Nittany Lions hand Cornhuskers first loss of the season

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team hammered home-standing No. 6 Nebraska Sunday for its second Big Ten road victory of the weekend.

Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad won seven of 10 bouts to roll to the 27-14 win.

The Nittany Lions improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten while Nebraska fell to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Penn State’s seven wins included three majors and a pin as well as sophomore Bo Nickal’s dominant win over TJ Dudley at 184.

At 125, true freshman Nick Suriano, ranked No. 3, used a second-period takedown to beat No. 5 Tim Lambert, giving Penn State an early 3-0 lead.  At 133, sophomore George Carpenter took to the mat for No. 13 Jered Cortez and suffered a 17-1 technical fall to No. 3 Eric Montoya.  Nebraska’s Colton McCrystal, ranked No. 13, used a first-period flurry to down senior Jimmy Gulibon, ranked No. 12 at 141, 12-5 and put the Huskers up 8-3.

Junior Zain Retherford, ranked No. 1 at 149, dominated Collin Purinton, posting a 19-6 major and staying unbeaten on the year. Sophomore Jason Nolf, ranked No. 1 at 157, majored No. 3 Tyler Berger, dominating action from start to finish on his way to a 15-7 major and putting Penn State up 11-8 at the midway point. Nolf tallied a 6-1 takedown edge in the match.

Redshirt freshman Vincenzo Joseph, ranked No. 5 at 165, majored Nebraska’s Dustin Williams 20-7, for the Lions’ third straight bonus-point win.  Senior Geno Morelli once again got the call at 174 and continued to impress with a 2-1 victory over Nebraska senior Micah Barnes.  Morelli’s win gave Penn State an 18-8 lead.

Sophomore Bo Nickal, ranked No. 2 at 184, then downed No. 3 TJ Dudley 10-5, rolling up four takedowns to none for the Husker senior. Nebraska got a win at 197 where No. 7 Aaron Studebaker pinned Lion junior Matt McCutcheon, ranked No. 11, at the 6:01 mark.

Sophomore Nick Nevills, ranked No. 5 at 285, put an exclamation point on the road win by pinning No. 15 Collin Jensen at the 6:01 mark to give the Nittany Lions the final 27-14 victory.

The Nittany Lions dominated the dual from start to finish, rolling up a 24-8 takedown advantage in winning seven of 10 bouts.  Penn State picked up six bonus points off a pin and three majors.

Retherford has now won 46 straight matches dating back to the end of the 2013-14 season.  He is 11-0 with nine pins, a tech and a major. Nolf is 10-1 with seven pins, a major and three techs. Nickal is 10-0 with eight pins and a major this season. Nevills and Suriano both remain unbeaten with 10-0 records as well. Nevills now has four pins and a tech fall this year.

125 — Suriano, PSU, dec.  Lambert, 3-2. 133 —   Montoya, N, tech. fall Carpenter, 17-1 (5:56). 141 — McCrystal, N, dec. Gulibon, 12-5. 149 — Retherford, PSU, major dec. Purinton, 19-6. 157: — Nolf, PSU, major dec. Berger, 15-7. 165 — Joseph, PSU, major dec. Williams, 20-7. 174 — Morelli, PSU, dec. Barnes, 2-1. 184 — Nickal, PSU, dec. Dudley, 10-5. 197 — Studebaker, N, pinned McCutcheon, 6:01. 285 — Nevills, PSU, pinned Jensen, 6:01.

Attendance: 2,373

Records: Penn State (6-0, 2-0 B1G) Nebraska (7-1, 1-1 B1G)