Wrestling Match Blog - FINAL: #1 Penn State 41, Michigan State 0

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

Take a look back at Penn State's dominant 41-0 shutout of Michigan State in front of a sold out Rec Hall crowd on Sunday afternoon.  The Nittany Lions improved to 5-0 in duals and 2-0 in the Big Ten with the victory.

125: #2 Nico Megaludis Majors Brenan Lyon - 19-6
Moving quickly out of the gate, sophomore Nico Megaludis wrestled at a high tempo from the word go against Michigan State sophomore Brenan Lyon.  Megaludis notched three first-period takedowns for a 6-2 lead after one.  He added an escape and a takedown to open the second.  The Lion sophomore then worked to turn Lyon before tallying two back points and a fifth takedown during the match.  He led 13-3 after two before notching a 19-6 major decision victory with more than 2:30 of riding time.  Megaludis is now 13-1 in 2012-13.

133: Jordan Conaway Defeats Brandon Fifield - 6-2
Freshman Jordan Conaway opened his bout with Michigan State sophomore Jordan Fifield with a hard-fought takedown in the first period.  Although he led just 2-0 after one, Conaway grabbed complete control of the match early with 1:53 riding time after one frame.  Fifield erased a large chunk of the riding time to open the second, but Conaway tallied a crucial reversal to re-claim control of the match.  He entered the third period with a 4-0 edge and 1:31 of riding time.  Conaway cruised to a 6-2 victory with 2:33 of riding time to put the Lions up 7-0 on the scoreboard.

141: Bryan Pearsall Majors Nick Trimble - 10-2
Like the first two bouts, senior Bryan Pearsall grabbed control of his match against Spartan freshman Nick Trimble with 2:04 riding time in the opening period.  Pearsall managed a takedown early and three near-fall points as the period clicked down for a 5-0 lead after one.  Pearsall started the second on the bottom and escaped out for a 6-0 lead.  He added a second takedown in the final minute of the second to make it an 8-0 lead heading into the third period.  Pearsall worked to turn Trimble throughout the final two periods, but Trimble tallied a reversal with 1:00 on the clock to trim the score down to 8-2.  Nonetheless, with the riding time point, the Lion senior tallied a 10-2 major decision victory to set the scoreboard at 11-0, Nittany Lions.

149: James English Deafeats Dan Osterman - 6-0
The 149-pound bout was relatively even until James English scrambled for a takedown and a 2-0 lead in the first period against Michigan State senior Dan Osterman.  English took the 2-0 lead and 1:16 of riding time into the second period.  English's escape point was the lone tally in the second period.  English added an aggressive takedown in the third period and riding time to tally a 6-0 victory by decision.  English, who improved to 14-2 on the season, helped give Penn State a 14-0 lead in the dual.

157: James Vollrath Defeats #19 David Cheza - 6-4
In the fifth match of the day, Nittany Lion junior James Vollrath nearly completed a takedown, but 19th-ranked David Cheza countered with a takedown of his own for a 2-0 lead.  Vollrath tallied an escape to make it 2-1 after the first period.  Cheza notched an escape to kick off the second, but Vollrath answered with his first takedown of the match to knot things at 3-3.  Cheza escaped out for a 4-3 lead after two periods.  Vollrath opened the third just as he needed to by scoring a quick escape.  With riding time out of the equation, the two wrestlers entered the final minute knowing at least a takedown would be needed to win the match.  Vollrath rose to the equation in the final 15 seconds with single-leg shot that resulted in a takedown to win the match, 6-4.  Penn State took a commanding 17-0 lead into the intermission following Vollrath's big win.

165: #2 David Taylor Pins Nick Proctor - WBF 1:37
Junior David Taylor wasted little time getting on the offensive against Michigan State sophomore Nick Proctor.  Taylor tallied three takedowns in the opening minute of the match before turning Proctor for a pin at the 1:37 mark.  Albeit a short match, Taylor looked active and aggressive in a truly dominant victory.  His win increased Penn State's lead to 23-0 in the overall match score.

174: #3 Matt Brown Technical Fall Jordan Wohlfert - 22-7 (6:17)
Sophomore Matt Brown continues to impress with his relentless approach to the Nittany Lion lineup at 174 pounds.  Brown notched five first-period takedowns against Michigan State freshman Jordan Wohlfert to claim a 10-4 lead.  Brown powered his way to a sixth and seventh takedown and three near-fall points in the second period to make it a 17-6 lead heading into the third period.  Brown also had 3:24 of riding time through two periods.  Brown remained aggressive in the third period with two more takedowns on his way to a technical fall (22-7) victory at the 6:17 mark.  Browns win set the team score at 28-0, in favor of the Nittany Lions.

184: #1 Ed Ruth Pins John Rizqallah - WBF 1:37
Junior Ed Ruth is wrestling as well as anyone at any weight class in America right now.  Ruth, who is undefeated on the season, notched a takedown early against Michigan State's John Rizqallah before turning the MSU sophomore for his sixth pin of the 2012-13 season at 1:37 mark.  Ruth's pin put the Lions up 34-0 on the scoreboard.

197: #3 Quentin Wright Majors Luke Jones - 13-4
With only four more opportunities to wrestle in front of the home crowd in Rec Hall, senior Quentin Wright looked like a man on a mission in his bout on Sunday afternoon.  Wright built an 8-2 lead after one period with three takedowns and two near-fall points.  He added a reversal in the second and another takedown in the third and riding time for a 13-4 major decision against Michigan State sophomore Luke Jones.

285: Jon Gingrich Defeats #4 Michael McClure - 5-3
The starting spot at the heavyweight position has been a heated battle between sophomores Jimmy Lawson and Jon Gingrich all season long.  Gingrich earned the starting nod on Sunday afternoon against fourth-ranked Michigan State junior Michael McClure.  The duo wrestled a scoreless first period.  Gingrich escaped out of the bottom position to open the second for a 1-0 lead after two.  McClure tied the match at 1-1 with an escape to open the third frame.  Like he has done all season long, Gingrich got stronger as the match wore on.  He powered to a takedown and notched two near-fall points to seal a dramatic 5-3 victory against a superbly talented opponent.  With the win, the Nittany Lions moved to 2-0 in Big Ten competition with a 41-0 shutout.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
The Nittany Lions moved to 2-0 in Big Ten duals in emphatic fashion on Sunday afternoon in front of a boisterous sold out crowd inside Rec Hall.  The Lions notched two pins, one technical fall, three major decisions and four decisions for a 41-0 shutout victory.  Through two conference matches, the Nittany Lions have out-scored their opponents by a combined 93-0 margin.

Sunday afternoon's dual was a complete performance from the Nittany Lions at all 10 weight classes.  Give a great deal of credit to James English and James Vollrath, who stepped into the lineup and tallied two big victories for the Lions.  The results of David Taylor, Matt Brown and Ed Ruth speak for themselves, but Jon Gingrich's win was the result of the day.  Gingrich now has two wins against top-10 opponents.  The sophomore is in tremendous condition, and he gets stronger in the third period.  The Lions will take a great deal of confidence into their first weekend of two Big Ten matches.  Penn State meets Wisconsin at home on Friday before traveling to Purdue on Sunday.


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