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Wrestling Recap: Penn State 37, Michigan State 10

The Nittany Lions easily dispatched of the rather lowly Spartans.

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Penn State took care of business in Rec Hall on Friday night.

In their penultimate Big Ten dual of the season, the Nittany Lions easily dispatched of visiting Michigan State despite a pair of starters absent from the lineup.

The dual started at 125 and Penn State quickly found itself with a 4-0 deficit as eighth-ranked RayVon Foley topped Devin Schnupp 14-5.

Roman Bravo-Young was back home in Arizona attending a funeral, so Scott Stossel got the start at 133 for Penn State. Stossel battled hard but fell to two-time NCAA qualifier Anthony Tututolo, 4-1. This gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead in the dual.

Nick Lee got the momentum going to Penn State with a dominant 19-7 major decision victory over Austin Eicher.

Jarod Verkleeren, in against for Brady Berge, followed up with an impressive 12-3 major decision win over Jaden Enriquez to give PSU an 8-7 lead in the dual.

Up at 157, Jason Nolf capped the first half of the dual with a fall over Jake Tucker at the 3:50 mark of the second period. The Nittany Lions took a 14-7 lead into the intermission.

Not to be outdone, Cenzo Joseph came out after the break and pinned Austin Hiles in 3:48 to extend the lead to 20-7.

The 174-pound match featured a wrestling oddity, as Drew Hughes was hit for stalling five times and eventually disqualified from his match with Mark Hall. Hughes, who picked up the final three stalling calls while on top, appeared knowingly stall himself out of the match.

Penn State clinched the dual with the DQ, taking a 26-7 lead.

Mason Manville was once again called upon to replace Shakur Rasheed at 184 and, despite a valiant effort and some questionable refereeing, fell to No. 17 Cameron Caffey, 6-4.

Bo Nickal spent just 35 seconds on the mat at 197, locking up a cradle and pinning Brad Wilton before he could even break a sweat.

At heavyweight, Anthony Cassar finished off the dual in style as he earned a 21-6 tech fall victory over Chase Beard at the 6:06 mark of the third period.

Match Results

125: #7 Rayvon Foley MSU maj. dec. Devin Schnupp PSU, 14-5.

133: Anthony Tutolo MSU dec. Scott Stossel PSU, 4-1.

141: #2 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. Austin Eicher MSU, 19-7.

149: Jarod Verkleeren PSU maj. dec. Jaden Enriquez MSU, 12-3.

157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Jake Tucker MSU, WBF (3:50).

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU pinned Austin Hiles MSU, WBF (3:48).

174: #1 Mark Hal PSU win by DQ over Drew Hughes MSU, DQ (5 stalls).

184: #15 Cameron Caffey MSU dec. Mason Manville PSU, 6-4.

197: #1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Brad Wilton MSU, WBF (0:35).

285: #3 Anthony Cassar PSU tech fall Chase Beard, 21-6 (TF; 6:06).