No. 1 Penn State (7-0, 3-0 B1G) took care of No. 7 Nebraska (8-3, 2-2 B1G) in a marquee Big Ten dual meet on Sunday. The Nittany Lions downed the visiting Cornhuskers 25-6 in sold out Rec Hall, winning eight of ten bouts in a dual that featured 16 ranked wrestlers.
Penn State won all six bouts pitting ranked opponents against each other, including Jason Nolf’s (Yatesboro, Pa.) dominant win over No. 2 Tyler Berger at 157.
The dual began at 125 where Lion sophomore Devin Schnupp (Lititz, Pa.) took on No. 13 Zeke Moisey of Nebraska. Schnupp battled the former NCAA finalist tough before dropping a hard-fought 6-1 decision. True freshman Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked No. 13 at 133 dominated Husker Jevon Parrish, rolling to a 20-7 major decision with 3:33 in riding time, putting Penn State on top 4-3. Sophomore Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 6 at 141, increased Penn State’s lead with a strong 5-4 win over No. 19 Chad Red Jr.
Redshirt freshman Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 10 at 149, made it three straight for the Lions, downing Jordan Shearer 7-4 to give Penn State a 10-3 lead in the dual. Nolf, ranked No. 1 at 157, dominated No. 2 Tyler Berger in one of the dual’s most anticipated match-ups. Nolf tallied the bout’s only four takedowns to roll to a 10-4 win over the second-ranked Husker. Penn State led 13-3 heading into halftime.
Junior Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 165, returned to action for the first time in two weeks and posted a hard-fought 2-0 win over No. 2 Isaiah White in another marquee match-up. Joseph’s win gave the Nittany Lions a 16-3 lead. Junior Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked No. 1 at 174, made it six straight wins for the Lions with a 5-3 victory over No. 9 Mikey Labriola, putting Penn State up 19-3.
Redshirt freshman Mason Manville (Lorton, Va.) moved up from 165 and stepped in for No. 3 Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.) at 184 to take on No. 5 Taylor Venz. Manville wrestled the fifth-ranked Husker tough but dropped a tough 7-1 decision. Senior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), ranked No. 1 at 197, beat No. 11 Eric Schultz 8-6 at 197, upping the Lion lead to 22-6. Senior Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.), ranked No. 4 at 285, closed out the dual meet in stellar fashion, tallying four takedowns in a strong 10-4 win over no. 14 David Jensen. The final victory gave Penn State a 25-6 victory.
Penn State had a 24-7 edge in takedowns, winning eight of ten bouts. The Nittany Lions picked up one bonus point off Bravo-Young’s major at 133.
The Nittany Lions have now won 52-straight dual meets dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season. Sanderson’s Lions won their last dual of that campaign, went 16-0 in 2015-16, went 14-0 in 2016-17 and went 14-0 in 2017-18. Penn State is now 7-0, 3-0 in Big Ten duals, while Nebraska falls to 8-3, 2-2 B1G. Penn State hits the road for two Big Ten away duals next weekend. The Nittany Lions are at Purdue on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. and at Indiana on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m.