Wrestling Team Cruises to 38-3 Win in Big Ten Opener

The No. 5 Penn State wrestling team wasn’t very welcoming of its new Big Ten brethren on Thursday night, defeating a struggling Maryland team 38-3 to open the Big Ten dual meet season.

Two Nittany Lions posted two pins while five won in major decisions. This comes less than a week after five Penn State wrestlers claimed individual titles during Sunday’s Nittany Lion Open.

The dual opened up with Jordan Conaway, No. 10 at 125, posting a major decision against Maryland’s Michael Beck. Sophomore Jimmy Gulibon fought off an early 0-2 deficit, scoring nine unanswered points on his way to a 9-2 victory. Junior Michael Waters dropped his dual meet debut at 141 at the hands of Shyheim Brown, 1-0, the only loss of the day for Penn State. Sophomore Zack Beitz, ranked No. 13 at 149, was the second Nittany Lion to record a major on the night, winning 9-0 with 4:25 in riding time. Redshirt freshman Cody Law broke a 1-1 tie in the third period on his way to a 3-2 win over Lou Mascola. Law’s decision put Penn State on top 14-3 at the intermission.

Redshirt freshman Garett Hammond gnawed away at Tyler Manion, recording six takedowns and cruising to a 15-4 major decision. Matt Brown, ranked No. 2 at 174, promptly put Maryland’s T.J. Guidice to his back and earned the match’s first pin halfway through the first period. Redshirt freshman Matt McCutcheon, ranked No. 19 at 184, followed up Brown’s fall with six takedowns and a major decision over Tony Gardner, 17-6. Junior Morgan McIntosh, No. 4 at 197, recorded the Lions’ second first-period pin of the night to put Penn State up 34-3. The dual’s final spell saw senior Jimmy Lawson rack up nine takedowns in a major decision against Ryan Kail, 20-8.

The major helped propel the four-time defending champion Nittany Lions to a 4-0 start early in the season. Maryland dropped to 4-5 (0-3 in the Big Ten). Penn State will have off for a week before hosting No. 8 Virginia Tech on Friday, Dec. 19th at 7 p.m.

Final Results:

125: #10 Jordan Conaway PSU maj. dec. Michael Beck MD, 15-2 / 4-0
133: #5 Jimmy Gulibon PSU dec. #11 Geoffrey Alexander MD, 9-2 / 7-0
141: Shyheim Brown MD dec. Michael Waters PSU, 1-0 / 7-3
149: #13 Zack Beitz PSU maj. dec. Ben Dorsay MD, 9-0 / 11-3
157: Cody Law PSU dec. Lou Mascola MD, 3-2 / 14-3
165: Garett Hammond PSU maj. dec. Tyler Manion MD, 15-4 / 18-3
174: #2 Matt Brown PSU pinned T.J. Guidice MD, WBF (1:12) / 24-3
184: #19 Matt McCutcheon PSU maj. dec. Tony Gardner MD, 17-6 / 28-3
197: #4 Morgan McIntosh PSU pinned Rob Fitzgerald MD, WBF (0:51) / 34-3
285: Jimmy Lawson PSU maj. dec. Ryan Kail MD, 20-8 / 38-3

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