Penn State cruises past Indiana on mat

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 1 Penn State took down home standing Indiana to close out a Big Ten road swing through the Hoosier state on Sunday. Penn State downed Indiana 35-9 in Bloomington to remain unbeaten on the year.

Penn State won all but one off the contested bouts (giving up a forfeit loss at 133), including one Nittany Lion’s first-ever Big Ten dual victory.

The dual began at 184 where junior Francisco Bisono stepped in at 184 for No. 3 Shakur Rasheed for the second time this weekend. Bisono was once again tough but dropped a hard-fought 5-1 decision.

Junior Bo Nickal, ranked No. 1 at 197, made short work of IU’s Jake Kleimola. Nickal turned an early scramble into a cradle and a fast fall, getting the pin at the 0:58 mark to put Penn State up 6-3.

Senior Anthony Cassar, ranked No. 4 at 285, downed Indiana’s Fletcher Miller in an 11-5 win, rolling up over 2:00 in riding time to put Penn State up 9-3. Sophomore Devin Schnupp thrilled the many Lion faithful at the dual by picking up his first Big Ten dual meet victory in a 5-2 win over Indiana’s Liam Cronin. True freshman Roman Bravo-Young was injured in the first period of his match at Purdue Friday night and did not wrestle. Indiana’s Garrett Pepple won by forfeit at the weight and Penn State led 12-9 at intermission.

Sophomore Nick Lee, ranked No. 7 at 141, got Penn State started on the right foot in the second half. He posted a 4-0 takedown edge in front of many home-state fans to roll to a 13-3 major over Kyle Luigs. Redshirt freshman Jarod Verkleeren once again stepped in for No. 11 Brady Berger at 149 and notched a 6-4 win over Fernie Silva to give the Lions a 19-9 lead.

Senior Jason Nolf, ranked No. 1 at 157, picked up his second first period of the weekend with a fall over Breyden Bailey at the 2:46 mark. The fall was the 56th of Nolf’s career. Junior Vincenzo Joseph, ranked No. 1 at 165, also picked up his second pin of the weekend. The Lion got his 10th pin of the year with a fall over Bryce Martin at the 1:20 mark. Junior Mark Hall, ranked No. 1 at 174, closed out the dual with a dominating 12-4 major over IU’s Jake Covaciu. Penn State won eight of 10 bouts.

Penn State dominated the dual, rolling up a 21-3 takedown advantage. The Nittany Lions grabbed 11 bonus points off three pins (Nickal, Nolf, Joseph) and two majors (Lee, Hall). Nickal’s pin was his 11th this year and the 52nd of his career. Nolf has 11 this year and 56 for his career.

The Nittany Lions have now won 54-straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season. Penn State is now 9-0 overall, 5-0 in Big Ten action, while Indiana falls to 4-9, 1-5 B1G. The Nittany Lions return to Happy Valley for the 2019 BJC Dual when Michigan invades the 16,000-seat venue on Friday for a 7 p.m. dual.

184: Norman Conley IND dec. Francisco Bisono PSU, 5-1; 197: No. 1 Bo Nickal PSU pinned Jake Kleimola IND, WBF (0:58); 285: No. 4 Anthony Cassar PSU dec. Fletcher Miller IND, 11-5; 125: Devin Schnupp PSU dec. Liam Cronin IND, 5-2; 133: Garrett Pepple IND won by forfeit

141: No. 7 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. Kyle Luigs IND, 13-3; 149: No. 11 Brady Berge PSU dec. Fernie Silva IND, 6-4; 157: No. 1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Breyden Bailey IND, WBF (2:46); 165: No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU pinned Bryce Martin IND, WBF (1:23); 174: No. 1 Mark Hall PSU maj. dec. Jake Covaciu IND, 12-4

Attendance: 1,962

Records: Penn State (9-0, 5-0 B1G); Indiana (4-9, 1-5 B1G)