Wrestling: Penn State Throttles Bucknell 36-6

By Rob Dougherty on November 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Vincenzo Joseph rolled to a technical fall win on Sunday.

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Before another sell out in Rec Hall, Penn State dazzled the home fans with their demolition of Bucknell 36-6. The dual was never in doubt and the team put forward a dominant display. The Lions secured two falls on the day and six bonus point victories. While Bucknell only managed four takedowns altogether, Corey Keener, Jason Nolf, Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall and Bo Nickal all topped four takedowns in each of their respective matches for Penn State.

No. 1 Zain Retherford and No. 1 Jason Nolf both secured second period falls in their matches. Zain looked to have had Seth Hogue flattened out for a fall at the end of the first period but it went uncalled. Hogue came out firing in this match with a lot of palm strikes to the head, and Zain fired back with a bunch of his own. Zain flattened out Hogue midway through the second for the fall. 

Nolf picked up his second fall of the season against Christian Bassolino. Nolf put on another show for the fans with seven takedowns before securing the second period fall. At one point Nolf tried to trip Bassolino without any head or wrist control. It looked closer to a pass in soccer than a wrestling takedown. Maybe Nolf can try to breakdance his way into some back points at some point. 

No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph and No. 2 Mark Hall both managed to pick up technical fall victories. Their matches were fairly straightforward. Joseph nearly hit a double overhook inside trip again, which serves as an instant flashback to March. Hall struck with precision and was never really threatened until the third period. In the third, Nick Stephani got incredibly close on a double leg and Hall managed to pivot his hips and throw in a whizzer to prevent the takedown. Somehow, Hall managed to counter and score the two points that locked up the technical fall for him. 

No. 1 Bo Nickal wrestled to a 16-6 major decision victory over Drew Phipps. Phipps never really threatened Bo all that much and decided that stalling his way to a major decision loss was a better outcome than trying to win the match. He may have had a point. No. 3 Nick Nevills picked up an 11-4 decision victory over Eric Chakonis. Nevills was close on a pin a couple of times, but could not ever flatten out Chakonis. Nevills wanted to score another takedown late on Chakonis and gave up the escape point on a restart with 5.5 seconds left. He managed to finish a double leg to put the score at 11-4.

No. 15 Corey Keener built on his fall on Thursday with a major decision victory over David Campbell. Keener was never in danger of being taken down and he nearly racked up four minutes of riding time. Jered Cortez maintained his perfect start to the season but did not get to face No. 10 Tyler Smith. Bucknell sent out freshman Matt Kolonia, and Cortez was able to control the match to a 10-4 decision victory.

Anthony Cassar suffered a very close loss, and he just ended up digging too big of a hole for himself. Garrett Hoffman, whose family was in attendance to watch the Montoursville High graduate, was a 2017 NCAA qualifier. Hoffman built up over two minutes of riding time going into the third period. Cassar had a late flurry of takedowns and scored three takedowns in the third. However, he could not overcome the deficit and lost 11-8. 

At 125 pounds, Penn State sent out Devin Schnupp again, but he lost a 3-1 match to Jakob Campbell. Schnupp was down 3-1 with about a minute left in the third period and he came agonizingly close to securing the match tying takedown. However, Campbell was somehow able to square his hips and avoid the two points, and Schnupp suffered his second defeat of the week. 

Penn State will next be on the mat at Binghamton on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 pm. 


  • 125 pounds - Jakob Campbell (1-3) dec. Devin Schnupp (0-2), 3-1, Bucknell 3-0
  • 133 pounds - No. 15 Corey Keener (2-0) maj. dec. David Campbell (0-4), PSU 4-3
  • 141 pounds - Jered Cortez (2-0) dec. Matt Kolonia (3-3), 10-4, PSU 7-3
  • 149 pounds - No. 1 Zain Retherford (2-0) fall Seth Hogue (1-3), WBF (4:14), PSU 13-3
  • 157 pounds - No. 1 Jason Nolf (2-0) fall Christian Bassolino (2-4), WBF (3:33), PSU 19-3
  • 165 pounds - No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (2-0) tf DJ Hollingshead (0-2), 23-8 (6:30), PSU 24-3
  • 174 pounds - No. 2 Mark Hall (2-0)  tf Nick Stephani (1-3), 21-6 (6:50), PSU 29-3
  • 184 pounds - No. 1 Bo Nickal (2-0) maj. dec. Drew Phipps (1-2), 16-6, PSU 33-3
  • 197 pounds - Garrett Hoffman (1-1) dec. Anthony Cassar (1-1), 11-8, PSU 33-6
  • 285 pounds - No. 3 Nick Nevills (2-0) dec. Eric Chakonis (0-4), 11-4, PSU 36-6