No. 2 Penn State stays undefeated
Nittany Lions off to best start in school history
Penn State Athletics
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Second-ranked Penn State dominated Indiana in a Big Ten road dual, winning eight of ten bouts and cruising to a 36-8 win in Bloomington. The win keeps Penn State undefeated at 13-0, the best start in the school’s 100-plus year history. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s crew picked up three pins and three majors in the lopsided win.
Indiana took an early lead as Justin Brooks notched a 5-1 decision against Eric Caschera (South Williamsport, Pa.) at 125. Caschera filled in for No. 11 Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.). But All-American Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), ranked No. 5 at 133, answered with a dominating 20-6 major against Matt Ortega. True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), also ranked No. 5, pinned Geno Capezio at the 2:45 mark for his 16th pin of the year. The fall tied Alton for fourth on PSU’s all-time single-season pins list. Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 149, then dominated No. 15 Kurt Kinser 10-3 to put Penn State up 13-3. Undefeated freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, dominated No. 5 Paul Young to the tune of a 14-3 major with 2:44 in riding time. The win put Penn State up 17-3 halfway through the dual. Taylor improved to 25-0 on the year with 24 of those wins being by a major or better. The 24 bonus wins tied Taylor for eight on Penn State’s all-time single season list.
Red-shirt freshman Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) dominated IU’s Ryan Konz for a 14-3 major before classmate Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, pinned Hoosier Nick Avery at the 4:49 mark. All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 6 at 184, followed that pin up with one of his own, pinning senior Eric Cameron at the 3:30 mark to put Penn State up 33-3. Indiana got its second win when No. 6 Matt Powless picked up a 19-4 technical fall against Lion freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) at 197, cutting Penn State’s lead to 33-8. Junior heavyweight Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6, dominated No. 14 Ricky Alcala 6-0 with 2:16 in riding time in the final bout to give the Nittany Lions the 36-8 victory.
With the win, the Nittany Lions remain undefeated at 13-0 (2-0 Big Ten). The 13-0 record is now the best start in Penn State’s long wrestling history (no losses or ties). Indiana falls to 10-4 (0-3 Big Ten). Penn State dominated the takedown battle, holding a 26-8 edge. IU only picked up takedowns in the two bouts it won, meaning all eight of Penn State’s winning wrestlers did not allow a takedown. Penn State also notched a decisive 12-2 edge in bonus points, picking up three pins and three majors.
Penn State returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 30, when No. 8 Iowa visits Rec Hall.