No. 3 Penn State pushes by Illini
No. 9 Long tops No. 7 Futrell at 133 pounds in key match-up
Penn State Athletics
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Third-ranked Penn State controlled No. 20 Illinois 23-13 in a Big Ten dual meet in Rec Hall. Sophomore All-American Andrew Long got the dual’s signature win with a key victory at 133 pounds.
The dual began at heavyweight where Nittany Lion junior Cameron Wade, ranked No. 6, downed Pat Walker 5-0 to put Penn State up early. True freshman Nate Morgan followed as he picked up his first Penn State dual meet win with a 6-5 victory at 125 pounds against Logan Arlis.
Long, ranked No. 9 at 133 pounds, thrilled a packed Rec Hall crowd with a 9-6 win against No. 7 B.J. Futrell to put the Lions up 9-0.
Illinois senior Jimmy Kennedy, ranked No. 4 at 141, nipped sevneth-ranked Nittany Lion true freshman Andrew Alton 5-3 at 149 in another marquee match-up, cutting Penn State’s lead to 9-3. But two-time Penn State All-American Frank Molinaro, who is ranked No. 5, sent Penn State into the halftime break with momentum after a lop-sided 5-0 win against Illinois’ Eric Terrazas
Red-shirt freshman David Taylor remained undefeated with a 26-10 dismantling of Illinois’ Jackson Morse. Taylor, ranked No. 3, picked up the tech fall against Morse, who had 19 wins entering the bout. Taylor’s win improved him to 29-0 on the year with 28 bonus-point wins (12 tech falls, seven pins, nine majors).
Illinois’ Conrad Polz then grabbed a hard-fought 10-5 win against Lion sophomore Nick Fischer at 165 pounds to cut Penn State’s lead to 17-6. Redshirt freshman Ed Ruth then pinned Ben Friedl at the 4:56 mark to put Penn State up 23-6. Ruth, who is ranked No. 2 at 174 pounds, improved to 27-1 with 11 pins with the victory.
Sophomore Quentin Wright, ranked No. 13 at 184, had a win in hand but a contested call at the buzzer gave Illinois’ Tony Dellago a reversal with no time on the clock and an 8-7 upset win. Illinois tacked on a 15-6 major decision from Joe Barczak against freshman Nick Ruggear at 197 to give Penn State the 23-13 final.