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WRESTLING: No. 1 Penn State Sends No. 11 Nebraska Packing

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Dan Vest

A capacity Rec Hall crowd watched the home-standing, top ranked - and injured - Nittany Lions down yet another tough foe with stunning ease.  Three of ten starters sat out of this battle against #11 Nebraska, and you wouldn't have known it by the scoreboard.

It seems like we get this same lede every week.  Nebraska is a talented and tough squad.  Each of their 10 wrestlers are ranked in the top 20.  There'd be no easy bonus point wins for Penn State.  Blah blah blah.  None of that mattered.

Down 30% of your starters?  Facing a top-10 quality team?  This PSU squad does not care, and they win by two touchdowns anyhow.  Friday's final score: Penn State 24, Nebraska 10.

Box Score

WT Penn State Result Nebraska Team Score
125 #4 Megaludis DEC 8-5 #9 Lambert PSU 3, NEB 0
133 #5 Conaway DEC 5-3 #12 Montoya PSU 6, NEB 0
141 Moss L, DEC 1-4 #20 Abidin PSU 6, NEB 3
149 #1 Retherford MAJ 12-3 #5 Sueflohn PSU 10, NEB 3
157 #3 Nolf TF 19-3 #17 Berger PSU 15, NEB 3
165 Morelli L, DEC 2-3 #14 Wilson PSU 15, NEB 6
174 #1 Nickal DEC 10-3 #14 Barnes PSU 18, NEB 6
184 #13 McCutcheon DEC 8-7 #5 Dudley PSU 21, NEB 6
197 #1 McIntosh DEC 2-1 TB1 #16 Studebaker PSU 24, NEB 6
285 Phipps L, MAJ 1-9 #17 Jensen PSU 24, NEB 10

Takedowns

Penn State 18, Nebraska 5

BSD Wrestler of the Meet

Sophomore 184lber Matt "Mighty Mouse" McCutcheon

This one had to feel great for "Mouse".  He bonused Nebraska's Dudley at last season's Southern Scuffle, and at last season's Big Ten championships - and injured his knee in that bout.  Then, at NCAAs, an injured Mouse lost in the "blood round" to Dudley, falling just one win shy of becoming a rare freshman All-American.

This year, Nebraska's Dudley is wrestling a lot better than last year.  A lot.  But so is Mouse.  And even though Mouse is battling through another injury - this time, his back - he flipped last year's result, scoring three takedowns on Dudley, including the match winner in the final seconds.   Congrats, Mouse.  Now - heal up.  That March podium is waiting for you.

Three Completely Random, Probably Useless Thoughts

1) Nebraska's Jake Sueflohn is a very good wrestler, as evidenced by his #5 national rank.  He's long, funky, and can be a real challenge.  Zain Retherford...my goodness.  Sueflohn was physically beaten down.  His coach, Mark Manning, gave him a lung timeout with a bogus challenge.  And it just didn't matter.  All that did was anger Zain, who meted out additional punishment on Sueflohn, and scored the major decision.  Zain, friends, is scary good, and absolutely ruthless on the resilite.

2) Cael's known as a great recruiter - for good reason.  But some coaching is going on in that wrestling room, too, by the way.  The Husker's Tyler Berger beat Jason Nolf as the two were rising seniors.  Now?  Not so much.  Nolf did whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.  And apparently, Nolf wanted to send a message, scoring at will, before putting the bow on his tech fall with a six point move at the end.

3) It looks like Shakur Rasheed gained some distance in the race to be our guy at 165lbs, even though he didn't wrestle this week.