Penn State defeats Iowa 26-11 in the biggest matchup of the season

Penn State defeats Iowa 26-11 in the biggest matchup of the season

The dual that had it all… two overtime battles, a pin in 38 seconds and a last minute lineup change. No. 2 Penn State takes the crown this year in its longtime favorite matchup with No. 3 Iowa winning 26-11.

The dual started off in the Hawkeyes’ favor. No. 1 Thomas Gilman handed PSU freshman No. 3 Nick Suriano his first loss, ever, 3-2. Followed by another huge Hawkeye win, No. 3 Corey Clark teched George Carpenter to put Iowa up, 8-0.

Senior No. 12 Jimmy Gulibon always likes to make his 141 bouts exciting until the end. His matchup with No. 18 Topher Carton was nothing short of that. Gulibon took an early shot at a single and took the Hawkeye to the ground. Unable to finish the move, Carton countered the shot for a takedown of his own to lead 2-0. Carton rode out Gulibon and clinched the 1:00 riding time. Carton chose down to start the second and Gulibon held control on top, but got a stall warning in the process. After the reset, Gulibon got Carton’s riding time down to 48 seconds and cut him loose to make it 3-0. The Lion chose neutral to start the third and went in on offense. He got a quick head inside single for a takedown and cut Carton loose, 4-2. Gulibon got another takedown, cut Carton loose, 5-4, and again, to tie it 6-6 with 30 seconds left. Gulibon got his winning takedown with 27 seconds left and rode out Carton to win the bout 8-6.

That was the turning point for Penn State.

Junior No. 1 Zain Retherford won an exciting bout that went into two tiebreakers. Retherford was able to ride out No. 3 Brandon Sorensen in the first period of the second tiebreaker. Sorensen’s only chance at victory was to cut Retherford loose in the final period and go for a takedown. Retherford’s defense held him off for the 9-8 win.

Two western Pennsylvania native went at it at 157. Sophomore No. 1 Jason Nolf was too quick for No. 2 Michael Kemerer. Nolf won 9-4 and Penn State took the lead at the end of the half, 9-8.

Redshirt freshman No. 4 Vincenzo Joseph boosted Penn State’s lead to 12-8 with a victory at 165. What you would expect to come next is senior Geno Morelli wrestling at 184.

Nope. Freshman Mark Hall trotted out onto the mat.

The Penn State coaching staff decided to pull Hall’s redshirt for this dual. Hall had beat Morelli in wrestle offs and he won the Southern Scuffle earlier this month. Iowa City’s atmosphere is quite an experience for a freshman debut. Hall put up an impressive battle against Iowa’s No. 13 Alex Meyer. The bout was tied 5-5 in the third and Hall took one last shot. Meyer countered and scored the takedown to win with just 10 seconds remaining, 7-5.

The quickest, but just as exciting bout of the day was sophomore No. 2 Bo Nickal at 184. In 38 seconds, he pinned No. 5 Sammy Brooks. It started to look like Brooks was going to get a takedown; Nickal went to work tying up Brooks and got the pin with a spladle.

Junior No. 10 Matt McCutcheon kept it interesting with another overtime win at 197. The bout ended in a tie, but McCutcheon won by criteria with his 14 second riding time edge, 8-7.

With Iowa’s No. 6 heavyweight out for the season, Penn State sophomore No. 5 Nick Nevills polished off the team victory with a tech fall over Steven Holloway.

Penn State moves to 8-0, 4-0 in the Big Ten. The Lions travel to Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 27 for an 8 p.m. matchup with the Badgers.


125: IOWA #1 Thomas Gilman dec. PSU #3 Nick Suriano, 3-2

133: IOWA #3 Cory Clark tech fall PSU George Carpenter, 19-4 (TF; 7:00)

141: PSU #12 Jimmy Gulibon dec. IOWA #18 Topher Carton, 8-6

149: PSU #1 Zain Retherford dec. IOWA #3 Brandon Sorensen, 9-8 OT

157: PSU #1 Jason Nolf dec. IOWA #2 Michael Kemerer, 9-4

165: PSU #4 Vincenzo Joseph dec. IOWA Joey Gunther, 7-4

174: IOWA #13 Alex Meyer dec. PSU Mark Hall, 7-5

184: PSU #2 Bo Nickal pinned IOWA #5 Sammy Brooks, WBF (0:38)

197: PSU #10 Matt McCutcheon dec. IOWA Cash Wilcke, 8-7 (TB2; RT)

285: PSU #5 Nick Nevills tech fall IOWA Steven Holloway, 26-11 (TF; 7:00)