220124-cnhi-sports-PSUSMSUwrestling — Penn State No. 1 Closes Michigan Road Trip With 28-9 Victory Against Michigan State | Sport

Top-ranked Penn State completed its late January journey to Great Lakes State with a 28-9 win over Michigan State on Sunday. The road trip kicked off with a 29-6 win over #3 Michigan on Friday.

Sunday’s win against the Spartans made Penn State its 13th of the season and its 24th consecutive for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State won seven of its 10 fights and took down 16 takedowns against Michigan State’s five.

No. 7 Drew Hildebrandt continued to cement the status of the Nittany Lions at 125 as he opened the game with an 8-0 important decision against Tristan Lujan. Hildebrandt collected 2:12 in driving time and improved his record this season to 4-1.

no. 1 Roman Bravo-Young got a day off, which sent Baylor Shunk to the mat for the Nittany Lions at 133 pounds. Michigan State’s Rayvon Foley (No. 12) gave the Spartans their first win of the afternoon with an 8-2 decision against Shunk.

Reigning NCAA Champion Nick Lee (No. 1) made his fourth major decision of the season when he defeated Matt Santos in a 13-1 key decision weighing 141 pounds. Lee recorded 3:12 in driving time in the win, his ninth of the year.

No. 19 Beau Bartlett overcame a 0-1 deficit in the second period against Peyton Omania before making it to 1 with a breakaway in the third period. He added two takedowns in the third to secure the 7-2 decision at 149 pounds, pushing the Nittany Lions 11-3 ahead.

Michigan State’s Chase Saldate (No. 19) needed a sudden win to beat Terrell Barraclough 4-2 with 157 pounds after the Penn State sophomore tied the score at 2 with less than a minute left in regulation. Saldate counted a 35-second takedown in the sudden win streak to give Michigan State its second win of the dual.

No. 16 Brady Berge improved to 3-0 this season with a 7-4 decision against Caleb Fish at 165lbs.

No. Carter Starocci, the 2021 NCAA champion at 174 pounds, took a 19-3 technical fall (3:32) win against Marty Larkin.

Sunday’s double featured two ranked matches, which were split by the schedules.

No. 1 Aaron Brooks won a 4-0 decision against No. 27 Layne Malczewski to give the reigning NCAA champion his 11th win of the season at 184 pounds.

Michigan State’s Cameron Caffey (No. 15) gave Max Dean his first loss of the season at No. 2 when Caffey made a 3-2 decision with a breakaway in the third period weighing 197 pounds.

At heavyweight, No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet closed the dual with a pin from Brad Wilton at 1:58 to lift his record this season to 11-0. On Friday, Kerkvliet upset Michigan’s No. 2 Mason Parris with an 8-5 decision.

Penn State — which moved to 5-0 this season in the Big Ten games with the win — travels to No. 2 Iowa on Friday for a 9 p.m. meeting at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes are at home this season 11–0 overall and 4-0 in doubles.


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