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Lions dominate Knights on mat

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State wrestling team won seven of 10 bouts, including the final five early Sunday evening en route to a 27-11 win over Rutgers in Big Ten action at Rec Hall.

Penn State, ranked first in the country, improved to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference while Rutgers, ranked No. 14, fell to 12-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

The dual meet featured 13 ranked wrestlers and the return of Penn State’s Brady Berge at 165. Berge returned to Penn State after an injury ended his season last year in the NCAA tournament.

Senior Drew Hildebrandt, ranked No. 9 at 125, opened up the dual meet with a 4-2 win over No. 31 Dylan Shawver, using a last-second takedown to grab the win in regulation. Senior Roman Bravo-Young, ranked No. 1 at 133, dominated No. 20 Joseph Olivier in an 11-5 decision with 2:01 in riding time to put Penn State up 6-0.

With No. 1 Nick Lee still out due to protocols, junior Brandon Meredith moved up a weight and battled No. 3 Sebastian Rivera, who posted a 17-1 technical fall at the 3:36 mark for Rutgers’ first win. Sophomore Beau Bartlett, ranked No. 19 at 149, battled No. 18 Michael VanBrill in one of the dual’s marquee matchups. The duo went to two extra periods before VanBrill escaped to a 4-3 win in a second tiebreaker.

Rutgers junior Tony Negron also went to extra time at 157, falling to Robert Kanniard 6-4 and the Nittany Lions trailed 11-6 at that point.

Berge took the mat at 165 and controlled the action in a 5-1 win over Andrew Clark. Sophomore Carter Starocci, ranked No. 1 at 174, then put Penn State on top at 14-11 with a 19-2 technical fall over Connor O’Neill.

Junior Aaron Brooks, ranked No. 1 at 184, dominated No. 5 John Poznanski. Brooks rolled up four takedowns and 2:31 in riding time to post a 10-2 major decision. Junior Max Dean, ranked No. 2 at 197, scored the final six points in a 9-6 win over No. 7 Greg Bulsak at 197 to put Penn State up 21-11.

Sophomore Greg Kerkvliet, ranked No. 4 at 285, closed out the dual with a fast fall, pinning Alex Esposito at the 1:45 mark to set the final at 27-11.

The Nittany Lions posted a 23-6 margin in takedowns.

Penn State is at Michigan on Friday night.

125–Hildebrandt, PS, dec. Shawver, 42. 133–Bravo-Young, PS, def. Olivieri, 11-5. 141–Rivera, R, won by tech. fall, over Meredith, 17-1 (3:36). 149–VanBrill, R, def. Bartlett, 4-3. 157–Kanniard, R, dec. Negron, 6-4.

165–Berge, PS, dec. Clark, 5-1. 174–Starocci, PS, won by tech. fall over O’Neill, 19-2 (4:25). 184–Brooks, PS, major dec. Poznanski, 10-2. 197–Dean, PS, dec. Bulsak, 9-6. 285–Kerkvliet, PS, pinned Esposito, 1:45.

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