The No. 1 Nittany Lions made a statement this past weekend when they dominated No. 3 Michigan on Friday night. They then topped off the weekend with a win over Michigan State on Sunday.
Penn State won eight out of ten bouts over Michigan, including two upsets, one at 165 and one at 197. This commanding win over the No. 3 ranked team sets Penn State further apart from the rest and put an exclamation point their No. 1 ranking.
Notable matchups and wins from the evening included No. 16 Brady Berge’s 3-1 win over Michigan’s No. 10 Cameron Amine, No. 1 Aaron Brooks’ 3-1 decision over no. 2 Myles Amine and No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet’s huge 8-5 upset over No. 2 Mason Parris. Penn State pretty much sealed the deal early with two bonus point wins in the first half. An unfortunate injury default for Michigan at 149 made for a tough deficit for the Wolverines, combine that with Penn State’s two upsets in the second half and that was just too much to overcome.
Fast forward to Sunday, Michigan State hung tight with Penn State in the first half. With RBY out for the day at 133, the Spartans claimed that match plus a hard-fought sudden victory win at 157. The second half of the Penn State lineup continues to prove to be near impossible to beat, which sealed the deal for the win. But, No. 15 Cameron Caffey surprised No. 2 Max Dean at 197 with an upset victory to hand Dean is first loss of the season.
Penn State moves to a 13-0 record with a challenging schedule ahead. This Friday they head to Iowa City to face the No. 2 Hawkeyes in the most anticipated matchup of the season. The week after, they head back to Happy Valley for the BJC matchup with Ohio State.
You can expect a full crowd in Carver Hawkeye Arena with nearly an identical lineup to last year’s Iowa team. They are missing one huge name… Spencer Lee announced early this season he will not be competing this year. He underwent surgery for his two torn ACLs and is focusing on recovery.
The dual starts at 9 p.m. EST and will be live on the Big Ten Network.
BOUT BY BOUT
PSU - 29, MICH - 6
125: MICH No. 1 Nick Suriano dec. PSU No. 7 Drew Hildebrandt, 2-1
133: PSU No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young dec. MICH No. 8 Dylan Ragusin MICH, 8-1
141: PSU No. 1 Nick Lee tech fall MICH Drew Mattin, 21-6 (TF; 6:36)
149: PSU No. 19 Beau Bartlett inj. def. MICH Cole Mattin, Inj. Def. (0:13)
157: MICH No. 15 Will Lewan dec. PSU Terrell Barraclough, 5-2
165: PSU No. 16 Brady Berge dec. MICH No. 10 Cameron Amine, 3-1
174: PSU No. 1 Carter Starocci dec. MICH No. 6 Logan Massa, 3-2
184: PSU No. 1 Aaron Brooks dec. MICH No. 2 Myles Amine MICH, 3-1
197: PSU No. 2 Max Dean dec. MICH No. 8 Patrick Brucki, 6-4 (sv)
285: PSU No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet dec. MICH No. 2 Mason Parris MICH, 8-5
PSU - 28, MSU - 9
125: PSU No. 7 Drew Hildebrandt maj. dec. MSU Tristan Lujan, 8-0
133: MSU No. 12 Rayvon Foley dec. PSU Baylor Shunk, 8-2
141: PSU No. 1 Nick Lee maj. dec. MSU Matt Santos, 13-1
149: PSU No. 19 Beau Bartlett dec. MSU Peyton Omania, 5-2
157: MSU No. 19 Chase Saldate dec. PSU Terrell Barraclough, 4-2 (sv)
165: PSU No. 16 Brady Berge dec. MSU Caleb Fish, 7-4
174: PSU No. 1 Carter Starocci tech fall MSU Marty Larkin, 19-3 (TF; 3:32)
184: PSU No. 1 Aaron Brooks dec. MSU No. 27 Layne Malczewski, 4-0
197: MSU No. 15 Cameron Caffey dec. PSU No. 2 Max Dean, 3-2
285: PSU No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet pinned MSU Brad Wilton, WBF (1:58)