Badgers Fall to Nittany Lions 11-33
Penn State vs Wisconsin | Badgers Fall to Nittany Lions 11-33
Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | 1-27-2017
Madison, WI – In another ranked Big Ten matchup, the No. 2 Nittany Lions proved too much for the No. 17 Badgers, as Wisconsin fell 11-33 inside the UW Fieldhouse Friday night. The dual featured four matches where both opponents were ranked, two of which the Badgers won in dramatic fashion.
At 165 lb., No. 2 ranked, Isaac Jordan (Sr) squared off against No. 4 Vincenzo Joseph (Fr). Smelling an upset, Joseph led the match 4-2 late in the third period. With under 10 seconds left in the match, Jordan managed a takedown tying the score at four. Zeke exposed Josephs back in the process. After discussion by the officials, no nearfall points were awarded as time expired sending the match to overtime. Jordan then scored a takedown in the first sudden victory period, claiming the first victory of the night for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s next win came at the 285 lb. ranked matchup when No. 2 Connor Medbery (Sr) scored a last period takedown, winning a narrow 3-4 decision over No. 4 Nick Nevills (So). Medbery rode Nevills out to secure the match in regulation.
Medberys win was the 100th of his Badger career.
At 133 lb. Eli Stickley (R-Fr) claimed the only bonus points for the Badgers. Stickley came out swinging, scoring the first takedown. In the third period, with a dominating ride, Stickley executed three turns to capture the tech fall with riding time 17-2 over Triston Law (Fr).
“I wanted to slow the match down a little bit, use my attacks and not go crazy out there. The plan worked out well, and I got on top where I needed to be,” Stickley said.
Volunteer Assistant Coach Camden Eppert thought Stickley’s match was one of the highlights of the night.
“A lot of the stuff Eli and I worked on [was executed.] With us being so close, it’s cool seeing one of the guys I work with day in and day out go out there and dominate somebody,” Eppert said. “Obviously, it was great for Connor (Medbery) to go out there and get the win, as well as Zeke (Jordan).”
Sun Prairie native, Jared Scharenbrock (R-So) started the dual at 157 lb. facing 2016 NCAA runner-up and No. 1 ranked Jason Nolf (So). Nolf pinned Scharenbrock early in the second period, giving the Nittany Lions an early six-point lead.
Ryan Christensen (R-Fr) was tasked with the number one recruit, 7th ranked, Mark Hall (FR) at 174 lb. Christensen succumbed to Hall 18-4. The Lions then held a 10-3 lead.
At 184 lb. Hunter Ritter (R-Fr) had a tough assignment taking on 2016 NCAA Runner Up, No. 2 ranked Bo Nickal (Soph). Ritter hung tough battling in scrambles. Nickal pinned Ritter giving PSU a 16-3 lead.
In another ranked matchup, the Badgers No. 12 ranked Ricky Robertson (R-So) squared off against No. 10 Matt McCutcheon (Jr). After a scoreless first period, McCutcheon chose bottom. He was able to escape, giving him a 1-0 lead. In the third period, Robertson also chose down. McCutcheon managed to stop all of Robertson’s escape attempts, claiming the 1-0 decision for Penn State. The Lions went into break with a 19-3 lead.
After break, Ellsworth native Jens Lantz (R-Soph) took on No. 3 Nick Suriano (Fr) at 125 lb. Lantz was able to escape twice and claim a reversal. After that it was all Suriano, winning 14-4, adding to Penn State’s lead 23-6.
141 lb. featured the final ranked matchup. No. 15 ranked Lancaster, Wisconsin native, Cole Martin (R-Fr) looked to upset No. 12 Jimmy Gulibon (Sr). Gulibon was able to haul in another bonus point win for the Nittany Lions picking up the 15-3 major decision. With one match remaining, Penn State led 27-11.
Andrew Crone, Arrowhead, Wisconsin, closed the night for the Badgers at 149 lb. Crone was up against No. 1 ranked Zain Retherford. Retherford, the returning NCAA champion, showed his strength eventually pinning Crone in the second period. With that, the Nittany Lions went home with the 33-11 victory.
“We came out with a game plan. We always do. Some executed some didn’t. It’s always nice to come out and win a few matches against a team of this caliber,” Camden Eppert said.
The Badgers are back in action Friday, February 3, visiting the Hawkeyes in Iowa City at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7pm. The UW returns home Sunday, February 12 taking on Michigan at noon inside the UW Fieldhouse.
125 Nick Suriano (PSU) major decision over Jens Lantz 14-5
133 Eli Stickley (UW) tech fall over Triston Law 17-2
141 Jimmy Gulibon (PSU) major decision over Cole Martin 15-3
149 Zain Retherford (PSU) fall over Andrew Crone 4:30
157 Jason Nolf (PSU) fall over Jared Scharenbrock 3:47
165 Isaac Jordan (UW) SV-1 decision over Vincenzo Joseph 6-4
174 Mark Hall (PSU) major decision over Ryan Christensen 18-4
184 Bo Nickal (PSU) fall over Hunter Ritter 2:35
197 Matt McCutcheon (PSU) decision over Ricky Robertson 2-0
Hwt: Connor Medbery (UW) decision over Nick Nevills 4-3
Photo Credits: Paul Stumpf PS Portraits