No. 3 Penn State 18, No. 2 Michigan 13 - Cael Sanderson Gets Win 200

By Rob Dougherty on February 15, 2021 at 8:43 am
Roman Bravo-Young picked up a big win on Sunday.
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Penn State coach Cael Sanderson picked up the 200th win of his coaching career when his Nittany Lions went into Ann Arbor to beat the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines 18-13. The youthful Nittany Lions got some big performances from in debuts of Robert Howard and Carter Starocci to carry them to victory. 

Weight Result Team Score
125 Robert Howard dec. Jack Medley, 6-5 PSU 3-0
133 No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young dec. No. 8 (125) Dylan Ragusin, 9-2 PSU 6-0
141 No. 2 Nick Lee dec. No. 20 Drew Mattin, 10-4 PSU 9-0
149 No. 6 Kanen Storr dec. Terrell Barraclough, 4-3 PSU 9-3
157 No. 9 Brady Berge dec. No. 8 Will Lewan, 3-1 PSU 12-3
165 No. 16 Cameron Amine dec. No. 6 Joe Lee, 4-1 PSU 12-6
174 No. 8 Carter Starocci dec. No. 2 Logan Massa, 7-1 TB-1 PSU 15-6
184 No. 3 Aaron Brooks dec. Jaden Bullock, 10-5 PSU 18-6
197 No. 1 Myles Amine dec. No. 14 Michael Beard, 8-5 PSU 18-9
285 No. 2 Mason Parris maj. dec. No. 7 Seth Nevills, 12-2 PSU 18-13

Robert Howard Debuts and Wins

Penn State finally had someone eligible to compete at 125 pounds, and Robert Howard wrestled very well in his 6-5 decision win over 2020 NCAA Qualifier Jack Medley. Howard was able to score two takedowns in the first period, and he really pushed the pace. Medley was able to get a third period takedown to close the gap, but Howard held on for the win. 

Carter Starocci Upsets No. 2 Logan Massa

In the biggest match of the dual for Penn State, No. 8 Carter Starocci pulled off a huge 7-1 upset over No. 2 Logan Massa in TB-1. The match was very evenly contested, though there was some cause for concern going into the third period. Massa was able to amass 1:05 in riding time after Starocci opted to start from bottom in the second. Starocci needed to ride Massa a bit, and he was able to cut Massa's riding time edge from 1:05 to :58. Neither guy was able to get an advantage in neutral, as both defended attacks well. 

The turning point in the match came in the first takeback period of overtime. Massa opted to start the 30-second period down, and quickly got to his feet. However, he never secured the escape and tried to roll through, and Starocci basically pancaked Massa, and was able to notch four nearfall points to take a 5-1 lead. He then added a reversal when Massa was on top for the next 30-second period, and won the match 7-1. Expect another match between these two to be much closer. 

No. 9 Brady Berge Beats No. 8 Will Lewan

Brady Berge was able to pull out a 3-1 win over Will Lewan in a top-10 battle at 157 pounds. The match was tightly contested, but neither were that close to a takedown in the first two periods. However, Berge was able to secure a takedown and rideout.

Other Notes

Penn State got predictable wins from their stars, and while they were all close to bonus points, it just didn't happen for them on the day. No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young beat No. 8 (125) Dylan Ragusin 9-2 in pretty comfortable fashion. No. 2 Nick Lee dominated No. 20 Drew Mattin 10-5, but Mattin was able to prevent Lee's turns to prevent the major. No. 3 Aaron Brooks also picked up a 10-5 win over Jaden Bullock, but gave up a takedown in the third when he was chasing the major decision. 

At 149 pounds, Terrell Barraclough pushed No. 6 Kanen Storr to the limit in a 4-3 defeat. Storr got two first period takedowns and looked like he could potentially run up the score. However, a second period rideout from Barraclough put him in position to win the match in the third, but Storr was able to use a long third period ride and some strong defense to secure the win. 

In other 149 pound news for Penn State, Beau Bartlett wrestled an extra match up at 149 pounds. With the absence of Jarod Verkleeren and Luke Gardner wrestling at 157, it seems that Bartlett might be getting an opportunity to start at 149 pounds for the Nittany Lions this season. 

No. 16 Cameron Amine picked up a win over No. 6 Joe Lee 4-1. This match was wild with both guys countering each other well, but Amine was able to use a strong ride where he scored two nearfall points to win the match.

No. 14 Michael Beard wrestled really well against No. 1 (184) Myles Amine, but dropped an 8-5 decision. Beard was close to scoring on a few occasions, but Amine was able to counter him to win. This loss was a really good indicator for Beard, as Amine is one of the best wrestlers not just in the NCAA, but in the world. Amine, who wrestles for San Marino, secured a top-six finish at the 2019 World Championships to qualify for the Olympics. 

No. 2 Mason Parris showed just how dominant he can be in his 12-2 major decision over No. 7 Seth Nevills. Parris dominated the action from start to finish, and showed why he's the biggest threat to No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota). 

Extra Matches

Weight Result
184 Donovon Ball maj. dec. Bobby Striggow, 12-4
149 Beau Bartlett dec. Cole Mattin, 8-4
157 Nick Lombard dec. Luke Gardner, 6-4 SV-1
165 Reece Hughes dec. Konnor Kraeszig, 5-2
174 Creighton Edsell dec. Max Maylor, 4-3