UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State followed up a win against Iowa with yet another statement victory by hammering visiting Ohio State 34-9 in a key Big Ten dual. Penn State won eight of 10 bouts in front of a sold out Rec Hall crowd of nearly 7,000 fans, not giving up a single takedown in its eight victories against the fifth-ranked Buckeyes.

TOP 25 SCORES
No. 1 Oklahoma State 35, Bucknell 6
No. 2 Penn State 34, No. 5 Ohio State 9
No. 6 Iowa 19, No. 3 Minnesota 17
No. 4 Cornell 28, Iowa State 12
No. 7 Nebraska 36, Wisconsin 0
No. 8 Illinois 29, Indiana 10
No. 10 Oklahoma 22, No. 14 Lehigh 16
No. 11 Michigan 26, Michigan State 9
No. 22 Virginia 22, No. 13 Maryland 14
No. 21 Central Michigan 22, No. 16 Kent State 13
No. 18 Northwestern 21, Purdue 18
No. 24 Hofstra 23, Penn 13

True freshman Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 8 at 125, opened up the dual with a dominating 6-2 win against No. 15 Johnni Dejulius with 2:41 in riding time. Buckeye Logan Stieber, ranked No. 3 at 133, then pinned Nittany Lion sophomore Frank Martellotti at the 1:38 mark.  At 141, Lion junior Bryan Pearsall battled No. 6 Hunter Stieber tough before dropping a 9-5 decision, giving the Buckeyes a 9-3 lead.

Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro, ranked No. 1 at 149, began a Penn State onslaught with a thorough dismantling of Ohio State’s Alex Gordon. Molinaro posted a 12-0 major with an impressive 5:20 in riding time. Redshirt freshman Dylan Alton then hammered No. 20 John Demas, shutting out the ranked Buckeye 4-0 with 1:28 in riding time to give Penn State a 10-9 lead heading into the halftime break.

Coming out of the locker room, All-American David Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165, posted a devastating 18-3 tech fall against Ohio State’s Derek Garcia (6:20).

Keeping the Lion train rolling, All-American Ed Ruth ranked No. 2 at 174, pinned No. 8 Nick Heflin in the first period, getting the fall at the 2:05 mark. Defending national champion Quentin Wright, ranked No. 2 at 184, then pinned Buckeye Craig Thomas at the 3:18 mark for Penn State’s third consecutive bonus-point win. In a much-anticipated bout at 197, Lion freshman Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 12 at 197, took care of No. 20 Andrew Campolattano with a 5-4 win.

Senior heavyweight Cameron Wade ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, then took care of No. 16 Peter Capone, posting a 9-0 major with 3:00 in riding time to cap off the 34-9 win.

The Nittany Lions are now 9-1 overall, 5-1 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State falls to 9-3, 3-3.  The Nittany Lions dominated the match from start to finish, winning eight of 10 bouts, notching 10 bonus points off two pins, a tech fall and two majors, and winning the takedown war by a gaudy 16-4 margin. Penn State did not give up a single takedown in its eight victories and had five wrestlers get riding time points.