Nittany Lions earn Big Ten Dual win
STATE COLLEGE – Penn State , ranked No. 2 in the latest InterMat Tournament Power Index, downed No. 7 Nebraska, 20-18, to begin a rugged 16-day stretch of Big Ten road action. True freshman Seth Nevills sealed the deal with a win in the dual’s final match-up.
Including yesterday’s dual, Penn State is on a run of four-of-five road duals in 16 days, including action at Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota with a home dual against Maryland splitting the four road dates.
The dual began at 125 pounds where freshman Brandon Meredith lost a hard-fought 3-1 sudden victory decision to Nebraska’s Alex Thomsen, giving the Huskers an early 3-0 lead in the dual.
Sophomore Roman Bravo-Young, ranked No. 3 at 133, was winding down a regular decision win over No. 13 Ridge Lovett when he hit on a furious six-point move as the bout ended, nearly pinning the Husker in the process.
The takedown, four nearfall points and riding time gave the Lions an 11-3 major decision and gave Penn State a 4-3 lead. Junior Nick Lee, ranked No. 2 at 141, dominated No. 8 Chad Red Jr. in the next bout.
No. 2 Penn State 20, No. 7 Nebraska 18
125: Alex Thomsen (N) dec. Brandon Meredith, 3-1, sv. 133: No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) maj. dec. No. 13 Ridge Lovett, 11-3. 141: No. 2 Nick Lee (PSU) maj. dec. No. 8 Chad Red Jr., 9-1. 149: No. 14 Collin Purinton (N) pinned Jarod Varkleeren, 5:50. 157: No. 11 Peyton Robb (N) dec. Bo Pipher, 5-3. 165: No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (PSU) dec. No. 5 Isaiah White, 5-1. 174: No. 1 Mark Hall (PSU) pinned No. 6 Mikey Labriola, 6:52. 184: No. 8 Taylor Venz (N) dec. No. 6 Aaron Brooks, 9-5. 197: No. 8 Eric Schultz (N) dec. No. 19 Shakur Rasheed, 3-1. 285: Seth Nevills (PSU) dec. No. 15 Christian Lance, 4-0.
Records: Penn State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten), Nebraska (5-3, 0-3 Big Ten). Next match: No. 2 Penn State at No. 1 Iowa, Friday, 9 p.m.