The top-ranked Penn State wrestling squad defeated #12 Nebraska in Rec Hall yesterday 33-9. The Alton brothers started for the first time in 2013. #2 David Taylor won on a technical fall, and #3 Nico Megaludis won by forfeit.
At 133, Jordan Conaway defeated Shawn Nagel in a major decision 14-5. Nagel had the first takedown, but Conaway escaped and took down Nagel to end the first. Nagel started down in the second, and Conaway rode him out for the period while fighting off multiple attempts by Nagel to escape. Conaway started down in the third and pulled off a reversal. Conaway had three more takedowns and two near fall points and a riding time point to end the bout 14-5
At 141, Bryan Pearsall faced #19 Ridge Kiley. After no score in the first, Kiley started down to begin the second. Pearsall rode Kiley out. Pearsall started down in the third and escaped about 20 seconds into the period. Pearsall added the point for riding time to win 2-0.
At 149, #3 Andrew Alton faced #12 Jake Sueflohn. Alton had the first takedown and added two back points. Sueflohn escaped and ended the period 4-1. Alton started down and escaped. Sueflohn took Alton down to end the second bout with Alton still in the lead 5-4. Sueflohn started down in the third, and it appeared that Alton was in pain. Sueflohn reversed Alton and pinned him at the 5:33 mark.
At 157, #6 Dylan Alton took on #4 James Green. In the first, Alton attempted a takedown, which was not called by the referees. Coach Cael Sanderson challenged the call, but it was not overturned. There was no score at the end of the first. Alton chose to start down and escaped, but also appeared to have a finger or hand injury. Alton led 1-0 going into the third. Green chose to start down and escaped, but Alton took down Green with 15 seconds left in the bout to win 3-1.
#2 David Taylor faced Tyler Koehn at 164. Taylor took Koehn down about a minute into the bout and gained near fall points. Koehn escaped for his only point of the bout. Koehn started down in the second period and Taylor accumulated back points and near fall points to lead 15-1 at the end of the second. Taylor chose to start down and escaped to give him a 15-point lead and a technical fall to win 16-1.
#3 Matt Brown faced #4 Robert Kokesh at 174. There was no score at the end of the first period. Brown chose to start down in the second period and escaped. Brown took down Kokesh, but Kokesh escaped and took down Brown with near fall points as time ran out in the second period to lead 5-3. Kokesh started down in the third and reversed Brown. Kokesh added another takedown. Brown escaped and took Kokesh down in the final seconds but could not obtain near fall points or back points, giving Kokesh the 10-7 win.
Top-ranked Ed Ruth, at 184, took on #8 John Ihnen. The two exchanged takedowns early on in the first period, while Ruth added a second takedown to lead 5-3 going into the second period. Ruth started down in the second period and added an escape point. Ruth took down Ihnen with little time left in the third. Ihnen started down in the third and Ruth added back points to win 14-3.
#3 Quentin Wright faced Caleb Kolb at 197. Wright took down Kolb over a minute into the first and led 2-0 into the second. Wright started down and escaped quickly. Wright took Kolb down about a minute into the second round and led 5-0 into the third period. Kolb started down and escaped to cut the lead to 5-1. Wright took down Kolb with a minute left in the bout and added two near fall points to win 10-2.
Heavyweight #17 Jon Gingrich took down Spencer Johnson to start the bout. Johnson escaped. Johnson chose to start down in the second, and reversed Gingrich. Gingrich escaped to tie the bout at three. Gingrich started down in the third and escaped. Gingrich immediately took Johnson down. Johnson escaped, but Gingrich added the riding point time to win 7-4.
Penn State remains undefeated, improving to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. Penn State faces #4 Iowa Friday night in Iowa, and the match will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Penn State also faces #6 Illinois in Champagne on Sunday.