Penn State Dominates Bucknell 36-6

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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.

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#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.

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