Nittany Lions Crush Binghamton 40-2

| November 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

VESTAL, N.Y.; November 17, 2017 – No. 1 Penn State (3-0, 0-0 B1G) took care of the home standing Binghamton Bearcats (0-1) in its first road dual of the year.  The Nittany Lions won nine of ten bouts to out-distance the Bearcats 40-2, picking up three pins in the process.

Staying unbeaten on the year, Penn State picked up three pins and four majors in the dual meet victory, wrestled in front of over 3,000 fans in Binghamton.  Penn State now has 10 pins in its 30 dual meet matches to start the year.

The dual began at 125, where Penn State redshirt freshman Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) dropped a hard-fought 7-4 match to Bearcat junior Joe Nelson. Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), ranked No. 15 at 133, rolled to a strong 10-4 win over BU’s Jacob Nicholson to tie the dual at 3-3.  Junior Jered Cortez (Carol Stream, Ill.) put Penn State up for good with a dominating 12-2 major decision over Joe Russ, giving the Nittany Lions a 7-3 lead.

Penn State opened up its lead with two straight pins. Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, picked up a first period pin over BU’s Frankie Garcia, getting the fall at the 2:37 mark.  Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, followed that up with his third pin of the year, getting the fall over Tristan Rifanburg (4:23) to put Penn State up 19-3 at the midway point.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, kept Penn State rolling with a strong 13-2 major over BU’s Vincent DePrez.  Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, picked up Penn State’s third pin of the night, turning a second period reversal of Anthony Lombardo into a fall at the 3:14 mark.  The win put Penn State up 33-2 after Binghamton was hit for an unsportsmanlike and lost a team point.

Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, dominated No. 14 Steven Schneider in the dual’s marquee match-up, rolling up six takedowns and nearly 4:00 of riding time in a 15-6 major. Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) put Penn State up 36-2 with a 10-4 win over BU’s Mark Tracy.  Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 3 at 285, closed out the dual with yet another bonus point win, picking up a 12-3 major over Connor Calkins, giving Penn State the 40-2 victory.

The Nittany Lions rolled to a 26-3 edge in takedowns and picked up 13 bonus points off three pins and four major decisions.  Penn State is 26-4 in its first three duals of the year, including 10 pins.  Penn State is now 3-0 overall, 0-0 in the Big Ten.  The dual was Binghamton’s first of the year and the Bearcats are now 0-1.

Penn State continues a weekend road trip on Sunday at The Palestra. The Nittany Lions trek to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Penn.  Penn State’s next home dual is its Big Ten opener against Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. in Rec Hall. 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.

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#1 Penn State 40, Binghamton 2

November 17, 2017 – Vestal, N.Y.

125: Joe Nelson BU dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 7-4                                 0-3

133: #15 Corey Keener PSU dec. Jacob Nicholson BU, 10-4                    3-3

141: Jered Cortez PSU maj. dec. Joe Russ BU, 12-2                               7-3

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned Frankie Garcia BU, WBF (2:37)        13-3

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Tristan Rifanburg BU, WBF (4:23)           19-3

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. Vincent DePrez BU, 13-2           23-3

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU pinned Anthony Lombardo BU, WBF (3:14)          29-3

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU maj. dec. #14 Steven Schneider BU, 15-6 33-2*

197: Anthony Cassar PSU dec. Mark Tracy BU, 10-4                               36-2

285: #3 Nick Nevills PSU maj. dec. Connor Calkins BU, 12-3                   40-2

* BU penalized one team point, unsportsmanlike conduct.

Attendance: 3,019

Records: Penn State 3-0, Binghamton 0-1

Up Next for Penn State: at Keystone Classic, The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pa.

Category: College Wrestling

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