Three wins over ranked wrestlers spark Lions

From Mirror reports

MADISON, Wis. — The Penn State Nittany Lions, ranked No. 2 in the latest InterMat Tournament Power Index, rolled through No. 4 Wisconsin, 29-10, in a top-five Big Ten dual meet Friday night.

The Nittany Lions used three victories over ranked opponents to post a victory. Penn State improved to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference while the Badgers dropped to 10-4 overall, 3-4 in the conference.

The Lions won seven of 10 bouts, including the final five to erase a small halftime deficit. Penn State is wrapping up of a run of four-of-five road duals in 16 days, including action at Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The dual began at 125 where freshman Brandon Meredith dropped a 4-0 decision to Eric Barnett. Sophomore Roman Bravo-Young, ranked No. 2 at 133, then met No. 1 Seth Gross in one of the dual’s many anticipated matchups. The duo put on a show that ended with Bravo-Young nearly notching a last-second takedown, not getting the call as time ran out, and dropping a close 6-5 bout.

Junior Nick Lee, ranked No. 2 at 141, then dominated No. 7 Tristan Moran. The Lion notched two takedowns and a number of nearfalls in posting a 14-1 major decision with 4:29 in riding time over the ranked Badger to cut the Wisconsin lead to 6-4. Sophomore Jarod Verkleeren gave Penn State the lead at 149 with a 3-2 win over No. 15 Cole Martin. Verkleeren battled the ranked Badger evenly for the entire bout and used a late takedown to post the win, giving Penn State a 7-6 lead.

Junior Bo Pipher dropped a 13-4 major to Garrett Model at 157 and Penn State trailed 10-7 at halftime.

Senior Vincenzo Joseph, ranked No. 1 at 165, met No. 3 Evan Wick in another marquee bout. Joseph controlled the action from start to finish. The Lion senior used two takedowns, a reversal, a stall point and 4:08 in riding time to roll to an 8-0 major decision and put Penn State back on top, 11-10. Senior Mark Hall, ranked No. 2 at 174, then stretched Penn State’s lead to 17-10, pinning Wisconsin’s Jared Krattiger at the 4:16 mark.

True freshman Aaron Brooks, ranked No. 7 at 184, extended the Penn State lead, posting a 3-2 win over Badger senior Johnny Sebastian. Brooks used a takedown in the third period for the bout’s key points.

Senior Shakur Rasheed, ranked No. 18 at 197, clinched the dual meet victory with a solid 6-0 win over Wisconsin’s Taylor Watkins. Rasheed’s win put Penn State up 23-10 with just one bout. True freshman Seth Nevills, ranked No. 15 at 285, received a forfeit victory at 285 and Penn State posted the dominant 29-10 victory in Madison.

Penn State had an 11-7 takedown edge and won seven of ten bouts, including the last five. The Nittany Lions picked up eight bonus points off a forfeit (Nevills), a pin (Hall) and two majors (Lee, Joseph).

Penn State visits Minnesota on Sunday for a 2 p.m. start on the Big Ten Network.

125: Eric Barnett UW dec. Brandon Meredith PSU, 4-0; 133: #1 Seth Gross UW dec. #2 Roman Bravo-Young PSU, 6-5; 141: #2 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. #7 Tristan Moran UW, 14-1; 149: Jarod Verkleeren PSU #15 Cole Martin UW, 3-2; 157: Garrett Model UW maj. dec. Bo Pipher PSU, 13-4; 165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. #3 Evan Wick UW, 8-0; 174: #2 Mark Hall PSU pinned Jared Krattiger UW, WBF (4:16); 184: #7 Aaron Brooks PSU dec. Johnny Sebastian UW, 3-2; 197: #18 Shakur Rasheed PSU dec. Taylor Watkins UW, 6-0; 285: #15 Seth Nevills PSU win by forfeit.

Records: Penn State (9-2, 6-1 B1G); Wisconsin (10-4, 3-4 B1G)

Attendance: 3,073


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