Two technical falls, two pins, two major decisions, and unfortunately one win by injury default launched Penn State into their big conference win. With the same roster they had against Indiana, the dual unfolded in a similar fashion…
125 lbs.- PSU Nico Megadulis wins over NU Garrison White (23-6)
133 lbs.- PSU Jimmy Gulibon wins over NU Dominick Malone (8-2)
141 lbs.- PSU Zain Retherford wins over NU Pat Greco (11-2)
149 lbs.- NU Jason Tsirtsis wins over PSU Zack Beitz (5-3)
157 lbs.- PSU James Vollrath pins NU Ben Sullivan
165 lbs.- PSU David Taylor wins over NU Pierce Harger (17-2)
174 lbs.- PSU Matt Brown wins over NU Lee Munster by injury default
184 lbs.- PSU Ed Ruth pins NU Jacob Berkowitz
197 lbs.- PSU Morgan McIntosh wins over NU Alex Polizzi (17-8)
285 lbs.- NU Mike McCullen wins over PSU Jimmy Lawson by injury default
Final Score: PSU- 39, NU-8
Not the most nail biting match of the day, but definitely the biggest crowd pleaser was David Taylor’s win over Pierce Harger. Taylor is ranked No.1 in the 165-weight class while Harger comes in at No. 9. Thirty seconds in and Taylor wasted no time with a takedown where Harger fought back with an escape. Taylor immediately connected with an ankle pick and turned Harger for two back points. With 25 seconds left Taylor used another quick move and tilted Harger for three more back points. At the end of the first Taylor was up 11-2. Another tilt, a near fall move, and one last tilt pushed Taylor to a technical fall, 17-2, at 4:45.
10-0 for the regular season and 4-0 in the conference, Penn State continues on their perfect season. Next up Illinois pays a visit to Rec Hall to battle the Nittany Lions next Friday, January 24th at 7 p.m. Of course the meet is sold out and there will be standing room only. There will be TV coverage on the Big Ten Digital Network.