Penn State wrestling continued its dominance on Sunday, downing Lehigh 30-10 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions are now 3-0 in duals this season and have walloped every opponent put in front of them to this point.
Cael Sanderson’s team got off to a quick start Sunday, as sensational freshmen Nick Suriano downed fifth-ranked Darian Cruz, 7-0. Cruz never threatened Suriano offensively and the Penn State 125-pounder racked up four second-period back points after a takedown to help blow it open.
The Nittany Lions were quickly pegged back as Jered Cortez fell 12-4 to Lehigh’s Scott Parker. Cortez struggled out of the gate and Parker asserted his dominance throughout the course of the match to give LU at 4-3 lead in the dual. It would extend its lead in the next match as Randy Cruz squeaked out a 2-0 victory over Jimmy Gulibon in a match where Gulibon was the aggressor throughout.
Normal service would resume at 149 and 157, however, as Zain Retherford pinned Laike Gardner in 3:55 and Jason Nolf earned a tech fall over Kent Laine in 6:39.
On the other side of the intermission, an under the weather Cenzo Joseph fought through illness to down Drew Longo in a more-lopsided-than-it-appears 10-5 victory.
Lehigh got one back at 174, as Ryan Preisch topped Shakur Rasheed by a score of 6-3. Rasheed took and early 2-1 lead and appeared to have extended that lead to 4-1 until a takedown call was reversed after replay. Preisch earned an escape, takedown and rideout to make the score 4-2 after the second period. In the third, Rasheed got an escape but was countered on a last-second takedown attempt to finish the match.
Bo Nickal continued to run over everything in sight as he pinned Lehigh’s Kyle Gentile in just 2:35. Matt McCutcheon turned on the juice to score 12 points and pick up a 12-2 major decision over Ben Haas.
At Heavyweight, Nick Nevills showed an impressive array of skills from top and neutral to beat another ranked opponent in Doug Vollaro. The win gave Nevills a 3-0 record on the season against ranked opponents and gave the Nittany Lions the 30-10 victory.
Ridge Riley Outstanding Wrestler: Nick Suriano. Suriano was again fantastic on Sunday in topping a dangerous Cruz. The freshman controlled the pace and never gave Cruz and opening to help set the tone and set the crowd alight in the BJC.
125: #10 Nick Suriano PSU dec. #5 Darian Cruz LEH, 7-0 / 3-0
133: #17 Scott Parker LEH maj. dec. #9 Jered Cortez PSU, 12-4 / 3-4
141: #3 Randy Cruz LEH dec. #20 Jimmy Gulibon PSU, 2-0 / 3-7
149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU pinned #11 Laike Gardner LEH, WBF (3:55) / 9-7
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU tech fall Kent Lane LEH, 25-9 (TF; 6:39) / 14-7
165: #10 Vincenzo Joseph PSU dec. Drew Longo LEH, 10-5 / 17-7
174:#16 Ryan Preisch LEH dec. Shakur Rasheed PSU, 6-3 / 17-10
184: #3 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Kyle Gentile LEH, WBF (2:35) / 23-10
197: #7 Matt McCutcheon PSU maj. dec. Ben Haas LEH, 12-2 / 27-10
285: #8 Nick Nevills PSU dec. #12 Doug Vollaro LEH, 8-4 / 30-10
*All rankings via FloWrestling