Weekend Sports Recap: Wrestling, Men’s Basketball Make Statements
The Super Bowl took over the weekend, but elsewhere in the world of athletics was Penn State posting a winning record across most of its winter sports and a few spring sports.
Three teams were in State College on Friday night, and the lone band of travelers was the men’s hockey team in Minnesota. Down a forward following Andrew Sturtz’s suspension at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden, Matt Skoff’s 39 saves weren’t enough in a 4-1 loss. Back in Happy Valley, the wrestling team continued its 2015-16 rampage. Cael Sanderson’s No. 1 squad is 13-0 on the year (8-0 B1G) and its most recent win came against No. 3 Ohio State, the defending National Champion. The win came by a 24-14 decision, and the Nittany Lions will depart for Bethlehem, Pa. for a showdown with Lehigh this Friday.
The women’s hockey team shared Pegula with Syracuse this weekend, falling 3-2 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday. The indoor track team started the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup on Friday and wrapped it up the next day, taking first place for both men and women in a field of eight teams.
Men’s lacrosse started its season on Saturday, dominating Robert Morris by outshooting it 46-31 and outscoring it 20-7. Both of Penn State’s swim teams were home against Villanova on Saturday, as the men won 153-125 and the women won 151-104.
Two night games kept Penn State’s home momentum rolling. First was men’s volleyball’s sweep of poor Mt. Olive as Mark Pavlik’s No. 8 team improved to 6-2 before it heads to Harvard and Sacred Heart. The team hasn’t dropped a set since mid-January in a win over Lewis. Meanwhile, in the Bryce Jordan Center, this happened:
DOWN GO THE HOOSIERS!! Penn State upsets No. 22 Indiana 68-63.
— Onward State (@OnwardState) February 7, 2016
Penn State was 2-1 on the road on Saturday, with the lone loss coming in women’s tennis at Pitt. Women’s gymnastics snuck by Michigan State 195.700 to 195.175, and men’s hockey forced a split at Minnesota as Zach Saar scored the game-winner and Eamon McAdam picked up another win in net.
The Lady Lions played Sunday, losing 74-62 to Rutgers at home. Fencing started its weekend action on Saturday and concluded it on Sunday. The men’s and women’s teams were at the Duke Meet, and they combined to lose only one duel en route to another impressive win.
While Jordan Norwood was off winning a Super Bowl, Nittany Lions on and around the east coast held their own representing their school. Highlights from the upcoming week include wrestling, women’s basketball, and men’s hockey against Michigan State and Pat Chambers’ team playing Nebrasketball in Lincoln.
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