After travelling East on I-80 and turning south, passing through the heart of the Lehigh Valley and District 11, national No.1 ranked Penn State Wrestling crossed over the PA-NJ state line, stopped in Lawrenceville, and laid a whoopin' on a tough, perennially top-30 Rider Broncs squad. The final score: Penn State 38, Rider 4.
The dual was over before it began, and this should shock no one. Don't be alarmed if we see the legal definition of "force majeure" amended to include this 2015 squad. Penn State Wrestling is a 400-foot high tidal wave of punishing point scorers, from which there is no escape. Top to bottom, even with injuries, it may be Cael Sanderson's most deadly lineup in his six years at the helm.
|WT||No.1 Penn State||Result||Rider||Team Score|
|125||#4 - Nico Megaludis||W, TECH (20-5)||UR - Brenden Calas||PSU 5, RID 0|
|133||#6 - Jordan Conaway||W, MAJ (18-4)||UR - Zach Valcarce||PSU 9, RID 0|
|141||UR - Kade Moss||W, DEC (13-6)||UR - Paul Kirchner||PSU 12, RID 0|
|149||#1 - Zain Retherford||W, DEC (2-1)||#14 - BJ Clagon||PSU 15, RID 0|
|157||#3 - Jason Nolf||W, MAJ (18-7)||#20 - Chad Walsh||PSU 18, RID 0|
|165||UR - Shakur Rasheed||W, FALL (4:28)||#15 - Conor Brennan||PSU 25, RID 0|
|174||#5 - Bo Nickal||W, FALL (3:08)||UR - Wayne Stinson||PSU 31, RID 0|
|184||#13 - Matt McCutcheon||W, DEC (3-0)||UR - Mike Fagg-Daves||PSU 34, RID 0|
|197||#1 - Morgan McIntosh||W, MAJ (10-1)||UR - Ryan Wolfe||PSU 38, RID 0|
|285||UR - Caleb Livingston||L, MAJ (17-6)||UR - Mauro Correnti||PSU 38, RID 4|
Penn State 27, Rider 8
#4 Nico Megaludis TECH FALL (20-5) UR Brendan Calas
This one was just like it sounds - destruction. Nico tallied seven takedowns and some near fall points to post the technical fall.
#6 Jordan Conaway MAJOR (18-4) UR Zach Valcarce
Another dominant performance from Jordan, who is looking really good up here at 133. Jordan scored six takedowns but fell one point shy of the tech fall.
UR Kade Moss DEC (13-6) UR Paul Kirchner
Kade took the mat for a resting Jimmy Gulibon (ankle) and gave the fans some great action. Kade used a body lock for an early takedown, and another Greco move in the period for his second takedown - this one with 4 near fall. Kade added two more takedowns in the 2nd and 3rd periods before surrendering the final takedown to Kirchner.
#1 Zain Retherford DEC (2-1) #14 BJ Clagon
Rider's Clagon was the more aggressive wrestler in this one, getting deep on four excellent shots in the first period - though Zain ultimately stopped all of them as the first period ended scoreless. Clagon had his choice to start the second period, and chose down. Mistake. Zain worked Clagon over well, but couldn't turn him. Clagon escaped with seven seconds remaining in the period for a brief 0-1 lead, though Zain held 1:53 in riding time. Zain chose down to start the 3rd period and Clagon cut him immediately. With the bout tied 1-1, Zain came the closest to scoring a takedown late in the third, but Clagon was able to work his way out of bounds. The match ended, and with the riding time point, Zain stayed unbeaten, 2-1.
#3 Jason Nolf MAJOR (18-7) #20 Chad Walsh
From a defensive battle, to an offensive explosion. Nolf used six takedowns and some late near fall points, plus 1:47 in riding time to post the 18-7 major.
165 LBS - BSD Wrestler of the Meet
UR Shakur Rasheed FALL (4:28) #15 Conor Brennan
Shakur took the mat for Penn State and started the scoring with an early takedown. Brennan escaped, and notched a takedown of his own before the 1st period buzzer to lead 2-3. Starting the 2nd period, Rasheed chose down and quickly escaped to tie the bout at three. Then Shakur shot an excellent double leg. In the flurry, he moved to a head lock, and pinned #15 Brennan.
#5 Bo Nickal FALL (3:08) UR Wayne Stinson
Young Bo scored quickly, and then the damage came in waves. Four near fall here, four more there. The first period ended with Bo in front 10-0. In the second, Bo used 8 seconds to reverse Stinson and deck him. He's awfully good.
#13 Matt McCutcheon DEC (3-0) UR Mike Fagg-Daves
Mouse is working himself back from injury, and used a takedown in the first for a comfortable but workman-like 3-0 win.
#1 Morgan McIntosh MAJOR (10-1) UR Ryan Wolfe
This was a tough one, but Morg got the takedown in the first period. Wolfe chose bottom to start the second and immediately regretted his decision. Morg turned him for 4 near fall and rode out the period to lead 6-1. Morg escaped in the 3rd, and used another low single to extend his lead to 9-1. The riding time point made it a 10-1 final.
UR Mauro Correnti MAJOR (17-6) UR Caleb Livingston
Caleb Livingston wrestles 165/174, normally. But with our upper weights decimated by injury, the senior walk on took the mat for our Lions. He managed a reversal, and had a good ride going in the third period, but Correnti posted six takedowns to take the match and avoid the shutout for the Broncs.