PSU wrestling tops Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2, 7-1 B1G), ranked No. 2 in the latest InterMat Tournament Power Index, rolled through No. 6 Minnesota (9-6, 4-3 B1G) in the Lions’ final road dual of the season. Penn State won seven of ten bouts for the second time in three days and posted a convincing 31-10 victory in Minneapolis.

With marquee wins from Nick Lee at 141 and Mark Hall at 174, Penn State closed out its Big Ten dual meet season with a second lopsided road win. Penn State is wrapping up of a run of four-of-five road duals in 16 days, including action at Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. All rankings listed are InterMat, the official wrestling rankings of the Big Ten Conference.

Sophomore Roman Bravo-Young, ranked No. 2 at 133, put on a takedown clinic in a 23-8 tech fall over Boo Dryden.

Junior Nick Lee, ranked No. 2 at 141, took on No. 5 Mitch McKee in one of the dual’s most anticipated matchups. The Nittany Lion junior took care of things quickly however, taking McKee down midway through the first period, locking up a cradle and pinning the fifth-ranked Gopher at the 1:56 mark to put the Nittany Lions up 17-0.

Senior Vincenzo Joseph, ranked No. 1 at 165, dominated Gopher Bailee O’Reilly to open up the second half. Joseph rolled up five takedowns in a 14-5 major decision to put Penn State up 21-6. Senior Mark Hall, ranked No. 2 at 174, then took on No. 8 Devin Skatzka and kept Penn State’s winning ways going. Hall used three takedowns to win 7-4 over the eighth-ranked Gopher and Penn State led 24-6.

The Nittany Lions walked away with a second dominating road win in three days, 31-10 over the Gophers.

Penn State rolled up a lopsided 27-11 advantage in takedowns. Penn State won seven of ten bouts and picked up ten bonus points off a forfeit (Meredith), a pin (Lee), a tech fall (Bravo-Young) and two majors (Joseph, Brooks).

#2 Penn State 31, #6 Minnesota 10

125: Brandon Meredith PSU won by forfeit 6-0

133: #2 Roman Bravo-Young PSU tech fall Boo Dryden MINN, 23-8 (TF; 6:29) 11-0

141: #2 Nick Lee PSU pinned #5 Brayton Lee MINN, WBF (1:56) 17-0

149: #6 Brayton Lee MINN dec. Jarod Verkleeren PSU, 7-5 (sv) 17-3

157: Ryan Thomas MINN dec. Luke Gardner PSU, 5-4 17-6

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. Bailee O’Reilly MINN, 14-5 21-6

174: #2 Mark Hall PSU dec. #8 Devin Skatzka MINN, 7-4 24-6

184: #7 Aaron Brooks PSU maj. dec. Owen Webster MINN, 13-3 28-6

197: #18 Shakur Rasheed PSU dec. Garrett Joles MINN, 7-5 31-6

285: #1 Gable Steveson MINN maj. dec. #15 Seth Nevills PSU, 13-5 31-10