PSU Wrestling 4-0 After 34-6 Win at Boston

PSU Wrestling 4-0 After 34-6 Win at Boston

Nittany Lions host #23 Pittsburgh at the BJC on Sunday.
BOSTON, MASS. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, three-time defending NCAA champions, made its first ever trip to Boston University on Friday and came away with a 34-6 over the home-standing Terriers. A sold-out Case Center crowd, the first-ever in BU wrestling history, watched the event.
 
All-American Nico Megaludis (Murraysville, Pa.), ranked No. 3 at 125, got Penn State off to a good start with a solid 5-3 major over Boston’s Bubba McGinley. Boston responded when Dane Harlowe upset freshman Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), ranked No. 11 at 133, 1-0, using two ride-outs to build up 4:00 riding time for the win.
 
True freshman Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 11 at 141, stayed undefeated at 141 with a dominating 17-2 technical fall over Boston’s Peter Ishiguro at the 4:45 mark. Red-shirt freshman Zack Beitz (Mifflinburg, Pa.) picked up his first dual meet win as a Nittany Lion with a 9-3 decision over BU senior Dane Harlowe.  Senior James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) took on No. 13 Nestor Taffur at 157 in one of the dual’s most anticipated match-ups and nearly pulled off the upset.  Taffur was able to notch a takedown with just :14 left and, after a late Vollrath escape, fight off the Lion’s final effort and escaped with a 5-4 win.  Penn State led 12-6 at intermission. 
 
All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 1 at 165, dominated Boston’s Mitchell Wightman, posting a 21-5 tech fall at the 6:57 mark. All-American Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), ranked No. 3 at 174, followed that up with a 22-7 tech fall of his own, this one over Terrier Eric Des Lauriers.  Red-shirt freshman Wes Phipps (Grove City, Pa.) picked up his first dual meet win as a Nittany Lion at 184, majoring Terrier Aaron Conrad 9-1.  Sophomore Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), ranked No. 4 at 197, picked up a forfeit at 197 and junior Jimmy Lawson (Tom’s River, N.J.), ranked No. 10 at 285, closed out the dual with a strong 10-3 win over Terrier senior Kevin Innis.  The string of second half wins allowed Penn State to roll to the 34-6 victory.
 
Penn State was without the services of junior Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 9 at 149 and junior All-American Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 5 at 157, who are expected back mid-December following off-season surgery; and senior All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 184, who is serving a one-month suspension for violation of team rules and policies.
 
Penn State won the takedown battle 30-3 and rolled to a 10-0 bonus point advantage. The sell-out crowd of 1,664 was the first ever sell-out in Boston University wrestling history.
 
Penn State moves to 4-0 with the win while Boston falls to 0-4.  The Nittany Lions will trek back to State College and prepare for an historic dual meet against No. 23 Pitt on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.  The intrastate match-up will take place in a sold out Bryce Jordan Center with 15,000-plus fans filling the vaunted venue for the meeting.

--Penn State Athletic Communications
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