Penn State Wrestling Shuts Out Rutgers 34-0
Penn State wrestling closed out its regular season schedule against Rutgers, winning 34-0 on the road to give Cael Sanderson his 100th career coaching victory.
The match, which saw all ten Nittany Lion wrestlers win their bouts, was a reunion of sorts as former Penn State All-American wrestler Frank Molinaro is now an assistant coach with the Scarlet Knights.
Unranked Bryan Pearsall had the only pin of the match, 2:40 into the 141 bout over unranked Trevor Melde overcoming an early 4-0 deficit after a Melde takedown and two near fall points.
#2 David Taylor had a 14-6 major decision over Nick Viscaro at 165. Taylor had the first takedown of the match. Viscaro escaped, but Taylor quickly took him down again to end the first period. Taylor started down in the second period. He escaped, and took Viscaro down. Viscaro escaped, but Taylor took Viscaro down again to end the second period with a 8-3 lead. Taylor tacked on two takedowns in the third.
#7 Matt Brown had one of two ranked matchups facing #14 Greg Zannetti at 174. Brown had the first takedown of the bout and rode him out for the rest of the period. Brown took Zannetti down to start the second period and escaped for a point. Brown had a second takedown and Zannetti escaped to end the second period 5-1. Zannetti escaped from down in the third, and Brown had a riding time point to win 6-2.
Top-ranked Ed Ruth had the other ranked matchup against #10 Dan Rinaldi at 184. With a minute left in the first period, Ruth had the first takedown. Ruth started down in the second period and escaped. A minute later, Ruth took down Rinaldi again. Ruth rode Rinaldi out for most of the third period and added a riding time point and a stalling point. After another takedown and a Rinaldi escape, Ruth won 11-4.
#12 Jimmy Lawson took on unranked Billy Smith in the heavyweights. Neither scored in the first period. Smith started down in the second and added an escape point. Lawson started down in the third and escaped to tie the bout. Smith escaped in the first tie-breaker. Lawson reversed Smith in the second tie-breaker to win 3-2.
#2 Quentin Wright took on Dan Siedenberg at 197. Wright took down Siedenberg in the first period, followed by a reversal in the second period. Siedenberg escaped, and Wright took him down again. Siedenberg had a late takedown on Wright. With the riding point, Wright won a 7-4 decision.
#5 Dylan Alton faced Scott Winston at 157. Despite a few takedown attempts, neither wrestler scored in the first period. Alton escaped from down to start the second period. A minute into the period, Alton had the first takedown of the bout. Winston escaped from down a minute into the third period, but Alton added two takedowns and a riding time point to win 10-3.
#12 Andrew Alton took down Ken Theobold at 149. After a few early takedowns, he jumped out to a 6-2 lead going into the second period. Alton started down in the second and reversed Theobold. Alton tacked on a fourth takedown after Theobold escaped. Theobold got a takedown on Alton with just over 30 seconds left in the bout. Alton added a riding time point to win 11-7.
#13 Jordan Conaway faced Vincent Dellafave at 133. Conaway had an early takedown that let him ride out Dellafave for the entire first period. Dellafave started down in the second period and could not escape for almost a minute. Conaway led 2-1 going into the third period. Conaway escaped from down to start the third, and added a takedown and a riding time point to win 6-1.
#2 Nico Megaludis took on Joe Langel at 125. Megaludis had the first take down of the bout, but Langel quickly escaped to end the first period. A minute into the second period, Langel escaped from down. Megaludis started down in the third to get a quick escape point. Megaludis added two takedowns and a riding point to win 8-2.
Penn State concludes the regular season 13-1 with the only blemish being a road loss to Iowa. The Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Illinois are next on the horizon, this coming Saturday and Sunday.