The Nittany Lions claimed seven out of ten bouts including one major decision, one tech fall and one exciting upset. All ten of Nebraska’s wrestlers are ranked which made each bout exciting with no guaranteed wins.
Penn State charged through the first half of the match with only one loss at 141. Junior Jimmy Gulibon did not start again and unranked Kade Moss fell to Nebraska’s No. 29 Anthony Abidin. No. 3 Jason Nolf quickly made up for the loss with a tech fall in the 157-bout before the break.
Due to an escape late in the third and 1:16 in riding time, Nebraska’s 165 and No. 14 Austin Wilson started the second half with a close win over Penn State junior Kade Moss. Penn State proceeded to win the next three bouts, but the highlight of the match came in the 184-bout.
Sophomore No. 13 Matt McCutcheon took to the mat returning from a shaky couple of weeks due to a back injury. He faced Nebraska’s highest ranked wrestler No. 5 Tj Dudley. After an evenly fought battle in the first two periods, the third started with a tie at 3-3. Dudley chose down to start and McCutcheon cut him loose to make the score 4-3. McCutcheon looked as if he was closing in on a single leg when Dudley countered the attack for a takedown of his own. McCutcheon escaped for a point and Dudley took the lead 6-4. McCutcheon continued to shoot and forced a stall warning on Dudley then finished a takedown to tie it up at 6-6 with :30 left. After a reset and an escape, Dudley took the lead again 7-6. McCutcheon pressed on and turned a low single shot into a scramble. With :01 left, McCutcheon drove his way on top of Dudley and was awarded the takedown for the 8-7 win.
Senior No. 1 Morgan McIntosh continued the excitement in the 197-bout with a 2-1 win in a tiebreaker. The Nittany Lions continue to struggle in the heavyweight spot with no secured starter or experienced heavyweight wrestler available. Luckily so far, by the time the match gets to the heavyweight bout, Penn State has already secured the win.
Stay tuned for a recap blog on Sunday’s win at Northwestern.
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU #4 Nico Megaludis dec. NEB #9 Tim Lambert, 8-5
133: PSU #5 Jordan Conaway dec. NEB #12 Eric Montoya, 5-3
141: NEB # 20 Anthony Abidin dec. PSU Kade Moss, 4-1
149: PSU #1 Zain Retherford maj. dec. NEB #5 Jake Sueflohn, 12-3
157: PSU #3 Jason Nolf tech fall NEB #17 Tyler Berger, 19-3 (TF; 7:00)
165: NEB #14 Austin Wilson dec. PSU Geno Morelli, 3-2
174: PSU #1 Bo Nickal dec. NEB #14 Micah Barnes, 10-3
184: PSU #13 Matt McCutcheon dec. NEB #5 TJ Dudley, 8-7
197: PSU #1 Morgan McIntosh dec. NEB #16 Aaron Studebaker, 2-1 (TB)
285: NEB #17 Collin Jensen maj. dec. PSU Wes Phipps, 9-1