Nittany Lions Pounce on Northwestern; Dominate 45-3

| January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

(From Penn State SID)

No. 1 Penn State (10-0, 6-0 B1G) easily handled visiting Northwestern (6-6, 1-5) in sold out Rec Hall on Sunday. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad won nine of ten bouts, including three pins, to roll to a 45-3 victory and remain unbeaten on the year.

The Nittany Lions increased their dual match win streak to 27 straight dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season. Penn State sent seven underclassmen into the bout against the Wildcats. The capacity crowd of 6,630, the largest Rec Hall crowd of the year for the Lions, was the 33rd straight Rec Hall sell-out for Penn State. The Nittany Lions have sold out 36 of their last 38 duals, including three of five in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The dual began at 125 where freshman Nick Suriano (Paramus, N.J.), ranked No. 1 nationally, turned a quick second period reversal into a pin at the 3:10 mark of Northwestern’s Anthony Rubinetti. Suriano lead 10-2 at the time. . At 133, sophomore George Carpenter (Chapel Hill, N.C.) suffered a hard-fought 4-3 loss to Northwestern’s Jason Ipsarides. Senior Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), ranked No. 12 at 141, continued his outstanding run with a 20-5 technical fall at the 5:25 mark over NU’s Alec McKenna. Gulibon tallied seven takedowns in the win.

Junior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.) won at 149, receiving a forfeit victory. The win was Retherford’s 50th straight victory dating back to the 2013-14 season. His win pushed Penn State out to a 17-3 lead. Sophomore Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, notched Penn State’s second fall of the dual, pinning Ben Sullivan at the 4:39 mark. Nolf’s win gave Penn State a 23-3 lead heading into the halftime break.

Red-shirt freshman Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked no. 4 at 165, got the afternoon off, and senior Caleb Livingston (Drexel Hill, Pa.) got the nod in front of the sell-out Rec Hall crowd. Livingston took advantage of the chance and thrilled the Rec Hall crowd by picking up a first period pin of Anthony Petrone at the 2:19 mark. The win was Livingston’s first dual victory as a Nittany Lion. True freshman Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 7 at 174, won by forfeit, pushing Penn State out to a 35-3 lead. Hall will look to make his actual Rec Hall debut in two weeks against Illinois. The true freshman leads Penn State with 20 wins and improves to 20-2 overall with the victory.

Sophomore Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 2 at 184, faced No. 20 Mitch Sliga in the lone match-up between ranked opponents. Nickal dominated the action from start to finish and posted the 10-1 major with over 3:00 in riding time. Junior Matt McCutcheon (Apollo, Pa.), ranked No. 10 at 197, rolled through Northwestern senior Jacob Berkowitz, posting a 10-3 win with 1:37 in riding time to move Penn State out to a 42-3 lead. Sophomore Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 4 at 285, closed out the dual with a hard-fought 5-4 win over talented Northwestern big man Conan Jennings and the Nittany Lions rolled to the 45-3 win.

Penn State dominated the takedown war, posting a 22-3 edge. In Penn State’s two weekend dual meets, the team amassed a stunning 47-5 takedown advantage. The Nittany Lions won nine of ten bouts and picked up 18 bonus points off three pins (Suriano, Nolf, Livingston), two forfeits (Retherford, Hall), a tech fall (Gulibon) and a major (Nickal).

Retherford has now won 50 straight matches dating back to the end of the 13-14 season. He is 15-0 with 11 pins, a forfeit, a tech and a major. Nolf is 15-0 with nine pins, a major and four techs. Nickal is 14-0 with 11 pins and two majors this season. The Nittany Lions are now 10-0, 6-0 in the Big Ten, and winners of 27 straight duals. Northwestern falls to 6-6, 1-5 B1G.

Penn State visits No. 3 Ohio State next Friday, Feb. 3, for a 6 p.m. dual meet that will air live nationally on the Big Ten Network. Penn State’s next home date is a meeting with Illinois on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. All Rec Hall dual meets are sold out, but a very limited number of Standing Room Only tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at and on Instagram at

#1 Penn State 45, Northwestern 3
January 29, 2017 — Rec Hall — University Park, Pa.

125: #3 Nick Suriano PSU pinned Anthony Rubinetti NU, WBF (3:10) / 6-0
133: Jason Ipsarides NU dec. George Carpenter PSU, 4-3 / 6-3
141: #12 Jimmy Gulibon PSU tech fall Alec McKenna NU, 20-5 (TF; 5:25) / 11-3
149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU win by forfeit / 17-3
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Ben Sullivan NU, WBF (4:39) / 23-3
165: Caleb Livingston PSU pinned Anthony Petrone NU, WBF (2:19) / 29-3
174: #7 Mark Hall PSU win by forfeit / 35-3
184: #2 Bo Nickal PSU maj. dec. #20 Mitch Sliga NU, 10-1 / 39-3
197: #10 Matt McCutcheon PSU dec. Jacob Berkowitz NU, 10-3 / 42-3
285: #4 Nick Nevills PSU dec. Conan Jennings NU, 5-4 / 45-3
Attendance: 6,630
Records: Penn State 10-0, 6-0 B1G; Northwestern 6-6, 1-5 B1G
Up Next for Penn State: at #3 Ohio State, Friday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.

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