Freshmen help Sanderson pick up 200th win

No. 3 Penn State used key wins from two freshmen to help engineer an 18-13 upset win over No. 2 Michigan on Sunday at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the 200th coaching win for the Nittany Lions’ Cael Sanderson.

True freshman Robbie Howard and redshirt freshman Carter Starocci notched two of the six decisions Penn State recorded on the day. No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young, No. 2 Nick Lee, No. 9 Brady Berge and No. 3 Aaron Brooks were also victorious.

Michigan adjusted its lineup at 125 and 133. With second-ranked 133-pounder Stevan Micic still out of the lineup, the Wolverines inserted Jack Medley at 125 and moved No. 8 125-pounder Dylan Ragusin up to 133.

Penn State capitalized with wins at each weight.

Howard converted on takedowns in each of the first two periods and led 4-3 heading into the third. He escaped 22 seconds into the third for a 5-3 lead but Medley tied the match with a takedown 30 seconds later. Howard escaped quickly and was able to hang on for a 6-5 win in his Penn State varsity debut.

At 133, Bravo-Young led 2-0 after a period, converting a takedown with 10 seconds left in the first. After riding Ragusin for the entire second period, Bravo-Young picked up the pace in the third. He used an escape, two takedowns, a penalty point and riding time point for a 9-2 win.

Lee increased Penn State’s lead to 9-0 with a 10-4 win at 141, scoring three takedowns, a reversal, a stall point and riding time point.

Michigan posted its first win, as No. 7 Kanen Storr made two first-period takedowns stand up for a 4-3 win over Terrell Barraclough.

That set up three consecutive bouts of ranked wrestlers, and the Nittany Lions won two of them.

Berge converted on a single with less than 30 seconds to go to edge No. 8 Will Lewan at 157. At 165, No. 23 Cameron Amine used a two-point nearfall and a riding time point to upset No. 6 Joe Lee, 4-1.

It was then Starocci’s time to shine as he faced No. 2 Logan Massa at 174. After 7 minutes of regulation and the sudden victory period ended with the match tied at 1-1, Massa chose to start the first tiebreaker period on bottom.

The Wolverine stood and attempted a roll to escape, but Starocci caught him on his back for a four-point nearfall and 5-1 lead. Starocci chose bottom to start the second tiebreaker period and earned a penalty point and escape for a 7-1 win.

Brooks extended Penn State’s lead to 18-6 with a 10-5 win over Jaden Bullock at 184. Three takedowns and a reversal fueled the win for the Nittany Lion.

Michigan finished the match with a pair of dominating wins. At 197, Myles Amine, who had been ranked No. 1 at 184, used a takedown in each period to decision No. 14 Michael Beard, 8-4.

And, at 285, second-ranked Mason Parris was just too good on his feet, scoring four takedowns on No. 7 Seth Nevills in a 12-2 major decision.

No. 3 Penn State 18,

No. 2 Michigan 13

125: Robbie Howard, PSU, dec. Jack Medley, 6-5. 133: No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young, PSU, dec. Dylan Ragusin, 9-2. 141: No. 2 Nick Lee, PSU, Drew Mattin, 10-4. 149: No. 7 Kanen Storr, UM, dec. Terrell Barraclough, 4-3. 157: No. 9 Brady Berge, PSU, dec. No. 8 Taylor Lewan, 3-1. 165: No. 23 Cameron Amine, UM, dec. No. 6 Joe Lee, 4-1. 174: No. 8 Carter Starocci, PSU, dec. No. 2 Logan Massa, 7-1 TB. 184: No. 3 Aaron Brooks, PSU, dec. Jaden Bullock, 10-5. 197: No. 1 Myles Amine, UM, dec. No. 14 Michael Beard, 8-5. 285: No. 2 Mason Parris, UM, maj. dec. No, 7 Seth Nevills, 12-2.

Extra Matches

184: Donovon Ball PSU maj. dec. Bobby Striggow MICH, 12-4. 149: Beau Bartlett PSU dec. Cole Mattin MICH, 8-4. 157: Nick Lombard MICH dec. Luke Gardner PSU, 6-4 (sv). 165: Reece Hughes MICH dec. Konner Kraeszig PSU, 5-2. 174: Creighton Edsell PSU dec. Max Maylor MICH, 4-3

Ernie Lucas Award winner: Carter Starocci. Takedowns: Penn State 12; Michigan 11. Records: Penn State 4-0; Michigan 4-1. Next match: Penn State at Ohio State, 7 p.m. Friday


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