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No. 1 Penn State defeats Michigan State in wrestling 28-9

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Penn State Nittany Lions, ranked No. 1 in the latest InterMat Tournament Power Index, posted a convincing 28-9 win at Michigan State on Sunday in East Lansing, Mich.

Penn State closed out a two-dual swing through Michigan with seven more wins to go 15-5 in picking up two Big Ten road victories.

Senior Drew Hildebrandt ranked No. 7 at 125 pounds, got Penn State off to a hot start with a dominating 8-0 major over MSU’s Tristan Lujan, putting the Lions up 4-0 early. With No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young not wrestling, sophomore Baylor Shunk moved up to 133 and battled No. 12 Rayvon Foley tough before dropping an 8-2 decision. Senior Nick Lee, ranked No. 1 at 141, picked up Penn State’s second major in the opening three bouts, rolling up nearly 4:00 in riding time in a 13-1 major over Matt Santos.

Sophomore Beau Bartlett, ranked No. 19 at 149, used two third period takedowns to notch a hard-fought 5-2 win over Peyton Omania, putting the Nittany Lions up 11-3. Sophomore Terrell Barraclough got the nod again at 157 and nearly knocked off No. 19 Chase Saldate before dropping a tough 4-2 (sv) decision in extra time. Penn State led 11-6 at the dual’s midway point.

Senior Brady Berge, ranked No. 16 at 165, collected the bout’s only three takedowns in a strong 7-4 win over Caleb Fish to but the Nittany Lions up 14-6. Sophomore Carter Starocci, ranked No. 1 at 174, dominated Marty Larkin as he rolled to a 19-3 technical fall at the 3:32 mark in the second period. Junior Aaron Brooks, ranked No. 1 at 184, followed that up with a strong 4-0 win over No. 27 Layne.

Junior Max Dean, ranked No. 2 at 197, battled No. 15 Cameron Caffey tough for seven minutes, forcing the Spartan to the outside circle for three periods but dropping a 3-2 decision for his first loss of the year. Sophomore Greg Kerkvliet, ranked No. 4 at 285, ended the dual meet with a first-period pin, getting the fall over Brad Wilton at the 1:58 mark in the first period.

The Nittany Lions won the takedown battle, 16-5. Penn State picked up seven bonus points off a pin (Kerkvliet), a tech fall (Starocci) and two majors (Hildebrandt and Lee).

Penn State is now 13-0 overall, 5-0 Big Ten action. Michigan State falls to 8-2, 3-2 B1G. Penn State once again travels to Iowa City, Iowa, next weekend to take on No. 2 Iowa. The dual meet is at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central on Friday, Jan. 28 in Carver Hawkeye Arena.

No. 1 Penn State 28, Michigan State 9

125: No. 7 Drew Hildebrandt (PSU) maj. dec. Tristan Lujan, 8-0. 133: No. 12 Rayvon Foley (MSU) dec. Baylor Shunk, 8-2. 141: No. 1 Nick Lee (PSU) maj. dec. Matt Santos, 13-1. 149: No. 19 Beau Bartlett (PSU) dec. Peyton Omania, 5-2. 157: No. 19 Chase Saldate (MSU) dec. Terrell Barraclough, 4-2 (SV). 165: No. 16 Brady Berge (PSU) dec. Caleb Fish, 7-4. 174: No. 1 Carter Starocci (PSU) tech fall Marty Larkin, 19-3, 3:32. 184: No. 1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) dec. No. 27 Layne Malczewski, 4-0. 197: No. 15 Cameron Cafffey (MSU) dec. No. 2 Max Dean, 3-2. 285: No. 4 Greg Kervliet (PSU) pinned Brad Wilton, 1:58.

Records: Penn State (13-0, 5-0 Big Ten); Michigan State (8-2, 3-2 Big Ten). Next: No. 1 Penn State at No. 2 Iowa, Friday, 9 p.m.

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