No. 8 Va. Tech beats No. 9 Edinboro; top-ranked Penn State rolls to win
No. 8 Virginia Tech 23, No. 9 Edinboro 14
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- In the first top-10 wrestling matchup in Cassell Coliseum history, eighth-ranked Virginia Tech rallied past No. 9 Edinboro 23-14 on Saturday. The Scots were without two nationally ranked wrestlers due to injury and Tech took advantage in those spots, earning 10 points to help the cause.
The dual started at 125 pounds with Edinboro’s Kory Mines utilizing a takedown early on and a point for riding time to propel him to a 4-2 win against 20th-ranked Joey Dance of Tech. Seventh-ranked A.J. Schopp took care of business at 133 pounds, picking up an 8-0 major decision against Tech’s Erik Spjut.
At 141 pounds, third-ranked Devin Carter picked up his fourth pin in five matches this season, pinning backup Sam Recco in just 1:34 to cut the lead to one.
At 149 pounds, 11th-ranked David Habat used a takedown and back points to withstand a furious rally by Tech’s fifth-ranked Zach Neibert to win 10-7.
In the second half of the dual, Edinboro’s Kasey Burnett-Davis downed Chad Strube 12-1 at 157 pounds to make it a 14-6 match. Sixteenth-ranked Chris Moon provided the match of the morning, battling back from a 6-2, second-period deficit to get a takedown of Johnny Greisheimer with 10 seconds left to cap a wild 8-7 comeback win at 165 pounds. Austin Gabel got the Hokies a bonus point with a dominating 13-3 major decision against Patrick Jennings at 174 pounds to cut the lead to one with three bouts remaining.
Chris Penny got Tech a bonus point with an 11-3 major decision over backup Vince Pickett at 197 pounds, setting the stage for the heavyweights. Ty Walz pushed the pace from the beginning against No. 20 Ernest James, but the duo was tied 1-1 heading to sudden victory. With James having a stall call against him, Walz pushed the pace and James was dinged for a second stall warning, giving Walz the point and the 2-1 upset win.
No. 1 Penn State 34, Rider 8
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Top-ranked Penn State opened up the 2013-14 dual meet season with a convincing 34-8 win against Rider as head coach Cael Sanderson's squad won eight of 10 bouts to roll to the victory.
Two-time All-American Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 3 at 125 pounds, got Penn State off to a hot start, posting a strong 5-0 win against No. 17 Robert Deutsch in the dual's first bout. Sophomore national qualifier Jordan Conaway then used four third-period takedowns to roll to a 12-4 major against Rider's Chuck Zeisloft at 133, giving Penn State an early 7-0 lead.
True freshman Zain Retherford made his Penn State dual meet debut in fine fashion, dominating Rider's Paulie Kirchner at 141. Retherford used two late third-period takedowns to roll to a 12-3 major and up Penn State's lead to 11-0. Rider then got on the board when Curt Delia got a late takedown in extra time to post a 6-4 win against James English at 149. Senior James Vollrath got Penn State back in the win column with a strong 10-2 major against Rider's Wayne Stinson. Vollrath racked up 2:53 in riding time in the win, putting Penn State up 15-3 at intermission.
Three-time All-American David Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165, continued to add to his pin total, this time dominating No. 13 Ramon Santiago and getting a second-period fall at the 4:27 mark. The pin was Taylor's fifth in six bouts this year and the 42nd of his career, putting him just 11 shy of tying the all-time Penn State career record of 53. Junior All-American Matt Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, followed Taylor's pin with one of his own. Brown quickly turned Rider's Conor Brennan to his back for a first-period pin at the 1:14 mark, putting the Nittany Lions up 27-3.
Rider cut into Penn State's lead as Clint Morrison posted a 16-2 technical fall against sophomore James Frascella at 184. But Penn State quickly answered. Sophomore Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 4 at 197, returned to dual meet action after a redshirt season and posted a convincing 8-2 win against Rider junior Donald McNeil. Junior Jimmy Lawson, ranked No. 11 at heavyweight, closed out the dual meet with a convincing 10-2 major against Rider's Greg Velasco.
Penn State won the takedown battle 28-5 and amassed 10 bonus points off two pins and four majors.
Iowa sweeps at Luther Open
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa opened the 2013-14 season winning 12 individual titles Saturday at the Luther Open.
Iowa swept 10 weights in the Elite Division and added a pair of titles in the Freshmen Division.
Bobby Telford led the Hawkeyes with five falls, navigating the 285-pound bracket in a combined time of 7:32. It was Telford's first appearance since leaving last year's national tournament due to injury.
Iowa's 10 individual champions combined for 21 pins, and the entire Iowa lineup totaled 48 falls.
Returning All-Americans Tony Ramos, Derek St. John, Mike Evans and Ethen Lofthouse were among the tournament champions. Ramos scored three falls and a major decision en route to the 133-pound title, and Evans used three pins and two technical falls to win the 174-pound bracket.
St. John and Lofthouse both wrestled teammates in their respective finals. St. John won the 157-pound title with a 9-2 win against Brandon Sorensen, and Lofthouse defeated Sammy Brooks 3-2 in the 184-pound finals.
Two other weight classes featured all-Iowa finals. Cory Clark defeated Thomas Gilman 4-0 at 125, and Josh Dziewa blanked Topher Carton 4-0 at 141. Clark and Gilman combined for five pins and one tech fall before meeting in the finals.
Other Hawkeye champions included Michael Kelly at 149, Walt Gillmor at 165, and Kris Klapprodt at 197.
The Hawkeyes swept the top four spots at 184. Lofthouse and Brooks placed 1-2, and Jeremy Fahler and Alex Meyer placed third and fourth, respectively.
Matt Gurule (125), Ethan Owens (141), Brody Grothus (149), Patrick Rhoads (157) and Tomas Lira (197) each won their respective consolation brackets to place third.
Phillip Laux and Broc Berge won titles in the Freshmen Division. Laux won the 125-pound bracket, and Berge won the 197-pound class.