Wrestling Match Blog - FINAL: #1 Penn State 33, #12 Nebraska 9

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State wrestling team's match against Wisconsin.

Take a look back at Penn State's 33-9 victory over No. 12 Nebraska on Sunday in sold out Rec Hall.

125: #2 Nico Megaludis Win By Forfeit
Second-ranked Nico Megaludis opened the match with a forfeit at 125 pounds, which put the Lions up 6-0.

133: Jordan Conaway Majors Shawn Nagel - 14-5
Freshman Jordan Conaway was aggressive throughout the first period, but he fell behind Nebraska junior Shawn Nagel, 2-0, after a takedown.  Conaway came right back with an escape and a takedown as the first period came to a close.  Leading 3-2 heading into the second, Conaway maintained the top position for the entire duration of the second period en route to a 1:53 advantage in riding time.  Conaway worked his way to a reversal in the third.  From there, Nagel trimmed the lead to 5-3 after an escape, but Conaway was not done.  He exploded for three takedowns and two back points to go along with a riding time point for a 14-5 major decision.  Conaway is a terrific third-period wrestler.  His surge handed Penn State a 10-0 lead in the match.

141: Bryan Pearsall Defeats #19 Ridge Kiley - 2-0
Senior Bryan Pearsall and 19th-ranked Ridge Kiley wrestled to a scoreless first period in the second bout of the afternoon.  Pearsall started the second frame from the top position, and he never relinquished the spot.  In doing so, Pearsall built 2:00 of riding time heading into the third.  Pearsall notched an escape to open the third for a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard.  That proved to be all Pearsall needed to score a victory.  He fended off Kiley's late attack for a 2-0 shutout victory after clinching the riding time.

149: #12 Jake Sueflohn Pins #3 Andrew Alton - 5:33
Third-ranked Andrew Alton returned to the mat for the Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon, and he wasted very little time taking control of his match against 12th-ranked Jake Sueflohn.  Alton scored a quick takedown and two back points for a 4-0 lead.  Alton took a 4-1 lead into the second period, but Sueflohn put a lot of pressure on Alton.  The Lion sophomore added an escape for a 5-1 edge, but Sueflohn answered with a takedown and collected a stalling point to make it 5-4 heading into the third.  The Nebraska sophomore battled his way to a reversal in the third before turning Alton for a pin at the 5:33 mark, Alton's first loss of the season.  The Nebraska pin set the score at 13-6, Nittany Lions. 

157: #6 Dylan Alton Defeats #4 James Green - 3-1
Sixth-ranked Dylan Alton and fourth-ranked James Green battled from the opening whistle at 157 pounds.  Alton nearly had Green on his back, but the Nebraska sophomore scrambled out to keep the match scoreless heading into the second period.  Alton escaped out of the bottom position for a 1-0 lead, and then held off several shots from Green to keep a one-point edge leading up to the third period.  Green tallied an escape to square the match at 1-1.  The match remained tied until the final 15 seconds when Alton battled to a late takedown in the middle of the mat to secure a 3-1 lead, which sent the Lions into the intermission with a 16-6 advantage on the scoreboard.

165: #2 David Taylor Tallies Technical Fall vs. Tyler Koehn - 16-1 (5:09)
Second-ranked David Taylor enters every match looking to score a lot of points, and Sunday was no exception.  He scored a takedown and a total of five back points against Nebraska's Tyler Koehn in the first period en route to a 7-1 lead after one.  Taylor picked up right where he left off in the second with eight more back points and a 15-1 lead on the scoreboard.  All Taylor needed was an escape to score a tech fall, and he got it just nine seconds into the third (5:09).  Taylor's win set the score at 21-6, Nittany Lions.

174: #4 Robert Kokesh Defeats #3 Matt Brown - 10-7
The second battle among top 10 opponents took place between third-ranked Matt Brown and fourth-ranked Robert Kokesh.  Brown nearly had a takedown as the first period expired, but Kokesh held him off.  Brown answered with an escape and a takedown for a 3-0 lead in the second.  Nonetheless, Kokesh came right back with superb second period.  The Nebraska sophomore scored an escape, a takedown and two back points for a 5-3 lead after two.  Brown rallied late, but a late attempt to turn Kokesh came up short, and the Nebraska sophomore held on for a 10-7 win.  Kokesh's win trimmed the Penn State lead down to 21-9.

184: #1 Ed Ruth Tallies Technical Fall Over #8 Josh Ihnen - 16-1 (7:00)
Junior Ed Ruth got stronger as his match against eighth-ranked Josh Ihnen wore on.  Ruth took a 7-3 lead after two periods before a dominant third frame.  Ruth turned Ihnen onto his back on three separate occasions.  Ruth added a riding time tally to make it 18-3 at the 7:00 mark to notch a technical fall victory.  The top-ranked Nittany Lion now has three technical fall victories this season.  His win on Sunday set the team score at, 26-9, Penn State.

197: #3 Quentin Wright Majors Caleb Kolb - 10-2
Third-ranked Quentin Wright used two takedowns and an escape point in the opening two periods for a 5-0 lead.  Additionally, Wright built 2:55 of riding time during the first to frames to garner complete control of the match.  Nebraska's Caleb Kolb used an escape to get on the board, but Wright collected two more takedowns and 3:25 of riding time to win, 10-2, for a major decision.  Wright is now 18-0 on the season, and he is wrestling with a purpose every time he steps onto the mat.

285: #17 Jon Gingrich Defeats Spencer Johnson - 7-4
Nittany Lion sophomore Jon Gingrich used a takedown to build a 2-1 advantage over Spencer Johnson after one period of action in the final bout of the afternoon.  Gingrich opened the second period on top and built nearly two minutes of riding time, but Johnson worked his way to a reversal to claim a 3-2 lead.  Gingrich escaped out to make it 3-3 heading into the final period.  The Lion sophomore scored an escape to open the third before notching a powerful takedown for a 6-3 lead on the scoreboard.  Johnson added an escape late, but Gingrich held strong for a 7-4 advantage with 2:47 of riding time.  Gingrich's win set the final score at 33-9.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Boosted by top 10 victories from Dylan Alton and Ed Ruth, the Nittany Lions remained perfect in 2012-13 with a 33-9 victory over 12th-ranked Nebraska.  Alton, who was wrestling for the first time in 2013, used a late takedown to score a much-needed 3-1 win over No. 4 James Green to send the Nittany Lions into the halftime break with a 16-6 advantage.  Top-ranked Ed Ruth highlighted the second half off the match with a dominant 18-3 technical fall victory over No. 8 Josh Ihnen.

The Nittany Lions will use Sunday's victory as springboard into a huge week ahead.  The Lions travel to Iowa City on Friday for a showdown with the No. 4 Hawkeyes.  Additionally, Penn State travels to No. 6 Illinois for a Sunday afternoon match.

Head coach Cael Sanderson said after the match to see how his team responds to the pair of challenges next weekend.  The Nittany Lions need to face challenges leading up to the month of March, and there is no better place than sold out Carver-Hawkeye Arena to do so.



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