Even though Penn State won with flying colors, I know what you’re thinking… who gave up those three measly points? Well, redshirt freshman Garrett Hammond may have lost his bout but his position and progress should speak for itself.
As I’ve mentioned before and as we all know, Hammond is replacing the great David Taylor- a daunting task to say the least. Not to mention, seven out of the top ten ranked 165 pound wrestlers in division one wrestling come from the Big Ten. The kid faces a handful of tough opponents and still holds his ground.
Walsh scored a takedown and Hammond a reversal in the first period. An escape and another takedown by Walsh ended the first period at 5-2. Walsh continued to up his riding time during the second period then chose down to start the third, quickly scoring an escape to make it 6-2. Hammond turned a low single into a takedown to start his comeback run at 6-4. He allowed a quick escape to make the score 7-4 and looked to shoot again. Hammond scored on a high single then cut Walsh again (8-6) hoping to tie the score. Time wasn’t working in his favor as the clock ran out and Walsh’s riding time tacked on to end it at 9-6.
So yes, Hammond did fall to Indiana’s No. 4 Taylor Walsh but held the damage to a decision 9-6 win. In some key matches, simply limiting the damage could be the difference between winning or losing an entire match.
As for the rest of the team, they seem to have no trouble taking care of business…
125: PSU Jordan Conaway win by forfeit
133: PSU Jimmy Gulibon tech fall IND Alonzo Shepard, 20-4
141: PSU Kade Moss pinned IND Sean Brown, 5:43
149: PSU Zack Beitz maj. dec. IND Trevor Moody, 14-1
157: PSU Dylan Alton dec. IND Alex Gregory, 2-0
165: IND Taylor Walsh dec. PSU Garrett Hammond, 9-6
174: PSU Matt Brown pinned IND Nate Jackson, 4:10
184: PSU Matt McCutcheon pinned IND Jake Masengale, 0:55
197: PSU Morgan McIntosh dec. IND Luke Sheridan, 6-3
285: PSU Jon Gingrich dec. IND Garret Goldman, 6-2
(All statistics courtesy of www.gopsusports.com)