UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State 149-pounder Beau Bartlett couldn’t hide his excitement about wrestling in a sold-out arcade Thursday night.
“It’s great. I’m living for it. It’s a really good time. It’s probably the highlight of the last few months. It’s great. The crowd, even if it’s an opposing crowd, struggling in front of it. people, it’s great ”, Barlett said, then stopped and smiled. “I said great a few times there, but it’s great.”
There wasn’t much to dislike about Penn State’s No.2 32-7 win over Army West Point. The Nittany Lions have won eight of 10 fights and racked up a 41-4 advantage in the eliminations. Penn State notched three technical falls, two major decisions and three decisions.
Despite the lopsided score and the abundance of bonus points, head coach Cael Sanderson seemed satisfied but far from satisfied.
“I think we fought well. I don’t think we struggled to lose our minds or anything ”, he said. “The military has come here and you know they have some of the toughest people on the planet in this institution and on the wrestling team. I think they did a good job and struggled hard. We are in good shape, strong children. We just have to keep improving if we keep moving forward throughout the season. “
While not as rambunctious as Bartlett, Cornell’s 197-pound Max Dean seemed to have enjoyed his first fight in front of the Rec Hall faithful.
“It was a lot of fun. We fight because it’s fun. I’m there to have a good time. We all love it. Having fans and energy only adds to that.” , he said. “Penn State has been super welcoming to me. Not just the guys from the show, but everyone around town. They really like to wrestle here. Everyone you meet is like, ‘Oh, I go to every double.’ I’m like ‘man, it’s gonna be a lot of people at the duels.’ They weren’t kidding. They introduced themselves and it’s a lot of fun.
Of course, the Nittany Lions returned the favor by putting on a multi-weight show for the nearly 6,500 fans. It started at 133, where top-ranked Roman Bravo-Young scored 13 eliminations, the last as he literally jumped onto his opponent’s back for the decisive elimination in a 26-11 technical drop. . In three games, RBY racked up 21 strikeouts.
174-pound number 1 Carter Starocci continued his scorching start to the season with a 23-5 technical drop. He’s 3-0 with one fall and two technical falls. He dominated his opponents 54-9. He was leading 14-4 when he fell in the first period in the season opener.
Dean secured the other technical fall, 17-1 in 6:49. Dean, too, is 3-0, with two technical falls and a major 16-3 decision.
“I guess if you tech guys, don’t pin them, that’s a good problem to have” said the dean. “I would also like to do falls. Looking at this, there are probably other things I could work on. We will work in the room to get maybe six points instead of five.
The top ranked 184-pound Aaron Brooks is also 3-0 with three dominating wins. He added a major 21-7 decision Thursday night to his previous 23-8 technical drop and drop in the first period.
Greg Kerkvliet, fifth, dominated again in a major 14-3 decision. He also has a fall and a technical fall over the season.
Creighton Edsell (4-3-165), Bartlett (3-1-149) and Baylor Shunk (8-4-125) all got rulings.
Nick Lee, second, stepped out as a precaution, Sanderson said. Lee injured his knee in a game on Saturday night, but was able to continue and win.
“If you watched his last game, I wouldn’t tell you if it wasn’t something he’ll come back to soon” Sanderson said. “You saw him change something in his last game. We saw him run, bounce back. He should be back soon.
Penn State has two weeks off to take advantage of the Thanksgiving vacation, then resume training for its next double competition, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Penn.
No.2 Penn State 32, West Point Army 7
(Thursday at University Park, Pennsylvania)
125: Baylor Shunk, PSU, Dec. Ryan Chauvin, 8-4.
133: 1 Roman Bravo-Young, PSU, won by technology. bump into Dominic Carone, 26-11 (6:35).
141: 29 Cory Shie, A, Dec. Brandon Meredith, 5-2.
149: 27 Beau Bartlett, PSU, Dec. No 20 PJ Ogunsanya, 3-1 SV.
157: n ° 32 Markus Hartman, A, maj. Dec. Terrell Barraclough, 9-0.
165: 32 Creighton Edsell, PSU, Dec. Christian hunt, 4-3.
174: 1 Carter Starocci, PSU, won by technology. bump into Clayton Felden, 23-5 (6:56).
184: 1 Aaron Brooks, PSU, maj. Dec. No. 28 Brad Laughlin, 21-7.
197: No.4 Max Dean, PSU, won by tech. bump into # 21 JT Brown, 17-1 (6:49).
285: 5 Greg Kerkvliet, PSU, maj. Dec. Brandon Phillips, 14-3.
Ridge Riley Award Winner: Beau Bartlett, 149.
Referees: Ray Santiago; Conrad Duffy.
Slaughter: Army 4; State of Penn 41.
Records: Army 0-1; Penn State 3-0.
Next game: Penn State at Penn, 7 p.m. Dec. 3.