Penn State came away with a comfortable victory in the first of its two-part Indiana swing over the weekend.
The Nittany Lions easily erased an early 6-0 deficit to come away with a comfortable 30-10 victory over Purdue.
With the news earlier in the week that Gavin Teasdale is leaving the program, Devin Schnupp all but locked down the starting job for the rest of the season at 125.
In the opening match of the night, Schnupp fell to the Boilermakers’ Devin Schroeder 6-1 to give Purdue a 3-0 team lead early on.
Things got a little worse for Penn State in the next bout. Roman Bravo-Young was defending a deep single leg from Purdue’s Ben Thornton when he tweaked his knee, giving up the point and forcing an injury timeout. Bravo-Young was able to finish the bout but never quite looked himself, dropping a 7-3 decision.
Cael Sanderson gave no update on the injury but I wouldn’t expect RBY to go on Sunday against Indiana and, given the struggles he had late in the match, I imagine next week’s highly anticipated match against Michigan’s Stevan Micic is in double.
Nick Lee looked the best he has in weeks at 141, dispatching Nate Limmex with a 17-6 major decision and getting PSU on the board.
Jarod Verkleeren then filled in for Brady Berge at 149 and picked up a workmanlike 8-3 decision win over Parker Filius to give the Nittany Lions a 7-6 lead in the match.
The team score was broke open in a big way at 157, unsurprising, as Jason Nolf needed just 42 seconds to pin Purdue’s Elijah Parker and put PSU up 13-6.
Vincenzo Joseph followed in suit with a fall at the 3:56 mark against Cole Wysocki to make it 19-6 and Penn State never looked back.
Mark Hall met Dylan Lydy for seemingly the 52nd time in the last two years and came away with a solid if unspectacular 6-2 decision win.
Up at 184, PSU was once again without the services of Shakur Rasheed who figures to be out at least until the Michigan dual on February 1.
In his stead, Francisco Bisono got his first start for the Lions and fell to Purdue’s Max Lyon, 12-4.
Those would be the last points of the night for the Boilermakers who pulled the team score to 22-10.
Penn State picked up major decision victories in each of the final two bouts, with Bo Nickal easing past Christian Brunner 17-6 and Anthony Cassar besting Jacob Aven to the tune of a 14-4 win.
The Nittany Lions return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Indiana to wrap up their Hoosier state road trip.
125: Devin Schroeder PUR dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 6-1.
133: #18 Ben Thornton PUR dec. #13 Roman Bravo-Young PSU, 7-3.
141: #7 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. Nate Limmex PUR, 17-6.
149: Jarod Verkleeren PSU dec. Parker Filius PUR, 8-3.
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Elijah Davis PUR, WBF (0:42).
165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU pinned Cole Wysocki PUR, WBF (3:56).
174: #1 Mark Hall PSU dec. #14 Dylan Lydy PUR, 6-2.
184: Max Lyon PUR maj. dec. Franciso Bisono PSU, 12-4.
197: #1 Bo Nickal PSU maj. dec. #12 Christian Brunner PUR, 17-6.
285: #4 Anthony Cassar PSU maj. dec. Jacob Aven PUR, 14-4.