Wrestling Wreport: PSU sweeps the state of Michigan

Penn State traveled to Michigan to take on the Spartans Friday night and then took a short trip to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines. The Lions rebounded nicely going 13-7 in bouts between the two duals beating MSU 30-9 and UM 28-13. There were a couple changes to the lineup as Nate Morgan wrestled for a still injured Brad Pataky and the coaching staff went with Nick Fischer at 165 instead of Jake Kemerer and it worked out, Fisher had a major and lost a tough 5-2 decision to 19th ranked Dan Yates of Michigan.

Scores
Michigan State

Weight Winner Loser Bout Score Team Score
184 #6 Quentin Wright PSU Ian Hinton MSU 13-1 4-0
197 Tyler Dickenson MSU Nick Ruggear PSU 5-2 4-3
285 Joe Rizqallah MSU #5 Cameron Wade PSU 8-2 4-6
125 Eric Olanowski MSU Nate Morgan PSU 8-5 4-9
133 #9 Andrew Long PSU Chris Lyon MSU 16-5 8-9
141 #7 Andrew Alton PSU win by forfeit 14-9
149 #5 Frank Molinaro PSU Dan Osterman MSU 12-5 17-9
157 #3 David Taylor PSU Sean McMurray MSU (TF; 6:23) 22-9
165 Nick Fischer PSU Bobby Nash MSU 9-1 26-9
174 #2 Ed Ruth PSU Curran Jacobs MSU 18-6 30-9

Michigan

Weight Winner Loser Bout Score Team Score
133 #9 Andrew Long PSU #18 Zac Stevens UM 16-6 4-0
141 #1 Kellen Russell UM #5 Andrew Alton PSU 3-1 4-3
149 #5 Frank Molinaro PSU Eric Grajales UM 8-3 7-3
157 #3 David Taylor PSU #20 Brandon Zeerip UM WBF (1:01) 13-3
165 #19 Dan Yates UM Nick Fischer PSU 5-2 13-6
174 #2 Ed Ruth PSU Justin Zeerip UM 13-6 16-6
184 #6 Quentin Wright PSU Hunter Collins UM WBF (0:24) 22-6
197 #10 Anthony Biondo UM Nick Ruggear PSU 12-3 12-3
285 #5 Cameron Wade PSU #10 Ben Apland UM WBF (5:32) 28-10
125 Sean Boyle UM Nate Morgan PSU 6-2 28-13

Thoughts

Quentin Wright had a good weekend getting a major and a fast pin (24 seconds). Granted, that came against two unranked wrestlers but it was nice to see Wright back on track. The beat goes on for Ed Ruth, Frank Molinaro, and David Taylor. The trio seems to be Penn State’s most polished and consistent wrestlers at this point in the season and look to be in post-season form. Pick your superlative adjective to describe Taylor the kid is just a freak. He had a technical fall and a first period pin over the 20th ranked wrestler in the country. Taylor is just on a different level and is easily one of the top 3 wrestlers at his weight.

But it wasn’t all good news, Cameron Wade continues in an offensive slump. He lost to unranked Joe Rizqallah of Michigan State and then needed a third period pin to beat #10 Ben Apland. Apland was beating Wade 6-2 at the time of the pin. The story for both bouts was the same, Wade was beat on his feet. Wade has the riding skills to be an All-American, he chose top in the third period pin of Apland, but his neutral position needs work if he wants to make if deep into nationals. He’s so close to getting to that next level but he’s just not there yet.

Up Next

Penn State takes on #19 Illinois, Friday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. The Lions have three dual meets left before the post season and they should be good tests. After Illinois PSU travels to #4 Minnesota on Sunday and then hosts #6 Wisconsin next Friday to finish out the dual schedule. Considering that all three teams are ranked and the last two in the top ten, it’s going to be a good tune-up for the Big Tens.

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  • mwilsonwv

    Quik comment: IL match can be viewed on live webcast from Big Ten Network. $7.95/month, but worth it!
    wvlion

  • Galen

    Thanks wvlion, if I get around to doing a preview in the next couple days I'll include that.