[Photo Story] Penn State Wrestling Downs Iowa In Highly Anticipated BJC Dual

No. 1 Penn State wrestling took care of Iowa Friday night with an exciting 23-14 win over No. 2 Iowa in the Bryce Jordan Center. It was a close matchup until the final bout, and the win marked head coach Cael Sanderson’s 100th career Big Ten victory.

Onward State was on hand to capture the Nittany Lions’ victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,998.

Marco Vespa started things off with a surprising takedown against Spencer Lee, who ended up winning the bout. Roman Bravo-Young took the lead back for the Nittany Lions with his pin of Brody Teske.

RBY doing RBY things — winning.

Up next, Beau Bartlett and Shayne Van Ness gave it their all, despite taking losses. These two matchups were close, but the bouts resulted in points for the Hawkeyes.

Cael Sanderson and the rest of his coaching staff watched their team closely all night at mat’s edge.

Levi Haines rounded out the first half of the night’s matchups, closing the gap to an 11-9 Iowa lead.

Penn State’s football and women’s soccer teams got a chance to show off their new hardware to the sold-out BJC crowd.

Penn State wrestling legend Bo Nickal talked with fans around the arena. Dallas Cowboys linebacker and Nittany Lion Micah Parsons was also in attendance, reminiscing with the Big Ten Network reporters on his time spent wrestling when he was younger.

Alex Facundo and Carter Starocci battled hard during their bouts. Penn State was still trailing Iowa with only three matchups remaining.

Things started to heat up for Penn State when Aaron Brooks downed Drake Rhodes, scoring a technical fall win and putting his team back on top 17-14.

Max Dean extended the Nittany Lions’ lead over the Hawkeyes to 20-14.

Greg Kerkvliet rounded out the night and secured the 23-14 over Iowa. The atmosphere at the BJC was electric all night, and Sanderson’s squad proved yet again why it’s the top team in the nation.

Wrestling lives here in Happy Valley.

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Kyra Cunningham is a photographer for the blog and a senior at Penn State. She is studying supply chain, hates a laugh track, and loves Taylor Swift. DM her on twitter (@kyracunninghamm) about how great her pictures are and add her on LinkedIn.

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