No. 25 Wrestling Rallies Past No. 24 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Three wins in the final three matches paved the way for the No. 25 Penn Quakers to defeat No. 24 Penn State, 20-13, in State College on Friday night.

After Dan Vallimont defeated Zack Shanaman at 165 pounds and No. 16 Quentin Wright defeated Scott Giffin at 174 pounds, Penn faced a 13-10 deficit with three matches left.

Colin Hitschler started the comeback for Penn at 184 pounds with a 7-2 win over Jack Decker. Thomas Shovlin gave Penn the lead with a 4-2 decision at 197 over Clay Steadman thanks to a takedown with 22 seconds left. Heavyweight Trey McLean locked up the win with a 10-1 major decision over Stefan Tighe.

The win is just the third in Penn’s history against its in-state rival.

Other wins for Penn include a 12-4 major decision at 125 by No. 11 Rollie Peterkin over No. 13 Brad Pataky and a 6-0 win for Rick Rappo over Frank Molinaro.

No. 11 Cesar Grajales took undefeated No. 2 Bubba Jenkins to overtime before falling, 3-1.

Peterkin and Pataky opened the dual up and Peterkin seized momentum early in the match with a takedown 18 seconds into the match. After a restart, Peterkin locked in three backpoints with a turn. The two entered the second period with Peterkin up 5-0. Pataky chose neutral to start the second period, and capitalized with a takedown 30 seconds into the period. Peterkin was able to escape to up his lead to 6-2. Towards the end of the period, Pataky shot to a double leg, but Peterkin was able to hold off the takedown and the second period ended with both men in on a leg. Peterkin chose bottom for the third and added a point with an escape. He then added another takedown to extend his lead to 9-2. With 25 seconds left in the period, Pataky reversed for two points. The two points closed what had been an eight-point lead for Peterkin to a six-point advantage. Needing a reversal to get back to a major decision, Peterkin scored the deuce with a reversal with two seconds left two put Penn on top by four.

The second marquee matchup of the night was at 149 pounds between Grajales and Jenkins. The two circled for most of the first period with lots of fakes from both been. Scoreless entering the second, Jenkins chose bottom and scored the first point of the match with an escape 25 seconds into the second period. Grajales was close on Jenkins’ legs late in the period, but could not score. Grajales evened the match with an escape of his own seven seconds into the third. Grajales was close again on a takedown late in the third, but could not close the match. In sudden victory, Grajales was looking for the upset, but it was Jenkins who extended his unbeaten streak with a takedown four seconds shy of the buzzer. He shot to a single leg on the edge of the mat and pulled Grajales’ second leg in for the winning points.

After Vallimont’s major decision tied the match and Wright’s win gave the Lions a three-point lead, Penn relied on upperclass leadership for the win. Colin Hitschler scored a takedown with 27 seconds left to extend a 5-2 lead to 7-2 win over Decker to re-tie the match.

Shovlin, battling a bloodied forehead throughout the match, scored a late takedown of his own over Steadman with 22 seconds left to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 advantage. He picked up 1:09 of riding time for the 4-2 win.

McLean, needing a win to seal the win for Penn, won a convincing 10-1 major over Tighe. McLean didn’t give Tighe a chance to gain control of the match, taking Tighe down 1:10 into the match. In the second, McLean added two different nearfall situations. The first came 45 seconds into the second period and the second was at the buzzer after tilting Tighe with three ticks left on the clock. He added three more points and riding time for the 10-1 win.

The Quakers close out the 2008-09 regular season with a dual against No. 8 Lehigh on Sunday at 1 p.m.

No. 25 Penn def. No. 24 Penn State, 20-13

125 – No. 11 Rollie Peterkin (Penn) def. No. 13 Brad Pataky (PSU), Maj. Dec. 12-4; Penn leads, 4-0

133 – No. 9 Jake Strayer (PSU) def. Bryan Ortenzio (Penn), Dec. 15-8; Penn leads 4-3

141 – Rick Rappo (Penn) def. Frank Molinaro (PSU), Dec. 6-0; Penn leads 7-3

149 – No. 2 Bubba Jenkins (PSU) def. No. 11 Cesar Grajales (Penn), SV 3-1; Penn leads 7-6

157 – No. 18 Matt Dragon (Penn) def. Tim Darling (PSU), Dec. 7-5; Penn leads 10-6

165 – Dan Vallimont (PSU) def. Zack Shanaman (Penn), Maj. Dec. 11-3; Match tied 10-10

174 – No. 16 Quentin Wright (PSU) def. Scott Giffin (Penn), Dec. 11-5; PSU Leads 13-10

184 – Colin Hitschler (Penn) def. Jack Decker (PSU), Dec. 7-2; Match tied 13-13

197 – Thomas Shovlin (Penn) def. Clay Steadman (PSU), Dec. 4-2; Penn leads 16-13

Hwt. – Trey McLean (Penn) def. Stefan Tighe (PSU), Maj. Dec. 10-2; Penn leads 20-13