Penn State 34, Wisconsin 6: Nittany Lions Blow Out Badgers

By Rob Dougherty on February 3, 2021 at 8:40 am
Seth Nevills closed out the dual with a win at heavyweight.
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That's much more like it for Penn State fans. No. 3 Penn State went into Madison and put a whooping on the Badgers by a score of 34-6. The Nittany Lions won nine matches, and the only match they lost was a forfeit at 125 pounds. 

Weight Result Team Score
125 Eric Barnett won by forfeit WIS 6-0
133 No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young dec. Kyle Burwick, 11-6 WIS 6-3
141 No. 2 Nick Lee tech fall Trey Escobar, 16-1 PSU 8-6
149 Luke Gardner dec. Drew Scharenbrock, SV-1 7-5 PSU 11-6
157 No. 9 Brady Berge maj. dec. Garrett Model, 12-4 PSU 15-6
165 No. 6 Joe Lee maj. dec. Patrick Spray, 12-3 PSU 19-6
174 No. 8 Carter Starocci dec. Jared Krattiger, 5-3 PSU 22-6
184 No. 3 Aaron Brooks maj. dec. No. 10 Chris Weiler, 13-3 PSU 26-6
197 No. 13 Michael Beard tech fall Andrew Salemme, 18-2 PSU 31-6
285 No. 8 Seth Nevills dec. Peter Christensen, 4-3 PSU 34-6

Aaron Brooks Dominates Top-10 Chris Weiler

The only top-10 matchup of the dual was wrestled at 184 pounds between No. 3 Aaron Brooks took on No. 10 Chris Weiler. Brooks was dominant and made it look too easy against the former Lehigh Mountain Hawk. The first period really separated these two as Brooks was able to rack up four takedowns to lead 8-3, and Weiler never was able to recover. 

Brooks is one of the leaders on this Penn State team, and he's such a dominant force at 184 pounds. He's looking every bit as advertised when he committed to State College, and he will be a contender for a Big Ten and NCAA title.  

Brady Berge Has a Strong Performance

At 157 pounds, No. 9 Brady Berge was one of the more uncertain parts of the Penn State lineup. While Berge has great accomplishments, (junior world bronze medalist and Team USA rep for the U23 world championships in 2019) it still had not quite clicked for him in the Penn State singlet.

However, he put in a very strong performance against Garrett Model, who is a solid Big Ten 157-pound wrestler. Berge did not get off to a fast start, but he scored five takedowns in the final two periods to win by a major decision 12-4. It's important to not get carried away following a performance like this, but it was really encouraging to see him wrestle so well after a nasty head injury at the U23 world championships. 

The Lee Brothers Both Get Bonus Point Wins

No. 2 Nick Lee and No. 6 Joe Lee were able to pick up bonus point wins in their matches. Nick Lee was able to dominate Trey Escobar and get a first period tech fall. His match was very straightforward, he pushed the pace, dominated on top and really just gave Escobar no space. 

Joe Lee's match went a bit differently, though he had a dominant first period as well. He was able to have a 12-2 lead after the first, and looked like he could get a tech fall against Patrick Spray. However, Spray was able to get a second period ride out to cut into the riding time and Joe Lee never really regained that momentum he had in the first. Even still, he showed a strong top game, and he picked up a very comfortable win. 

Other Notes

No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young picked up a comfortable 11-6 win over Kyle Burwick, where Burwick really never got close to scoring. Bravo-Young was unable to get the major late. 

Luke Gardner picked up a 7-5 win in sudden victory over Drew Scharenbrock. This match was one of the most exciting of the dual, as both guys traded blows. Scharenbrock was close to a takedown at the end of the third, but a Wisconsin challenge was declined on review, and they went to sudden victory. Gardner was close to a takedown, and it wasn't clear if he had control, but the ref gave him the takedown and Wisconsin couldn't challenge. This was a great win for Gardner. 

No. 8 Carter Starocci picked up a solid win at 174 pounds against Jared Krattiger 5-3. Starocci was able to get a first period takedown, but Krattiger was able to get his own takedown and the match was 4-3 Starocci entering the third period. Krattiger chose bottom for the third, and Starocci was able to get a third period rideout, even threatening back points on a couple of occasions. It won't be long before other wrestlers take note and stop choosing bottom on Starocci, he's had two period-long rideouts in three matches this season. 

No. 13 Michael Beard made his debut and won an 18-2 tech fall over Andrew Salemme. Beard wrestled very well against an overmatched Salemme, and had a great opener to the season. 

No. 8 Seth Nevills beat Wisconsin backup Peter Christensen 4-3. Nevills had a clear size advantage but Christensen wrestled very well. Neither guy could really escape from bottom, and a second period rideout for Christensen really gave him a shot to win the match. However, a third period takedown for Nevills iced the match and clinched the 34-6 win. 

Extra Matches

Weight Result
141 Beau Bartlett dec. Dominic Dentino, 13-6
149 Terrell Barraclough dec. Dan Stilling, 8-3
149 Bo Pipher dec. Aiden Medora, 7-0
174 Creighton Edsell maj. dec. Sam Vosters, 12-2
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