Penn State Back on Track with Two Straight Wins
Unranked Brandon Meredith at 125 notched a win over No. 10 Michael Colaiocco from Penn. Penn State has struggled at the 125-weight class since the legendary Nico Megaludis graduated and the whole Nick Suriano thing. Brandon Meredith might be able to fill the gap just enough to get the Lions out of the hole at the start of matches.
No. 4 Roman Bravo-Young and No. 3 Nick Lee continue to add wins to their record at 133 and 141. Coach Cael Sanderson seems to be trying a few different guys at 149. Jarod Verkleeren dropped his bout at Lehigh, but Luke Gardner won a narrow 7-6 matchup at Penn.
No surprise No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph and No. 1 Mark Hall both came out of the weekend with two wins. Hall took on Lehigh’s No. 2 Jordan Kutler and won big 7-2, proving his endurance can’t be matched. No. 20 Kyle Conel can’t seem to find his groove at 197. He went 1-1 in the two matchups, with No. 15 Jake Jakobsen delivering an upset win at Lehigh. Conel then notched a nail-biter at Penn beating Cole Urbas 6-5.
No. 1 Anthony Cassar delivered with no surprise at Lehigh winning 9-4 over No. 10 Jordan Wood. Penn State’s 197 pounder, Austin Hoopes stepped in at 285 for Cassar at Penn and dropped a tough 14-4 major decision.
PSU v. LEHIGH BOUT BY BOUT:
125: LU No. 11 Brandon Paetzell maj. dec. PSU Brandon Meredith, 15-5
133: PSU No. 4 Roman Bravo-Young PSU dec. LU Jaret Lane, 7-2
141: PSU No. 3 Nick Lee PSU tech fall LU Joe Lobeck, 22-7 (TF; 7:00)
149: LU Jimmy Hoffman LU dec. PSU Jarod Verkleeren, 3-1 (SV)
157: PSU No. 6 Brady Berge PSU dec. LU No. 13 Josh Humphreys, 5-3
165: PSU No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU dec. LU Brian Meyer, 7-4
174: PSU No. 1 Mark Hall PSU dec. LU No. 2 Jordan Kutler, 7-2
184: PSU Aaron Brooks PSU dec. LU Chris Weiler, 10-5
197: LU No. 15 Jake Jakobsen LU dec. PSU No. 20 Kyle Conel, 3-1
285: PSU No. 1 Anthony Cassar dec. LU No. 10 Jordan Wood, 9-4
PSU v. PENN BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU Brandon Meredith dec. PENN No. 10 Michael Colaiocco, 8-5
133: PSU No. 4 Roman Bravo-Young maj. dec. PENN Carmen Ferrante, 21-9
141: PSU No. 3 Nick Lee maj. dec. PENN Doug Zapf, 13-4
149: PSU Luke Gardner dec. PENN Lucas Revano, 7-6
157: PENN No. 10 Anthony Artalona dec. PSU Bo Pipher, 5-2
165: PSU No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph pinned PENN Jake Lizak, WBF (4:25)
174: PSU No. 1 Mark Hall tech fall PENN Neil Antrassian, 19-4 (TF; 7:00)
184: PSU Aaron Brooks tech fall PENN Jesse Quatse, 19-4 (TF; 6:03)
197: PSU No. 20 Kyle Conel dec. PENN Cole Urbas, 6-5
285: PENN Joey Slackman maj. dec. PSU Austin Hoopes, 14-4
The Nittany Lions will enjoy a long holiday break with their next match not until Friday, January 10 at home against Illinois. You can tune in to watch the match on BTN+ at 7 p.m.