The No. 3 ranked Penn State (3-0, 0-0 B1G) wrestling squad hosted No. 9 Lehigh (3-0, 1-0 EIWA) in front of over 15,000 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday. It was a dominating performance by the Nittany Lions.
True freshman Nick Suriano opened the match with an strong win over fourth ranked Lehigh junior Darian Cruz, an All-American. It was Cruz's first loss of the season. After the opener Lehigh led through the first three bouts, but after the third the Nittany Lions won six of seven bouts to grab a 30-10 victory.
Here's a rundown of the matches:
125: PSU's No. 6 Nick Suriano dec. No. 4 Darian Cruz - 7-0 - Penn State 3-0
133: Lehigh's No. 20 Scott Parker maj. dec. No. 12 Jered Cortez - 12-4 - Lehigh 4-3
141: Lehigh's No. 3 Randy Cruz dec. No. 15 Jimmy Gulibon - 2-0 - Lehigh 7-3
149: PSU's No. 1 Zain Retherford pin No. 9 Laike Gardner - 3:55 - Penn State 9-7
157: PSU's No. 1 Jason Nolf tech fall Kent Lane - 25-9 - Penn State 14-7
164: PSU's No. 10 Vincenzo Joseph dec. Drew Longo - 10-5 - Penn State 17-7
174: Lehigh's No. 19 Ryan Preisch dec. No. 12 Shakur Rasheed - 6-3 - Penn State 17-10
184: PSU's No. 3 Bo Nickal pin Kyle Gentile - 2:35 - Penn State 23-10
197: PSU's No. 13 Matt McCutcheon maj. dec. Ben Haas - 12-2 - Penn State 27-10
285: PSU's N0. 7 Nick Nevills dec. No. 11 Doug Vollaro - 8-4 - Penn State 30-10
Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson assessed the squad's performance, saying, "I think overall we wrestled pretty good. I think that's a good team, a top 10 dual team for sure. I think they're going to beat some good teams this year, tough all the way up and down their lineup for the most part."
The Nittany Lion wrestlers returns to action Sunday, December 11, hosting Binghamton at 2 pm in Rec Hall.