No. 5 Penn State leads after day one
Nittany Lions’ Molinaro goes 3-0, wins 100th match
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- No. 5 Penn State found itself in first place after day one of the 2012 Southern Scuffle, thanks in large part to an explosion of bonus point wins.
The Nittany Lions notched 32 bonus point wins (including 16 pins) and leads No. 3 Minnesota by nine points. Frank Molinaro notched his 100th career win in the process.
Penn State sent 15 wrestlers into action at the Scuffle with two at 141 pounds, 157 pounds, 165 pounds, 174 pounds and 285 pounds.
The top scoring wrestler at each weight class is calculated into the score. 10 of Penn State's 15 wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals with the team rolling up bonus points in the process. In the quarters, the Nittany Lions went 9-1
Molinaro, ranked No. 1 at 149 pounds, went 3-0 on the day with two technical falls to advance to tomorrow’s semifinal. Dylan Alton was perfect at 157 pounds, going 3-0 to advance to the semifinal with two pins and a major.
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James Vollrath also advanced to the semis at 157 pounds, going 3-0 with a major and a 5-4 win against No. 20 Drake Houdashelt of Missouri in the quarterfinal.
David Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165 pounds, continued his undefeated roll by going 3-0 to advance to the semis. Taylor, who won the Scuffle title at 157 last year, got two pins and a tech fall.
Ed Ruth, ranked No. 2 at 174 pounds, went 4-0 with three pins and a tech fall to move to the semifinal. Matt Brown also advanced to the semis at 174 pounds, including a resounding 6-3 win against No. 7 Dorian Henderson of Missouri in the quarterfinals. Brown's 3-0 record included two pins.
Defending national champion Quentin Wright ranked No. 5 at 184 pounds, pinned No. 17 Mike Larson of Missouri in the quarterfinal to move into the semis, going 3-0 on the day as well.
Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 11 at 197 pounds, was 3-0 and moved on to the semifinal. McIntosh notched two falls. Cameron Wade was perfect at heavyweight. Wade, ranked No. 8, had two techs and a pin to move into the semifinal.
Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 13 at 125 pounds, started the tournament 2-0 with a technical fall and a major before suffering a 9-3 loss to No. 7 Frank Perrelli of Cornell in the quarterfinal. Megaludis is 2-1. He had Penn State's lone quarterfinal loss.
Bryan Pearsall got a pin in the first round at 141 pounds and lost a tough match in round two. He rebounded for a big consolation win and is 2-1 through day one of the tournament.
Seth Beitz had a solid first day at 141 pounds, going 2-2 before being eliminated. Nick Fischer also picked up wins for Penn State at 165 pounds, posting a 2-2 mark before being eliminated.
Jon Gingrich got a major in his first match at 285 pounds before dropping a close 5-3 decision in round two. Gingrich then posted two consecutive majors in consolations and went 3-1. At 133 pounds Derek Reber went 0-2 on the day.
Penn State is in first place in the team race with 119.5 points, just ahead of second place Minnesota, who has 110.5. Missouri is in third with 82.0, Cornell in fourth with 80.5 and Oregon State in fifth with 66.5.
The Nittany Lions went 41-9 over the course of day one with 16 pins, eight technical falls and eight majors, meaning 32 of Penn State's 41 wins were of the bonus point variety. Also, all nine of Penn State's losses were by decision.