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I know there are not a lot of fans of collegiate wrestling on here, especially now that Watoos is gone but...... Just a heads up Penn State will start defense of their national title this Sunday 11/11, against 24th ranked Kent State.  This years squad will probably be much like last years with the lighter weights being a problem...at least until Teske and Bravo-Young start wrestling at 125 and 133. I believe both freshmen were undefeated in high school.

   Just saw that Bravo-Young will be starting at 133 for the year! Most of the other freshmen will get some seasoning at the tourneys until Jan. barring injuries to starters of course

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#1 Penn State 52, #24 Kent State 3
November 11, 2018 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.
 
125: Jake Ferri KSU dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 8-12                                           0-3
133: Roman Bravo-Young PSU pinned Tim Rooney KSU, WBF (5:31)                 6-3
141: #4 Nick Lee PSU tech fall Cory Simpson KSU, 18-2 (TF; 3:44)                     11-3
149: Jarod Verkleeren PSU pinned Kody Komara KSU, WBF (1:20)                     17-3
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Joe Andrassy KSU, WBF (2:29)                          23-3
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU pinned Isaac Bast KSU, WBF (3:40)                     29-3
174: #2 Mark Hall PSU pinned Dylan Barreiro KSU, WBF (3:34)                          35-3
184: #4 Shakur Rasheed PSU pinned Andrew McNally KSU, WBF (1:13)             41-3
197: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Shane Mast KSU, WBF (2:06)                              47-3
285: Anthony Cassar PSU tech fall Billy Bolia KSU, 17-2 (TF; 5:15)                     52-3
Attendance: 6,496 (42nd straight Rec Hall sell-out; 46th of 48 including 4 of 6 in Rec Hall)
Records: Penn State 1-0, Kent State 3-5
Up Next for Penn State: at 2018 Keystone Classic, Penn, Philadelphia, Pa. – 10 a.m.
                                                                  
BOUT-BY-BOUT:
 
125: Sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) took on Jake Ferri.  Schnupp wasted no time taking a lead, using a low shot to take Ferri down and open up an early 2-1 lead. The Lion sophomore used a swift high single to work his way into control of Ferri and take a 4-2 lead at the 1:05 mark.  Ferri got control of Schnupp's left ankle, looking for a takedown, but the Lion sophomore was able to work his way to a stalemate with :28 left in the opening period.  Trailing 4-2, Ferri chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 4-3 score.  Schnupp worked his way into control of Ferri's leg again, but the Flash wrestler forced a stalemate with 1:28 left in the period.  The Lion countered a Ferri shot, rolled his way out of a near takedown and action continued neutral with 1:00 left.  Ferri took a 5-4 lead right after that scramble but Schnupp quickly escaped to a 5-5 tie with :30 left in the middle stanza.  Ferri added another takedown and a rideout to lead 7-5 after two.  Schnupp chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 7-6 deficit but Ferri took him down quickly.  Schnupp escaped to a 9-7 score and began looking for a tying takedown.  But Ferri blew through a strong low double to take an 11-7 lead with :55 on the clock.  The Flash wrestler built up over 1:00 in riding time before Schnupp escaped to an 11-8 score.  Ferri's riding time gave the Flash the 12-8 victory.  
 
133: True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) made his Nittany Lion debut against Kent State junior Tim Rooney.  The duo battled evenly for the first :90 until Bravo-Young rolled through a strong high shot to get his first collegiate takedown and lead 2-0.  Bravo-Young controlled the action from the top position and turned Rooney for four back points before the period ended to lead 6-0 after one. Bravo-Young chose neutral to start the second period and went to work on his feet.  He picked up his second takedown quickly and then controlled the action for the remainder of the period.  Rooney was hit for two stalls as well and Bravo-Young led 9-0 after two with over 2:00 in riding time.  Rooney chose down to start the third period and Bravo-Young made him pay for the decision.  The Lion quickly turned Rooney's shoulders to the mat and picked up a pin in his Rec Hall debut, getting the fall at the 5:31 mark.
 
141: Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, met Cory Simpson of Kent State.  Lee came out firing, taking Simpson down in front of the Kent State bench and nearly turning the Flash grappler to his back before Simpson rolled through to his stomach.  Simpson escaped but Lee took him down immediately and led 4-1 with 1:00 on the clock.  The Lion then turned Simpson's left shoulder to the mat, picking up a four-point nearfall to lead 9-1 after one.  Lee chose down to start the second, escaped, took Simpson down and then ended the match with a four-point near fall.  The Lion sophomore got his 18-2 tech fall at the 3:44 mark.
 
149: Red-shirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Greensburg, Pa.) made his Lion dual debut at 149 against Kent State's Kody Komara.  Verkleeren fought off an early Komara takedown attempt as the Flash wrestler had control of Verkleeren's upper body early. The Lion freshman countered the control, working his way into a throw, taking Komara down and to his back and, after a quick second to reset himself, picked up a pin in his Rec Hall debut.  Verkleeren's fall came at the 1:20 mark.
 
157: Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, took on Joe Andrassy.  Nolf put on an early takedown clinic, getting for takedowns in the opening 1:10 to lead 8-3 just over minute into the bout.  Nolf continued his offense, picking up two more takedowns to lead 10-5 at the :50 mark.  Nolf then wrapped up a cradle, turned Andrassy to his back and picked up Penn State's third pin in five bouts.  Nolf's fall came at the 2:29 mark.
 
165: Junior Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, met KSU senior Isaac Bast.  Joseph took a 1-0 lead early when Bast got hit with a quick unsportsmanlike.  Joseph then took Bast down to open up a 3-0 lead with 2:15 left in the opening stanza.  Joseph cut Bast loose, quickly rolled through a high shot and upped his lead to -1 with 1:25 on the clock.  Joseph continued to showcase his offense, letting Bast up and using a strong low double to take a 7-2 lead with a third takedown with :40 on the clock.  Joseph added one more cut and takedown and finished on top to lead 9-3 with 1:40 in riding time after one period.  Bast chose down to start the second stanza, escaped, and was quickly taken down by Joseph again. Joseph picked up a stall point and then took Bast down to his back for a quick pin, getting the call at the 3:40 mark.
 
174: Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, faced off against Dylan Barreiro.  Hall notched the first takedown just :35 into the bout to lead 2-0.  He maintained control of the Kent State sophomore, working Barreiro to his back for four nearfall points once, then again, to lead 10-0 with 1:05 left in the opening period.  Hall forced Barreiro into a first stall warning and finished on top to lead by ten with 2:26 in riding time after one period.  Hall chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped.  He then turned into Barreiro, worked shoulder control into a quick takedown and flattened Barreiro's shoulders to the mat for the pin.  The fall, Penn State's fifth of the dual, came at the 3:34 mark.
 
184: Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, met Golden Flash sophomore Andrew McNally. Rasheed, wrestling down at his new weight of 184, wasted no time taking McNally down.  He then went control on top, looking for a turning combination.  The Rec Hall faithful did not have to wait long.  Rasheed rolled McNally over, turning his back flat and picking up Penn State's sixth pin of the dual at the 1:13 mark.
 
197: Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, met Shane Mast for Kent State.  Nickal took Mast down just seconds into the bout, cut him loose, and took him down again immediately to lead 4-2.  He added a third takedown and cut and led 6-2 less than :90 into the match.  Mast shot high but Nickal countered the move, wrapping Mast's shoulders between his lower legs and turning him to his back for a takedown.  He then adjusted his position once and picked up Penn State's seventh fall of the dual, this one at 2:06.
 
285: Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) made his heavyweight debut for Penn State against KSU's Billy Bolia.  Wrestling up at 285 for the first time, Cassar took Bolia down quickly to open up an early 2-0 lead.  Cassar worked on top, building up a solid riding time edge before letting Bolia up.  The Lion then took the Flash grappler down again to lead 4-2 with :55 left in the opening period. Cassar forced Bolia into a first stall and then took him down.  Another stall warning gave Cassar a 7-2 lead after one period. Cassar chose down to start the second stanza and quickly escaped to an 8-2 lead.  He roared through a strong high shot to up his lead to 10-2, with over 2:00 in riding time in the process.  Cassar turned Bolia for two nearfall points and another stall point to lead 13-2 at the :50 mark.  He turned Bolia for two more nearfall points and led 15-2 with nearly 4:00 of riding time after two periods.  Bolia chose neutral to start the final stanza and Cassar quickly took him down to end the match, picking up a 17-2 tech fall at the 5:15 mark.
 
 

 


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Impressive debut for PSU wrestlers. Ten matches, 9 wins, 7 by pin and 2 by Technical fall! I was also impressed by true freshman Bravo-Young at 133 and also red shirt freshman Verkleeren! If they can solve the 125 lb. weight they will be a force:D


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12 hours ago, jaman said:

Id like to see the kid at 133 from Brockway wrestle but looking at the roster their is a huge logjam of flexible wrestlers from 125, 133, and 141.

While I think Mason Lindenmuth is a great kid, it's the old "big fish in a small pond" syndrome for him. He was a good wrestler locally against the talent available. He has a the practice room and team wrestle offs to make his case as a starter at PSU and has not done so as yet. I don't think he will at 133 now with Bravo-Young there. Bravo-Young is a real deal!! I don't think he could make weight at 125 and 141 might be a bit heavy for  Mason.


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1 hour ago, old farm boy said:

While I think Mason Lindenmuth is a great kid, it's the old "big fish in a small pond" syndrome for him. He was a good wrestler locally against the talent available. He has a the practice room and team wrestle offs to make his case as a starter at PSU and has not done so as yet. I don't think he will at 133 now with Bravo-Young there. Bravo-Young is a real deal!! I don't think he could make weight at 125 and 141 might be a bit heavy for  Mason.

His best bet is to drop to 25.  Either way, he's going to have to man-up and out wrestle a TOUGH lineup to become a starter.  It's very hard to move up.  In college, my bud wrestled 84 and tried to move up to heavy weight.  It did not go well.  He just got fat...but we both had fun getting him there.  

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2 hours ago, Cacao said:

His best bet is to drop to 25.  Either way, he's going to have to man-up and out wrestle a TOUGH lineup to become a starter.  It's very hard to move up.  In college, my bud wrestled 84 and tried to move up to heavy weight.  It did not go well.  He just got fat...but we both had fun getting him there.  

If he drops to 125 eventually he will have to beat Brody Teske, freshman 125 lber. Teske is from Iowa were they take wrestling very seriously and only lost 1 match in his high school career. From the PSU wrestling site:

 

"Iowa native Brody Teske brings four Iowa state titles...Wrestled for Fort Dodge High School...He went 43-0 to win at 106 as a freshman and then went 43-0 to win at 113 as a sophomore...He then went 41-0 as a junior at 120 to win his third title and 48-1 up at 126 to win his fourth-straight Iowa state crown...Posted a 175-1 overall record...Teske helped lead Fort Dodge to the 2018 Iowa Team Championship in 2018...Named Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year...Competed in the Conflict at Carver All-Star event...Was a four-year letterman and three-time team captain as well..."


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7 minutes ago, old farm boy said:

If he drops to 125 eventually he will have to beat Brody Teske, freshman 125 lber. Teske is from Iowa were they take wrestling very seriously and only lost 1 match in his high school career. From the PSU wrestling site:

 

"Iowa native Brody Teske brings four Iowa state titles...Wrestled for Fort Dodge High School...He went 43-0 to win at 106 as a freshman and then went 43-0 to win at 113 as a sophomore...He then went 41-0 as a junior at 120 to win his third title and 48-1 up at 126 to win his fourth-straight Iowa state crown...Posted a 175-1 overall record...Teske helped lead Fort Dodge to the 2018 Iowa Team Championship in 2018...Named Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year...Competed in the Conflict at Carver All-Star event...Was a four-year letterman and three-time team captain as well..."

Just because you're from Iowa, doesn't automatically make you a National Champ.  Even Iowans can be beaten.  

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being on scholarship is nice reward. An old buddy of mine was a High school champ at 119.  Got a full scholarship but after his freshmen year he couldnt even make 125 because of all the years holding at one weight from Soph in high school to Freshmen . he quit after his first year and transferred for academics because his eating habits screwed up his stomach..  I sat down once with the famous coach Bob Bubb of Clarion and asked How they kept to one weight basically during their last body growth period.  He acknowledged  that problem and said at the time, "when I recruit I always tell them once they get here dont be surprised you will be wrestling one or 2 weight classes up." he gave them that allowance. I dont think  many coaches do.

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1 hour ago, Cacao said:

Just because you're from Iowa, doesn't automatically make you a National Champ.  Even Iowans can be beaten.  

Oh no doubt they can be beaten, but the high schools take wrestling seriously there. I just don;t think Lindenmuth can beat this kid Teske. And probably a lot more college wrestlers will find him difficult to beat. If he can become a national champ remains to be seen. I like his odds much better than Lindenmuth's.


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1 hour ago, jaman said:

being on scholarship is nice reward. An old buddy of mine was a High school champ at 119.  Got a full scholarship but after his freshmen year he couldnt even make 125 because of all the years holding at one weight from Soph in high school to Freshmen . he quit after his first year and transferred for academics because his eating habits screwed up his stomach..  I sat down once with the famous coach Bob Bubb of Clarion and asked How they kept to one weight basically during their last body growth period.  He acknowledged  that problem and said at the time, "when I recruit I always tell them once they get here dont be surprised you will be wrestling one or 2 weight classes up." he gave them that allowance. I dont think  many coaches do.

I hope Lindenmuth takes good use of his full scholarship. That's a nice reward for his wrestling in Brockway, whether he does anymore or not.


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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.; November 18, 2018 – No. 1 Penn State (1-0 0-0 B1G) won the 2018 Keystone Classic, rolling up a lofty 192.0 points and crowning eight champions.  This marks the third straight year that Penn State has claimed the crown, wrestled in the University of Pennsylvania's historic Palestra.
 
A total of 18 Nittany Lion wrestlers competed at the event.  At a weight where the Lions had more than one athlete competing, the top point scorer at that weight had his points tallied into the team score. The entire Penn State contingent tasted success at the event, with every Nittany Lion collecting at least one victory and 14 of the 18 Penn Staters competing placing. 
 
Penn State crowned eight champions at the event.  All-in-all, Penn State had 14 place winners: eight champions, one runner-up, one third, one fourth, one fifth and two sixths. Penn State posted a gaudy 60-16 overall record, including 10 majors, 11 technical falls and 21 pins.
 
True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) was the first of Penn State's nine finalists, taking to the mat in the title bout at 133. The Lion freshman dominated the field, rolling to a 3-0 record with a pin and a tech fall.  He picked up his tech in the finals, posting a 24-9 victory (TF; 7:00) over Drexel's Chandler Olson to win the title. Sophomore Nick Lee (Evanston, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, was equally impressive.  The Lion sophomore went 5-0 with three techs, a pin and a major to win the 141-pound title, majoring Duke's Josh Finesilver 17-9 in the finals.
 
Redshirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 15 at 149 won a hard-fought semifinal match-up against teammate and classmate Jarod Verkleeren (Greensburg, Pa.).  Berge got two points late to post a 3-2 win to advance to the finals.  Berge was dinged a bit in the Verkleeren bout and did not wrestle in the finals, taking a medical forfeit (not a loss).  Berge went 4-0 on the day with two tech falls and a major, placing second.   Verkleeren rebounded from the tough loss to Berge to go 1-1 in conso action. He posted a 4-2 record with two majors and a pin to place fourth at 149.
 
Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, rolled through the field in Philadelphia.  Nolf went 4-0 with three pins and a major, including a fall at the 4:46 mark over Drexel's Evan Barczak to claim the 157-pound title.  Nolf now has 49 career pins, four shy of tying Penn State's all-time record. Junior Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, was dominant as well.  Joseph blasted through the Keystone field, going 5-0 with four pins and a tech fall to win the title.  He posted a 21-6 tech fall over Drexel's Ebed Jarrell in the finals. Joseph was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler as well.
 
Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, also won the Keystone title.  Hall posted a 4-0 mark with two pins to win the crown.  He posted a 6-4 win over No. 18 Matt Finesilver in the finals to win it.  Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, also stacked up the pins on his way to the 184-pound title.  Rasheed went 4-0 with three pins and a tech fall to win at 184, including a pin at the 1:00 mark over Appalachian State's Alan Clothier.  Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, was also dominant.  Nickal went 3-0 with two pins and a major to win it. He downed No. 10 Stephen Loiseau of Drexel 18-4 with 3:32 in riding time in the finals.  Nickal now has 44 career pins, just nine shy of tying Penn State's all-time record.
 
Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) met teammate and classmate Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), ranked No. 2 at 285 in the semifinals.  Cassar notched a 7-2 victory to advance to the finals where he dominated No. 14 Joey Goodhart of Drexel, posting an 11-3 major.  Cassar went 3-0 with a pin and a major to win the heavyweight crown.  Nevills rebounded from the loss to Cassar to two straight in consolation action and placed third at 285.  The Lion senior went 3-1 with a pin and a tech fall.
 
Sophomore Luke Gardner (Pottsville, Pa.) went 5-2 with two techs and a pin to place fifth at 149.  Sophomore Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) went 4-2 with a pin to finish sixth at 157.  Junior Francisco Bisono (Hauppauge, N.Y.) went 2-3 with a major at 184 and took sixth place.
 
Sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) went 2-2 with one major victory at 125 while classmate Justin Lopez (Yonkers, N.Y.) posted a 2-2 mark at 125 as well. Senior Scott Stossel (Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 1-2 at 133, with the victory coming off a first period major. Junior Dominic Giannangeli (Murrysville, Pa.) had a solid 2-2 showing at 141.
 
Penn State is 1-0 in dual meets.  The Nittany Lions will now prepare a road trip to  Lewisburg, Pa., where the team will wrestle at Bucknell for the first time ever.  The dual is set for Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.  Penn State also has a home dual that weekend.  The Nittany Lions wrestle Lehigh on Sunday, Dec. 2, in sold out Rec Hall.  The match-up will air live nationally on the Big Ten Network and begins at 1:30 p.m.


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On 11/11/2018 at 5:37 PM, jaman said:

Id like to see the kid at 133 from Brockway wrestle but looking at the roster their is a huge logjam of flexible wrestlers from 125, 133, and 141.

Have to admire these kids that continue to wrestle with limited chance of seeing any bouts at varsity.  Really have to love the sport to accept most of your wrestling will be done at open events and/or as an unattached grappler.  Of course, the team and first stringers need these types of guys to push them in practice.

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1 hour ago, Illiterate said:

Have to admire these kids that continue to wrestle with limited chance of seeing any bouts at varsity.  Really have to love the sport to accept most of your wrestling will be done at open events and/or as an unattached grappler.  Of course, the team and first stringers need these types of guys to push them in practice.

That full scholarship for these type of "team" wrestlers has to soften the dissapointment a little even though any athlete is competitive. Sanderson is above  board when it comes to this. he'll honor it if you get the grades and keep your nose clean.  But in a few instances he had some really bad acting recruits. Especially the one who slept with his roommates mother. It was bad reflecting on Sanderson.

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On 11/19/2018 at 7:41 AM, Cacao said:

Kaleb Young (Punxsutawney) is 3-0 at 57 for Iowa.  Iowa has 5 stars from PA on their roster...4 are starters.

https://hawkeyesports.com/news/2018/11/16/wrestling-desanto-murin-debut-with-pins-to-lead-iowa-over-princeton.aspx

 

That's a nice start to his collegiate career. Penn State and Iowa wrestlers won't meet until the Big Ten Championships in March. Young will have a very tough match if he faces number one Jason Nolf.


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LEWISBURG, Pa.; November 30, 2018 – No. 1 Penn State (2-0, 0-0 B1G) made its first-ever visit to Bucknell (2-2) for a dual meet and dominated the homestanding Bison in sold out Sojka Pavilion.  The Nittany Lions won nine of ten bouts, including three pins, to roll to a 42-3 victory in Lewisburg, Pa.
 
The dual was wrestled in front of a sellout crowd of 4,279 in Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion.  The crowd is the largest wrestling crowd in Bucknell history and the third largest in Sojka Pavilion history.
 
The dual began at 125 where Lion sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) picked up his first dual win as a Nittany Lion. Schnupp used two takedowns, including a late one, to post a 5-2 win over Bucknell's Geo Barzona to give Penn State a lead it would never relinquish.  True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) stayed hot at 133, rolling to a 21-7 major over David Campbell.  Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, was also impressive, posting a 15-5 major over Bucknell's Matthew Kalonia.
 
Red-shirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 13 at 149, made his Penn State dual meet debut, picking up a strong victory.  Berge dominated Joey Schiele, posting a 25-10 technical fall at the 6:21 mark to put Penn State up 16-0 after four bouts.  Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, stayed perfect on the year with a second period pin over BU's Zach Hartman.  Nolf's pin at the 3:49 mark gave Penn State a 22-0 lead heading into intermission.
 
With top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.) not feeling well, sophomore157-pounder Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) moved up to 165 for the Lions.  Pipher was strong in the match but could not overcome BU's D.J. Hollingshead, who put Bucknell on the board with a 10-5 win.  Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, put on a takedown clinic on his way to a 20-7 major decision over Nick Stephani with over 3:00 in riding time. Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, notched his fifth takedown of the year, picking up the fast fall over Kyle Inlander at the 0:31 mark.
 
Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, continued to dominate his new weight.  Nickal rolled up seven takedowns to post a 16-6 major decision over Drew Phipps, giving the Lions a 36-3 lead.  Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, closed out the dual with a fast fall of his own, pinning Brandon Stokes in just 0:32.  Cassar's pin allowed the Nittany Lions to walk away with a with a resounding 42-3 win.
 
The Nittany Lions posted a lopsided 51-3 takedown advantage.  Penn State has now won 47 straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season.
 
Penn State is now 2-0 overall while Bucknell falls to 2-2.  The Nittany Lions host No. 10 Lehigh on Sunday, Dec. 2, in sold out Rec Hall.  The match-up will air live nationally on the Big Ten Network and begins at 1:30 p.m.
 
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#1 Penn State 42, Bucknell 3
November 30, 2018 – Lewisburg, Pa.
 
125: Devin Schnupp PSU dec. Geo Barzona BU, 5-2                                          3-0                                                               
133: Roman Bravo-Young PSU maj. Dec. David Campbell BU, 21-7                    7-0
141: #4 Nick Lee PSU maj. Dec. Matthew Kalonia BU, 15-5                                 11-0
149: #13 Brady Berge PSU tech fall Joey Schiele BU, 25-10 (6:21)                      16-0
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Zach Hartman BU, WBF (3:49)                           22-0
165: D.J. Hollingshead BU dec. Bo Pipher PSU, 10-5                                          22-3
174: #2 Mark Hall PSU maj. dec. Nick Stephani BU, 20-7                                    26-3
184: #4 Shakur Rasheed PSU pinned Kyle Inlander BU, WBF (0:310                   32-3
197: #1 Bo Nickal PSU maj. dec. Drew Phipps BU, 16-6                                      36-3
285: #5 Anthony Cassar PSU pinned Brandon Stokes BU, WBF (0:32)                42-3
Attendance: 4,279 (new Bucknell wrestling record)
Records: Penn State 2-0; Bucknell 2-2
Up Next for Penn State: home vs. #10 Lehigh, Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m. in Rec Hall
                                                                  
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125: Sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) took on Bucknell's Geo Barzona at 125. Schnupp and Barzona battled in the middle off the mat for the opening minute before Schnupp took an early lead with a takedown at the 1:45 mark.  Barzona escaped to a 2-1 score and action continued on the Bison logo in the middle of the mat.  Schnupp continued to shoot, connecting on a low single.  But Barzona was able to force a scramble that ended in a stalemate with :40 left in the opening period.  Trailing by one, Barzona chose down to start the second period.  Schnupp was able to control the action from the top position for :30 before Barzona escaped to a 2-2 tie.  Schnupp was also hit with a first stall warning during the Barzona escape.  Schnupp countered a slight Barzona shot to keep the bout tied 2-2 as the clock moved below :30.  Barzona tried to turn a late shot into a takedown but Schnupp fought it off to head into the third period tied 2-2.  Schnupp chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 3-2 lead.  He then turned into Barzona and forced a scramble in front of the Penn State corner with a low shot.  Barzona nearly scored but Schnupp was able to return to neutral and the bout continued to the 1:00 mark with Schnupp leading 3-2.  Schnupp nearly locked up a cradle on the edge of the mat but Barzona was able to work his way out of bounds to force a reset with :35 on the clock.   Schnupp continued to shoot, using a low single to bring Barzona down for a bout clinching takedown and a 5-2 win.
 
133: True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) faced off against David Campbell at 133. Bravo-Young attacked quickly, taking the Bucknell wrestler down for an early 2-0 lead just :20 into the bout.  The Lion freshman the controlled the action from then let Campbell loose and worked his way to a second takedown and a 4-1 lead with 1:00 left in the opening period.  Bravo-Young closed out a dominant first period with one more takedown and led 6-2 with 2:06 in time after one period. Campbell chose down to start the second period and Bravo-Young cut him loose to a 6-3 score.  The Lion freshman quickly tacked on two more takedowns to up his lead to 10-4 with 1:16 left in the middle period.  Bravo-Young added one more takedown with :18 left to lead 12-5 with nearly 3:00 in riding time after two periods.  He chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 13-5 lead and the poured on the offense.  Bravo-Young added another takedown and then fought off a solid Campbell shot with :50 left, forcing a scramble in front of the Bucknell corner that ended with a Penn State takedown. He would add one final takedown and 3:06 in riding time to roll to a 21-7 major decision.
 
141: Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, met Matthew Kalonia.  Lee scored twice in the opening minute, bolting out to an early 4-1 lead on Kalonia.  He cut Kalonia loose again, worked on his feet for a few moments and blew through a strong shot for a third takedown and a 6-2 lead with 1:10 left in the opening period. Lee carried that lead into the second stanza, along with 2:17 in riding time. Lee chose down to start the second period and escaped to a 7-2 lead.  He then notched his fourth takedown and began working on a strong ride with 1:00 on the clock.  He picked up a point on a second Kalonia stall, all while working for a chance to turn the Bison for back points.  Kalonia fought off the tilt long enough to kill the clock and Lee led 10-2 with 3:06 in time after two.  Kalonia chose down to start the third period and escaped to a 10-3 score.  But Lee continued to pour on the offense.  The Lion sophomore used a quick low shot to take Kalonia down for a 12-3 lead.  He then cut him loose at the 1:05 mark and took him down again quickly to lead 14-4 with over 4:00 in riding time. Lee
 
 
 
149: Redshirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 13 at 149, met Bucknell's Joey Schiele. Berge wasted no time opening up a big lead, notching two quick takedowns in his Penn State dual debut to open up an early 4-1 lead in just 1:00 of action. Berge then worked his riding time edge up to 1:25 before cutting Schiele loose, only to take him down quickly to lead 6-2 with :55 left in the opening period.  Berge picked up a penalty point and added one more takedown to lead 9-3 with 2:15 riding time after one period.  Berge chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 10-3 lead.  He rolled up two fast takedowns and led 14-4 with 1:00 on the clock. Berge continued to press Schiele, forcing the Bison to the edge of the mat.  Berge led 14-5 with 2:45 riding time after two and cut Schiele to start the third period.  He turned quickly into a takedown, cut Schiele again, and took him down an eighth time to lead 18-7 with 1:25 on the clock.  He took Schiele down a total of 11 times on his way to a 25-10 technical fall at the 6:21 mark.
 
157: Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, met Bucknell freshman Zach Hartman. Nolf put on an offensive show early, rolling up three takedowns in the opening minute-plus to lead 5-2 before the midway point of the first period.  Hartman countered with a takedown that cut Nolf's lead to 6-5.  Nolf then escaped to a 7-5 lead with :45 left to wrestle in the opening period.  Leading 7-5, Nolf chose down to start the second period.  Hartman was able to keep Nolf down for :30 before the Lion escaped to an 8-5 lead.  Nolf fought off a quick Hartman shot, quickly gained control of the Bison's shoulders and, from a standing position, turned him to his back on the mat for a pin.  Nolf got the fall at the 3:49 mark, his fifth of the year.
 
165: With top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.) not feeling well, sophomore Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) moved up to 165 and took on Bison senior D.J. Hollingshead. Pipher scored quickly, taking Hollingshead down for an early 2-0 lead.  But the Bison reversed Pipher to briefly tie the bout before Pipher escaped to a 3-2 lead, all within the first :45 of the opening stanza.  The duo battled evenly for the next minute-plus with neither man finding an opening.  Leading 3-2 after the opening period, Pipher chose down to start the second stanza and escaped at the :55 mark.  Pipher's escape gave the Lion a 4-2 lead.  Hollingshead had 1:04 in riding time but picked up a stall in the process.  Trailing 4-2, Hollingshead chose down to start the third period, needing a quick escape.  Pipher was able to control the Bison until the 1:52 mark before he escaped to a 4-3 Pipher lead, with the riding time point erased.  Pipher fought off a high Hollingshead shot at the 1:20 mark, but the Bison was able to work his way to the two points and a 5-4 lead with :45 on the clock.  Pipher escaped to a 5-5 tie but Hollingshead had 1:04 of riding time, all with :27 left in the bout. Pipher battled for a late takedown to grab the win, but Hollingshead was able to hold off the Lion, adding a late four-point move to post a hard-fought 10-5 win.
 
174: Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, met Bucknell's Nick Stephani.  Hall opened up an early 2-1 lead with a quick takedown in the opening period.  He controlled the action in the middle of the mat, stepping away from a slight Stephani shot, using an underhook and adding a second takedown with :40 left in the period.  Leading 4-1 with over 1:00 in riding time after one, Hall chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 5-1 lead.  Hall bulled his way to a third takedown at the 1:05 mark, cut Stephani loose and then added a fourth takedown with :30 left.  Not content, Hall picked up fifth takedown and rode Stephani out to lead 11-3 with 2:04 in riding time after two periods.  Stephani chose down to start the third period and Hall cut him loose to an 11-4 score.  The Lion junior notched another takedown off a scramble, cut Stephani loose and went on to roll to a 20-7 major decision with 3:06 in riding time.
 
184: Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, battled Bucknell junior Kyle Inlander.  Rasheed made quick work of the Bison grappler.  He took Inlander down in the opening seconds and then wrapped up a cradle for the fall at the 0:31 mark.  The pin was Rasheed's fifth of the year.
 
197: Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, took on Bison junior Drew Phipps.  Nickal and Phipps battled evenly for the opening seconds, but the Lion senior's relentless offense resulted in a takedown and an early 2-1 lead.  Nickal picked up a second takedown at the 1:00 mark and then rode Phipps out to lead 4-1 with 1:44 in riding time after one period.  Leading by three, Nickal chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 5-1 lead.  He quickly defended a Phipps shot, stepped back from a low double and worked his way into control of the Bison's shoulders.  Nickal worked his way around for a takedown and a 7-1 lead with :50 left in the middle stanza.  He rode Phipps out and led 7-1 with 2:22 in time after two.  Phipps chose down to start the third period and Nickal cut him loose to a 7-2 score.  He turned a solid high single into a takedown and then cut Phipps loose to a 9-3 score. Nickal added two more takedowns to up his lead to 13-4 with the clinched riding time point with :18 left to wrestle.  He added one final takedown and, with riding time, posted a 16-6 major decision.
 
285: Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, met Bucknell's Brandon Stokes. The Lion senior put an exclamation point on the dual meet by taking the Bison big man down quickly, turning him to his back and picking up Penn State's third fall of the dual.  Cassar got the pin in just 0:32 to put a capstone on Penn State's dual victory.
 
 


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On 12/1/2018 at 6:33 AM, old farm boy said:

LEWISBURG, Pa.; November 30, 2018 – No. 1 Penn State (2-0, 0-0 B1G) made its first-ever visit to Bucknell (2-2) for a dual meet and dominated the homestanding Bison in sold out Sojka Pavilion.  The Nittany Lions won nine of ten bouts, including three pins, to roll to a 42-3 victory in Lewisburg, Pa.
 
The dual was wrestled in front of a sellout crowd of 4,279 in Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion.  The crowd is the largest wrestling crowd in Bucknell history and the third largest in Sojka Pavilion history.
 
The dual began at 125 where Lion sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) picked up his first dual win as a Nittany Lion. Schnupp used two takedowns, including a late one, to post a 5-2 win over Bucknell's Geo Barzona to give Penn State a lead it would never relinquish.  True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) stayed hot at 133, rolling to a 21-7 major over David Campbell.  Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, was also impressive, posting a 15-5 major over Bucknell's Matthew Kalonia.
 
Red-shirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 13 at 149, made his Penn State dual meet debut, picking up a strong victory.  Berge dominated Joey Schiele, posting a 25-10 technical fall at the 6:21 mark to put Penn State up 16-0 after four bouts.  Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, stayed perfect on the year with a second period pin over BU's Zach Hartman.  Nolf's pin at the 3:49 mark gave Penn State a 22-0 lead heading into intermission.
 
With top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.) not feeling well, sophomore157-pounder Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) moved up to 165 for the Lions.  Pipher was strong in the match but could not overcome BU's D.J. Hollingshead, who put Bucknell on the board with a 10-5 win.  Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, put on a takedown clinic on his way to a 20-7 major decision over Nick Stephani with over 3:00 in riding time. Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, notched his fifth takedown of the year, picking up the fast fall over Kyle Inlander at the 0:31 mark.
 
Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, continued to dominate his new weight.  Nickal rolled up seven takedowns to post a 16-6 major decision over Drew Phipps, giving the Lions a 36-3 lead.  Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, closed out the dual with a fast fall of his own, pinning Brandon Stokes in just 0:32.  Cassar's pin allowed the Nittany Lions to walk away with a with a resounding 42-3 win.
 
The Nittany Lions posted a lopsided 51-3 takedown advantage.  Penn State has now won 47 straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season.
 
Penn State is now 2-0 overall while Bucknell falls to 2-2.  The Nittany Lions host No. 10 Lehigh on Sunday, Dec. 2, in sold out Rec Hall.  The match-up will air live nationally on the Big Ten Network and begins at 1:30 p.m.
 
Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.
 
#1 Penn State 42, Bucknell 3
November 30, 2018 – Lewisburg, Pa.
 
125: Devin Schnupp PSU dec. Geo Barzona BU, 5-2                                          3-0                                                               
133: Roman Bravo-Young PSU maj. Dec. David Campbell BU, 21-7                    7-0
141: #4 Nick Lee PSU maj. Dec. Matthew Kalonia BU, 15-5                                 11-0
149: #13 Brady Berge PSU tech fall Joey Schiele BU, 25-10 (6:21)                      16-0
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Zach Hartman BU, WBF (3:49)                           22-0
165: D.J. Hollingshead BU dec. Bo Pipher PSU, 10-5                                          22-3
174: #2 Mark Hall PSU maj. dec. Nick Stephani BU, 20-7                                    26-3
184: #4 Shakur Rasheed PSU pinned Kyle Inlander BU, WBF (0:310                   32-3
197: #1 Bo Nickal PSU maj. dec. Drew Phipps BU, 16-6                                      36-3
285: #5 Anthony Cassar PSU pinned Brandon Stokes BU, WBF (0:32)                42-3
Attendance: 4,279 (new Bucknell wrestling record)
Records: Penn State 2-0; Bucknell 2-2
Up Next for Penn State: home vs. #10 Lehigh, Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m. in Rec Hall
                                                                  
BOUT-BY-BOUT:
 
125: Sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) took on Bucknell's Geo Barzona at 125. Schnupp and Barzona battled in the middle off the mat for the opening minute before Schnupp took an early lead with a takedown at the 1:45 mark.  Barzona escaped to a 2-1 score and action continued on the Bison logo in the middle of the mat.  Schnupp continued to shoot, connecting on a low single.  But Barzona was able to force a scramble that ended in a stalemate with :40 left in the opening period.  Trailing by one, Barzona chose down to start the second period.  Schnupp was able to control the action from the top position for :30 before Barzona escaped to a 2-2 tie.  Schnupp was also hit with a first stall warning during the Barzona escape.  Schnupp countered a slight Barzona shot to keep the bout tied 2-2 as the clock moved below :30.  Barzona tried to turn a late shot into a takedown but Schnupp fought it off to head into the third period tied 2-2.  Schnupp chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 3-2 lead.  He then turned into Barzona and forced a scramble in front of the Penn State corner with a low shot.  Barzona nearly scored but Schnupp was able to return to neutral and the bout continued to the 1:00 mark with Schnupp leading 3-2.  Schnupp nearly locked up a cradle on the edge of the mat but Barzona was able to work his way out of bounds to force a reset with :35 on the clock.   Schnupp continued to shoot, using a low single to bring Barzona down for a bout clinching takedown and a 5-2 win.
 
133: True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) faced off against David Campbell at 133. Bravo-Young attacked quickly, taking the Bucknell wrestler down for an early 2-0 lead just :20 into the bout.  The Lion freshman the controlled the action from then let Campbell loose and worked his way to a second takedown and a 4-1 lead with 1:00 left in the opening period.  Bravo-Young closed out a dominant first period with one more takedown and led 6-2 with 2:06 in time after one period. Campbell chose down to start the second period and Bravo-Young cut him loose to a 6-3 score.  The Lion freshman quickly tacked on two more takedowns to up his lead to 10-4 with 1:16 left in the middle period.  Bravo-Young added one more takedown with :18 left to lead 12-5 with nearly 3:00 in riding time after two periods.  He chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 13-5 lead and the poured on the offense.  Bravo-Young added another takedown and then fought off a solid Campbell shot with :50 left, forcing a scramble in front of the Bucknell corner that ended with a Penn State takedown. He would add one final takedown and 3:06 in riding time to roll to a 21-7 major decision.
 
141: Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, met Matthew Kalonia.  Lee scored twice in the opening minute, bolting out to an early 4-1 lead on Kalonia.  He cut Kalonia loose again, worked on his feet for a few moments and blew through a strong shot for a third takedown and a 6-2 lead with 1:10 left in the opening period. Lee carried that lead into the second stanza, along with 2:17 in riding time. Lee chose down to start the second period and escaped to a 7-2 lead.  He then notched his fourth takedown and began working on a strong ride with 1:00 on the clock.  He picked up a point on a second Kalonia stall, all while working for a chance to turn the Bison for back points.  Kalonia fought off the tilt long enough to kill the clock and Lee led 10-2 with 3:06 in time after two.  Kalonia chose down to start the third period and escaped to a 10-3 score.  But Lee continued to pour on the offense.  The Lion sophomore used a quick low shot to take Kalonia down for a 12-3 lead.  He then cut him loose at the 1:05 mark and took him down again quickly to lead 14-4 with over 4:00 in riding time. Lee
 
 
 
149: Redshirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 13 at 149, met Bucknell's Joey Schiele. Berge wasted no time opening up a big lead, notching two quick takedowns in his Penn State dual debut to open up an early 4-1 lead in just 1:00 of action. Berge then worked his riding time edge up to 1:25 before cutting Schiele loose, only to take him down quickly to lead 6-2 with :55 left in the opening period.  Berge picked up a penalty point and added one more takedown to lead 9-3 with 2:15 riding time after one period.  Berge chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 10-3 lead.  He rolled up two fast takedowns and led 14-4 with 1:00 on the clock. Berge continued to press Schiele, forcing the Bison to the edge of the mat.  Berge led 14-5 with 2:45 riding time after two and cut Schiele to start the third period.  He turned quickly into a takedown, cut Schiele again, and took him down an eighth time to lead 18-7 with 1:25 on the clock.  He took Schiele down a total of 11 times on his way to a 25-10 technical fall at the 6:21 mark.
 
157: Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, met Bucknell freshman Zach Hartman. Nolf put on an offensive show early, rolling up three takedowns in the opening minute-plus to lead 5-2 before the midway point of the first period.  Hartman countered with a takedown that cut Nolf's lead to 6-5.  Nolf then escaped to a 7-5 lead with :45 left to wrestle in the opening period.  Leading 7-5, Nolf chose down to start the second period.  Hartman was able to keep Nolf down for :30 before the Lion escaped to an 8-5 lead.  Nolf fought off a quick Hartman shot, quickly gained control of the Bison's shoulders and, from a standing position, turned him to his back on the mat for a pin.  Nolf got the fall at the 3:49 mark, his fifth of the year.
 
165: With top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.) not feeling well, sophomore Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) moved up to 165 and took on Bison senior D.J. Hollingshead. Pipher scored quickly, taking Hollingshead down for an early 2-0 lead.  But the Bison reversed Pipher to briefly tie the bout before Pipher escaped to a 3-2 lead, all within the first :45 of the opening stanza.  The duo battled evenly for the next minute-plus with neither man finding an opening.  Leading 3-2 after the opening period, Pipher chose down to start the second stanza and escaped at the :55 mark.  Pipher's escape gave the Lion a 4-2 lead.  Hollingshead had 1:04 in riding time but picked up a stall in the process.  Trailing 4-2, Hollingshead chose down to start the third period, needing a quick escape.  Pipher was able to control the Bison until the 1:52 mark before he escaped to a 4-3 Pipher lead, with the riding time point erased.  Pipher fought off a high Hollingshead shot at the 1:20 mark, but the Bison was able to work his way to the two points and a 5-4 lead with :45 on the clock.  Pipher escaped to a 5-5 tie but Hollingshead had 1:04 of riding time, all with :27 left in the bout. Pipher battled for a late takedown to grab the win, but Hollingshead was able to hold off the Lion, adding a late four-point move to post a hard-fought 10-5 win.
 
174: Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, met Bucknell's Nick Stephani.  Hall opened up an early 2-1 lead with a quick takedown in the opening period.  He controlled the action in the middle of the mat, stepping away from a slight Stephani shot, using an underhook and adding a second takedown with :40 left in the period.  Leading 4-1 with over 1:00 in riding time after one, Hall chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 5-1 lead.  Hall bulled his way to a third takedown at the 1:05 mark, cut Stephani loose and then added a fourth takedown with :30 left.  Not content, Hall picked up fifth takedown and rode Stephani out to lead 11-3 with 2:04 in riding time after two periods.  Stephani chose down to start the third period and Hall cut him loose to an 11-4 score.  The Lion junior notched another takedown off a scramble, cut Stephani loose and went on to roll to a 20-7 major decision with 3:06 in riding time.
 
184: Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, battled Bucknell junior Kyle Inlander.  Rasheed made quick work of the Bison grappler.  He took Inlander down in the opening seconds and then wrapped up a cradle for the fall at the 0:31 mark.  The pin was Rasheed's fifth of the year.
 
197: Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, took on Bison junior Drew Phipps.  Nickal and Phipps battled evenly for the opening seconds, but the Lion senior's relentless offense resulted in a takedown and an early 2-1 lead.  Nickal picked up a second takedown at the 1:00 mark and then rode Phipps out to lead 4-1 with 1:44 in riding time after one period.  Leading by three, Nickal chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 5-1 lead.  He quickly defended a Phipps shot, stepped back from a low double and worked his way into control of the Bison's shoulders.  Nickal worked his way around for a takedown and a 7-1 lead with :50 left in the middle stanza.  He rode Phipps out and led 7-1 with 2:22 in time after two.  Phipps chose down to start the third period and Nickal cut him loose to a 7-2 score.  He turned a solid high single into a takedown and then cut Phipps loose to a 9-3 score. Nickal added two more takedowns to up his lead to 13-4 with the clinched riding time point with :18 left to wrestle.  He added one final takedown and, with riding time, posted a 16-6 major decision.
 
285: Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, met Bucknell's Brandon Stokes. The Lion senior put an exclamation point on the dual meet by taking the Bison big man down quickly, turning him to his back and picking up Penn State's third fall of the dual.  Cassar got the pin in just 0:32 to put a capstone on Penn State's dual victory.
 
 

Everyone's probably pointing and laughing at Bo Pipher.  Way to go, loser.

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Just a heads up for anyone who might be interested, the PSU wrestling squad faces their toughest test in their young season this Friday. They will take on 15th ranked Arizona State at 6 PM. Scheduled to be televised on ESPN2. After that they have the Southern Scuffle, a tourney, over the New Years holiday then Jan 11th they will start having matches against their Big10 foes.


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10 minutes ago, old farm boy said:

Just a heads up for anyone who might be interested, the PSU wrestling squad faces their toughest test in their young season this Friday. They will take on 15th ranked Arizona State at 6 PM. Scheduled to be televised on ESPN2. After that they have the Southern Scuffle, a tourney, over the New Years holiday then Jan 11th they will start having matches against their Big10 foes.

Thanks farm boy.  I appreciate the heads up when the matches are pending and where to watch.

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20 hours ago, Lupara said:

Thanks farm boy.  I appreciate the heads up when the matches are pending and where to watch.

Glad I can help, enjoy the match:)


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No. 1 Penn State (4-0, 0-0 B1G) dominated No. 9 Arizona State (1-3) in the Sun Devils' first-ever appearance in Rec Hall. Penn State won nine of ten bouts, including two top five clashes, to roll to a 41-3 victory over the Sun Devils in front of yet another Rec Hall sellout crowd.
 
The dual was highlighted by top-five match-ups at 165 and 174, opening up the second half after the Lions bolted out to a 17-3 lead at intermission.  Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.) thrilled one of the largest crowds in Rec Hall history with big wins in the two marquee bouts.
 
The dual began at 125, where Nittany Lion sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) dropped a hard-fought 13-7 decision to Brandon Courtney, using a late reversal to keep from giving up a major.  True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.), an Arizona-native, then took on Arizona State's Ryan Millhof, ranked No. 7 at 125, as ASU opted to bump the senior up to face the Lion freshman.  Bravo-Young dominated the bout, rolling to a 14-1 major decision with 3:16 in riding time to give Penn State a 4-3 lead.  Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, put Penn State up 10-3 by pinning Cory Crooks at the 2:18 mark.
 
Red-shirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 12 at 149, took on No. 11 Josh Maruca in his Rec Hall dual debut, the first of four match-ups featuring ranked opponents.  Berge notched the only two takedowns of the bout to post a hard-fought 5-4 win.  Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, then dominated No. 16 Christian Pagdilao, posting an 18-5 major decision to give the Nittany Lions a 17-3 lead at intermission.
 
Joseph, ranked No. 1 at 165, opened up the second half against No. 5 Josh Shields in another ranked battle.  Joseph continued his dominating season, roaring to an 11-2 major decision over the ranked Sun Devil, including 1:38 in riding time. Hall, ranked No. 2 at 174, took to the mat against No. 1 Zahid Valencia in a rematch of last year's NCAA title bout (won by Valencia) and a 2017 NCAA National Semifinal (won by Hall on his way to an NCAA championship).  The last two NCAA Champions battled in front of a frantic Rec Hall crowd and Hall thrilled the hometown faithful by posting a strong 4-0 win over Valencia, including 2:41 in riding time.  Hall's win snapped Valencia's 43-match win streak that dated back to the 2017 NCAA semifinals.
 
Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, kept Penn State's roll going with an outstanding 15-0 technical fall over Kordell  Norfleet,  getting the 15-0 tech at the 7:00 mark off 4:58 in riding time.  Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, then stepped to the mat and notched one of his textbook fast falls.  Nickal moved in quickly on Austyn Harris, locked the Sun Devil's shoulders up and turned him quickly to his back for a fall in just 0:35 to put Penn State up 35-3.  In the dual's final bout, senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, capped off Penn State's dominating team performance with the Lions third fall of the evening.  Cassar pinned ASU's Brady Daniel at the 5:18 mark for the Lions' ninth win in the dual.  Cassar's fall finished off Penn State's 41-3 victory over the Sun Devils.
 
The Nittany Lions posted a lopsided 27-6 takedown advantage and did not give up a takedown in nine of the ten bouts.  The Lions picked up 14 bonus points off three pins (Lee, Nickal, Cassar), a tech fall (Rasheed) and three majors (Lee, Nolf, Joseph). The dual was ASU's first in Rec Hall although the Sun Devils wrestled in the Bryce Jordan Center during the 2001 National Duals, hosted by Penn State. Penn State has now won 49-straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season.  The sellout crowd of 6,676 is the 44th straight Rec Hall sellout for Penn State and the program's 48th in its last 50 duals (including four of six in the near-16,000 seat Bryce Jordan Center).  The crowd is the sixth-largest in Rec Hall since Cael Sanderson's arrival as head coach in 2009-10.
 
Penn State is now 4-0 overall while Arizona State falls to 1-3.  Penn State will now head to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the 2019 Southern Scuffle.  The Nittany Lions will be looking for their eighth Scuffle title in their last eight trips to the event.  The Scuffle, hosted by UT-Chattanooga, is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 1-2.
 
Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.
 
#1 Penn State 41, #9 Arizona State 3
December 14, 2018 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.
 
125: Brandon Courtney ASU dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 13-7                               0-3
133: Roman Bravo-Young PSU maj.  dec. #7/125 Ryan Millhof ASU, 14-1            4-3
141: #4 Nick Lee PSU pinned Cory Crooks (ASU), WBF (2:18)                             10-3
149: #12 Brady Berge PSU dec. #11 Josh Maruca ASU, 5-4                                13-3
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU maj.  dec. #16 Christian Pagdilao ASU, 18-5                   17-3
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. #5 Josh Shields ASU, 11-2                    21-3
174: #2 Mark Hall PSU dec. #1 Zahid Valencia ASU, 4-0                                     24-3
184: #4 Shakur Rasheed PSU tech fall Kordell Norfleet ASU, 15-0 (TF; 7:00)        29-3
197: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Austyn Harris ASU, WBF (0:35)                            35-3
285: #5 Anthony Cassar PSU pinned Brady Daniel ASU, WBF (5:18)                   41-3
Attendance: 6,676 (44th straight Rec hall sellout; 48th of 50 including 4 of 6 in BJC)
Records: Penn State (4-0); Arizona State (1-3)
Up Next for Penn State: at 2019 Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2, 2019, Chattanooga, Tenn.
                                                                  
BOUT-BY-BOUT:
 
125: Sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) took on Brandon Courtney of Arizona State.  Courtney opened up the match with a strong high double to take an early 2-1 lead. The Sun Devil freshman added on two more takedowns to lead 6-3 two minutes into the bout.  Courtney scrambled his way to a takedown and an 8-3 lead as the period wound down and carried that lead into the second period. Courtney chose down to start the second period and Schnupp put together a strong ride, working the clock down to 1:23 before Courtney escaped to a 9-33 lead.  The Lion sophomore began nearly scored on a solid shot but Courtney was able to slip out of bounds at the 1:10 mark.  Schnupp's tempo had the ASU grappler on his heels as the period ended, forcing a first stall warning.  Schnupp chose down to start the third and quickly escaped to a 9-4 score. Courtney notched another takedown and led 11-5 at the 1:20 mark after a quick Schnupp escape.  Courtney scrambled to a takedown with :25 left, looking to notch a major decision.  However, Schnupp scrambled his way to a reversal with :02 left to keep the bout to a 13-7 decision, bringing the Rec Hall faithful to their feet.
 
133: True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.) battled Ryan Millhof, ranked No. 7 at 125, who bumped up a weight to take on the Lion freshman.  Bravo-Young was the aggressor early, scrambling his way to a takedown on the edge of the mat to take an early 2-0 lead with 2:28 on the clock.  Bravo-Young then controlled the action on top, building up a :40 riding time edge before the ranked Sun Devil escaped.  Bravo-Young's strength allowed him to power through a high shot and take a 4-1 lead with a second takedown.  He then dominated the action on top, working the clock down to zeroes and his riding time edge up to 2:19 at the end of the period. Leading 4-1, Bravo-Young chose neutral to start the second period.  He picked a fifth point on a second stall and led 5-1 with 1:25 on the clock.  Bravo-Young continued to press the ranked 125-pounder.  He countered a slight Millhof shot, gained control of his shoulders and worked the clock down to :30 before a stalemate forced a reset.  He then powered through a high double off the restart and took a 7-1 lead with :15 left to lead 7-1 with 2:43 in time after two. Trailing 7-1, Millhof chose top to start the third period but Bravo-Young easily escaped to an 8-1 lead.  Bravo-Young shot low at Millhof's feet, forcing a scramble in the middle of the mat with 1:10 left.  With the riding time point clinched, Bravo-Young finished off the takedown and then turned him for two back points.  A final stall point and the riding time point allowed the Lion to roar to a 14-1 major with 3:16 in riding time.
 
141: Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 4 at 141, met Sun Devil Cory Crooks. Lee dominated the action from the get-go, taking Crooks down twice early and tacking on two nearfall points to lead 6-1 midway through the opening period.  Lee then worked arm control into a turn that ended with a quick pin at the 2:18 mark.
 
149: Redshirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 12 at 149, made his Rec Hall dual meet debut against No. 11 Josh Maruca of Arizona State.  The twosome battled evenly in the middle of the mat for the first half of the opening period with Berge forcing the junior Maruca back to the outside circle and into a first stall warning at the 1:10 mark.  Berge countered a slight Maruca shot and scrambled around him for a takedown and a 2-1 lead with :30 on the clock.  Trailing 2-1, Maruca chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 2-2 tie.  Berge got hit for a stall warning at the :35 mark as the duo battled on their feet in the middle of the mat.  Tied 2-2, Berge chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 3-2 lead.  Berge nearly connected on a counter takedown with 1:10 left, but Maruca was able to slip out of trouble and the match continued on with Berge leading 3-2.  Berge dodged another Maruca shot, countered, and picked up a second takedown to lead 5-3 with :20 left in the bout.  The Lion gave up a stall point and then held on for a hard-fought 5-4 win.
 
157: Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, met No. 16 Christian Pagdilao. Nolf scored quickly, taking the ranked Sun Devil down for a 2-1 lead just :40 into the bout.  The Lion then reeled off two quick takedowns and led 6-3 at the 1:15 mark.  Nolf then blew through a fast low double, forced a brief scramble, and picked up his fourth takedown to lead 8-3 with :18 on the clock.  The Lion then rode Pagdilao out to lead 8-3 after the first period. Pagdilao chose down to start the second period and Nolf put together a dominant ride, building up 1:38 in riding time before cutting the Sun Devil loose to an 8-4 lead.  Paglidao forced a scramble with a low shot and Nolf countered for a takedown of his own to lead 10-4 with 1:58 in riding time after two periods.  Nolf chose down to start the third period and deftly scrambled his way to an escape and an 11-4 lead.  The Lion senior continued to shoot and took Pagdilao down again with :50 on the clock.  Nolf cut the Devil loose and then locked his shoulders between his legs, got the takedown and two near fall points as the period ended.  A riding time point thanks to a 2:03 advantage gave Nolf a strong 18-5 major decision.
 
165: Junior Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, took on No. 5 Josh Shields in a key match-up at 165.  The duo battled evenly for a minute, with neither wrestler breaking through the other's defense. Joseph gained control of Shields' ankle, worked his way to a wild takedown on the edge of the mat, using leverage and his legs to turn the Sun Devil for four back points at the 1:16 mark.  The move gave Joseph a 6-0 lead.  Shields tried to work his way free of Joseph's ride off a reset, but the Lion controlled the Sun Devil junior until the :05 mark to lead 6-1 with 1:18 in time after one period. Joseph chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 7-1 lead. Joseph continued to look to score, forcing Shields into defense for the bulk of the second period.  The Lion fought off a solid Shields shot at the end of the period and carried that lead, with 1:14 in time, into the third period. Shields chose down to start the third period and Joseph cut him loose to a 7-2 score with 1:42 left. Shields got hit for a first stall warning with 1:20 on the clock.  Joseph picked up a stall point and then capped off the dominating major with a final takedown.  A 1:38 riding time edge gave Joseph the 11-2 major over fifth-ranked Shields.
 
174: Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 2 at 174, took on No. 1 Zahid Valencia in a rematch of two thrilling NCAA tournament battles from 2017 and 2018.  The duo battled evenly for the opening minute-plus, working in the middle of the mat on the Nittany Lion logo.  They battled to a stalemate on their feet at the 1:15 mark with the bout scoreless with each man looking for an opening to score. The duo battled for the remainder of the period without scoring and the bout moved to the second stanza tied 0-0. Hall chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 1-0 lead.  Hall fought off a Valencia high single at the 1:20 mark, scrambling his way into control of the Sun Devil and rolling through for a takedown and  3-0 lead at the :50 mark, bringing nearly 7,000 Rec Hall faithful to their feet.  Hall spent the remainder of the period looking to turn Valencia and, while not getting a  near fall, finished off the rideout to lead 3-0 with a :41 riding time edge after two periods. Valencia chose down to start the third period and Hall controlled him front the top position again, building up over 1:00 in riding time in the process.  The Lion junior continued his ride deep into the third period.  He worked his way into a chance to turn Valencia but only got a quick one count at the :40 mark.  Hall finished the match off on top and rolled to a dominating 4-0 win with 2:41 in riding time.
 
184: Senior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), ranked No. 4 at 184, met Kordell Norfleet. Rasheed was steady to start, taking his time and finding the right spot on the edge of the mat to connect on a low single with 1:41 left.  Leading 2-0, Rasheed spent the next minute-plus looking for a chance to turn the Sun Devil wrestler to his back.  While not finishing off a cradle, Rasheed finished on top and led 2-0 with 1:41 in time after one period. Rasheed chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 3-0 lead.  He then quickly turned in on a single and upped his lead to 5-0 with another takedown at the 1:40 mark.  Rasheed picked up a riding time point and then began looking to lock up a cradle.  A third stall gave Rasheed a 7-0 lead with 3:8 in riding time after two periods. Norfleet chose neutral to start the third period, tried to connect on a low shot, only to have Rasheed roll behind him for another takedown and a 9-0 lead.  He upped his lead to 10-0 on another stall, picked up four near fall points at the 1:02 mark and finished on top to post a 15-0 technical fall (with the 4:58 riding time point) at the 7:00 mark.
 
197: Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, faced off against ASU's Austyn Harris.  Nickal wasted no time adding to the Lion lead.  Nickal spent just 0:30 on his feet before locking Harris up, turning him quickly to his back and getting the fast fall at the 0:35 mark.
 
285: Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 5 at 285, met Sun Devil Brady Daniel.  Cassar took Daniel down early, opening up a 2-0 lead just over 0:30 into the bout.  The Lion senior built up a solid riding time edge, controlling the action from the top position and then working arm control into a turn.  Cassar picked up the four count and led 6-0 at the 1:07 mark.  Daniel escaped to a 6-1 score with :30 on the clock and  Cassar led 6-1 with 1:51 in time after one. Cassar chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 7-1 lead.  He then worked his way through a low shot for a scrambling takedown and a 9-1 lead with 1:30 left in the middle stanza.  The Lion senior dominated the action from the top position, forcing Daniel into a first stall warning as his time advantage inched closer to 3:00.  He cut the Sun Devil big man loose with :35 on the clock and immediately took him down again to up his lead to 11-2. Trailing 11-2, Daniel chose neutral to start the third period and Cassar made him pay for the decision.  The Lion senior moved in quickly, picked Daniel up and tossed him to his back  A quick reset on top and Cassar posted the fall at the 5:18 mark.
 
 
 


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My thoughts on last night's match against Arizona State.

125, pretty much what I expected hopefully we will see one of the 3 redshirts come January

 

133, my first look at Bravo-Young, the kid never stops and is very fast, reminds me somewhat of Zain Retherford.

 

141, Nicky Lee looks good but is in a tough weight class come NCAA tournament time

 

149 a bit of a surprise to me, but I liked it

 

157 Jason Nolf is Jason Nolf,,,,very good wrestler

 

165 Joseph is very good but lulls me to sleep he is so workmanlike on the mat

 

174 what can you say about this match up, number one versus number two, will Mark Hall move up to the number one ranking this week?

 

184 the Sun Devil had more than he could handle in Rasheed

 

197, Bo, Bo, Bo, did you have someplace you needed to be? a hot date? 35 seconds and the match is over, I barely had time to get back in my recliner before you pinned the poor kid.

285 Anthony Cassar looking good here, finally at a weight class suitable for his size, won't have to be always dropping weight.


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23 hours ago, old farm boy said:

My thoughts on last night's match against Arizona State.

125, pretty much what I expected hopefully we will see one of the 3 redshirts come January

 

133, my first look at Bravo-Young, the kid never stops and is very fast, reminds me somewhat of Zain Retherford.

 

141, Nicky Lee looks good but is in a tough weight class come NCAA tournament time

 

149 a bit of a surprise to me, but I liked it

 

157 Jason Nolf is Jason Nolf,,,,very good wrestler

 

165 Joseph is very good but lulls me to sleep he is so workmanlike on the mat

 

174 what can you say about this match up, number one versus number two, will Mark Hall move up to the number one ranking this week?

 

184 the Sun Devil had more than he could handle in Rasheed

 

197, Bo, Bo, Bo, did you have someplace you needed to be? a hot date? 35 seconds and the match is over, I barely had time to get back in my recliner before you pinned the poor kid.

285 Anthony Cassar looking good here, finally at a weight class suitable for his size, won't have to be always dropping weight.

Great win for Mark Hall. Could have been the venue but it was as if Valencia knew it from the start. 

Bo Nickal is the king. I'm seeing  perfect technical execution combined with a hyper-accurate instinct for when to make the move. Those two talents interwoven  to such a degree that he makes it all look easy. 

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22 minutes ago, Lupara said:

Great win for Mark Hall. Could have been the venue but it was as if Valencia knew it from the start. 

Bo Nickal is the king. I'm seeing  perfect technical execution combined with a hyper-accurate instinct for when to make the move. Those two talents interwoven  to such a degree that he makes it all look easy. 

Sometimes I think Bo and Jason Nolf invent moves and combos!!


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