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Lions throttle Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 5 in the latest Intermat Tournament Power Index, won all but one bout to dominate Maryland, 38-3, Thursday in the Big Ten dual meet opener for the Nittany Lions.

The dual began at 125 where Nittany Lion junior Jordan Conaway put Penn State on top early with a 15-2 major over Maryland’s Michael Beck. In the dual’s marquee matchup, Nittany Lion sophomore Jimmy Gulibon put on a third period show to beat Maryland’s Geoffrey Alexander, 9-2. Gulibon gave up an early first period takedown but was undaunted. The Lion rode Alexander out for the entire second period and then outscored the Terp 9-0 in the third, thanks to a takedown and two nearfall turns. Gulibon entered the dual ranked No. 5 at 133 and Alexander was No. 11.

Junior Michael Waters made his Penn State dual meet debut at 141 but dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Maryland’s Shyheim Brown. Sophomore Zack Beitz, ranked No. 13 at 149, dominated Maryland senior Ben Dorsay, posting a 9-0 major with 4:25 in riding time. At 157, redshirt freshman Cody Law used a third-period takedown to break, a 1-1 tie and posted a 3-2 win over Lou Mascola.

Redshirt freshman Garett Hammond at 165 hammered Maryland’s Tyler Manion, notching six takedowns on his way to a 15-4 major decision. Two-time All-American Matt Brown, ranked No. 2 at 174, made short work of Maryland’s T.J. Guidice, getting the first period pin at the 1:12 mark. The fall, Brown’s third of the year, is the 25th of his career, tying him for 16th all-time in Nittany Lion history. Redshirt freshman Matt McCutcheon at 184, tallied six takedowns and rolled up 4:58 in riding time on his way to a 17-6 major decision over Maryland’s Tony Gardner.

All-American Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 4 at 197, posted Penn State’s second quick, first period fall of the night. The junior used a takedown and a quick cradle to pin Maryland’s Rob Fitzgerald in 51 second, putting Penn State up 34-3. In the dual’s final bout, Penn State senior Jimmy Lawson returned to dual meet action for the first time this year and rolled to a 20-8 major over Terrapin Ryan Kail, tallying nine takedowns in the win.

The Nittany Lions are now 4-0 on the year, 1-0 in Big Ten, while Maryland is now 4-5, 0-3 Big Ten. Penn State won the takedown battle 31-1 and picked up 11 bonus points off two pins and five majors.

Penn State returns to action for a home dual, hosting No. 8 Virginia Tech on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., in Rec Hall.

125-Conaway, PSU, maj. dec. Beck, 15-2; 133-Gulibon, PSU, dec. Alexander, 9-2; 141-Brown, M, dec. Waters, 1-0; 149-Beitz, PSU, maj. dec. Dorsay, 9-0; 157-Law, PSU, dec. Mascola, 3-2.

165-Hammond, PSU, maj. dec. Manion, 15-4; 174-Brown, PSU, pinned Guidice, 1:12; 184-McCutcheon, PSU, maj. dec. Gardner, 17-6; 197-McIntosh, PSU, pinned Fitzgerald, 0:51; 285-Lawson, PSU, maj. dec. Kail, 20-8.

Attendance: 2,779

Records: Penn State (4-0 overall, 1-0 in Big Ten; Maryland (4-5, 0-2)