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Wrestling Wreport: Penn State pummels Utah Valley

Matt Brown didn't have to give up two weight classes to wrestle Saturday night (photo: BSD/Galen).
Matt Brown didn't have to give up two weight classes to wrestle Saturday night (photo: BSD/Galen).

Cael Sanderson returned to his home-state Saturday night to take on Utah Valley in a rare Saturday night dual. Penn State won 9 of 10 bouts beating the Wolverines 39-3 drawing in almost 5,500 fans for the meet. Frank Martellotti was the only Lion to lose, giving up a tough 3-1 decision to Blake Mangum of Utah Valley. Penn State closed out the road portion of their dual season going undefeated away from Rec Hall. Penn State returns home to take on Pitt next Sunday at 2 p.m. the last dual meet of the season.


Wt Winner dec. Loser Bout Score Team Score
165: #1 David Taylor PSU pinned Ethan Smith UVU, WBF (2:40) 6-0
174: Matt Brown PSU maj. dec. Monte Schmalhaus UVU, 13-3 10-0
184: #3 Quentin Wright PSU pinned David Prieto UVU WBF (4:46) 16-0
197: #13 Morgan McIntosh PSU dec. Brian Chamberlain UVU 4-3 19-0
285: #6 Cameron Wade PSU pinned Dustin Dennison UVU WBF (1:15) 25-0
125: # 8 Nico Megaludis PSU maj. dec. Colby Christensen UVU 19-7 29-0
133: Blake Mangum UVU dec. Frank Martellotti PSU 3-1 29-3
141: Bryan Pearsall PSU maj. dec. Avery Garner UVU 13-4 33-3
149: #1 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. #14 Josh Wilson UVU 6-0 36-3
157: #8 Dylan Alton dec. Napoleon Aniciete UVU 12-9 39-3

Penn State used three pins, and three majors to rack up 12 bonus points and won the takedown edge 31-6. Quentin Wright, David Taylor and Cameron Wade all got pins and Frank Molinaro beat UVU’s only ranked wrestler, No 14 Josh Wilson 6-0 including over 4:30 minutes of riding time.

Ed Ruth took the night off to let Utah native Matt Brown wrestle at 174 and he didn’t disappoint, getting a major decision over Monte Schmalhaus 13-3. Bryan Pearsall and Nico Megaludis were the other two wrestlers to get major decisions.

Before the official match started, backup heavyweight Jon Gingrich wrestled a preliminary bout (didn’t count in the team score) and beat Utah Valley’s Zac Jensen by a 13-2 major decision. It was that kind of night for Penn State, almost everything went well.

Penn State will wrestle Pitt to finish out the dual season. Pittsburgh will come into the dual ranked in the top-10 (they currently are ranked 9th), and just got done beating No. 22 Hofstra 22-12 Friday night. Pitt brings in a quality team and will make it a good match to end the season. Check back in Friday night for my preview of Pitt.

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