UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Fourth-ranked Penn State raced by No. 16 Wisconsin 30-12 in front of a standing room only crowd of 6,311 fans in Rec Hall on Friday. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long notched the signature win of the dual, taking down Tyler Graff 12-5 at 133 pounds.
Senior Brad Pataky, ranked No. 11 at 125 pounds, made his first Rec Hall appearance of the year in the last of his career as he posted a 10-5 win against Tom Kelliher to give Penn State an early 3-0 lead.
No. 8-ranked Long then thrilled the SRO crowd by racing past No. 3 Graff at 133 before true freshman Andrew Alton, who is ranked No. 7, continued the Lion win streak by pinning Shane McQuade at the 3:52 mark in their at 141-pound match. The pin was Alton’s 17th of the year, which ranks fourth all-time in a single season at Penn State.
Third-ranked junior Frank Molinaro then earned a major decision 9-1 at 149 pounds against No. 10 Cole Schmitt to put Penn State ahead 16-0. Redshirt freshman David Taylor, ranked No. 3 at 157 pounds, came back to finish the regular season undefeated with an 18-2 technical fall against UW’s Kalvin York at the 4:57 mark to give Penn State a 21-0 lead at intermission. Taylor’s 31-0 mark on the year includes 30 bonus-point wins. The York tech fall was Taylor’s 14th of the season to go along with nine major decisions and seven pins.
Redshirt freshman James Vollrath then downed Wisconsin’s Shawn Perry 7-3 at 165 pounds before classmate Ed Ruth posted a strong 8-5 win against No. 14 Ben Jordan at 174, putting Penn State ahead 27-0.
No. 3 Travis Rutt of Wisconsin fought off a Quentin Wright cradle attempt and grabbed the pin at the 4:41 mark, breaking the shutout. Wisconsin’s Trevor Brandvold, ranked No. 2, then pinned Lion freshman Nick Ruggear in just :42 to cut the Lion lead to 27-12. Junior Cameron Wade, ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, downed No. 10 Eric Bugenhagen 5-2 in the final bout to give Penn State the 18-point victory.
PSU posted a wide 19-5 margin in takedowns and, in winning eight of 10 bouts, split the bonus point battle 6-6. Penn State ended the 2010-11 dual meet season with a 17-1-1 mark, including 6-1-1 in Big Ten duals. Wisconsin finished at 10-6-1 and 1-5-1 in conference action.
Penn State’s 17 dual wins are the most since the Nittany Lions went 18-3 in 1998 and the .921 winning percentage is the best since the Nittany Lions went 22-0-1 in 1993. Penn State’s six Big Ten dual meet wins ties the school record for Big Ten wins in a season, matching the Nittany Lions squad that went 6-0 in 1998.