Penn State Wrestling takes down Purdue, wins 53rd straight dual

Nittany Nation

No. 1 Penn State (8-0, 4-0 B1G) continued its winning ways in a lopsided Big Ten road win at Purdue (5-6, 2-3 B1G) Friday night.  The Nittany Lions won seven of ten bouts and picked up two pins on their way to the 30-10 victory over the Boilermakers.


The dual began at 125.  Nittany Lion sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) dropped a tough 6-1 decision to Purdue’s Devin Schroeder.  True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked No. 13 at 133, could not bounce back from an early takedown and injury timeout and lost a tough 7-3 decision to No. 18 Ben Thornton. Purdue led 6-0 after the opening two bouts.  Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 7 at 141, put the Lions on the scoreboard with a strong 17-6 major decision over Nate Limmex, including 2:34 in riding time.


Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren (Greensburg, Pa.) got the nod at 149 for No. 11 Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.) and downed Parker Filius 8-3 to give the Nittany Lions a 7-6 lead in the dual. The win was Verkleeren’s first Big Ten dual meet victory.  Senior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 157, closed out the first half with his 55th career pin.  Nolf got the fast fall at the 0:42 mark over Purdue’s Elijah Parker.  The Nittany Lions owned a 13-6 lead at intermission.


Junior Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, added to Penn State’s lead with his ninth pin of the year, getting the fall over Cole Wysocki at the 3:56 mark to give the Lions a 19-6 lead.  Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 1 at 174, then rolled over No. 14 Dylan Lydy with a 6-2 decision.  Junior Francisco Bisono (Hauppauge, N.Y.) made his Penn State dual meet debut at 184, stepping in for No.3 Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), and dropped a tough 12-4 major to Max Lyon in his Lion debut.


Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, dominated No. 12 Christian Brunner.  Nickal tallied seven takedowns in s thorough 17-6 major decision over the ranked Boilermaker.  Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 4 at 285, closed out the dual with a strong 14-4 major over Purdue’s Jacob Aven.  The Nittany Lions won seven of ten bouts and rolled to the 30-10 victory.


Penn State owned the takedown game as well with 20-10 edge. The Nittany Lions grabbed nine bonus points off two pins (Nolf, Joseph) and three majors (Lee, Nickal, Cassar). Nolf’s pin was his 55th, adding to his record as Penn State’s all-time leader in falls.


The Nittany Lions have now won 53-straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season.  Sanderson’s Lions won their last dual of that campaign, went 16-0 in 2015-16, went 14-0 in 2016-17 and went 14-0 in 2017-18. Penn State is now 8-0, 4-0 in Big Ten duals, while Purdue falls to 5-6, 2-3 B1G.  The Nittany Lions continue their weekend road trip at Indiana on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.

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