Wrestlers Wrap Up Big Weekend

Penn State has a big weekend in wrestling and is now positioned to take over the No. 1 ranking nationally, with wins over Pitt and Indiana and Iowa looming on the horizon.

In just his second year as the head coach of Penn State wrestling Cael Sanderson has the Nittany Lions out to their best start in the program's history. Ranked No. 2 through this past weekend, the Lions improved to 13-0 with a 30-7 win over No. 22 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (8-6, 1-0 EWL) and a 36-8 victory over Indiana (10-4, 0-3 Big Ten).

With No. 1 Cornell falling to No. 14 Lehigh in a shocker this past Thursday, PSU is positioned to take over the top spot in the next ranking release.

Friday, the Nittany Lions dominated Pitt in a packed Rec Hall with over 5,000 fans in attendance. PSU took eight of ten bouts, to pick up a 30-7 decision.

The Panthers grabbed an early lead at 125 poounds as Anthony Zanetta defeated Eric Caschera, but the Lions won eight of the nine remaining bouts with No. 2 Ed Ruth pinning Andy Vaughn in the 174 pound bout.

Sunday, Indiana jumped out to an early edge with Justin Brooks defeating PSU's Eric Caschera at 125 pounds. However, the Nittany Lions won seven consecutive bouts with pins of Nick Avery by PSU's No. 2 Ed Ruth (174 pounds) and Eric Cameron by PSU's No. 6 Quentin Wright. This gave the Lions a 33-3 edge.

The Indiana win was Penn State's final contest before facing off with No. 8 Iowa at Rec Hall on Sunday, Jan. 30. The dual is a sellout.


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