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Veterans Rule Thrilling Friday Night

Freshmen Logan Massa, Nick Suriano, and Michael Kemerer all got their first taste of defeat on Friday night in a night that saw the veteran wrestlers prevail. After much speculation, Mark Hall was pulled from redshirt but the top recruit would drop his first match in a Penn State singlet to returning All-American Alex Meyer. 

It is perhaps a friendly reminder how difficult the top tier of college wrestling is, but the trio mentioned at the top all were facing their respected #1 ranked weight class foes. So we probably shouldn't start pouring dirt on their young careers just yet.

 Photo by the man, Mark Lundy

Photo by the man, Mark Lundy

Penn State took seven matches to beat Iowa 26-11. Gulibon had a great comeback to beat Carton, but that match be forgotten compared to the amazing display of Retherford & Sorensen. Sorensen had, in previous matches, not been able to escape or get takedowns. This match of the year candidate saw him go takedown for takedown and escape for escape all the way to the last tiebreaker. When Meyer knocked off Hall, Carver Hawkeye was rocking. However, Bo Nickal spladled All-American Sammy Brooks for a nail in the coffin 38 second pin. 

125: #1 Thomas Gilman IOWA dec. #3 Nick Suriano PSU, 3-2 / 0-3
133: #3 Cory Clark IOWA tech fall George Carpenter PSU, 19-4 (TF; 7:00) / 0-8
141: #12 Jimmy Gulibon PSU dec. #18 Topher Carton IOWA, 8-6 / 3-8
149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU dec. (TB2) #3 Brandon Sorensen IOWA, 9-8 / 6-8
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU dec. #2 Michael Kemerer IOWA, 9-4 / 9-8
165: #4 Vincenzo Joseph PSU dec. Joey Gunther IOWA, 7-4 / 12-8
174: #13 Alex Meyer IOWA dec. Mark Hall PSU, 7-5 / 12-11
184: #2 Bo Nickal PSU pinned #5 Sammy Brooks IOWA, WBF (0:38) / 18-11
197: #10 Matt McCutcheon PSU dec. Cash Wilcke IOWA, 8-7 (TB2; RT) / 21-11
285: #5 Nick Nevills PSU tech fall Steven Holloway IOWA, 26-11 (TF; 7:00) / 26-11

Michigan had a rough night in Illinois. The three top ranked freshman were matched up with Illinois' veterans and the theme of the night across the Big Ten held true. Martinez won the first contact in ties keeping Massa pretty much completely off of his legs. He got a great takedown in the first and then didn't press the action much the rest of the match for a 3-1 win. With the only stall call coming with about ten meaningless seconds left, there was no reason to. The Brunson and Amine match was essentially similar with the stall call coming at the same time. Richards went after it though essentially shooting in before Micic had a chance. Michigan voided 125 and the rumors that Assad is out for the year and Youtsey coming back are heating up. 

125 -- Travis Piotrowski (ILL) won by forfeit    ILL, 6-0
133 -- #6 Zane Richards (ILL) dec. #4 Stevan Micic, 7-4    ILL, 9-0
141 -- Sal Profaci (U-M) dec. Mousa Jodeh, 5-2    ILL, 9-3
149 -- Eric Barone (ILL) major dec. Zac Hall, 8-0    ILL, 13-3
157 -- Kyle Langenderfer (ILL) dec. #9 Brian Murphy, 2-1 TB    ILL, 16-3
165 -- #1 Isaiah Martinez (ILL) dec. #2 Logan Massa, 3-1    ILL, 19-3
174 -- #12 Zac Brunson (ILL) dec. #8 Myles Amine, 3-2    ILL, 22-3
184 -- #13 Emery Parker (ILL) pinned Ernest Battaglia, 0:37    ILL, 28-3
197 -- Jackson Striggow (U-M) dec. Andre Lee, 3-1    ILL, 28-6
Hwt -- #17 Brooks Black (ILL) pinned Kostya Golobokov, 0:36    ILL, 34-6

Purdue beat up Maryland 29-6 moving to 3-1 in Big Ten action. Morrissey got another win at 174 as he seems to be coming on strong. 

125 / Ben Thornton (Purdue) dec. Michael Beck (Maryland) 9-3
133 / Billy Rappo (Maryland) dec. Luke Welch (Purdue) 3-2 (TB1)
141 / Kyle Ayersman (Purdue) dec. Jhared Simmons (Maryland) 4-0
149 / Nate Limmex (Purdue) major decision Adam Whitesell (Maryland) 13-2
157 / Alex Griffin (Purdue) dec. Danny Boychuck (Maryland) 6-4 (SV1)
165 / Dylan Lydy (Purdue) dec. Josh Ugalde (Maryland) 3-2
174 / Jacob Morrissey (Purdue) tech fall Sam Rowell (Maryland) 15-0 (4:26)
184 / Tanner Lynde (Purdue) tech fall Idris White (Maryland) 18-2 (4:40)
197 / Christian Brunner (Purdue) dec. David-Brian Whisler (Maryland) 6-3
285 / Youssif Hemida (Maryland) dec. Tyler Kral (Purdue) 3-1

Minnesota wins 4 of the first 5 matches (the upperweights), but Nebraska got the rest. Berger and McCrystal keep winning matches. 

165: #13 Nick Wanzek (MINN) dec. Dustin Williams (NEB), 4-1 (MINN 3, NEB 0) 
174: Chris Pfarr (MINN) dec. Justin Arthur (NEB), 7-3 (MINN 6, NEB 0) 
184: #3 TJ Dudley (NEB) dec. Bobby Steveson (MINN), 6-2 (MINN 5, NEB 3)* 
197: #2 Brett Pfarr (MINN) dec. #7 Aaron Studebaker (NEB), 5-3 (MINN 8, NEB 3) 
HWT: #9 Michael Kroells (MINN) dec. #15 Collin Jensen (NEB), 7-6 (MINN 11, NEB 3) 
125: #5 Tim Lambert (NEB) pin #6 Ethan Lizak (MINN), 3:54 (MINN 11, NEB 9) 
133: #5 Eric Montoya (NEB) dec. #16 Mitch McKee (MINN), 13-6 (NEB 12, MINN 11) 
141: #10 Colton McCrystal (NEB) dec. #13 Tommy Thorn (MINN), 7-5 (NEB 15, MINN 11) 
149: Collin Purinton (NEB) dec. Carson Brolsma (MINN), 11-4 (NEB 18, MINN 11) 
157: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. #11 Jake Short (MINN), 9-2 (NEB 21, MINN 11)

Perhaps some progress for when Central Michigan shutout Sparty last season, but this is now 15 out of 16 for the Chippewas over their in-state Big Ten foe. They might have something really special in sophomore Oliver.  

125: Brent Fleetwood (CMU) maj. dec. Logan Griffin (MSU), 11-0; CMU leads, 14-0
133: Austin Eicher (MSU) dec. Corey Keener (CMU), 6-2; CMU leads, 14-3
141: No. 19 Javier Gasca (MSU) dec. Mason Smith (CMU), 7-1; CMU leads, 14-6
149: No. 6 Justin Oliver (CMU) maj. dec. Nick Trimble (MSU) 12-4; CMU leads, 18-6
157: Austin Thompson (MSU) dec. Kyle Noonan (CMU), 8-3; CMU leads, 18-9
165: Drew Hughes (MSU) dec. Logan Parks (CMU), 5-0; CMU leads, 18-12
174: No. 19 CJ Brucki (CMU) tech fall Drew Barnes (MSU), 18-1; CMU wins, 23-12
184: No. 16 Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) maj. dec. Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 8-0; CMU leads, 4-0
197: No. 19 Austin Severn (CMU) dec. Matt Okaiye (MSU), 11-5; CMU leads, 7-0
HWT: Newton Smerchek (CMU) dec. Jacob Cooper (MSU), 7-0; CMU leads, 10-0

 Another awesome shot by Mark Lundy

Another awesome shot by Mark Lundy