Penn State Athletics
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Penn State, ranked No. 3 nationally, forged an 18-18 tie at No. 5 Minnesota on Sunday in a battle between two of the nation’s top squads. Undefeated freshman David Taylor and sophomore Andrew Long provided the spark for Penn State in the dual.
Senior Brad Pataky, ranked No. 11 at 125, returned to the mat for the first time since January 8 to take on No. 5 Zach Sanders of Minnesota. The Lion nearly upset Sanders but dropped a scintillating 10-8 decision. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long, ranked No. 9 at 133, continued his hot week with an impressive 14-4 major against talented Minnesota freshman David Thorn to put Penn State on top 4-3. Long is now 10-1 on the year with seven majors. Second-ranked Gopher senior Mike Thorn notched a late takedown to hold off Nittany Lion freshman Andrew Alton, ranked No. 7, by a 4-1 score at 141. Fifth-ranked Frank Molinaro held on for a 6-5 win against Minnesota’s Danny Zilverberg at 149 to put Penn State up 7-6. Undefeated freshman Taylor nearly pinned Minnesota’s Matt Mincey at 157 but did not get the call and settled for a 16-1 technical fall at the 6:15 mark to give the Lions a 12-6 lead at the break. Taylor, now 30-0, has posted bonus point decisions in 29 of his 30 wins. He has 13 technical falls, nine pins and seven majors.
Minnesota closed the gap with an 8-0 major from No. 11 Cody Yohn over Lion freshman Jake Kemerer at 165. No. 2 Ed Ruth posted a 12-5 win against No. 12 Scott Glasser at 174, nearly picking up the major but for a last-second Glasser escape. The win put Penn State up 15-10. No. 9 Scott Glasser majored No. 13 Quentin Wright at 184 to cut Penn State’s lead to 15-14 before Gopher junior Sonny Yohn returned to the line-up for the first time since December at 197. Yohn, who was ranked in the top-10 before an injury at the Southern Scuffle, majored freshman Nick Ruggear 10-2 to give Minnesota an 18-15 lead heading into the final bout of the dual. Junior Cameron Wade, ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, clinched a dual meet tie with an exciting 2-0 win against No. 8 Tony Nelson in the final action of the day.