February 8, 2010

Wrestling Wreport: UM & NU Roundup

Penn State completed the sweep this weekend destroying Northwestern 37-10 on Friday, and followed that up with a 29-10 victory over outmatched Michigan Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions won 14 of the possible 20 bouts including 5 pins and a tech fall. Penn State won 7 bouts in each of the duals and now sits at 12-5-1 on the year and 4-2 in the Big Ten.

#11 Penn State 37, Northwestern 10
125: #13 Brad Pataky PSU tech. fall Levi Mele NU, 15-0 (TF; 3:14)
133: Eric Metzler NU dec. Bryan Pearsall PSU, 8-4
141: Adam Lynch PSU win by forfeit
149: #4 Frank Molinaro PSU maj. dec. #13 Andrew Nadhir NU, 9-0
157: #7 Cyler Sanderson PSU pinned Kevin Bialka NU, WBF (1:51)
165: #7 Dan Vallimont PSU maj. dec. Robert Kellogg NU, 21-9
174: Brian Roddy NU dec. Justin Ortega PSU, 5-4
184: #11 David Erwin PSU pinned Aaron Jones NU, WBF (2:27)
197: John Schoen NU maj. dec. Clay Steadman PSU, 13-4
285: #11 Cameron Wade PSU pinned Marcus Shrewsbury NU, WBF (1:29)

3,841 fans braved an oncoming blizzard to watch the Nittany Lions destroy Northwestern. Cyler Sanderson, David Erwin, and Cameron Wade all got pins and Brad Pataky needed only 3 minutes and change to record a tech fall. Northwestern's only ranked wrestler, #13 Andrew Nadhir, was manhandled by Frank "the tank" Molinaro 9-0. Even Justin Ortega had a third period 1-point lead erased when he gave up a takedown with only 5 seconds left. The only disappointment came when Northwestern's Bobby Joyce who was 1-12 on the year did not weigh in and had to forfeit to Adam Lynch at 141. It would have been nice for Lynch to get the work but PSU will take the points.

#11 Penn State 29, Michigan 10
125: #13 Brad Pataky PSU maj. dec. Sean Boyle UM, 13-0
133: Zac Stevens UM dec. Bryan Pearsall PSU, 13-9
141: Adam Lynch PSU dec. Marc Weber UM, 9-5
149: #4 Frank Molinaro PSU maj. dec. Mark Boyer UM, 25-11
157: #7 Cyler Sanderson PSU pinned Dave Johnson UM, WBF (2:46)
165: #7 Dan Vallimont PSU dec. Aaron Hynes UM, 8-7
174: Justin Zeerip UM dec. Justin Ortega PSU, 7-2
184: #11 David Erwin PSU dec. Hunter Collins UM, 12-9
197: #9 Anthony Biondo UM maj. dec. David Crowell PSU, 15-5
285: #11 Cameron Wade PSU pinned Ben Apland UM, WBF (4:16)

In a match that mirrored Friday's dual, Penn State won every weight except 133, 174, and 197. Just like Friday both Cyler Sanderson and Cameron Wade got pins.

Frank Molinaro was just shy of a tech fall winning 25-11 and Brad Pataky finished up a strong weekend with a dominating 13-0 major decision over Sean Boyle of Michigan. Adam Lynch continues to wrestle well just missing out on a major decision when he gave up a third-period takedown. Dan Vallimont seems to be in a bit of a funk lately and did not wrestle well against Aaron Hynes needing a third-period takedown to squeak by 8-7.

Penn State will take on Michigan State Friday Feb. 12th at 7:00 PM at Rec Hall before going on the road to Minnesota Feb19th. With just those two duals left it's tune up time for the Big Ten Championships at the beginning of March and if this weekend is any indication the team is peaking at the right time.

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  1. nice recap. keep up the good work.

  2. Glad to see there's another male-oriented sport that we can destroy Michigan at.

  3. Yeah Michigan sucks right now and I'm not so sure they'll be back anytime soon.