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.

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#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

Category: College Wrestling

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