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2/11 PSU Beats Utah Valley in Front of Large Crowd

Postby Allen Brown » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:45 am

^^^This 2/11/12 article is from PSU's Pat Donghia-

Penn State Downs Utah Valley 39-3 in Front of Nearly 5,500 Utah Wrestling Fans

5,470 pack Utah Valley’s UCCU Center as Penn State takes its road show West

OREM, Utah; February 11, 2012 – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling closed out the road portion of its dual meet season with a 39-3 win at Utah Valley in Orem, Utah. Nearly 5,500 fans (5,470) watched as Penn State, led by Utah-native Cael Sanderson, won nine of ten bouts including three pins in the non-conference road win.

The match began at 165, where Nittany Lion All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 1, opened up the dual with a quick first period fall, pinning Utah Valley’s Ethan Smith at the 2:40 mark to put the Nittany Lions up 6-0 early. All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, stepped aside to let Utah-native Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah) wrestle in front of a hometown crowd. Brown, a red-shirt freshman, answered the call with a dominating 13-3 major over UVU’s Monte Schmalhaus. Defending national champion Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 184, added a second Lion pin, getting the fall over David Prieto at the 4:46 mark to put Penn State up 16-0 after three bouts.

True freshman Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), ranked No. 12 at 197, returned to the mat for Penn State and posted a hard-fought 4-3 win over Utah Valley’s Brian Chamberlain. Senior heavyweight Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6, then pinned UVU’s Dustin Dennison at the 1:15 mark of the first period. The fall was the 30th of Wade’s career, moving him into sixth place on Penn State’s all-time falls list.

Penn State’s Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), ranked No. 8 at 125, posted a 19-7 major over UVU’s Colby Christensen. Utah Valley got on the board at 133 where Blake Mangum used a last-second takedown to notch a 3-1 win over Nittany Lion sophomore Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Penn State junior Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) countered with a strong 13-4 major decision over UVU’s Avery Garner at 141, piling up almost 4:00 riding time in the process.

Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 1 at 149, posted a convincing 6-0 win with 4:35 in riding time over No. 14 Josh Wilson in the only bout between ranked wrestlers. Molinaro built up 4:35 in riding time in the process. Red-shirt freshman Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 6 at 157, closed out the dual with a tough 12-9 decision over Utah Valley’s Napoleon Aniciete to help Penn State post the 39-3 final.

The Nittany Lions are now 12-1 on the year and posted a 7-1 mark in Big Ten duals. Utah Valley falls to 6-9. Penn State won nine of ten bouts and posted a 31-6 edge in takedowns. The Nittany Lions picked up 12 bonus points off three pins and three majors. In a pre-dual bout (not counting in the team score) at 285, Nittany Lion red-shirt freshman Jon Gingrich (Wingate, Pa.) notched a 13-2 major over UVU’s Zac Jensen.

Penn State closes out the regular season by hosting Pittsburgh on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. The dual meet is already sold out, including standing room only ducats, and will serve as Senior Day for Penn State.

The full season slate of live dual meet and tournament action will air locally on WRSC AM (1390 AM) with Friday evening duals being simulcast on WRSC FM (103.1 FM). Lock Haven’s WBPZ (1230 AM) will also carry the entire season live, WIEZ (670 AM) in Huntingdon/Lewistown carries all Sunday events and further affiliates may be added soon. The regular season schedule of radio broadcasts will be streamed live at www.GoPSUsports.com as part of Penn State’s All-Access package, which will also feature live video streams of many home events. Ticket information is accessed easily online at www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets/m-wrestl-tickets.html . Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at www.twitter.com/pennstatepat and on Penn State Wrestling’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling. The 2011-12 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

#2 Penn State 39, Utah Valley 3

February 11, 2012 – Orem, Utah

165: #1 David Taylor PSU pinned Ethan Smith UVU, WBF (2:40) 6-0
174: Matt Brown PSU maj. dec. Monte Schmalhaus UVU, 13-3 10-0
184: #2 Quentin Wright PSU pinned David Prieto UVU, WBF (4:46) 16-0
197: #12 Morgan McIntosh PSU dec. Brian Chamberlain UVU, 4-3 19-0
285: #6 Cameron Wade PSU pinned Dustin Dennison UVU, WBF (1:15) 25-0
125: #8 Nico Megaludis PSU maj. dec. Colby Christensen UVU, 19-7 29-0
133: Blake Mangum UVU dec. Frank Martellotti PSU, 3-1 29-3
141: Bryan Pearsall PSU maj. dec. Avery Garner UVU, 13-4 33-3
149: #1 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. #14 Josh Wilson UVU, 6-0 (4:35 RT) 36-3
157: #6 Dylan Alton PSU dec. Napoleon Aniciete UVU, 12-9 39-3

PRELIM: Jon Gingrich PSU maj. dec. Zac Jensen UVU, 13-2 -----

Attendance: 5,470

Records: #2 Penn State 12-1, 7-1 B1G; Utah Valley 6-9

Up Next for Penn State: home vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Allen Brown

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