin Harry.

Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, put on an offensive clinic in his senior season starter. The reigning NCAA champion rolled up a 14-1 first period lead before posting a lop-sided 17-1 tech fall at the 4:13 mark. Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, sent Penn State into intermission with a 20-6 lead with a pin. Nolf turned an early first period scramble into four near fall points by working Lucas Weiland’s shoulders to the mat with his legs. He finished off the scrambling pin at the 1:07 mark to send the Lions into the break with the big lead.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, kept the Lions rolling with a 17-7 major decision over Army’s Andrew Mendel. Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, was dominant, picking up a second period pin after rolling to a big first period lead. Hall pinned No. 19 Ben Harvey at the 4:09 mark to put the Lions up 30-3. Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, finished off a ‘if you blink you missed it’ performance by pinning Army’s Noah Stewart in just :26 to give the Nittany Lions a 36-3 lead.

Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) made his Penn State dual meet debut at 197 and was strong in his first Rec Hall dual. Cassar picked up four takedowns on his way to a 10-3 victory over Rocco Caywood. Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 3 at 285, closed out the dual meet with Penn State’s fifth pin. Nevills owned a big lead in the third before turning Army’s Bobby Heald for a fall at the 6:10 mark to give Penn State the 45-3 victory.

The Nittany Lions reeled off nine straight wins after a close loss in the dual’s first bout. Penn State picked up 18 bonus points off five pins, a major and a tech fall. The Nittany Lions posted a 34-4 takedown edge.

Penn State is now 1-0 overall, 0-0 in the Big Ten. Army falls to 0-1. The dual was wrestled in front of a sellout crowd of 6,320. The Nittany Lions have wrestled in front of 36 straight Rec Hall sellouts and 39 of 41 overall (including three of five in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions will host Bucknell on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Rec Hall. Penn State continues action next weekend with a dual meet at Binghamton on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions then trek to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Penn. With all home dual meets sold out, a limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets are available to select Rec Hall duals based on availability. Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.

The 2017-18 Penn State wrestling season is sponsored by The Family Clothesline. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest.

#1 Penn State 45, Army West Point 3
November 9, 2017 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.

125: Trey Chalifoux AWP dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 6-4 / 0-3
133: #15 Corey Keener PSU pinned Lane Peters AWP, WBF (2:50) / 6-3
141: Jered Cortez PSU dec. Austin Harry AWP, 12-6 / 9-3
149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU tech fall Knox Fuller AWP, 17-1 (TF; 4:13) / 14-3
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Lucas Weiland AWP, WBF (1:53) / 20-3
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. Andrew Mendel AWP, 17-7 / 24-3
174: #2 Mark Hall PSU pinned #19 Ben Harvey AWP, WBF (4:09) / 30-3
184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Noah Stewart AWP, WBF (0:26) / 36-3
197: Anthony Cassar PSU dec. Rocco Caywood AWP, 10-3 / 39-3
285: #3 Nick Nevills, PSU pinned Bobby Heald AWP, WBF (6:10) / 45-3
Attendance: 6,320 (36th straight Rec Hall sell-out; 39th of 41 including 3 of 5 in BJC)
Records: Penn State 1-0, Army 0-1
Up Next for Penn State: hosts Bucknell, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

Trent Hidlay Signing Day

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments