Right off the bat Penn State won the first four bouts. The scores were close, no blowouts or majors, but it kept Michigan off the board and a steady pile up of points.
After a two-week rut, No. 9 sophomore Jimmy Gulibon snapped back into action with an upset win over Michigan’s No. 8 Rossi Bruno. In the first period Gulibon used shoulder control and a quick slide behind Bruno for a late takedown and a 2-0 lead. Second period Bruno chose down to start (mistake) and Gulibon held control for the entire period clinching 2:49 in riding time and almost turning the Wolverine for near fall points.
Choosing down to start the third, Gulibon squirmed for an escape and took 3-0 lead. Action ensued as the clock hit 1:00, Gulibon scored another takedown then cut Bruno loose at :15 with the score at 5-1. The Nittany Lion then gave up a takedown but quickly escaped and returned the favor to end the match 9-3.
After the first four bouts, Penn State lost some momentum with two losses in the 157 lbs. and 165 lbs. bouts. But Matt Brown brought it right back with a major decision over Michigan’s Jake Salazar, which made for a comfortable 16-6 lead.
An unfortunate and unexpected Michigan pin at 184 lbs. gave the Wolverines hope only down 16-12 with two bouts to go. Morgan McIntosh sealed the deal with a decision win at 194 lbs. and took the pressure off heavyweight Jon Gingrich.
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU Jordan Conaway dec. MICH Conor Youtsey, 3-2
133: PSU Jimmy Gulibon dec. MICH Rossi Bruno, 9-3
141: PSU Kade Moss dec. MICH George Fisher, 6-3
149: PSU Zack Beitz dec. MICH Alex Pantaleo, 6-4
157: MICH Brian Murphy dec. Luke Frey PSU, 3-1
165: MICH Taylor Massa dec. PSU Garett Hammond, 6-3
174: PSU Matt Brown maj. dec. MICH Jake Salazar, 12-2
184: MICH Domenic Abounader pinned PSU Matt McCutcheon, 3:52
197: PSU Morgan McIntosh dec. MICH Max Huntley, 3-2
285: MICH Adam Coon dec. PSU Jon Gingrich, 5-2
Penn State’s record now stands at 9-2, 5-2 in the Big Ten. They’ll end their stay in Michigan on Sunday with another Big Ten against Michigan State at 2 p.m.
(All statistics courtesy of www.gopsusports.com)