Penn State Athletics
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Penn State, ranked No. 3 in the nation, used three pins to race past No. 13 Michigan 28-13 in an impressive Big Ten road victory. The Lions handed Michigan its first conference defeat and snapped a six-dual UM win streak. Penn State used three pins, including two first period falls, to pick up its 15th dual win of the year.
For the second consecutive time, Penn State’s opponent chose to draw the opening weight and this time the dual began at 133.
No. 9 sophomore All-American Andrew Long got three back points at the end of the bout to post an impressive 16-6 major decision against No. 18 Zac Stevens. Michigan’s top-ranked 141 pounder Kellen Russell then won a 3-1 overtime decision against Nittany Lion true freshman Andrew Alton, who is ranked No. 7, to cut the Lion lead to 4-3.
Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro, ranked No. 5 at 149 pounds, dominated Eric Grajales 8-3 with more than 2 minutes in riding time before undefeated freshman No. 3 David Taylor pinned No. 20 Brandon Zeerip in just 1:01 at 157 pounds. Taylor improved to 28-0 on the year with 27 bonus point victories (seven pins, 11 techs and nine majors).
Michigan closed out the first half with No. 19 Dan Yates earning a tough 5-2 win against Nittany Lion sophomore Nick Fischer at 165, cutting Penn State’s lead to 13-6 at the break.
Redshirt freshman Ed Ruth, the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 174 pounds, was strong in posting a 13-6 win against Michigan junior Justin Zeerip and then sophomore Quentin Wright struck quickly at 184, pinning Michigan’s Hunter Collins in just :24 to put the Lions up 22-6. Wright, ranked No. 14 nationally, picked up his fifth pin of the year.
Michigan rebounded at 197 pounds when No. 10 Anthony Biondo posted a 12-3 major against Lion true freshman Nick Ruggear to cut the Penn State lead to 22-10. No. 5 Cameron Wade erased a 6-2 deficit against No. 10 Ben Apland at heavyweight after choosing top in the third period and quickly turning the Wolverine to his back for a pin at the 5:32 mark. The fall, Penn State’s third of the dual and Wade’s ninth, clinched the victory.
Michigan’s Sean Boyle picked up a hard-fought 6-2 win against true freshman Nate Morgan at 125 pounds but the Nittany Lions still posted the dominating 28-13 team victory.
The Nittany Lions improve to 15-1 on the year, 3-1 in Big Ten action, and handed a hot Michigan team its first loss of the conference season. Michigan falls to 10-3 overall, 5-1 in the league.
Penn State owned a slim 14-12 edge in takedowns, but dominated the dual with bonus points. Head coach Cael Sanderson’s crew won six of 10 bouts but picked up 10 bonus points off three pins and a major. Michigan notched just one bonus point off a major decision. The win was Penn State’s second aginst the Wolverines after downing their Big Ten brethren in the Virginia Duals title bout. Penn State now owns a 26-24 edge in the all-time series.