First One Down, Two More to Go: No. 1 Penn State earns National Dual Meet Title
The Nittany Lions captured six out of ten bouts including three pins and one tech fall totaling 23 bonus points. They were crowned the 2016 National Dual Champions, which is the third title they’ve claimed this season.
No. 4 Nico Megaludis wrestled for the last time in Rec Hall on Sunday and he did not disappoint. He pinned Oklahoma State’s No. 6 Eddie Kilmara in 3:58 minutes in front of a sold out crowd.
No. 5 Jordan Conaway and No. 1 Morgan McIntosh also wrestled one last time in Rec Hall and both walked away with wins. McIntosh finished with a pin as well.
No. 6 Matt McCutcheon aggravated his previous knee injury during his bout and was forced to take an injury default loss. His opponent, No. 13 Nolan Boyd was called for an illegal hold on the inside of McCutcheon’s knee brace in the first period and put McCutcheon in the lead 3-1. Boyd took a low shot in the beginning of the second and forced a scramble. This resulted in another McCutcheon injury and he was forced to end the match.
The match marked the end of Penn State’s regular season as it moves on to championship tournaments.
This weekend the team is off, but the following weekend the Nittany Lions travel to Iowa for the Big Ten Championships. Sessions one and two will be on Saturday, March 5 and sessions three and four will be on Sunday, March 6.
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU #4 Nico Megaludis pinned OSU #6 Eddie Klimara, WBF (3:58)
133: PSU #5 Jordan Conaway dec. OSU Gary Wayne Harding, 8-4
141: OSU #1 Dean Heil dec. PSU Jimmy Gulibon, 9-5
149: PSU #1 Zain Retherford PSU dec. OSU #12 Anthony Collica,
157: PSU #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned OSU Ryan Blees, WBF (6:32)
165: OSU #1 Alex Dieringer tech fall PSU Geno Morelli, 17-2
174: PSU #1 Bo Nickal tech fall OSU Heston Lamons, 17-2
184: OSU #13 Nolan Boyd OSU inj. def. #6 Matt McCutcheon PSU, (3:38)
197: PSU #1 Morgan McIntosh PSU pinned OSU Andrew Marsden, WBF (1:59)
285: OSU #5 Austin Marsden maj. dec. PSU Jan Johnson, 18-6