No. 1 Wrestling Dominates No. 15 Wisconsin 36-7 in BJC Dual
Top-ranked Penn State opened the B1G portion of its schedule Sunday afternoon in its first of two BJC Duals against No. 15 Wisconsin. Penn State came in with a 4-0 record, while Wisconsin won its only dual and was 1-0. Penn State commanded the dual and won 36-7.
How It Happened
Nico Megaludis started the match in the 125 against Jimenez from Wisconsin. Megaludis dominated the match and won 11-3 by major decision. Jordan Conaway won by forfeit decision in the next match to give Penn State an early 10-0 lead through two matches.
Cade Moss took on Luke Rowh from Wisconsin in the 141 next. It was a close bout the whole time, but Moss became the aggressor in the third period and was able to get a couple of points to win the match 3-1. Retherford got a fall with 4.6 seconds left in the first period, and the Nittany Lions took a 19-0 lead. Redshirt freshman Jason Nolf recorded a fall to finish the first half of the dual and give the Nittany Lions a 25-0 lead.
After the break, Geno Morelli took on Jordan from Wisconsin in the 165. The action picked up in the third period. Morelli got an escape to tie it at 2, and then took a 4-3 lead on a takedown. With one second remaining, Jordan got a takedown to win the match 5-4.
Bo Nickal was next in the 174 as he took on Robertson. Nickal dominated the match with a 16-2 major decision win. Matt McCutcheon was next in the 184 to take on Ryan Christensen. McCutcheon came out a 14-1 major winner, and Penn State led 33-3.
Morgan McIntosh took on Peissig in the 197 and won by 7-1 decision to keep growing Penn State’s lead to 36-3. Devon Van Cura was the last wrestler for the Nittany Lions, and he lost by major decision 10-0. The Nittany Lions still went on to win by a score of 36-7.
Wrestler Of The Match
Zain Retherford gets wrestler of the match honors this time. His pin ultimately put the match out of reach for the Badgers and helped seal a victory for Penn State. His fall gave the Nittany Lions a ton of momentum, which they carried for the rest of the match.
The Nittany Lions will continue with their nonconference schedule as they travel to Rider on December 19. They hope to keep their spot at the top of the national rankings as they head into the holiday break and the Southern Scuffle which will take place on New Year’s Day and January 2.