Lions take 7 of 10 in win over Buckeyes

From Mirror reports

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Penn State wrestling team improved to 5-0 overall and in the Big Ten Friday night, thanks to a 28-12 win over Ohio State in which the Nittany Lions won the seven of the 10 matches against the Buckeyes.

It was the Nittany Lions fifth straight win away from home.

Penn State picked up ranked victories at 174, 184 and 285 to take down the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions featured a line-up that included five freshmen and two sophomores.

The dual began at 125 where true freshman Robert Howard took on the Buckeyes Malik Heinselman, who won 5-2. At 133, Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young ended the match with four back points to post a 26-8 technical fall at the 5:37 mark over Ohio State’s Jordan Decatur.

Senior Nick Lee ranked No. 2 at 141, put Penn State up 9-3 with a dominant 15-3 major over OSU’s Dylan D’Emilio. The Lion senior tallied five takedowns in the win. True freshman Beau Bartlett made his Penn State dual debut up at 149, taking on No. 2 Sammy Sasso, who picked up a 5-3 win to cut the lead to 9-6.

Junior Brady Berge, wrestling at 157, turned a late takedown into a 3-1 win over Ohio State’s Elijah Cleary. Berge’s win gave the Nittany Lions a 12-6 lead at halftime.

Lions freshman Joe Lee, at 165, notched his bout’s first takedown against Ethan Smith but suffered a reversal and was pinned at the 2:34 mark. Smith’s win briefly tied the dual at 12-12. Penn State then won out.

Freshman Carter Starocci, at 174, continued his strong wrestling by beating Kaleb Romero by taking him to a tie-breaker. He used a rideout to post a 2-1 victory, putting Penn State up 15-12.

Sophomore Aaron Brooks, at 184 cruised past Rocky Jordan, 13-4, with a six-point second period. Freshman Michael Beard, at 197, then clinched the Penn State win when he pinned Gavin Hoffman in 1:20.

Up 25-12, sophomore Seth Nevills closed out the dual with Penn State’s seventh win of the night, using a third-period takedown to post a 3-2 win over Tate Orndorff.

The Nittany Lions allowed only three takedowns during the dual meet. Penn State rolled up a 24-3 advantage in takedowns. Sanderson’s team picked up seven bonus points off a pin (Beard), a tech fall (Bravo-Young) and two majors (Nick Lee, Brooks).

125–Heinselman, OSU, dec. Howard, 5-2. 133–Bravo-Young, PSU, tech. fall Decatur, 26-8 (5:37). 141–Lee, PSU, major dec. D’Emilio, 15-3. 149–Sasso, OSU, dec. Bartlett, 5-3. 157–Berge, PSU, dec. Cleary, 3-1.

165–Smith, OSU, pinned Lee, 2:34. 174–Starocci, PSU, dec. Romero, 2-1. 184–Brooks, PSU, major dec. Jordan, 13-4. 197–Beard, PSU, pinned Hoffman, 1:20. 285–Nevills, PSU, dec. Orndorff, 3-2.

Records: Penn State (5-0, Big Ten 5-0); Ohio State (5-4, Big Ten 5-4)


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