Penn State Wrestling’s Shayne Van Ness, Beau Bartlett To Compete For Third Place At Big Ten Championships

After sending six of its wrestlers into the championship bouts on Saturday, Penn State returned to the Crisler Center Sunday morning for consolation matches.

First to the mat at 125 pounds, Gary Steen wrestled Tristan Lujan from Michigan State in a placer bout. Steen started down 2-0 but bounced back with two escapes to tie it up 2-2. The Nittany Lion once again found himself down 5-3 in the second period but quickly tied the score 5-5. Unfortunately for Steen, Lujan got a much-needed point and took back the 6-5 lead, handing Steen 10th place and ending his season.

Next, Beau Bartlett started his consolation bracket run against Purdue’s Parker Filius. There was no score from either side after the first period, but Filius was first on the board with an escape. Bartlett soon made a move of his own, earning a takedown and taking the 2-1 lead after two. Bartlett then had an escape and an extra point of riding time in the 5-3 win, which now puts him in the third-place matchup in session four.

Wrestling at the same time as Bartlett, Shayne Van Ness started session three against Indiana’s Graham Rooks. Van Ness started with a late takedown in the first to go up 2-0, but his lead was cut down to one early into the second period. The redshirt freshman then turned on the switch and upped his lead to 7-2 with 1:23 of riding time after two. He then finished off the bout with a ride-out major decision, a 12-4 win, to send himself to the third-place bout.

Alex Facundo then finished up session three by wrestling Danny Braunagel from Illinois. There was no score put up in the first, but Facundo put one up in the second with an escape. He then got a takedown in the third to lead 3-1. Facundo was then able to hold on and claim seventh place with the win, finishing out the tournament.

Bartlett and Van Ness will now join Roman Bravo-Young, Levi Haines, Carter Starocci, Aaron Brooks, Max Dean, and Greg Kerkvliet in session four to try and compete for their respective titles. Session four begins at 4:30 p.m. and can be streamed on the Big Ten Network.

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Mara McKeon

Mara is a senior staff writer majoring in English and public relations. She loves all things sports and anything that has peanut butter. You can usually find her obsessing over country music or Penn State wrestling and counting down the days until she gets to see Luke Combs in Beaver Stadium. Feel free to reach her on Twitter @MckeonMara, and for more formal affairs, her email is [email protected].

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