CSI: Penn State
There should be police tape across the entrance to Thomas Field house at Lock Haven University because Penn State murdered Lock Haven 50-0 for their 10th in a row against the Bald Eagles. In every team sport there comes times when all members of that team click at the same time and the team looks unbeatable, Sunday just happened to be one of those occasions for the Nittany Lions. Penn State got bonus points from 9 of the 10 weights, including 4 pins, 3 tech falls, and two major decisions. Not only were the Lions scoring at will but they didn't give much up winning the takedown battle 41-0.
|Wt||Winner||dec.||Loser||Bout Score||Team Score|
|125:||#15 Nico Megaludis PSU||pinned||Bobby Rehm LHU,||WBF (4:02)||6-0|
|133:||Derek Reber PSU||dec.||John Trumbetti LHU,||6-3||9-0|
|141:||Bryan Pearsall PSU||pinned||#14 Matt Bonson LHU,||WBF (4:22)||15-0|
|149:||#1 Frank Molinaro PSU||pinned||Owen Wilkinson LHU,||WBF (2:30)||21-0|
|157:||#10 Dylan Alton PSU||maj. dec.||Aaron Fry LHU,||19-8||25-0|
|165:||#1 David Taylor PSU||tech fall||Seth Creasy LHU,||21-5 (TF; 3:21)||30-0|
|174:||Matt Brown PSU||tech fall||Aaron McKinney LHU,||19-4 (TF; 3:47)||35-0|
|184:||#5 Quentin Wright PSU||tech fall||Zach Heffner LHU,||17-2 (TF; 7:00)||40-0|
|197:||#10 Morgan McIntosh PSU||maj. dec.||Matt Parlier LHU,||13-4||44-0|
|285:||#8 Cameron Wade PSU||pinned||Harry Turner LHU,||WBF (3:53)||50-0|
There's not much more this team could have done it was total domination. The biggest surprise was Pearsall's pin of Bonson, at the time of the pin Pearsall was winning 4-0 with solid riding time built up so it wasn't a fluke throw, Bryan was handling the ranked Bonson. Pearsall is wrestling in place of injured Sam Sherlock but Bryan may have wrestled himself into a position to challenge for the starting spot. Sanderson had this to say about Pearsall after the match:
Sanderson said he wanted to take both wrestlers to the team’s next event, the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Jan. 1-2, but couldn’t say for sure if Sherlock would be healthy enough by then. Sanderson did indicate, however, Pearsall has earned another shot to win the 141-pound starting spot full time.
"We can’t lose matches not hustling or not fighting," Sanderson said. "And you know Pearsall is going to fight the whole time, win or lose."
Up Next for Penn State: at Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2, Chattanooga, Tenn.