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[Photo Story] Penn State Wrestling Downs Rutgers In Annual BJC Dual For 1,000th Program Victory

Who said the WWE had a monopoly on Monday night wrestling?

On Monday, Penn State Wrestling hosted and defeated Rutgers in its annual dual meet at the Bryce Jordan Center. This victory also marked the program’s 1000th triumph, becoming only the sixth all-time Division I program to reach the milestone.

The Nittany Lions drew 12,049 fans to the Bryce Jordan Center for an electric, flame-filled, historic dual.

As always, our photographers were on the scene to capture all the takedowns, pins, and celebrations. Let’s take a look back at some photos.

The Bryce Jordan Center was all dressed up for the occasion. Seats were prepped with pink shakers and banners were hung around the jumbotron to highlight the team’s retro theme and jerseys.

Before we knew it, the players took to the mat, the anthem played, and it was time to wrestle.

No. 2 Braeden Davis got things going for the Nittany Lions with a sudden victory win in the 125-pound class.

Next up was ANo. 6 aron Nagao, who also took his opponent to a sudden victory period, and fell 9-6. The highly-anticipated top-10 matchup at 133 pounds was the Nittany Lions’ only loss of the night.

Penn State wrestling legend No. 1 Beau Bartlett took to the mat next, earning a 4-1 decision victory.

Freshman, Pennsylvania native, and No. 10-ranked Tyler Kasak kept Penn State rolling with a 7-5 decision victory at 149 pounds.

Last up before intermission was No. 1 Levi Haines, who quickly pinned his opponent to give the crowd some Monday-night energy in the 157-pound category.

Penn State’s No. 7 Mitchell Mesenbrink opened the remainder of the dual with a dominant 18-3 tech fall victory at 165 pounds.

Next up for the Nittany Lions was Terrell Barraclough, who earned a massive 4-3 decision upset win over No. 13 Jackson Turley in the place of Carter Starocci at 174 pounds.

In the 184-pound segment, No. 6 Bernie Truax followed that up with another decision victory for Penn State.

Another Penn State wrestling legend, No. 1 Aaron Brooks, followed in Haines’ footsteps with a pin of his own at 197 pounds.

Lucas Cochran finished off the evening with another upset victory for the Nittany Lions over No. 8 Yara Slavikouski.

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Mikey DeAngelis

Mikey DeAngelis is a junior majoring in film production who is also serving as one of Onward State's visual editors. During his free time, he enjoys making content for his YouTube channel. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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