No. 1 Penn State Wrestling Continues Dominance, Takes Down No. 22 Indiana
The top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestling team traveled to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers on Sunday. Penn State came in with an undefeated 7-0 record and a 2-0 record in the B1G, while No. 22 Indiana also came in undefeated at 4-0 with their only B1G win coming against Minnesota. Penn State kept its losing column empty with a 34-8 victory over the Hoosiers.
How It Happened
The dual started in the 157-pound weight class which featured redshirt freshman Jason Nolf and Indiana’s Jake Danishek. Nolf continued his impressive season with a 21-8 major over Danishek to give the Nittany Lions an early 4-0 lead. Shakur Rasheed also recorded a major decision in his match by a score of 11-2 with 3:34 of riding time. Rasheed continues to impress coaches and fans with his abilities being highlighted so much this season.
The match in the 174 featured No. 1 Bo Nickal against No. 11 Nate Jackson. Nickal was down 6-2 after the first period, but got it up to 6-3 in the second. In the third, with Nickal down 7-5, he had a takedown waived off which would have tied the match. Jackson pulled off the upset with a 7-6 decision and Penn State led 8-3. Devon Van Cura and Matt Irick wrestled in the 184, and Van Cura recorded his first dual victory for Penn State with a 5-3 decision. Morgan McIntosh made quick work of Indiana’s Jake Masengale with a pin in the first period to put Penn State up 17-3.
Linebacker Jan Johnson made another appearance for the Nittany Lions in the 285 as he took on Garret Goldman. Goldman went up early and eventually pinned Johnson to cut the Nittany Lion lead to 17-9. Indiana was later assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty to make the score 17-8. Nico Megaludis and Elijah Oliver faced off in the 125, and Megaludis continued his winning ways with a 6-2 win to give the Nittany Lions a 20-8 lead. In the 133, Jordan Conaway continued his winning streak with a 14-3 major over Alonzao Shepherd. In the 141, Jimmy Gulibon took on Cole Weaver from Indiana. Gulibon went up 6-2 after the first period and kept that lead to get an 11-3 major over Weaver. In the final match of the day, Zain Retherford took on Luke Blanton in the 149. Retherford got a pin to give Penn State a 34-8 victory.
Wrestler Of The Match
Wrestler of the match honors go to Devon Van Cura who recorded his first dual victory as a Nittany Lion. In a tightly contested dual with both sides wrestling well throughout the day, Van Cura earning his first dual victory was the highlight of the match for Penn State, earning him wrestler of the match honors.
The Nittany Lions will return to Rec Hall on Friday as they take on Nebraska at 7 p.m. It will be another Top 25 contest in a difficult stretch for Penn State.