STATE COLLEGE, Pa. â€“ The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 15 in the nation, crushed visiting West Virginia 27-10 Sunday in a non-conference wrestling dual.Â The Mountaineers were previously undefeated and receiving votes in the national poll, but Penn State won seven of ten bouts, including the first six, and routed visitors.
With a line-up featuring five freshmen (and without two regular starters), Penn State still rolled to the lopsided win.Â Sophomore Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) got things started with a forfeit at 125 and the Lions rolled to six straight wins to lead 23-0 before WVU got on the scoreboard.Â Senior Tim Haas (Camp Hill, Pa.) posted a win at 133, freshman Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) notched a close 11-10 win at 141 and All-Americans Bubba Jenkins (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) got majors at 149 and 157.
Red-shirt freshman Micah Bollinger (Mifflinburg, Pa.) made his Penn State dual meet debut at 165 and got a thrilling 5-2 win for Penn State’s sixth straight victory to open the dual.Â West Virginia got on the board at 174 where No. 14 Kurt Brenner posted a hard-fought 3-2 win over Nittany Lion freshman Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), who was ranked No. 18.Â West Virginia added a win at 184 over debuting junior Matt Dodds (Leola, Pa.) before Nittany Lion red-shirt freshman Clay Steadman (McKean, Pa.) got his first PSU dual meet win at 197, a convincing 12-3 major.Â West Virginia heavyweight Dustin Rogers, ranked No. 18, closed out the dual with a win over PSU freshman Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio).
Penn State won the takedown battle 22-12 and notched a 6-1 edge in bonus points.Â Three of the five Penn State freshmen who started won their bouts as well (Molinaro, Bollinger and Steadman).
Penn State returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 4, when it hosts a double-dual in Rec Hall.Â Intra-state rivals Lehigh and Lock Haven visit Happy Valley with Penn State facing Lehigh at 1 p.m. and battling Lock Haven at 3 p.m.