Penn State Athletics

HAMPTON, Va. – Penn State, ranked No. 2 nationally, took down No. 23 Kent State 27-15 in the semifinals of the Virginia Duals on Saturday. Penn State, the tournament’s top seed, will now take on No. 15 Michigan at 8:30 p.m. in the Hampton Coliseum.

The Nittany Lions used an early flurry of pins and bonus points to stave off a late Kent State rally.

Senior Brad Pataky gave notice that he’s rounding back into form by pinning No. 10 Nic Bedelyon in the opening bout at 125. The fall came at the 4:02 mark and put Penn State up 6-0 early. No. 6 Andrew Long followed with a workmanlike 6-1 win at 133 before Andrew Alton pinned Kent State veteran Chase Skonieczny at the 3:23 mark. The pin was Alton’s 15th of the year and tied him for fifth on PSU’s all-time single season pins list.

Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro, ranked No. 7 at 149, got a dominating 8-0 major decision and third-ranked freshman David Taylor posted another technical fall, this one a 19-4 dismantling of Matt Cathell at the 4:40 mark.

Kent State broke into the scoring column when Ross Tice posted an 8-2 decision over Lion freshman Jake Kemerer at 165.

No. 2 Ed Ruth posted a hard-fought 11-8 win over Kent State’s Brandon Johnson at 174 before Casey Newburg picked up a win over PSU 165-pounder Nick Fischer at 184. The Flash also got a pin at 197 from No. 8 Dustin Kilgore. At heavyweight, Penn State suffered a tough upset loss as No. 13 Brendan Barlow downed No. 7 Cameron Wade 10-5 to make the final score 27-15 in Penn State’s favor.

Penn State moves to l0-0 on the year, it’s best start since going 12-0 in 1971-72 (no losses or ties). The Nittany Lions won six of the ten bouts but posted a decisive 9-3 edge in bonus points. Penn State and Kent State tied 15-15 in the takedown battle as the Golden Flash upper weights dominated the action after the Nittany Lions bolted out to the big lead.

#2 Penn State 27, #23 Kent State 15
Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, Va.

125: Brad Pataky PSU pinned #10 Nick Bedelyon KSU, WBF (4:02)
133: #6 Andrew Long PSU dec. Tyler Small KSU, 6-1
141: #7 Andrew Alton PSU pinned Chase Skonieczny KSU, WBF (3:32)
149: #7 Frank Molinaro PSU maj. dec. Marcel Clopton KSU, 8-0
157: #3 David Taylor PSU tech fall Matt Cathell KSU, 19-4 (TF; 4:40)
165: Ross Tice KSU dec Jake Kemerer PSU, 8-2
174: #2 Ed Ruth PSU dec. Brandon Johnson, 11-8
184: Casey Newburg KSU dec. Nick Fischer PSU, 6-2
197: #8 Dustin Kilgore KSU pinned Justin Ortega PSU, WBF (4:59)
285: #13 Brendan Barlow KSU dec. #7 Cameron Wade PSU, 10-5