Penn State Beats Rutgers; Loses Nolf to Injury

| January 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Penn State Nittany Lions (11-0, 7-0 B1G) took care of home standing Rutgers (5-5, 1-4 B1G) today for a Big Ten road. The Nittany Lions came back from an early deficit and a tough injury default loss to post a 25-15 win, winning seven of ten bouts. The dual was wrestled in front of a RAC sellout crowd of 8,321 at Rutgers and was Penn State’s final road dual of the year.

The dual began at 125 where red-shirt freshman Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) was pinned by Rutgers’ Nick Suriano. Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) battled No. 19 Scott Delvecchio tough but dropped a 6-2 decision after giving up a late counter takedown on a last-second effort to tie the bout. Rutgers led 9-0 after two hard-fought opening bouts.

True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 7 at 141, got things started by handling Michael Van Brill in a 5-2 decision. Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 149, dominated No. 13 Eleazor DeLuca 14-2, picking up the major as DeLuca got hit for multiple unsportsmanlike penalties in the bout. Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, was beating No. 17 John Van Brill early in the second period when the Lion was injured after a stalemate/potentially dangerous call and unable to continue, giving Rutgers a lead at intermission. Nolf had won 46 straight before the injury default. Penn State lost a team point due to a bench unsportsmanlike after the Lion coaches reacted to the call’s timing.

Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, took care of No. 11 Richie Lewis, nothing the only takedowns in a 5-4 win to cut Rutgers’ lead to 15-9. Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.) continued Penn State’s comeback with a dominant 24-9 technical fall over Rutgers’ Joe Grello, including ten takedowns. Hall’s win cut the Rutgers lead to 15-14.

Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 184, gave Penn State its first lead with a hard-fought 6-5 win over No. 12 Nicholas Gravina. Sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), wrestling at 197 for Penn State in his home state, rolled over Anthony Messner in a 16-5 major decision to extend Penn State’s lead to 21-15. Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 6 at 285, finished off the Penn State comeback victory with a dominant 21-7 major over Ralph Normandia. Penn State remained unbeaten on the year with the 25-15 win.

Penn State posted a lopsided 38-13 takedown advantage in the victory. The win moves Penn State’s dual meet win streak to 42 straight, dating back to the 2014-15 season. Retherford stays at 15 pins on the year and 51 for his career, just two shy of tying Penn State’s all-time record of 53. Retherford now has 115 career wins, 17th all-time at Penn State. Penn State is now 11-0, 7-0 in the Big Ten. Rutgers falls to 5-5, 1-4 B1G.

Penn State will battle the Ohio State Buckeyes in Rec Hall in yet another BTN national telecast. The dual will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Ohio State dual next week and the Iowa dual in the BJC on Feb. 10 are sold out but a limited number of Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets may be available for the Buffalo dual on Feb. 18. Call 1-800-NITTANY for information or to purchase tickets.

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#2 Penn State 25, #13 Rutgers 15
January 28, 2018 — RAC — Piscataway, N.J.

125: #1 Nick Suriano RU pinned Devin Schnupp PSU, WBF (6:41) / 0-6
133: #19 Scott Delvecchio RU dec. Corey Keener PSU, 6-2 / 0-9
141: #7 Nick Lee PSU dec. Michael Van Brill RU, 5-2 / 3-9
149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU maj. dec. #13 Eleazor DeLuca RU, 14-2 / 7-9
157: #17 John Van Brill RU inj. def. #1 Jason Nolf PSU, inj. def. (3:33) / *6-15
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU dec. #11 Richie Lewis PSU, 5-4 / 9-15
174: #2 Mark Hall PSU tech fall Joe Grello RU, 24-9 (TF; 7:00) / 14-15
184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU dec. #12 Nicholas Gravina RU, 6-5 / 17-15
197: Anthony Cassar PSU maj. dec. Anthony Messner RU, 16-5 / 21-15
285: #6 Nick Nevills PSU maj. dec. Ralph Normandia RU, 21-7 / 25-15
* Penn State loses team point for unsportsmanlike conduct
Attendance: 8,319
Records: Penn State 11-0, 7-0 B1G; Rutgers 5-5, 1-4 B1G
Up Next for Penn State: home vs. Ohio State, Saturday, Feb. 3 in Rec Hall, 8 p.m. (BTN)

#2 Penn State 35, #16 Minnesota 8

January 26, 2018 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU maj. dec. #18 Jake Short MINN, 19-5                             4-0

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU dec. #7 Nick Wanzek MINN, 3-1                            7-0

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU dec. Chris Pfarr MINN, 10-3                                             10-0

184: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Dylan Anderson MINN, WBF (5:31)                       16-0

197: #10 Shakur Rasheed PSU pinned Brandon Krone MINN, WBF (0:55) 22-0

285: #6 Nick Nevills PSU dec. Rylee Streifel MINN, 2-0                                        25-0

125: #6 Ethan Lizak PSU tech fall Devin Schnupp PSU, 15-0 (TF; 6:23)                25-5

133: #12 Mitch McKee MINN dec. Corey Keener PSU, 15-8                                  25-8

141: #7 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. #10 Tommy Thorn MINN, 13-3                            29-8

149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU win by forfeit                                                         35-8

Attendance: 6,588 (39th straight Rec Hall sellout, 42nd of 44 including 3 of 5 in BJC)

Records: Penn State 10-0, 6-0 B1G; Minnesota 7-6, 2-3 B1G

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