No. 2 Penn State Demolishes American 40-3

By Rob Dougherty on February 24, 2020 at 1:32 pm
Penn State Senior Mark Hall
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No. 2 Penn State (12-2, 8-1 B1G) finished off their dual season with a 40-3 demolition of American University. The Nittany Lions won four matches by fall, three of them by seniors Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall and Shakur Rasheed

PSU 40, American 3 Results
Weight Winner Loser Result
141 pounds No. 1 Nick Lee Sal Profaci Dec. 7-3, PSU 3-0
149 pounds No. 17 Jarod Verkleeren No. 8 Kizhan Clarke SV-1 3-1, PSU 6-0
157 pounds Luke Gardner Ethan Karsten Dec. 7-5, PSU 9-0
165 pounds No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph Tim Fitzpatrick  Fall (4:00), PSU 15-0
174 pounds No. 2 Mark Hall Anthony Wokasch Fall (2:33), PSU 21-0
184 pounds No. 6 Aaron Brooks Tanner Harvey  Dec. 8-5, PSU 24-0
197 pounds No. 18 Shakur Rasheed William Jarrell Fall (1:04), PSU 30-0
285 pounds No. 17 Seth Nevills Niko Camacho Maj. Dec. 10-2, PSU 34-0
125 pounds Gage Curry Brandon Meredith SV-1 4-2, PSU 34-3
133 pounds No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young Joshua Vega Fall (2:10), PSU 40-3

It was a fitting send off for Joseph, Hall and Rasheed on Senior Day. These three have been part of some historic success for the Penn State wrestling program, including the excellent 2018 NCAA championship squad. They all had touching farewells to the home crowd. For Rasheed, it was great to see him get a win with the crossface cradle again. It was his first pin of the season, and he'll hope to carry this momentum into the postseason. 

The most significant win of the dual came at 149 pounds where No. 17 Jarod Verkleeren defeated No. 8 Kizhan Clarke. This match was very tightly contested as both fought to control the action, but Verkleeren was able to get the win with his defense in this one. He was able to fend off Clarke's counter attempts, and he scored the match winning takedown with three seconds left. This win could make a big difference in seeding for NCAAs.

The rest of the dual was pretty standard for Penn State. No. 1 Nick Lee won a 7-3 decision against former Michigan Wolverine Sal Profaci. Luke Gardner filled in at 157 pounds, now that Brady Berge has been confirmed out for the postseason. Gardner scored two third period takedowns to win 7-5 over Ethan Karsten

No. 6 Aaron Brooks defeated Tanner Harvey 8-5, but also did not surrender a takedown in his victory. No. 17 Seth Nevills picked up a major decision over Niko Camacho. No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young closed out Penn State's dual season with his first fall since the 2018 Keystone Classic. 

The lone win for American came in sudden victory at 125 pounds when Gage Curry beat Brandon Meredith. Meredith was in an excellent position to win, after a second period rideout. However, Curry scored a late takedown to force overtime, and Curry won the match in sudden victory. 

Penn State will be off until the Big Ten Tournament at Rutgers from March 7-8, 2020. They will look to retain their Big Ten title against a very strong team in No. 1 Iowa.