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Wrestling Wreport: Penn State kills Lock Haven

CSI: Penn State
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."

For his effort Bryan Pearsall was just named the Big Ten Wrestler of the week..

Cameron Wade does what Cameron Wade always does against unranked wrestlers: dominate. Molinaro's pin was a small surprise, it's difficult to pin from the cross-body ride he uses but he managed to do it in a short amount of time (2:30).

Sanderson gave Ed Ruth the day off allowing talented red-shirt freshman Matt Brown a chance to wrestle and he didn't disappoint getting the tech fall in 3:47. Depth is always a concern in wrestling where you don't have the scholarships like football and it's nice to see Penn State show some. Depth also gives you options with your lineup when you have some talent behind already established wrestlers.

Quentin used his upper body throws to set up shots on his way to a tech fall. McIntosh returned to the lineup but with heavy tape on the knee that he injured but it didn't slow him down. Taylor was his normal self, they don't call him magic man for nothing.

Records: #5 Penn State (4-1, 1-1 B1G), Lock Haven (3-3)
Up Next for Penn State: at Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2, Chattanooga, Tenn.

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