Fifth-Ranked Nittany Lion Wrestlers Shut Out Visiting Lock Haven 48-0 to Stay Undefeated
Dec. 12, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestlers, ranked No. 5 nationally, shut out visiting Lock Haven 48-0 in a non-conference dual in Rec Hall today. Over 4,000 fans filled Rec Hall to watch Penn State dominate their neighbors and stay undefeated on the year.
With a starting line-up featuring six freshmen, the Nittany Lions control the dual from start to finish. Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 18 at 125, majored LHU's Nick Hyatt and sophomore Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) pinned Evan Kolb at the 1:40 mark to put Penn State up 10-0 quickly. True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 10 at 141, broke through a defensive effort from LHU's Justin Loudon to post a 13-4 major. No. 6 Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) then made quick work of Lock haven senior Owen Wilkinson, picking up a 17-1 technical fall at the 3:52 mark in the 149-pound bout. Freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 at 157, put on a clinic at 157 as well, getting a 19-4 technical fall over Seth Creasy at the 6:27 mark to put Penn State up 24-0 heading into intermission.
Red-shirt freshman James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) made his Penn State dual meet debut and picked up a forfeit win at 165 and sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) stepped in at 174 and notched a thrilling, last second win. Fischer picked up a takedown with just :07 left in the bout to beat Lock Haven's Mike Khoury 7-5 win. With No. 5 Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) injured, freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 12 at 174, moved up to 184 and made short work of Lock Haven's Jacob Bateman. Ruth pinned the bigger Bald Eagle at the 2:53 mark to put Penn State up 39-0. True freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) downed Lock Haven's Derrick Caldwell 8-6 at 197 and junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, pinned LHU's Harry Turner at the 2:15 mark to put an exclamation mark on the dual and give Penn State the 49-0 shut-out.
Penn State rolled up 18 bonus points thanks to three pins, two technical falls, two majors and a forfeit. The Nittany Lions won the takedown battle 23-3. The shutout was Penn State's second of the year, following up on a 45-0 win over Harvard in November. The 48-0 win is Penn State's most lopsided shutout win since a 54-0 win over Millersville on Jan. 25, 1983. The last time Penn State had two shutouts in one season was the 2006-07 season when the Lions beat Clarion (47-0) and Rider (41-0).
Penn State, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 19, when Ohio State invades Rec Hall for the Lions' Big Ten opener. Action begins at 2 p.m. Fans wishing to purchase single dual meet tickets for the 2010-11 Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling season can place their orders by calling 814-865-5555 or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket pricing is $8 for adults and $5 for youth, and there will be a limit of eight tickets per order. Group sales are also available. The 2010-11 Penn State wrestling season is presented by the Family Clothesline. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting's WRSC (1390 AM) and WSQV (92.1 FM). All radio broadcasts are streamed live at GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package. The 2010-11 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
#5 Penn State 48, Lock Haven 0
125: True freshman Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 18 nationally at 125, put his undefeated record on the line against Lock Haven senior Nick Hyatt. Martellotti got the bout's first takedown at the 2:25 mark. Keeping control of the senior Bald Eagle, Martellotti built up over a minute's worth of riding time before Hyatt escaped at the :56 mark. Martellotti then used a standing cradle to take Hyatt down and add three back points. A short ride-out gave the Lion freshman a 7-1 lead after one period. Hyatt chose down to start the second period and escaped to a 7-2 deficit, but Martellotti continued to pour it on, getting his third takedown at the 1:30 mark to move out to a 9-3 lead after a Hyatt escape. Another Martellotti takedown and Hyatt escape gave the Lion an 11-4 lead heading to the final stanza. Martellotti chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 12-4 lead. But Hyatt got his first takedown after a scramble at the 1:22 mark, cutting the lead to 12-6. Hyatt worked hard to turn Martellotti for back points, but the Lion freshman was able to withstand the effort and work his way to a reversal at the :08 mark, clinching the major. The 15-6 major put Penn State up 4-0.
133: Sophomore Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) faced off Lock Haven's Evan Kolb. Kolb quickly took a 2-0 lead with a takedown in front of the Penn State bench. But Pearsall was able to roll his way to a reversal, tying the match at 2-2. He then worked his way to control of Kolb's legs, turning him to his back and picking up a fast fall at the 1:40 mark. Penn State led 10-0.
141: True freshman Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 10 at 141, met Lock Haven senior Justin Loudon. As usual, Alton notched a takedown quickly, getting Loudon to his back for three near fall points and then resetting his control, looking for another first period pin. He cut Loudon loose after a reset and, leading 5-1, picked up another quick takedown to lead 7-2 after a Loudon escape. Alton continued to pressure Loudon, but could not pick up a third takedown in the first. Trailing 7-2, Loudon chose down to start the second stanza and escaped to a 7-3 deficit (but Alton had 1:33 in riding time). Alton used a high double after a Loudon stall to notch his third takedown and lead 9-4 after Loudon escape at the :50 mark. Loudon got in on Alton's leg but the Lion freshman forced a stalemate with :10 left. Leading 9-4 with over 2:00 in riding time, Alton chose down to start the third period. Loudon rode Alton for :30 before Alton escaped to a 10-4 lead. Alton continued to force the pressure and Loudon continued to back off the mat, trying to avoid Alton's pin attempts. Alton used a quick late takedown to secure the major, picking up the 13-4 win the riding time point.
149: Two-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) put his No. 6 ranking at 149 on the line against LHU senior Owen Wilkinson. Molinaro wasted no time in taking a lead on the Bald Eagle senior. A low double led to a takedown and then swift work up top allowed Molinaro to turn Wilkinson to his back for two near fall points. Molinaro then reset himself and turned Wilkinson for three more back points and, after allowing the LHU senior up, led 7-1. Molinaro countered a slight Wilkinson shot and took him down once more to lead 9-1 with :40 left in the opening period. Leading 9-1, Molinaro chose down to start the second period. A quick reversal gave the Lion an 11-1 lead and Molinaro turned Wilkinson again for three more back points to lead 14-1. One more three point turn gave Molinaro a 17-1 tech fall at the 3:52 mark.
157: True freshman David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 3 in the country at 157, met Lock Haven junior Seth Creasy. Taylor scored quickly, taking the Bald Eagle down to lead 2-1 just :10 into the bout. He then gained control of Creasy's left leg and forced a :40 scramble that nearly led to a second takedown. But action moved out of bounds and a reset was called with 1:30 on the clock. Taylor moved out to a 4-1 lead after the reset and immediately began looking for a chance to turn the Lock haven junior for back points. Taylor spend the remainder of the period in control, working to turn Creasy. He almost picked up two back points at the end of the period, but the clock struck zero. Trailing 4-1, Creasy chose down to start the second stanza and was allowed up by Taylor. The Lion freshman immediately took Creasy down again and cut him loose to lead 6-3 with 1:48 on the clock. Creasy forced a scramble that nearly caught Taylor, but the Nittany Lion was able to fight off the move and force a reset. Taylor then responded with another takedown to lead 8-3 with just over a minute left in the period. Creasy was allowed out again, only to be quickly taken down by Taylor once more. Taylor turned the veteran Bald Eagle for three back points and led 13-4. He turned him again as time expired, nearly picking up the pin. But the buzzer sounded and, with three back points, Taylor led 16-4 heading into the final period. Taylor chose top to start the third period, looking to pick up the fall. Creasy was able to fight off Taylor for a bit, but the Lion freshman turned him once more and picked up three more back points to post the 19-4 tech fall at the 6:27. Penn State lead 24-0 at halftime.
165: With red-shirt freshman starter Jake Kemerer (Greensburg, Pa.) held out of the dual for medical reasons, classmate James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) made his Penn State dual meet debut up a weight at 165 and won by forfeit as Lock Haven did not weigh in anyone at 165.
174: Sophomore Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) stepped in at 174 for Penn State and took on Lock Haven's Michael Khoury. Khoury scrambled his way to a 2-0 lead with a takedown at the 2:06 mark. Fischer escaped at the 1:27 mark and action resumed in the center circle. Khoury added another takedown and then put together a strong ride but got hit with a locked hand call. Still, the strong first period allowed Khoury to lead 4-2 with over 1:30 in riding time after one period. Khoury chose down to start the second period and steadily worked himself to an escape, but Fischer immediately turned in on the Bald Eagle and worked his way to a takedown on the edge of the mat with :29 left. Trailing 5-4, Fischer then rode Khoury out to kill the clock. Trailing by one but giving up :40 in riding time, Fischer chose down to start the second period and got a quick escaped to tie the bout at 5-5 with riding time, at this point, not a factor. Fischer gained control of Khoury's right leg but the Bald Eagle was able to flee the mat to force a reset with 1:20 on the clock. Khoury got hit with a first stall warning at the :58 mark as Fischer continued to pressure the Bald Eagle to the outside circle. Fischer countered a high Khoury shot, gained control of the Bald Eagle and picked up a clinching takedown with :07 on the clock. A short ride-out allowed Fischer to post a 7-5 win and put the Lions up 33-0.
184: With All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) out with an injury, freshman Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 12 at 174, moved up to 184 to take on Lock Haven's Jacob Bachman. Ruth bolted through a high double early, taking Bachman down to lead 2-1 at the 2:28 mark. The duo battled evenly for much of the period until Ruth took the bigger Bald Eagle down for another takedown and a 4-1 lead. Maintaining control of the turn, Ruth bided his time until Bachman's shoulders were flat and picked up the pin at the 2:53 mark, giving the Lions a 39-0 lead.
197: True freshman Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) got the call for Penn State at 197 and met Lock Haven's Derek Caldwell. Ruggear wasted no time, getting an early takedown to lead 2-1 after a quick Caldwell escape. The duo battled evenly for the remainder of the first period with neither wrestler finding a solid opening to score and Ruggear led by one after the opening period. Caldwell chose down to start the second period and steadily worked his way to an escape to tie the bout at 2-2. Ruggear picked up a stall at the :07 mark and action moved to the third period tied 2-2. Ruggear chose down to start the third period and escaped to a 3-2 lead at the 1:44 mark. He then moved out to a 5-2 lead with a strong high double leg at the 1:26 mark. Ruggear cut Caldwell loose and immediately began looking for another takedown. The Lion rookie countered a Caldwell shot and rolled through for a third takedown and a 7-3 lead with :33 left. But Caldwell was injured and a brief timeout was called. Action resumed with Ruggear in control. Caldwell worked his way to an escaped and then added a late takedown to cut the lead to 8-6, but time ran out and Ruggear got the 8-6 decision.
285: Junior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, met talented Lock Haven sophomore Harry Turner. Wade took Turner down a the 1:32 mark and quickly turned the talented Bald Eagle to his back for three near fall points. A quick reset and another turn led to three more back points and Wade lead 8-0 at the :57 mark. Wade then turned him one more time and flattened him for a pin at the 2:15 mark. The victory secured the 48-0 shutout.