Jan. 19, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. -- The three-time defending NCAA champions Penn State Nittany Lions proved too much to handle for Northwestern.
No. 1 Penn State won eight of the ten individual bouts Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center to upend No. 12 NU 39-8 Sunday.
The Lions (9-0, 3-0), who featured eight of their ten starters ranked in the Top 20 including three in the top three by Intermat, won seven matches with bonus points.
Northwestern (6-4, 1-4) got individual wins by No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis at 149 lbs. and heavyweight No. 4 Mike McMullan.
No. 2 Nico Megaludis began the match winning by tech fall 23-6 over the 'Cats Garrison White
to put the Lions ahead 5-0. Penn State would win the first three individual bouts to take a 12-0 lead it would not give up.
Tsirtsis got NU on the scoreboard with a 5-3 win in overtime against Zach Beitz to make it 12-3. But Penn State responded to win the next five matches to take a 39-2 lead after NU was penalized for a second bench warning and lost a point.
Ranked No. 1 in the country at 165 lbs. and winner of the 2012 NCAA championship and Dan Hodge Trophy, Penn State senior David Taylor won by 17-2 tech fall over No. 9 Pierce Harger and NU's No. 9 Lee Munster lost after an injury default to No. 3 Mathew Brown.
No. 4 heavyweight Mike McMullan closed out the match defeating No. 12 Jimmy Lawson, earning bonus points after 2:44 by injury default and improved to 6-1 on the season.
The 'Cats return home with back-to-back Big Ten home duals at Welsh-Ryan Arena facing Wisconsin on Jan. 26 and Iowa on Jan. 31.
No. 1 Penn State 39, No. 14 Northwestern 8
125: No. 2 Nico Megaludis (PSU) won by tech fall over Garrison White (NU) 6:39 23-6 (PSU 5, NU
133: No. 15 Jimmy Gulibon (PSU) won by decision over Dominick Malone (NU) 7-2. (PSU 8, NU 0)
141: No. 2 Zain Retherford (PSU) won by major decision over Pat Greco (NU) 10-2. (PSU 12, NU 0)
149: No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) won in sudden victory 1 over Zach Beitz (Penn State) 5-3. (PSU 12, NU 3)
157: James Vollrath (PSU) won by pin over Ben Sullivan (NU) 4:03. (PSU 18, NU 3)
165: No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) won by tech fall over No. 9 Pierce Harger (NU) 4:47 17-2. (PSU 23, NU 3)
174: No. 3 Mathew Brown (PSU) won by injury default over No. 9 Lee Munster (NU) 3:55. (PSU 29, NU 3)
184: No. 2 Edward Ruth (PSU) won by pin over Jacob Berkowitz (NU) 1:36. (PSU 35, NU 3)
197: No. 7 Morgan McIntosh (PSU) won by major decision over No. 17 Alex Polizzi (NU) 16-8. (PSU 39, NU 3)
Northwestern Second Team Bench Warning, -1 (PSU 39, NU 2)
285: No. 4 Mike McMullan (NU) won by injury default over No. 12 Jimmy Lawson (PSU), 2:43 (PSU 39, NU 8)
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