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Penn State wrestling defeats Michigan 29-6

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Penn State Nittany Lions, ranked No. 1 in the latest InterMat Tournament Power Index, rolled to a dominating 29-6 win at No. 3 Michigan on Friday night. Penn State won every match after halftime once again as the Nittany Lions picked up a critical road victory.

The dual meet featured 17 ranked wrestlers. Penn State opened up a big lead at halftime and once again did not lose in the second half in the B1G Network national telecast. The dual was wrestled in front of over 6,100 fans in Michigan’s Crisler Arena.

Senior Drew Hildebrandt ranked No. 7 at 125, battled No. 1 Nick Suriano for seven minutes but dropped a 2-1 decision on riding time for the Wolverine. Senior Roman Bravo-Young, ranked No. 1 at 133, dominated No. 8 Dylan Ragusin, using a first period takedown and a four-point turn in the third to roll to an 8-1 win. No. 1 Nick Lee returned to the line-up for Penn State and rolled up seven takedowns as he posted a 21-6 technical fall over Drew Mattin at the 6:36 mark to put Penn State on top 8-3.

Sophomore Beau Bartlett, ranked No. 19 at 149, came out fast at 149, locking Cole Mattin’s shoulders up and taking him down for two points and a four-point near fall to lead 6-0 in just 0:13. Mattin called for injury timeout and could not continue, giving Bartlett the injury default win at the 0:13 mark. Sophomore Terrell Barraclough got the call at 157 and lost a hard-fought 5-2 decision to No. 15 Will Lewan. The Nittany Lions carried a 14-6 lead into the halftime break.

Senior Brady Berge, ranked No. 16 at 165, extended Penn State’s lead with a thrilling 3-1 win over No. 10 Cameron Amine, using a first period takedown to post the win and put Penn State up 17-6. Sophomore Carter Starocci, ranked No. 1 at 174, used a first period takedown to post a hard-fought 3-2 win over No. 6 Logan Massa to give Penn State a 20-6 lead.

Junior Aaron Brooks, ranked No. 1 at 184, used a third period takedown to beat No. 2 Myles Amine in one of many marquee matchups in the dual. The late score gave Brooks a thrilling 3-1 victory. Junior Max Dean, ranked No. 2 at 197, rode No. 8 Patrick Brucki for the entire third period, picking up riding time to send a 4-4 match into sudden victory. Dean ended the bout quickly in extra time, taking Brucki down in seconds to post a thrilling 6-4 (sv) win. Sophomore Greg Kerkvliet, ranked No. 4 at 285, controlled the action against No. 2 Mason Parris is the dual’s final bout. Kerkvliet had two takedowns in the first period and then broke open a close match with an escape, takedown and 1:06 riding time in the third period to roll to an impressive 8-5 win. Kerkvliet’s victory made the final score 29-6 in Penn State’s favor.

Penn State allowed Michigan only five takedowns as it posted a 16-5 margin. The Nittany Lions picked up five bonus points off one injury default (Bartlett) and a tech fall (Lee).

No. 1 Penn State 29, No. 3 Michigan 6

125: No. 1 Nick Suriano (M) dec. No. 7 Drew Hildenbrandt, 2-1. 133: No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) dec. No. 8 Dylan Ragusin, 8-1. 141: No. 1 Nick Lee (PSU) tech fall Drew Mattin, 21-6, 6:36. 149: No. 19 Beau Bartlett (PSU) inj. def. Cole Mattin, 0:13. 157: No. 15 Will Lewan (M) dec. Terrell Barraclough, 5-2. 165: No. 16 Brady Berge (PSU) dec. No. 10 Cameron Amine, 3-1. 174: No. 1 Carter Starocci (PSU) dec. No. 6 Logan Massa, 3-2. 184: No. 1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) dec. No. 8 Patriclk Brucki, 6-4 (SV). 285: No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU) dec. No. 2 Mason Parris, 8-5.

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