BINGHAMTON, N.Y.; November 22, 2009 – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 19 in the NWCA Coaches Poll, hammered No. 15 Edinboro 22-9 in its final dual of the morning at the 2009 Sprawl and Brawl Duals in Binghamton, N.Y. Penn State won seven of ten bouts for the win, going 3-0 at the Duals.
Junior Brad Pataky (Clearfield, Pa.), ranked No. 6 at 125, opened up the dual with a solid 4-0 win over No. 8 Eric Morrill to give Penn State an early lead. Sophomore Tyler Saltsman (Concord, N.H.) followed with a 7-3 decision at 133 before Edinboro got a win at 141. All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.) posted a convincing 8-4 win over EU’s Torsten Gillespie to put Penn State up 9-3 and then All-American Cyler Sanderson (Heber City, Utah) got a 16-5 major over Edinboro freshman Matt Laird at 157 to put Penn State up 13-3 at the midway point.
All-American Dan Vallimont (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.), ranked No. 9 at 165, took on defending national champion Jarrod King of Edinboro, ranked No. 2. Each wrestler managed a takedown in the first period, but King got his with just one second left in the opening stanza. The lateness of that takedown would be the difference as King posted a tough 4-3 win, cutting Penn State’s lead to 13-6. Edinboro got a decision at 174 to cut the Lion lead to 13-9, setting up three critical bouts to close out the dual.
Senior David Erwin (Urbana, Ohio) posted a convincing 6-4 win over two-time NCAA qualifier Pat Bradshaw of Edinboro, getting his second win of the day at 184 and putting Penn State up 16-9. Sophomore Clay Steadman (McKean, Pa.) then clinched the dual win with a 2-0 victory over Edinboro’s Tim Murphy, putting PSU up 19-9 with one bout remaining. Sophomore Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 19 at HWT, put a resounding capper on the win with a 9-2 win over No. 11 Chris Birchler of Edinboro, giving Penn State the 22-9 final victory.
The Nittany Lions won the battle of the takedowns, posting a 15-5 edge in that category. Penn State got the only bonus point of the dual with Sanderson’s major at 157. Overall, Penn State won 20 of its 30 bouts in its 3-0 run in Binghamton.
Penn State is now 4-1, having won four straight, while Edinboro is now 2-1. The Nittany Lions return to action on Sunday, Dec. 6, when they will take part in the Nittany Lion Open at Rec Hall. The open tournament, which will feature many of Penn State’s red-shirts, begins at 8:30 a.m. in Rec Hall and runs all day. Penn State’s next home dual is set for Jan. 22 when it hosts Illinois at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. Single event tickets will cost $8 for adults and $6 for youth. Group sales are available once again for groups of 15 people or more. Group prices are $5 in advance and $6 walk-up. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1.800.NITTANY between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. All Penn State events will once again air live on Forever Broadcasting’s WRSC (1390 AM) or 3WZ (95.3 FM) and on www.GoPSUsports.com
as well. The 2009-10 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
#19 Penn State 22, #15 Edinboro 9
Binghamton, N.Y. – Sprawl and Brawl Duals -- November 22, 2009
125: #6 Brad Pataky PSU dec. #8 Eric Morrill EUP, 4-0 3-0
133: Tyler Saltsman PSU dec. Ashton Osterberg EUP, 7-3 6-0
141: Joel Webster EUP dec. Colby Pisani PSU, 2-0 6-3
149: #8 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. Torsten Gillespie EUP, 8-4 9-3
157: #4 Cyler Sanderson PSU maj. dec. Matt Laird EUP, 16-5 13-3
165: #2 Jarrod King EUP dec. #9 Dan Vallimont PSU, 4-3 13-6
174: Joe Loffredo EUP dec. Michael Lorenzo PSU, 6-1 13-9
184: David Erwin PSU dec. Pat Bradshaw EUP, 6-4 16-9
197: Clay Steadman PSU dec. Tim Murphy EUP, 2-0 19-9
HWT: #19 Cameron Wade PSU dec. #11 Chris Birchler EUP, 9-2 22-9
Records: Penn State 4-1, Edinboro 2-1
Up Next for Penn State: Nittany Lion Open, Sunday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m.