No. 2 Penn State Wrestling Tops Oregon State To Sweep Season-Opening Meet

After No. 2 Penn State wrestling (2-0) topped Sacred Heart on Saturday, the Nittany Lions kept rolling with another big win over Oregon State.

In front of a sold-out Spooky Nook crowd in Manheim, Pa., Penn State dominated Oregon State 32-7 to remain undefeated following the team’s first weekend of action.

How It Happened

Starting with 125 pounds, sophomore Baylor Shunk faced Brandon Kaylor for the Beavers. Kaylor had an 11-2 lead over Shunk at the end of the first period. After two, the score was decisive in Kaylor’s favor at 13-3. Finally, Kaylor won the match for Oregon State with a 16-9 decision, leaving Penn State trailing 3-0 early in the dual.

Next up, top-ranked Roman Bravo-Young took on Jason Shaner in the 133-pound matchup. Bravo-Young had a 2-1 lead after one period. At the end of the second, Bravo-Young extended his advantage to 5-2. Finally, Bravo-Young pulled out an 8-3 victory tying things up at 3-3.

141-pound Nick Lee faced No. 10-ranked Grant Willits next. After producing three takedowns, Lee held a 6-3 lead at the end of the first period. Lee picked up two more points following another takedown and gained an 8-4 lead at the end of the second period. Through a crucial single-leg takedown, Lee capped off an 11-4 victory and gave Penn State its first lead of the dual 6-3.

At 149 pounds, sophomore Beau Bartlett took on the No. 24-ranked Cory Crooks. Despite being unranked, Bartlett held his own in the first period that ended with no score for either wrestler. Following an escape, Bartlett had a 1-0 lead at the end of the second period. After riding out the third period, Bartlett completed a massive upset over Crooks and won the bout 1-0, extending the Nittany Lions’ lead to 9-3.

The 157-pound bout featured senior Joey Blumer and No. 15-ranked Hunter Willits. At the end of the first period, Blumer held a 6-0 lead. He scored his first point in the second period following an escape but still trailed at the end of the period 12-2. Willits ultimately recorded a major decision victory 19-6, cutting Penn State’s lead to 9-7.

Penn State junior Creighton Edsell took on redshirt freshman Matt Olguin in the 165-pound bout. Through two periods, the pair of wrestlers were even at 3-3. Following a bloody nose timeout, Edsell rode out Olguin to complete a 7-3 victory giving Penn State a 12-7 lead.

Sophomore and No. 1 ranked Carter Starocci took on redshirt junior Aaron Olmos in the 174-pound matchup. Starocci was a scoring machine in the first period, which finished with a Starocci-favored 12-1 score. This matchup was never close, and Starocci recorded a win and a 12-2 technical fall at the 4:49 mark.

No. 1-ranked Aaron Brooks took on redshirt sophomore Jason McKinney in the 184-pound matchup. This match started and ended fast once Brooks recorded the pin at the 1:03 mark, clinching Penn State’s victory in the dual and giving the Nittany Lions a 23-7 lead.

No. 4 Max Dean and redshirt sophomore JJ Dixon faced off in the 197-pound matchup. At the end of one period, Dean held a 2-0 lead. Dean extended his lead through the second period with a 9-2 score. In the third period, Dean recorded a 16-3 major decision win with nearly five minutes of riding time in the match. This extended the Nittany Lions’ lead to 27-7

Finally, No. 5-ranked Greg Kerkvliet faced Gary Traub in the 285-pound matchup. Kerkvliet came out of the first period ahead at 2-0. He had more than four minutes of riding time through the second period and enlarged his lead to 10-0. At the 5:58 mark of the match, Kerkvliet recorded the technical fall, winning 16-0 and ending the dual meet for Penn State.

What’s Next?

No. 2 Penn State will return to Happy Valley for its home opener on Thursday, November 18, at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions will face Army at 7 p.m.

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Gabriel Herman

Gabriel Herman is a journalism major at Penn State from Minneapolis, MN. He writes about several sports-related topics. If you want to discuss great moments in Minnesota sports history, you can reach him at [email protected].

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