Freshman Nick Suriano continues to dazzle at 125. He ran away with the bout in the second period notching three takedowns and nearly secured the pin in the third. He settled for a major decision to start the dual.
The star of the show on Sunday came at 133, sophomore George Carpenter. With starter sophomore Jered Cortez not feeling 100 percent after getting hurt against Lehigh, Carpenter made his Nittany Lion debut. He redshirted the 2014-15 season and wrestled in open tournaments for Penn State last season. He ended with a record of 7-10.
On Sunday, he faced Binghamton’s Ian Lupole. Lupole countered an early shot by Carpenter in the first for the first takedown and Carpenter went on defense holding off a turn attempt and working for an escape. The Nittany Lion closed the period with a takedown and took the lead 3-2.
Carpenter chose neutral to start the second and went to work. He forced a scramble for a takedown and was able to turn Lupole for a one-count, but nothing more. With 30 seconds left in the period, Carpenter reset himself and got the four-point near fall at the end of the period. Lupole chose neutral to start the third and trailed 9-2. Carpenter finished another takedown and four-point fall. Add in a stall point and riding point, and that gave Carpenter the impressive tech fall victory.
Coach Cael Sanderson was happy with his performance and Carpenter enjoyed his first home crowd experience.
Junior Zain Retherford got his eighth straight pin of the season at 149 followed by sophomore Jason Nolf with his sixth pin at 157.
Senior Geno Morelli, sophomore Bo Nickal and junior Matt McCutcheon all showed off their offense posting three more major decision wins. Sophomore Nick Nevills ended the day with a pin in the second period in the heavyweight match.
Next Sunday, December 18, Penn State travels to the west coast for the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev. The tournament consists of 26 teams, including No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Missouri and No. 15 Stanford.
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU #4 Nick Suriano maj. dec. BU Steve Bulzomi, 12-2
133: PSU George Carpenter tech fall BU Ian Lupole, 17-2 (TF; 7:00)
141: PSU #13 Jimmy Gulibon maj. dec. BU Dylan Caruana, 12-3
149: PSU #1 Zain Retherford pinned BU Parker Kropman, WBF (2:39)
157: PSU #1 Jason Nolf pinned BU Tristan Rifanburg, WBF (3:48)
165: PSU #9 Vincenzo Joseph dec. BU Vincent DePrez, 10-5
174: PSU Geno Morelli maj. dec. BU Anthony Lombardo, 22-9
184: PSU #2 Bo Nickal maj. dec. BU #13 Steve Schneider, 18-7
197: PSU #13 Matt McCutcheon maj. dec. BU Mark Tracy, 9-1
285: PSU #8 Nick Nevills pinned BU Connor Calkins, WBF (3:57)