No. 14 Penn State Stuns No. 5 Missouri in Opening Round of National Duals
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa; - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 14 in the nation, stunned No. 5 Missouri 20-19 in the opening round of the 2009 NWCA National Duals. All-Americans Bubba Jenkins (Virginia Beach, Va.), Jake Strayer (South Fork, Pa.) and Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) each posted impressive wins in the upset victory as Penn State handed the previously unbeaten Tigers their first loss.
In a bout where bonus points might spell the difference, Penn State had two early chances for extra points slip away. The first was at 125, where sophomore Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) dominated Missouri's Troy Dolan. Pataky had a major in hand but Dolan managed a quick four-point move with just :10 left to avoid the major decision. Pataky still one 13-9 to give Penn State an early 3-0 lead. Then at 133, All-American Strayer nearly pinned Tyler Crane just seconds into 133, but he could not quite get the Tiger's shoulders down after over 1:00 of effort. Still, Strayer dominated the match and picked up five points with a 17-2 technical fall.
After Missouri got a win at 141, Jenkins stepped in at 149 and picked up what would be a vital pin, using his patented cement mixer in the first period to get a fall over Missouri's Brandon Weist at the 2:04 mark. Vallimont then downed No. 7 Michael Chandler, 3-1 in sudden victory, to push Penn State out to a 17-3 lead. From there, it was a matter of taking care of the little things and keeping Missouri's big guns from doing too much damage. Penn State senior Mark Friend (Libertyville, Ill.) battled No. 8 Nick Marable to a close 6-2 decision at 165 and then head coach Troy Sunderland made the key coaching move of the bout.
Needing at least one more win in the final four bouts, Sunderland shifted true freshman Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 14 at 174, out of a potential match-up with No. 6 Raymond Jordan of Missouri. Jordan got a pin at 174, cutting the Nittany Lion lead to 17-12, but Wright would post what turned out to be a dual clinching decision up at 184, downing Dorian Henderson 11-5. With Penn State up 20-12, it was up to a senior and a freshman to hold off a strong Missouri finish. Senior Jack Decker (Roseland, N.J), who weighed in at 184, moved up to 197 to face No. 5 Max Askren and only gave up a major decision. Red-shirt freshman Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio) notched the bout's only takedown against No. 2 Mark Ellis of Missouri. And while Ellis would battle his way to a hard-fought 4-2 win, Wade's effort allowed Penn State to post the upset victory.
Each team won five bouts, but Penn State's 5-4 advantage in bonus points was the difference. The Nittany Lion dominated the match from their feet, posting an impressive 20-10 takedown advantage as well.
Penn State will now face No. 4 Nebraska (a 19-18 winner over No. 20 Northwestern in the first round) at 2 p.m. today in the quarterfinals . The National Duals is a two-day event that concludes tomorrow in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Penn State's next home dual is set for Friday, Jan. 30, when Minnesota comes to town for a 7 p.m. dual in Rec Hall. Single event tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Penn State students get in FREE with a Penn State ID. All Penn State dual meets and post-season action can be heard live in the Centre Region on WRSC (1390 AM State College), WHUN (1150 AM Huntingdon) and live at www.GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package.
#14 Penn State 20, #5 Missouri 19
Saturday, January 10, 2009 - UNI Dome - Cedar Falls, Iowa
|125: Brad Pataky PSU dec. Troy Dolan MIS, ||13-9 ||3-0|
|133: #12 Jake Strayer PSU tech. fall Taylor Crane MIS, ||17-2 (TF; 6:05) ||8-0|
|141: #10 Marcus Hoehn MIS dec. Frank Molinaro PSU, ||7-4 ||8-3|
|149: #2 Bubba Jenkins PSU pinned Brandon Weist MIS, ||WBF (2:04) ||14-3|
|157: #8 Dan Vallimont PSU dec. #7 Michael Chandler MIS, ||3-1 (sv) ||17-3|
|165: #8 Nick Marable MIS dec. Mark Friend PSU, ||6-2 ||17-6|
|174: #6 Raymond Jordan MIS pinned Micah Bollinger PSU ||(WBF 2:40) ||17-12|
|184: #14 Quentin Wright PSU dec. Dorian Henderson MIS, ||11-5 ||20-12|
|197: #5 Max Askren MIS maj. dec. Jack Decker PSU, ||15-2 ||20-16|
|HWT: #2 Mark Ellis MIS dec. Cameron Wade PSU, ||4-2 ||20-19|
Final Score: #14 Penn State 20, #5 Missouri 19
Records: Penn State 6-3, Missouri 11-1
Up next: Penn State vs. #4 Nebraska, 2 p.m. today
125: Sophomore Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.) opened up the tournament for Penn State, facing Missouri's Troy Dolan at 125. Pataky wasted no time in getting out to an early lead, taking down Dolan just five seconds into the bout for an early 2-0 lead. He then put together a very strong ride, maintaining control of Dolan for over two minutes before the Tiger escaped to a 2-1 deficit. But Pataky quickly worked around for a second takedown and, after a short ride-out, led 4-1 with 2:47 in riding time, after one period. Dolan chose down to start the second period and Pataky held him down just long enough to push his riding time edge to over 3:00 before letting the Tiger up. Leading 4-2 but looking for bonus points, Pataky gained control of Dolan's head, shifted around behind him for another takedown and a 6-3 lead with 1:00 left in the second (after letting Dolan up). Another quick high double-leg gave the Nittany Lion an 8-3 lead at the :30 mark. After riding Dolan out, Pataky led 8-3 heading into the third period and chose neutral to start the final stanza. Pataky quickly pushed through Dolan's right thigh for another takedown and a 10-4 lead with 1:30 left (after letting the Tiger escape). Needing at least one more takedown to secure a major, Pataky forced a scramble mid-mat at the 1:00 mark and, after a short tussle, got the takedown at the :39 mark to lead 12-4 with a guaranteed riding time point. A Dolan escape with :20 lead cut the lead to 12-5. Dolan then stunned Pataky with a late takedown and two back points to cut the lead to 12-9 and avoid the major decision. Pataky's riding time point made the final 13-9 but Penn State led only 3-0.
133: Senior All-American Jake Strayer (South Fork, Pa.) met Tiger Tyler Crane at 133 Strayer quickly slipped both arms under Crane's arms and tripped him directly to his back. Nearly pinning the Tiger just :20 in, Strayer used the next minute-plus to try and break Dolan down for the fall, but the Tiger managed to work his way out from underneath the Lion co-captain. Still, the textbook move gave Strayer a 5-0 lead before action was stopped as the mat's scoreboard shut down. After a delay of over 5:00, action resumed with Strayer on top and building on a 1:15 riding time edge. Strayer chose to let Dolan up at the reset and immediately began looking for another takedown. But Craned then took an extended timeout for blood and another long delay ensued. Strayer notched his second takedown with :23 left. He then rode Crane out to carry the 7-1 lead with 1:37 in riding time into the second period. Strayer chose down to start the middle period and quickly escaped to an 8-1 lead. Never losing contact with Crane, Strayer gained control of the Tiger's arm for another takedown at the 1:40 mark. He added three more back points and led 13-1 with just over 1:00 left in the period. Continuing a dominating ride, Strayer rode Dolan for the rest of the period to lead 13-1 with a guaranteed riding time point heading to the final stanza. Dolan chose neutral to begin the third period but was quickly taken down by Strayer. Leading 15-1, Strayer looked to turn the Tiger for either a pin or a technical fall. Strayer chose to let Crane up and needed one more takedown for the five point team win. The senior wasted no time and notched the technical fall with a takedown at the :55 mark. The 17-2 win at the 6:05 mark put Penn State up 8-0.
141: One of four freshmen in the line-up for Penn State, Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) took on Missouri's Marcus Hoehn at 141. Hoehn, a senior, entered the bout ranked No. 10 with a 20-4 record. Undaunted early on, Molinaro battled Hoehn evenly for the first half of the period. But Hoehn opened up a 2-0 lead with a takedown at the midway point. Molinaro escaped at the :58 mark to cut the lead to 2-1 and began looking for his own takedown. But it was Hoehn who forced the next scramble, getting control of Molinaro's right ankle and nearly scoring at the end of the period. Molinaro worked the scramble all the way to the end of the period and trailed only 2-1 after the first period. The Lion freshman chose down to start the second period and escaped to a 2-2 tie. But Hoehn countered a solid Molinaro shot and notched his second takedown to lead 4-3 at the 1:20 mark after another Molinaro escape. Molinaro looked to score on a high single, but Hoehn used solid strength to force a stalemate and maintain his 4-3 lead. Up by one, Hoehn chose down to start the third period and steadily escaped to a 5-3 lead with 1:35 left to wrestle. He then added a third takedown to take command of the bout, leading 7-3 with 1:16 left. Molinaro escaped to cut the lead to 7-4 at the 1:00 mark but the Nittany Lion could not break through Hoehn's defense and dropped the hard-fought 7-4 decision. The Missouri win cut Penn State's lead to 8-3.
149: Nittany Lion All-American Bubba Jenkins (Virginia Beach, Va.), ranked No. 2 at 149, met Missouri's Brandon Weist. Jenkins notched his first takedown at the 2:05 mark, taking an early 2-0 lead. Knowing the bonus points were possible, Jenkins cut Weist loose and began looking for another takedown. Working hard on the edge of the mat, Jenkins got the second score at the 1:19 mark and cut Weist loose to a 4-2 lead. Quickly sensing an opening on the edge of the mat, the talented Lion used a lightening-quick mixer to plant Weist to his back and get a crucial fall at the 2:04 mark. The pin, Jenkins' third of the year, put Penn State up 14-3.
157: In one of the dual's most anticipated match-ups, Penn State All-American Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) met Missouri's Michael Chandler at 157. Vallimont was ranked No. 8 while Chandler came in ranked No. 7. The evenly-matched pair battled for the first minute-plus before Vallimont got in on a solid high double-leg. But Chandler managed to flee the mat and, while not getting called for fleeing, keep things scoreless early on. But the near-score energized Vallimont and the returning All-American continued to pressure Chandler for the remainder of the period. Tied at 0-0, Vallimont chose bottom to start the second stanza. Chandler, however, put together a strong enough ride to build up nearly :50 in riding time before Vallimont escaped to a 1-0 lead. Neither wrestler managed a solid scoring opportunity for the remainder of the period and Vallimont held a slim 1-0 lead heading into the final 2:00 of action. Chandler chose down to begin the third period and quickly escaped to a 1-1 tie. Vallimont shot low on Chandler on the edge of the mat, but the Tiger countered the move and gained control of the Lions' right leg. Vallimont, however, was tough defensively and forced a reset with just under a minute left. Neither grappler found an opening to score and the bout moved to a first sudden victory period tied at 1-1. Vallimont gained control of Chandler's right thigh and quickly pushed through for the takedown and a key 3-1 (sv) decision. The win put Penn State up 17-3 halfway through the bout.
165: Penn State sent senior Mark Friend (Libertyville, Ill.) to the mat at 165 to take on Missouri's Nick Marable. Marable entered the dual ranked No. 8 in the nation. Friend battled Marable evenly throughout the first period, keeping control of the Tiger's shoulders and using solid defense early to keep things scoreless. But the Nittany Lion did get called for a first stall warning in the process of working his way to a 0-0 tie after one period. Marable chose down to begin the second period. Friend worked his way up high on Marable's shoulders but gave up a penalty point for locked hands and was reversed to fall behind 3-0 with 1:11 left. A stall warning gave Marable a 4-0 lead and the Tiger began looking for back points. Marable then got called for an illegal hold, cutting his lead to 4-1. But still in control, the Tiger rode the Nittany Lion senior out and headed to the final period with a three-point lead and 1:11 in riding time. Friend chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 4-2 deficit. Friend was called for another stall and fell behind 5-2 with :42 left. The senior battled the ranked Tiger to a 6-2 decision and Missouri cut Penn State's lead to 17-6.
174: True freshman Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 14 at 174 for Penn State, was moved up to 184 as the Nittany Lions began to jockey positions to try and grab the upset victory. In his stead, freshman Micah Bollinger (Mifflinburg, Pa.) met No. 6 Raymond Jordan of Missouri. Jordan was too much for the undersized Bollinger and notched two quick takedowns and a set of near fall points before pinning the Lion freshman at the 2:40 mark. The quick six points cut the Nittany Lion lead to 17-12.
184: Wright moved up to 184 where he met Missouri's Dorian Henderson, Missouri's starter with an 11-5 record. Needing to secure a win to give the Nittany Lions a chance at an upset, Wright went to work on his bigger foe. Henderson actually notched the bout's first takedown, surprising Wright and inching out to an early 2-1 lead (after a Wright escape). But the Nittany Lion quickly took the lead with a swift takedown and, leading 3-2, put together a very strong ride. Building up a sizeable riding time edge, Wright rode Henderson out to lead 3-2 with a minute-plus riding time edge after one period. Wright chose down to start the second stanza and quickly escaped to a 4-2 lead. Wright used his quickness to dart in on Henderson's ankles and finish off a takedown to lead 6-2 with 1:34 left in the period. A Henderson escape cut Wright's lead to 6-3, but the Nittany Lion freshman was undaunted as he continued to pressure the bigger Tiger, looking for another opening. With bonus points on his mind, Wright continued to look to score while Henderson fell into a defensive stance the sent the match to the third period with the Lion up 6-3. Henderson chose neutral to begin the final period. Wright countered a Henderson shot and notched his third takedown at the 1:30 mark. He cut the Tiger loose and, leading 8-4, began looking for a major decision. With a riding time point in hand, Wright needed one more takedown. He nearly got caught and pinned by the Tiger, but showing great poise, he quickly worked his way out of trouble and broke in for a takedown and a 10-4 lead. With :05 left, Wright cut Henderson loose but could not finish off the major decision as time ran out. Still, the strong 11-5 decision up a weight at 184 gave the Nittany Lions a 20-12 lead with just two bouts left.
197: Senior Jack Decker (Roseland, N.J.), who weighed in at 184, now moved up to 197 to face Missouri's talented Max Askren. Askren entered the bout ranked No. 5 nationally with a 16-2 record. Decker looked to complete an early trip, but Askren countered the move with his own takedown and an early 2-0 lead. Decker escaped to a 2-1 deficit but Askren notched his second takedown at the 1:05 mark to take a 4-1 lead. Askren then added three back points to up his lead to 7-1 with nearly 2:00 of riding time heading into the second stanza. Decker chose down to start the second period and escaped to a 7-2 deficit. Askren then added another takedown to push his lead to 9-2 at the 1:05 mark. The talented Tiger then turned Decker to his back and nearly pinned him at the buzzer. But time wound out and Decker trailed 12-2 heading into the final period. Askren chose down to start the final period, giving Decker the chance to try and work him to his back. Decker rode Askren hard for over a minute, nearly turning the Tiger to his back twice. While not managing to get any back points, Decker worked nearly all the period away. Askren eventually reversed Decker, but the Nittany Lion senior did his job, keeping Askren to just a major and decision. Missouri pulled to within four points as Penn State led 20-16 heading into the final bout.
HWT: Nittany Lion Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Pa.), a red-shirt freshman, met No. 2 Mark Ellis of Missouri at heavyweight. Ellis entered the bout with a superb 20-1 record. Wade's task was simple, clinch the upset team win with an upset of his own, or keep the bout to a major or less. With Penn State owning the edge in the dual meet tie-breaker, a 20-20 tie would result in Penn State advancing to the next round. Ellis had the first real scoring chance of the bout, gaining control of Wade's right ankle at the midway point of the opening stanza. But the hard-working Lion freshman forced a scramble and eventually worked his way around behind Ellis and picked up his own takedown at the :30 mark. Wade then rode Ellis out to lead 2-0 after one period. Ellis chose down to start the second period and quickly reversed Wade to tie the bout at 2-2. The Tiger then rode Wade, forcing him into a first stall warning, but could not turn the Lion freshman to his back. Tied at 2-2, Wade chose down to begin the final period, needing an escape to take the lead. But Ellis managed to ride Wade long enough to build up a sizeable riding time edge and, after another Wade stall, Ellis moved out to a 3-2 lead. Ellis worked hard from the top to try and turn Wade and steal a team victory, but Wade was able to maintain himself and was never in any danger of being turned. Wade did everything his coaching staff asked of him and kept the No. 2 ranked wrestler to just a 4-2 decision. The outstanding freshman effort helped the Nittany Lions seize a 20-19 upset victory over the fifth-ranked Tigers.
Tags: Brad Pataky, Bubba Jenkins, Cameron Wade, Dan Vallimont, Frank Molinaro, Jack Decker, Jake Strayer, Mark Friend, Micah Bollinger, Quentin Wright, Troy Sunderland