No. 1 Penn State Perfect in Last Regular Season Dual
The Nittany Lions shutout Rider 45-0 in the last regular season dual meet in Rec Hall on Sunday. The team also celebrated its seniors with Senior Day festivities.
Bouts started at 157 and Brady Berge (ranked 11th at 165) moved down to 157 for the day which gave Creighton Edsell the go-ahead at 165. Edsell posted a close 7-6 win with the riding time point giving him the victory. Berge had no problem at 157 and posted a major decision win.
Carter Starocci, Donovan Ball and Beau Bartlett also notched majors. Max Dean, Greg Kerkvliet and Drew Hildebrandt all put on a pin show and RBY worked a tech fall. Eight out of the ten bouts won by Nittany Lions were bonus point wins. The quickest pin of the day was from Max Dean in just 54 seconds.
RBY, Nick Lee, Aaron Brooks and Carter Starocci all ended the season with perfect, undefeated records. Penn State ended the season 17-0 and won the Big Ten Regular Season Title. This is the sixth undefeated season for coach Cael Sanderson.
With the regular season over, we look forward to postseason championships. First up is the Big Ten National Championships in Lincoln, NE on March 5-6, which will be the qualifying tournament for NCAAs for Big Ten wrestlers. The sessions are as follows (in Eastern Standard Time):
Session 1 - Saturday, March 5 - 11 a.m.
Session 2 - Saturday, March 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Consolations/Semifinals - Sunday, March 6 -12 p.m.
Finals - Sunday, March 6 - 4:30 p.m.
Catch all the action live for all four sessions on the Big Ten Network and B1G+. Linear coverage on the Big Ten Network is also available on the FOX Sports app.
BOUT BY BOUT
PSU- 45, RID- 0
157: PSU No. 11 (165) Brady Berge maj. dec. RID Cole McComas, 14-4
165: PSU Creighton Edsell dec. RID Michael Wilson, 7-6
174: PSU No. 1 Carter Starocci maj. dec. RID Shane Reitsma, 22-9
184: PSU Donovon Ball maj. dec. RID Corey Connolly, 12-3
197: PSU No. 1 Max Dean pinned RID Azeem Bell, WBF (0:54)
285: PSU No. 5 Greg Kerkvliet PSU pinned RID David Szuba, WBF (1:11)
125: PSU No. 5 Drew Hildebrandt pinned RID Tyler Klinksy, WBF (2:59)
133: PSU No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young PSU tech fall RID Richie Koehler, 26-11 (TF; 6:08)
141: PSU No. 1 Nick Lee dec. RID No. 25 Quinn Kinner, 6-3
149: PSU No. 19 Beau Bartlett maj. dec. RID Bryan Miraglia, 12-4