February 8, 2011

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.

Michigan State
WeightWinnerLoserBout ScoreTeam Score
184#6 Quentin WrightPSUIan HintonMSU13-14-0
197Tyler DickensonMSUNick RuggearPSU5-24-3
285Joe RizqallahMSU#5 Cameron WadePSU8-24-6
125Eric OlanowskiMSUNate MorganPSU8-54-9
133#9 Andrew LongPSUChris LyonMSU16-58-9
141#7 Andrew AltonPSUwin by forfeit14-9
149#5 Frank MolinaroPSUDan OstermanMSU12-517-9
157#3 David TaylorPSUSean McMurrayMSU(TF; 6:23)22-9
165Nick FischerPSUBobby NashMSU9-126-9
174#2 Ed RuthPSUCurran JacobsMSU18-630-9

WeightWinnerLoserBout ScoreTeam Score
133#9 Andrew LongPSU#18 Zac StevensUM16-64-0
141#1 Kellen RussellUM#5 Andrew AltonPSU3-14-3
149#5 Frank MolinaroPSUEric GrajalesUM8-37-3
157#3 David TaylorPSU#20 Brandon ZeeripUMWBF (1:01)13-3
165#19 Dan YatesUMNick FischerPSU5-213-6
174#2 Ed RuthPSUJustin ZeeripUM13-616-6
184#6 Quentin WrightPSUHunter CollinsUMWBF (0:24)22-6
197#10 Anthony BiondoUMNick RuggearPSU12-312-3
285#5 Cameron WadePSU#10 Ben AplandUMWBF (5:32)28-10
125Sean BoyleUMNate MorganPSU6-228-13


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

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