Penn State and Iowa share this season’s conference title
Iowa gets to share the crown, for now. The Hawkeyes also finished their season 9-0 in the conference.
Penn State took nine out of ten bouts over Michigan State, including Megaludis’ major, Retherford and Nickal’s tech falls and Conaway, Nolf and McIntosh’s pins.
No. 14 at 141, junior Jimmy Gulibon surprisingly lost his match in an upset win for Michigan State’s Javier Gasca. Gulibon has been a bit inconsistent lately. He had trouble holding up on defense against Gasca and wasn’t able to get in one shot.
Heavyweight and redshirt freshman Nick Nevills returned to the mat for a second time that weekend and picked up his first collegiate win, 5-2.
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU #4 Nico Megaludis maj. dec. MSU Mitch Rogaliner, 17-5
133: PSU #5 Jordan Conaway pinned MSU Garth Yenter, WBF (5:59)
141: MSU Javier Gasca dec. PSU #14 Jimmy Gulibon, 6-2
149: PSU #1 Zain Retherford tech fall MSU Kaelan Richards, 24-9 (6:49)
157: PSU #1 Jason Nolf pinned MSU Mark Bozzo, WBF (2:02)
165: PSU Geno Morelli dec. MSU Dean Vettese, 8-2
174: PSU #1 Bo Nickal tech fall MSU Travis Curley, 24-9 (6:19)
184: PSU #6 Matt McCutcheon dec. MSU Shane Shadaia, 3-0
197: PSU #1 Morgan McIntosh pinned MSU Jacob Cooper, WBF (4:22)
285: PSU Nick Nevills dec. MSU Dimitrus Renfroe, 5-2
To finish up the season, Penn State will host Big 12 champion and No. 3 Oklahoma State on Sunday as part of the 2016 Dual-Championship series. The series features eight “bowl-style dual meets,” according to the National Wrestling Coach’s Association.
Iowa will also be featured in a key match against No. 4 North Carolina State.
Okie State is coming off a win over Stanford and moved into the No. 3 spot just this week to clinch the spot to face the Nittany Lions.
Some key matchups to look for in the upcoming match include:
125: PSU No. 4 Nico Megaludis vs. OSU No. 6 Eddie Klimara
141: PSU No. 14 Jimmy Gulibon vs. OSU No. 1 Dean Heil
165: PSU Geno Morelli or Shakur Rasheed vs. OSU No. 1 Alex Dieringer
285: PSU Nick Nevills vs. OSU No. 5 Austin Marsden