Wrestling Match Blog - FINAL: #1 Penn State 36, #19 Wisconsin 6

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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 36-6 victory over No. 19 Wisconsin on Friday inside sold out Rec Hall.


285: #11 Connor Medbery Defeats #16 Jon Gingrich - 6-3
Coming off his second-ranked win of the season on Sunday, newly-ranked Jon Gingrich dropped a tight 6-3 decision to 11th-ranked Connor Medberry from Wisconsin.  The duo wrestled to a scoreless first period after Gingrich battled out of a pair of takedown attempts.  The Lion sophomore escaped for a 1-0 lead to open the second, but Medbery notched a takedown and took control at the top position.  Gingrich tallied a second escape to make it 2-2 after two periods, but Medbery fended off a late attack for a 6-3 victory in the opening match of the night.

125: #2 Nico Megaludis Defeats Matt Cavallaris - 22-7 (Four-Point Technical Fall)
Second-ranked Nico Megaludis is evolving into a takedown machine for the Nittany Lions.  He notched three takedowns in the opening frame for a 6-2 lead after one before adding two more in the second period for an 11-3 edge.  Additionally, Megaludis had 2:48 of riding time in two periods of work.  From there, Megaludis rolled to a 22-7, four-point technical fall victor to give the Lions a 4-3 lead in the match.

133: Jordan Conaway Defeats #3 Tyler Graff - 10-8 Sudden Victory
Nittany Lion freshman Jordan Conaway battled No. 3-ranked Tyler Graff from Wisconsin in the third match of the evening.  Graff struck first with three takedowns, but Conaway battled throughout the opening frame.  Leading 6-3 after one, Graff only managed an escape point in the second.  Conaway opened the third period with an escape to make it 7-4.  Nonetheless, Conaway was far from done.  He worked in for a takedown to make it 7-6.  Conaway cut Graff loose for an escape point, which handed the Wisconsin junior an 8-6 lead.  Conaway was not going to be denied, though.  He completed the improbable comeback with a takedown in the final seconds to knot the score at 8-8.  In sudden victory, the Lion freshman notched his third takedown in just about a minute to claim a tremendous 10-8 win.  The effort from Conaway in the third period speaks volumes about the way he has grown this season.  Rec Hall erupted after each takedown and truly willed Conaway to the victory.

141: Bryan Pearsall Pins Tom Kelliher - 1:22
With the sold out crowd buzzing from the incredible comeback from Conaway, Bryan Pearsall wasted little time grabbing a 5-0 lead against Wisconsin's Tom Kelliher.  Pearsall notched a takedown and three back points before turning Kelliher at the 1:22 mark for his fifth pin of the season.  Pearsall's victory put the Lions up 13-3 in the match.

149: Cole Schmitt Defeats James English - 8-4
James English has done a superb job stepping in for Andrew Alton in his absence.  That continued on Friday night with a hard-fought victory over Wisconsin's Cole Schmitt.  Pearsall led just 1-0 after two periods.  Schmitt tallied an escape early in the third and both wrestlers added stalling points to send the match into sudden victory tied at 2-2.  The duo needed five extra periods to decide the outcome, but Schmitt used a key reversal and three back points to score an 8-4 victory.  The Wisconsin win sent the match into the break with Penn State leading, 13-6.

157: James Vollrath Defeats Kalvin York - 5-3
James Vollrath started quickly in the opening period with an escape following some injury time from Kalvin York and then a takedown.  Leading 3-0 with 43 seconds of riding time, Vollrath was in control heading into the second period.  Nevertheless, York came right back with a double-leg takedown in the second to trim Vollrath's lead down to 4-2.  The Lion junior notched an escape to make it 5-2 heading into the final frame.  York's escape in the third made it 5-3 at the 1:20 mark.  But that would be as close as York would get, as Vollrath took his second-straight victory to put the Lions up by a score of 16-6.

165: #2 David Taylor Defeats Frank Cousins - 6:22 Technical Fall (25-7)
Like he has so many times before, second-ranked David Taylor put on a clinic in his bout against Wisconsin's Frank Cousins.  Taylor registered six takedowns and three back points in the first period, alone, on his way to a 15-5 lead after one.  Taylor added his seventh takedown of the match to claim a 17-6 advantage after two periods.  The defending national champion turned Cousins mid-way through the third period and nearly tallied a pin, but the three near-fall points made it a 25-7 technical fall victory at the 6:22 mark in the match.

174: #3 Matt Brown Defeats Scott Liegel - 12-8
Third-ranked Matt Brown scored a takedown in the opening minute of the first period, but was then held scoreless until late in the second period.  Wisconsin's Scott Liegel used two escape points and a takedown to set the score at 4-2 mid-way through the second.  Brown escaped to make it 4-3 before notching his second takedown of the match for a 5-4 advantage after two.  Despite the one-tally advantage, Brown built 1:42 of riding time and was in control of the match.  The Nittany Lion sophomore scored a pair of takedowns en route to a 12-8 victory.

184: #1 Ed Ruth Win By Forfeit
Ed Ruth earned a victory by forfeit at 184 pounds.  Ruth's forfeit set the score at 30-6 Nittany Lions.

197: #3 Quentin Wright Pins #20 Jackson Hein, Jr. - 1:24
Central Pennsylvania product Quentin Wright has a passion for wrestling in Rec Hall.  He grew up attending matches as a kid.  Wright has had his fair share of Rec Hall moments, but Friday will be a night that the Lion senior will always remember.  Wright scored a takedown in the opening minute before putting 20th-ranked Jackson Hein, Jr. on his back for a pin at 1:24 and his 100th-career victory in dual matches.  Wright's victory set the final score at 36-6, Nittany Lions.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
The Nittany Lions moved to 6-0 in duals and 3-0 in Big Ten competition with another dominant victory inside Rec Hall.  Penn State won eight of the 10 bouts, but two matches stood out above the rest.  Jordan Conaway's improbable comeback at 133 pounds will be a bout that will be remembered for a long time in Rec Hall.  Trailing 7-3 in the final minute of action, Conaway stormed back with two late takedowns and a third in overtime for a sudden victory.  You often take for granted the type of atmosphere that is present inside Rec Hall because the Lions have had so much success in recent years, but when Conaway scored his victory, the reaction from the sold out crowd was incredible.

The other bout that will go down in the record books from Friday's dual was Quentin Wright's 100th-career win.  Wright has put together a memorable career in a Penn State singlet, including the 2011 national championship.  Friday's win was a special one, but Wright has his eye on the rest of the postseason.  He walked off the mat on Friday night with his eighth pin in 2012-13, and he is now 16-0 this season.

Penn State will have a quick turnaround before traveling to Purdue on Saturday morning in preparation for Sunday's dual against the Boilers.  Sunday's dual kicks off a string of six out of eight road contests to end the season.



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