Last Sunday, Penn State returned home to Rec Hall for their first nationally televised dual of the season with Oregon State. If you tuned in via ESPNU, you found out at match time like the rest of us that some anticipated matchups never happened, RBY/Jason Shaner and Brooks/Munoz.
Overall, we saw a lot of slow, technical matches with tight scores. RBY and Starocci had major decision wins and Kerkvliet topped off the afternoon with a tech fall. But the rest of the bouts came down to 3-4 points. The only match the Lions dropped was 125, Gary Steen held No. 12 Brandon Kaylor to just a decision win.
The most exciting bout of the night wasn’t expected, but Donovan Ball and Jackson McKinney put on quite the show at 184. Neither wrestler could penetrate through each other’s defense until Ball scored the winning takedown as the clock ran out with just 15 seconds left. No. 5 Max Dean found his groove again with a dominant win over No. 11 Tanner Harvey. After back-to-back losses in the previous two weeks, this was a very much needed win for Dean over a ranked opponent. The win also helped him earn the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week title this week.
Penn State goes to New Orleans, LA, on Dec. 19-20 for the 2022 Collegiate Wrestling Duals. Here, they’ll face Central Michigan at 7 p.m. and North Carolina 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, match-ups and times for Tuesday are TBD.
Penn State - 31; Oregon State - 3
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: ORST No. 12 Brandon Kaylor dec. PSU Gary Steen, 4-0
133: PSU No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young maj. dec. ORST Gabe Wisenhunt, 17-8
141: PSU No. 9 Beau Bartlett dec. ORST No. 24 Cleveland Belton, 5-3
149: PSU No. 17 Shayne Van Ness dec. ORST Noah Tolantino, 6-1
157: PSU No. 30 Terrell Barraclough dec. ORST Isaiah Crosby, 8-4
165: PSU No. 15 Alex Facundo dec. ORST No. 24 Matthew Olguin, 3-2
174: PSU No. 1 Carter Starocci maj. dec. ORST No. 28 Aaron Olmos, 14-3
184: PSU Donovon Ball dec. ORST Jackson McKinney, 3-1
197: PSU No. 5 Max Dean dec. ORST No. 11 Tanner Harvey, 6-3
285: PSU No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet PSU tech fall ORST J.J. Dixon, 18-2 (TF; 6:08)