LINCOLN, Neb. – No. 2 Penn State travelled to take on No. 7 Nebraska in the first Big Ten dual between the two teams and recorded yet another statement victory. Penn State won eight of 10 bouts on its way to a lopsided 31-6 win against the Cornhuskers, keeping its hopes of the Big Ten regular season dual meet title alive.
The host Cornhuskers opted to draw for the starting weight and the match began at 174. Nittany Lion All-American Ed Ruth, ranked No. 2, pinned Husker Tyler Koehn at the 5:58 mark to give Penn State an early 6-0 lead. All-American Quentin Wright, ranked No. 2 at 184 and battling a serious cold all week long, took down No. 7 Josh Ihnen 9-6, nearly pinning the seventh-ranked grappler right out of the gates and using that quick flurry to coast to victory.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Penn State 31, No. 7 Nebraska 6|
|No. 5 Ohio State 24, No. 11 Michigan 13|
|No. 16 Kent State 25, Buffalo 9|
|American 18, No. 19 Binghamton 15|
At 197, 12th-ranked freshman Morgan McIntosh was cleared to wrestle but was held out as a precaution. Redshirt freshman Matt Brown, who weighed in at 174, moved up two weights and beat starting Husker senior James Nakashima 2-1. The win put the Lions up 12-0 after three bouts. Senior heavyweight Cameron Wade, ranked No. 6 at 285, then dominated No. 9 Tucker Lane of Nebraska, picking up an 8-2 win with 1:31 in riding time. Freshman Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 9 at 125, tacked on a 23-6 technical fall against Shawn Nagel (5:59) to give Penn State a 20-0 lead at the midway point of the dual.
At 133, sophomore Frank Martellotti nearly downed No. 18 Ridge Kelly, but the ranked Husker notched a late reversal to steal a 4-3 win and put NU on the board. Junior Bryan Pearsall then lost a hard-fought 6-1 decision to No. 5 Jake Sueflohn at 141 to cut Penn State’s lead to 20-6.
Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro, ranked No. 1 at 149, dominated Husker Skylar Galloway, posting a 14-6 major with 4:53 in riding time. Redshirt freshman Dylan Alton, ranked No. 6 at 157, then beat No. 7 James Green in a thrilling 2-1 overtime bout. Sophomore All-American David Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165, then closed out the lopsided Penn State win with a resounding 13-3 major against No. 6 Robert Kokesh of Nebraska.
The Nittany Lions are now 10-1 overall, 6-1 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska falls to 14-2, 5-2 in the Big Ten. The sixth Big Ten dual meet victory ties the Penn State record for conference dual wins in a season with the team having a chance to set a new school mark on Sunday. Molinaro moved into 10th all-time on Penn State’s dual meet win list with his victory at 149, he now has 52. Penn State dominated the dual from start to finish, winning eight of the ten bouts and picking up seven bonus points off a pin, a tech fall and two majors. The Nittany Lions won the takedown battle in convincing fashion, notching a 25-3 margin in takedowns.