In the first half of the match, the Boilermakers exposed Penn State’s inconsistency amongst its lighter weight classes. Veteran Lions No. 7 sophomore Jimmy Gulibon and No. 7 senior Dylan Alton both fell in upsets against lower ranked opponents. Redshirt freshman Kade Moss went down in a tight 3-2 loss to put Penn State down 6-9 at the break.
Redshirt freshman Garett Hammond started the comeback with 16-11 win in the 165 lb. match. But the real deal breaker for Purdue came when Matt Brown stepped onto the mat.
Rec Hall roared with anticipation, they knew if there was going to be a pin in this dual, Matt Brown was going to do it. In the eight duals before Purdue, Brown had five pins in the bag– and he didn’t disappoint.
The No. 4 senior took on Purdue’s junior Chad Welch; the poor kid wasn’t ready for what was to come. Brown took Welch to the mat almost instantly for a 2-0 lead from the start. Brown worked at Welch’s shoulders for nearly a minute and secured the pin at the 1:20 mark. An explosion of cheers ensued and Penn State took the lead. The final four weight classes finished the match with wins to close out the victory.
BOUT BY BOUT:
125: PSU Jordan Conaway dec. PUR Aaron Assad, 9-4
133: PUR Danny Sabatello PUR dec. PSU Jimmy Gulibon, 6-0
141: PUR Nick Lawrence dec. PSU Kade Moss, 3-2
149: PSU Zack Beitz PSU dec. PUR Brandon Nelsen, 7-5
157: PUR Doug Welch dec. PSU Dylan Alton, 3-1
165: PSU Garett Hammond dec. PUR Pat Robinson, 16-11
174: PSU Matt Brown pinned PUR Chad Welch, 1:21
184: PSU Matt McCutcheon dec. PUR Patrick Kissel, 3-2
197: PSU Morgan McIntosh tech fall PUR Drake Stein, 21-6
285: PSU Jimmy Lawson dec. PUR Tyler Kral, 9-3
Penn State’s record now stands at 8-1, 4-1 in the conference. The team continues conference play on Sunday, Jan. 25 against No. 1 Minnesota. The match starts at 2 p.m. in Rec Hall and the competition will be tough, to say the least.
(All statistics courtesy of www.gopsusports.com)