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Nittany Lions Dominate Hoosiers in Big Ten Opener

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

No. 1 Penn State (5-0, 1-0 B1G) dominated visiting Indiana (6-3, 0-2 B1G) in the Big Ten dual opener for the Nittany Lions.  Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad won nine of ten bouts to roll to a 44-3 win in front of nearly 6,500 fans in Rec Hall.

A sell-out crowd of 6,425 filled Rec Hall for Penn State’s first home dual since Nov. 12 and was treated la resounding Lion performance, led by junior Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.) with a big win at 141.  The dual victory was Penn State’s 36th straight dual victory dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season.  The sell-out was Penn State’s 37th straight in Rec Hall and its 40th of 42 including three of five in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The dual began at 125 where Nittany Lion redshirt freshman Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) dropped a tough 7-2 decision to two-time NCAA qualifier Elijah Oliver, giving the Hoosiers an early 3-0 lead.   Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), ranked No. 18 at 133, returned to action and dominated Hoosier Garrett Pepple, posting an 11-3 major decision to put Penn State up 4-3.  Junior Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.) looked strong at 141, downing No. 12 Cole Weaver 6-5 to give the Nittany Lions a 7-3 lead.

Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, remained unbeaten in B1G duals for his career by pinning IU’s Davey Tunon at the 1:42 mark.  The fall was the seventh this season for Retherford and the 43rd of his career.  Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, also remained unbeaten in Big Ten action for his career, with a dazzling first period pin, getting the fall at the 1:30 mark.  The pin was Nolf’s eighth in nine matches this season and the 37th of his career.  The veteran duo gave Penn State a 19-3 lead at intermission.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, returned to action for Penn State and picked up a forfeit as Indiana’s Bryce Martin suffered a slight injury preparing for the match but could not compete after weighing in.  Joseph’s win gave Penn State a 25-3 lead.  Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 1 at 174, put on a show with a 17-0 technical fall over IU’s Devin Skatzka, getting the tech fall at the 4:56 mark with two quick four-point turns late in the second period.

Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, continued his penchant for fast falls, pinning Indiana’s Norman Conley at the 0:42 mark.  It was Nickal’s fifth pin this year, all coming in under 1:00 (and the 30th fall of his career).  Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 9 at 197, put on a takedown show with seven takedowns to roll to a 16-5 major decision with 3:21 in riding time.  Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 3 at 285, closed out the dual with a strong 11-3 major decision over Indiana’s Fletcher Miller.  Nevills’ win made the final score 44-3 in Penn State’s favor.

Penn State dominated the dual, posting a 27-4 takedown advantage.  Eight of Penn State’s nine wins included bonus points and the ninth was a win over a top-12 wrestler. Penn State tallied 17 bonus points off three pins, a forfeit, a tech fall and three majors.  The sellout was the 37th straight in Rec Hall for Penn State and the 40th of 42 including three of five in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions are now 5-0, 1-0 in Big Ten action.  Indiana falls to 6-3, 0-2.

Penn State returns the Southern Scuffle after a year away from the event, looking to win its seventh Scuffle title in as many trips (Penn State won six straight before missing the event last year). The 2018 Southern Scuffle, hosted by UT-Chattanooga, is set for Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Nittany Lions’ next home dual is a Big Ten battle against Purdue in Rec Hall on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. 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.

#2 Penn State 44, Indiana 3

December 17, 2017 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.

125: Elijah Oliver IND dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 7-2                                           0-3

133: #18 Corey Keener PSU maj. dec. Garrett Pepple IND, 11-3                           4-3

141: Jered Cortez PSU dec. #12 Cole Weaver IND, 6-5                                        7-3

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned Davey Tunon IND, WBF (3:42)                     13-3

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Jake Danishek IND, WBF (1:30)                          19-3

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU win by forfeit                                                       25-3

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU tech fall Devin Skatzka IND, 17-0 (TF; 4:56)                      30-3

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Norman Conley IND, WBF (0:42)                           36-3

197: #9 Anthony Cassar PSU maj. dec. Spencer Irick IND, 16-5                           40-3

285: #3 Nick Nevills PSU maj. dec. Fletcher Miller IND, 11-3                                44-3

Attendance: 6,425 (37th straight Rec Hall sellout, 40th of 42 including 3 of 5 in the BJC)

Records: Penn State 5-0, 1-0 B1G; Indiana (6-3, 0-2 B1G)

Up Next for Penn State: Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2, 2018, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Penn State Wrestling Notes – Indiana

| December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

NC State Downs ODU and Chattanooga; Hidlay goes 2-0

| December 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hayden Hidlay picked up a fall and a major decision to remain unbeaten on the season as North Carolina State downed Old Dominion and Chattanooga over the weekend.

Read both stories at the links below:

http://gopack.com/news/2017/12/2/wrestling-packwrestle-wins-all-10-bouts-to-defeat-chattanooga.aspx

http://www.gopack.com/news/2017/11/30/wrestling-three-straight-bonus-point-wins-lead-packwrestle-over-odu.aspx

 

Penn State Squeaks By Lehigh, 23-19

| December 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

ALLENTOWN, Pa.; December 3, 2017 – No. 1 Penn State (4-0, 0-0 B1G) erased a big lead by winning the final four bouts to down No. 7 Lehigh (4-1) in front of a sold out PPL Center crowd on Sunday.  The Nittany Lions overcame missing two starters to comeback for a 23-19 victory, staying unbeaten on the year and improving their dual meet win streak to 35-straight.

Nearly 10,000 fans packed the Allentown venue to see the battle of Pennsylvania wrestling powers. The dual featured nine wrestlers ranked in InterMat’s top ten and head coach Cael Sanderson’s crew battled back from 12-0 and 19-11 deficits to grab the win.

The dual began at 125 where Nittany Lion redshirt freshman Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) was pinned by No. 5 Darian Cruz of Lehigh at the 1:13 mark.  With No. 18 Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) being held out with an injury, sophomore Dominic Giannangeli (Murrysville, Pa.) made his Penn State dual meet debut at 133 against No. 3 Scotty Parker of Lehigh.  Parker picked up a second period fall at the 4:12 mark to give Lehigh a big 12-0 lead after two bouts. Junior Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.) dropped a 2-0 decision to Luke Karam at 141, giving Lehigh a 15-0 lead through three bouts.

Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, picked up Penn State’s first win of the dual by pinning Lehigh’s Cortlandt Schuyler in the first period, getting the fall at the 1:27 mark. Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, posted a dominant 23-8 (6:40) technical fall over LU’s Ian Brown, snapping his season starting pin streak at seven but staying unbeaten on the year.  Penn State trailed 15-11 at intermission.

With No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.) not competing, redshirt freshman Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) made his Lion dual debut up at 165.  Pipher dropped a hard-fought 24-12 major to No. 15 Gordon Wolf, keeping the ranked Mountain Hawk from posting a late tech fall.  The LU win put the Mountain Hawks up 19-11.  Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, began Penn State’s comeback by posting the only takedown in a 3-2 win over No. 5 Jordan Kutler, cutting Lehigh’s lead to 19-14.  Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, duplicated Hall’s effort in another top five match-up, notching the only takedown in a 3-2 win over No. 4 Ryan Preisch at 184, cutting the LU edge to 19-17.

Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 11 at 197, gave Penn State its first lead of the dual by dominating Jake Jakobsen.  Cassar rolled to four takedowns in an 8-3 win to put the Nittany Lions up 20-19 heading into the final bout.  Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 3 at 285, clinched the dual with a strong 2-0 win over No. 14 Jordan Wood.  A third period rideout gave the Nittany Lion riding time and clinched the 23-19 Penn State dual victory.

Penn State posted a 20-12 edge in takedowns with Lehigh pick up all of theirs in three bouts. Penn State is 32-8 in its first four duals of the year, including 11 pins.  Penn State is now 4-0 overall, 0-0 in the Big Ten.  Lehigh falls to 4-1.

Penn State returns to action against Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. in Rec Hall in a BTN national telecast. 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 23, #7 Lehigh 19

December 3, 2017 – PPL Center – Allentown, Pa.

125: #5 Darian Cruz LEH pinned Devin Schnupp PSU, WBF (1:13)                       0-6

133: #3 Scotty Parker LEH pinned Dominic Giannangeli PSU, WBF (4:12)            0-12

141: Luke Karam LEH dec. Jered Cortez PSU, 2-0                                               0-15

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned Cortlandt Schuyler LEH, WBF (1:27) 6-15

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU tech fall Ian Brown LEH, 23-8 (TF; 6:40)                          11-15

165: #15 Gordon Wolf LEH maj. dec. Bo Pipher PSU, 24-12                                11-19

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU dec. #5 Jordan Kutler LEH, 3-2                                        14-19

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU dec. #4 Ryan Preisch LEH, 3-2                                        17-19

197: #11 Anthony Cassar PSU dec. Jake Jakobsen LEH, 8-3                               20-19

285: #3 Nick Nevills PSU dec. #14 Jordan Wood LEH, 2-0                                   23-19

Attendance: 9,896

Records: Penn State 4-0, Lehigh 4-1

Up Next for Penn State: home vs. Indiana, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. in Rec Hall

Penn State Wrestling Notes: Lehigh

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments