PSU grapplers rout Terriers, 34-6

BOSTON – Penn State’s first wrestling trip to Boston University Friday was a 34-6 thumping of the homestanding Terriers in the first sellout in BU wrestling history.

All-American Nico Megaludis got Penn State off to a good start with a solid 5-3 major over Boston’s Bubba McGinley at 125. Boston responded when Dane Harlowe upset freshman Jimmy Gulibon at 133, 1-0, using two ride-outs to build up 4:00 riding time for the win.

True freshman Zain Retherford stayed undefeated at 141 with a dominating 17-2 technical fall over Boston’s Peter Ishiguro at the 4:45 mark. Red-shirt freshman and Juniata graduate Zack Beitz picked up his first dual meet win as a Nittany Lion with a 9-3 decision over BU senior Dane Harlowe.

Penn State senior James Vollrath took on No. 13 Nestor Taffur at 157 in one of the dual’s most anticipated match-ups and nearly pulled off the upset. Taffur was able to notch a takedown with just :14 left and, after a late Vollrath escape, fight off the Lion’s final effort and escaped with a 5-4 win.

All-American David Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165, dominated Boston’s Mitchell Wightman, posting a 21-5 tech fall at the 6:57 mark. All-American Matt Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, followed that up with a 22-7 tech fall of his own, this one over Terrier Eric Des Lauriers.

Red-shirt freshman Wes Phipps was another first-time winner as a Nittany Lion at 184, majoring Terrier Aaron Conrad 9-1. Sophomore Morgan McIntosh received a forfeit at 197 and junior Jimmy Lawson closed out the dual with a strong 10-3 win over Terrier heavyweight Kevin Innis.

Penn State won the takedown battle 30-3 and rolled to a 10-0 bonus point advantage. Penn State moves to 4-0 and heads back to State College to prepare for a historic dual meet against No. 23 Pitt on Sunday in a sold out Bryce Jordan Center.