Penn State’s impressive roster gives them an edge before the meet even begins. Nine of the ten starters are ranked in the top fifteen college wrestlers of the country. Needless to say the odds are always in their favor. They posted three technical falls and three major decisions for the day. Match by match, this is how the day played out…
125 lbs.- PSU Nico Megaludis wins by forfeit
133 lbs.- PSU Jimmy Gulibon wins over IU Chris Caton (15-0)
141 lbs.- PSU Zain Retherford wins over IU Trevor Moody (15-5)
149 lbs.- PSU Zack Beitz wins over IU Eric Roach (2-0)
157 lbs.- IU Taylor Walsh wins over PSU James Vollrath (5-4)
165 lbs.- PSU David Taylor wins over IU Ryan LeBlanc (15-0)
174 lbs.- PSU Matt Brown wins over IU Matt Irick (12-3)
184 lbs.- PSU Ed Ruth wins over IU Luke Sheridan (18-3)
197 lbs.- PSU Morgan McIntosh wins over IU Garret Goldman (14-4)
285 lbs.- IU Adam Chaflant wins over PSU Jimmy Lawson (9-4)
Final Score: PSU-36, IU-6
One of the most anticipated matches of the day went to the 157-weight class, Vollrath vs. Walsh. Penn State senior, James Vollrath, took on Indiana’s No. 4 ranked junior, Taylor Walsh. Vollrath scored his first two points with a takedown at the 1:50 mark, and then Walsh answered about a minute later with an escape for one point. Vollrath struggled through an attempted takedown by Taylor, until the Indiana coaching staff had the move reviewed and the call reversed. The score stood at 3-2 heading into the second period. In the second, Vollrath once again began with control, but neither wrestler would budge and no points scored in the period. In the third Walsh pulled out a reverse, which scored him two (5-2) at the 1:20 mark. Vollrath fought hard and reversed Walsh with ten seconds left, but couldn’t turn Walsh at the end and left the battle at 5-4- Indiana victory.
Although not ranked, James Vollrath is a threat to the 157-weight class. He has an impressive wrestling history and contributes to the unique depth of the Penn State team. Expect to see much more of his endurance and control in future duals.