Senior 174 lbs. Matt Brown remains the only Penn State wrestler to advance into the finals for a chance at a title. Along with Brown, 125 lbs. Jordan Conaway, 133 lbs. Jimmy Gulibon, 197 lbs. Morgan McIntosh and 285 lbs. Jimmy Lawson have all earned All-American honors. Those four will continue the tournament in the consolation brackets.
Friday morning marked the end of the tournament for 149 lbs. Zack Beitz after a loss to Michigan’s No. 6 seed Alec Pantaleo in the first rounds of the consolation bracket. A quick scramble at the end of the bout ended in Pantaleo yanking the flurry out of bounds and taking away Beitz’ chances at finishing a final shot.
After a promising run including a huge sudden victory win over the No. 3 seed on Thursday evening, 184 lbs. Matt McCutcheon also dropped out on Friday. He fell in a heart-wrenching sudden victory match to Ohio State’s Kenny Courts early Friday morning. Then in the consolation rounds later in the evening he ended the tournament with a loss to Nebraska’s No. 16 seed Timothy Dudley.
Saturday morning Conaway will face Oklahoma State’s No. 7 seed Eddie Klimara for seventh place. Gulibon will wrestle in the semifinal match for the third place finals. McIntosh will face Missouri’s No.1 seed in a big semifinal match for the third place finals. Lawson, also in a semifinal match for third, will face Northwestern’s No. 2 seed Michael McMullan.
The timeline is a bit confusing to follow but here is a quick recap of Friday’s session two.
WRESTLE-BACKS ROUND 2:
125: PSU Jordan Conaway dec. Lehigh’s Scott Parker, 4-3
149: Michigan’s No. 6 Alec Pantaleo dec. PSU Zack Beitz, 5-4
WRESTLE-BACKS ROUND 3:
125: PSU Jordan Conaway dec. American’s David Terao, 8-5
133: PSU Jimmy Gulibon dec. Wisconsin’s #2 seed Bradley Taylor, 7-4
174: PSU Matt Brown v Virginia Tech’s #7 seed Zach Epperly, 2-1- riding time
184: OSU Kenny Courts dec. PSU Matt McCutcheon, 7-5
197: Duke’s #10 seed Conner Hartmann dec. PSU Morgan McIntosh
285: PSU Jimmy Lawson v. NC State’s #1 Nick Gwiazdowski, 11-3
WRESTLE-BACKS ROUND 4:
125: Cornell’s #2 Nahshon Garrett maj. dec. PSU Jordan Conaway, 10-1
184: Nebraska’s #16 Timothy Dudley dec. PSU Matt McCutcheon, 5-2
197: PSU Morgan McIntosh dec. Wyoming’s #13 Shane Woods, 8-3
285: PSU Jimmy Lawson dec. Mizzou’s #11 Devin Mellon, 4-1
WRESTLE-BACKS ROUND 5:
285: PSU Jimmy Lawson sudden victory Virginia Tech’s #10 Ty Walz, 3-1
133: Iowa’s #3 Cory Clark dec. PSU Jimmy Gulibon, 7-5
174: PSU Matt Brown dec. Iowa’s #3 Michael Evans, 1-0