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Annual event caps off title-winning season
Nittany Lions set Penn State records for points in a dual (55) and pins in a dual (7) in 55-0 win
Final home dual for Penn State seniors starts at 2 p.m. in sold out Rec Hall
Saturday night's dual is sold out, airs live nationally on the BTN!
Nittany Lions and Buckeyes battle in key Big Ten match-up
Three-time NCAA Qualifier Matt McCutcheon heads into his final season at Penn State ready to move to the podium at NCAAs as an All-American. The Apollo native has finished one win shy of All-American laurels in each of the past two years, once at 184 and last year at 197.
Parents: Sheryl Slagle and David McCutcheon -- Major: Kinesiology
2016-17: Ranked #5 by InterMat at 197...two-time NCAA qualifier at 184...downed #11 Rocco Caywood of Army WP in season opener at West Point on 11/11...beat #16 Frank Mattiace of Penn in the final of Keystone Classic on 11/20 to win the title, going 4-0 on the day...majored Lehigh's Ben Haas 12-2 in BJC Dual on 12/4...hard-fought 3-2 loss to #2 Brett Pfarr in Minnesota on 1/6...downed #12 Ricky Robertson of Wisconsin 2-0 on 1/27 in Madison...solid 10-3 win over Northwestern's Jacob Berkowitz on 1/29...dropped tough 9-6 decision to #4 Kollin Moore of Ohio State on 2/3...solid 4-3 win over #8 Preston Weigel of Oklahoma State on 2/19, helping lead Penn State to 27-13 win at OSU for NWCA Dual crown.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 3rd place, NCAA Qualifier): Placed third at the 2017 Big Ten Championships as the fourth seed, including wins over #14 Ricky Robertson of Wisconsin and #6 Aaron Studebaker of Nebraska.
NCAA Championships (2-2, Round of 12): Went 2-2 at NCAAs to reach the `round of 12' once again...picked up Penn State's first pin of the tournament with a fall over Purdue's Christian Brunner in the first round...2-2 with a fall for key points in Penn State's 2017 NCAA Championship run.
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)||6-6 (2-2/0-2)||3-0||1-0||3-0||39|
|2016-17||20-6||11-3 (6-3)||9-3 (3-1/2-2)||3-1||0-0||2-1||35|
|CAREER||62-28||28-13 (16-8)||34-15 (8-4/4-6)||9-2||4-0||8-2||100|