Wrestling Defeats Boston University 34-6 In Effort To Help Save Terriers’ Program
After Cael Sanderson found out that the Boston University wrestling program would be cut after the 2013-2014 wrestling season, he asked Terriers’ head coach — and fellow Iowa State alumnus — Carl Adams if there was anything he could do to help.
The two scheduled a dual and Sanderson and the top-ranked Penn State wrestling team traveled to Boston on Friday night and helped the Terriers wrestling team achieve its first ever home sell-out at the Case Center with 1,664 in attendance. Sanderson was also very instrumental in the effort to save olympic wrestling this past summer.
No. 3 Nico Megaludis had the first takedown in his match against Bubba McGinley at 125 with a minute remaining in the first period of the bout. Megaludis had a few takedowns from there and three near-fall points in the third period to win the bout in a 15-3 major decision that gave Penn State an early 4-0 lead.
The surprise of the match was at 133 when No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon faced unranked Dane Harlowe. Neither wrestler was able to get a takedown. Gulibon chose to start down for the second period, but Harlowe rode him out for the entire two minutes. Coming off his success in the second period, Harlowe chose to be on top to start the third. Harlowe clinched the riding time point after he rode Gulibon out for another two minutes to win the match 1-0, closing the team score to 4-3.
No. 11 Zain Retherford took on Peter Ishiguro at 141. Retherford quickly took Ishiguro down and then added three back points. Retherford cut Ishiguro twice and added two more takedowns and three more back points before the end of the first period. Retherford started from down in the second period in order to get a quick escape point. A final take down and two near fall points gave Retherford a 17-2 tech fall, widening Penn State’s lead to 9-3.
Zach Beitz had his first collegiate dual meet win at 149 over Nick Tourville next. Beitz took down Tourville and added three near fall points for an early 5-1 lead. After an escape and a violation by Tourville to start the second period, Beitz led 7-1. He added a takedown, but Tourville escaped. Beitz headed into the third period with a 9-2 lead, but Tourville escaped from down to start the third period. Beitz went on to win a 9-3 decision.
James Vollrath had to face the Terriers’ only ranked wrestler, No. 13 Nestor Taffur at 157. Vollrath was able to get the first takedown of the match with just over a minute remaining and rode him out for the rest of the period. Vollrath escaped from down to start the second period. Taffur took Vollrath down with seconds left in the period to cut the lead to 3-2. Taffur escaped from down to start the third and tie the match at 3. Taffur took Vollrath down with 14 seconds left in the bout. Vollrath escaped, but lost a 5-4 decision with Penn State leading 12-6 before the break.
Top-ranked David Taylor was taken down by Mitchell Wightman early in the first period of the 165 bout, which prompted chants of “overrated” from the Terriers’ crowd. Taylor escaped and took Wightman down, but he followed that with an escape of his own to tie the match at 3-3 with just under a minute and a half in the first period. Taylor quickly proved the crowd wrong after a second takedown and three back points to lead 8-3 at the end of the first period.
Wightman chose to take the bottom in the second period, which Taylor took advantage of, gaining a stalling point and three more back points. Wightman escaped to end the second period, with Taylor leading 12-4 heading into the final frame. After choosing to start from down, Taylor reversed Wightman and added another stalling point to lead 15-4. Wightman added an escape point, but Taylor quickly took him down again and added two 2-point near-falls for a 21-5 tech fall to give Penn State a 17-6 lead over Boston.
No. 3 Matt Brown added the Nittany Lions’ third tech fall of the night over Eric Des Lauriers at 174. In the first period, Brown had five takedowns to lead 10-4 at the end of the first period. Des Lauriers chose to be on top to start the second period, but Brown reversed him to tack on another two points. A takedown and a stall point gave Brown a 10-point lead. A final takedown before the second period ended left Brown with a 17-6 lead. Brown escaped from bottom, adding another stall point and a final takedown to end the bout with a 22-7 tech fall.
Redshirt freshman Wes Phipps had the first takedown over Aaron Conrad with just 30 seconds left in the first period at 184. Phipps chose to start down in the second period and he was able to reverse Conrad for another two points. Conrad chose a neutral start for the third period, but Phipps took him down again and clinched the riding time point. Conrad escaped, only to be taken down one more time for Phipps to win a 9-1 major decision.
The Terriers’ forfeited to No. 4 Morgan McIntosh at 197 to extend Penn State’s lead to 31-6.
No. 10 Jimmy Lawson faced Kevin Innis in the final bout of the match. Lawson had the first takedown of the bout just before the end of the first period. Innis escaped from bottom to start the second period, but Lawson was able to take him down again to lead 4-2, after a second Innis escape. Lawson escaped to start the third and took Innis down twice, adding a riding time point to win the bout in a 10-3 decision and to give Penn State a 34-6 victory in the dual against the Terriers.
Penn State remains undefeated this season, improving to 4-0. Penn State faces Pitt in the sold-out Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. Students can attend the match for free with their student IDs. Pitt has four ranked wrestlers including No. 6 Max Thomusseit at 184.
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