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Nittany Lions blaze to five straight wins in a 5-0 finals showing to tie NCAA record for national champions
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Penn State extends its team lead, goes 5-2 in quarters
Nittany Lions inching closer to NCAA team title after sizzling Friday night in St. Louis
Penn State will lead the team race after day one of the 2017 NCAA Championships
Two-time NCAA Qualifier Matt McCutcheon heads into his junior season looking to break through and earn All-America status. The Nittany Lion 184-pounder has beaten some of the nation's top wrestlers and heads into the new season as one to watch at his weight.
2015-16: Ranked #14 by InterMat...2-0 weekend to start the year with a pin vs. LHU on 11/13 and a major at Virginia Tech on 11/15...majored CSUB's Jesus Ambriz 12-3 on 11/20 on West Coast...won first two bouts of 2016 Southern Scuffle, including a pin, before pulling out of tournament, ended with 2-0 mark at the event...thrilling 8-7 win over #5 TJ Dudley of Nebraska, using two third period takedowns to grab victory on 1/15...injured during second period of match against Illinois' Jeff Koepke on 1/23...controlled #13 Kenny Courts of Ohio State on 2/5, shutting him out 4-0 including full third period ride-out...lost tough 6-0 dec. to #3 Nate Brown at Lehigh on 2/12...inj. default loss to #13 Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State on 2/21...NWCA National All-Academic Team.
Big Ten Championships (2-2, 5th, NCAA Qualifier): 2-2 at 2016 Big Ten Championships on 3/5-6 to take fifth.
NCAA Championships (0-2, DNP): Went 0-2 at NCAA Championships.
2014-15: #20 final coaches ranking/#19 final RPI Dropped 10-2 match against #3 Nate Brown of Lehigh on 11/9 in Nittany Lion dual debut...went 5-1 to take third place at ESU Open on 11/16, only loss tough 4-2 dec. to #4 Lorenzo Thomas of Penn...dominated #5 Ophir Bernstein of Brown in the third place match...lost close 5-3 decision to #4 Max Thomusseit of Pitt on 11/21, his fourth match against top-five ranked foes in the season's first two weeks...picked up first dual victory as a Lion with a 12-3 major over Clarion's Danny Sutherland on 11/22...went 4-0 to win 184-pound Nittany Lion Open title on 12/6 with a pin, a tech and a major...majored Maryland's Tony Gardner on 12/11 in Big Ten dual debut...went 5-2 with a pin at Southern Scuffle on 1/1-2, placed fourth as the sixth-seed and beat #19 T.J. Dudley of Nebraska and #9 Willie Miklus of Missouri.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 4th, NCAA Qualifier): Went 3-1 to place fourth at the 2015 Big Ten Championships as the eighth seed, including wins over three ranked wrestlers.
NCAA Championships (2-2, Round of 12): Finished one win shy of All-American status in first trip to NCAAs, going 2-2 with a win over #3 Blake Stauffer of Arizona State and a tech fall as well.
Posted 14-5 overall record as an unattached wrestler...went 4-1 at Mat-Town on 12/1...posted 3-2 record at Southern Scuffle on 1/1-2...3-1 at Hitchcock Open on 1/19 and 3-1 mark at `Boro Open on 2/8...had four pins, a tech fall and two majors during the year.
Matt McCutcheon was a two-time PIAA finalist during his high school days at Kiski Area High School. A native of Apollo, Pa., McCutcheon won the state title at 182 as a junior and was runner-up at 195 last year. McCutcheon ended an outstanding high school career with a 158-14 record and was the No. 49 ranked overall recruit by Intermat as last year wound down. McCutcheon was also his high school's Class President four straight years. McCutcheon adds strength to Penn State's upper weights and projects at 184 or 197.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2013-14||Red Shirt Season|
|2014-15||26-14||7-8 (5-4)||19-6 (3-1/2-2)||4-1||3-0||3-1||26|
|2015-16||16-8||10-2 (5-1)||6-5 (2-2/0-2)||3-0||1-0||3-0||39|
|CAREER||42-22||17-10 (10-5)||25-11 (5-3/2-4)||7-1||4-0||6-1||65|