Badgers upended by top-ranked Penn State

By TomM December 13, 2015 17:30

Badgers upended by top-ranked Penn State

Badgers upended by top-ranked Penn State
Jordan extended unbeaten record with last-second takedown

COLLEGE PARK, Pa. – The 15th-ranked Wisconsin wrestling team wrapped up its weekend road trip, Sunday, visiting No. 1 Penn State, as the Badgers dropped all but two matches in a 36-7 defeat at the Jordan Center.

Despite the lopsided loss, UW (1-2, 0-1) showed a few bright spots in its first conference meet of the season.

Third-ranked Isaac Jordan extended his streak of consecutive wins to 13 to begin the year with a last-second victory over Geno Morelli in the 165-pound match.

Trailing, 4-2, with about 20 seconds left, Jordan escaped Morelli’s hold and popped to his feet. The undefeated Badgers wrestler proceeded to aggressively lunge at his opponent before grabbing a hold of his legs and forcing to the ground to pick up a takedown as time expired.

The 5-4 result marked Jordan’s second-straight one-point win and fourth of the season.

Wisconsin’s other victory came in the heavyweight grapple, as Brock Horwath handled Devon Van Cura in a 10-0 major decision. Other than his 16-0 domination of Jordan Festege in the Badger’s first dual meet against UW-Whitewater, Sunday’s triumph was Horwath’s most dominant decision of 2015-16.

In five of the seven other matches, Wisconsin wrestlers went up against Nittany Lions ranked in the top five of their respective weight classes.

Rylan Lubeck and Eric Peissig had the toughest tests, as the duo wrestled against No. 1-rated opponents.

Zain Retherford pinned Lubeck at the 2:56 mark of the 149-pound bout, while Morgan McIntosh won, 7-1, over Peissig at 197 pounds.

Fourth-ranked 125-pounder Nico Megaludis defeated Johnny Jimenez, 11-3, by major decision.

No. 15 Ricky Robertson was also beat by major decision (15-2), losing to fifth-ranked Bo Nickal in the 174-pound match.

The final match featuring a ranked Penn State wrestler came at 157 pounds, as TJ Ruschell was pinned at the 6:00 mark by No. 3 Jason Nolf.

Kade Moss beat Luke Rowh at 141 pounds (D 4-1) and Matt McCutcheon won over Ryan Christensen at 184 pounds (MD 13-1) to round out the results.

The Badgers forfeited the 133-pound match, as Ryan Taylor was unable to take the mat on Sunday. Eighth-ranked Jordan Conaway was awarded the win.

Wisconsin will take a two-week break before returning to the mat, Dec. 29-30, at Midlands.

125: Nico Megaludis (PEST) over Johnny Jimenez (WISC) (MD 11-3)
133: Jordan Conaway (PEST) over (WISC) (For.)
141: Kade Moss (PEST) over Luke Rowh (WISC) (Dec 4-1)
149: Zain Retherford (PEST) over Rylan Lubeck (WISC) (Fall 2:56)
157: Jason Nolf (PEST) over Timothy Ruschell (WISC) (Fall 6:00)
165: Isaac Jordan (WISC) over Geno Morelli (PEST) (Dec 5-4)
174: Bo Nickal (PEST) over Richard Robertson (WISC) (MD 15-2)
184: Matt McCutcheon (PEST) over Ryan Christensen (WISC) (MD 13-1)
197: Morgan McIntosh (PEST) over Eric Peissig (WISC) (Dec 7-1)
285: Brock Horwath (WISC) over Devon Van Cura (PEST) (MD 10-0)

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By TomM December 13, 2015 17:30
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