The Nittany Lions took all ten bouts for a 35-0 victory over Michigan State on Sunday for the team’s second shutout this season.
No. 18 sophomore Zack Beitz and redshirt freshman Cody Law both clinched major decision wins for bonus points. Once again, powerhouse senior Matt Brown got the pin over Michigan State’s Nick Proctor to up his total to seven pins this season.
Brown dominated from the start of the first period. He started off with a low single for two and did a little work on top before cutting Proctor loose. Shortly after, Brown scored another takedown, countered a Spartan shot and scored yet another takedown of his own. Brown cut Proctor loose again only to fit in one more takedown in the first and end the period 8-3. Brown chose down to start the second and escaped instantly. Then he continued to go to work tacking on three more takedowns within the first minute. At :30 he turned Proctor over for back points then finally got the fall at the 4:54 mark. It was Brown’s 30th career pin, which ties him for 11th all-time at Penn State.
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU Jordan Conaway dec. MSU Mitch Rogaliner, 13-6
133: PSU Jimmy Gulibon PSU dec. MSU Garth Yenter, 4-1
141: PSU Kade Moss dec. MSU Terry Turner, 10-8
149: PSU Zack Beitz maj. dec. MSU Nick Trimble, 13-3
157: PSU Cody Law maj. dec. MSU Josh Pennell, 22-11
165: PSU Garett Hammond dec. MSU Roger Wildmo, 9-7
174: PSU Matt Brown pinned MSU Nick Proctor, 4:54
184: PSU Matt McCutcheon dec. MSU John Rizqallah, 8-2
197: PSU Morgan McIntosh dec. MSU Nick McDiarmid, 2-0
285: PSU Jimmy Lawson dec. MSU Chris Nash, 8-2
The timing of this shutout is perfect for small boost of confidences heading into next week’s match against No. 1 Iowa. With each individual wrestler coming off of a win, it puts each one in a good mindset and takes a weight off their shoulders in practice.
The BJC has been sold out since tickets went on sale this season for the much-anticipated match against long-time rival Iowa this Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans can expect an intense atmosphere similar to when Penn State wrestled Minnesota. Hopefully the wrestling gods are in Lions’ favor this time around.
(All statistics courtesy of www.gopsusports.com)