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Van Ness, Bravo-Young Score Pinfalls as Penn State Dominates Michigan State 36-6

Penn State continued to dominate in Big Ten wrestling action by defeating Michigan State 34-6 on Sunday afternoon at Rec Hall. Penn State remains undefeated at 10-0 on the season as they won eight out of the ten matches in the meet.

The first match of the dual meet put 125 pounds redshirt freshman Gary Steen against No. 24 Tristan Lujan. The match was tied at one after regulation. Steen got his first Big Ten win of his career as he won in sudden death via takedown to put Penn State up 3-0.

At 133 pounds, No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young took on No. 16 Rayvon Foley. Bravo-Young came up with a resounding victory with various takedowns and eventually pin and Penn State took a 9-0 lead in the meet after two matches.

In the 141-pound bout, No. 4 ranked Beau Bartlett from Penn State took on Jordan Hamdan from Michigan State. Bartlett won a 7-1 decision for Penn State to take the 12-0 lead.

At 149 pounds. No 15 Shayne Van Ness from Penn State took on Braden Stauffenburg of Michigan State. Van Ness won the match via pinfall in the second period to put Penn State up 18-0 after four matches.

In the 157-pound bout, Terrell Barraclough from Penn State took on No. 15 Chase Saldate. Saldate won Michigan State its first match of the meet with a 6-2 decision with a late takedown and a couple of near falls.

After five matches Penn State led the meet 18-3.

As the second half began, No. 16 Alex Facundo for Penn State went up against No. 25 Caleb Fish at 167 pounds. Facundo won in sudden death with a takedown.

At 174 pounds, Penn State’s Carter Starocci took on Carter Garza of Michigan State. Starocci proved why he is the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class as he got a technical fall with a 19-4 decision.

At 184 pounds, Penn State’s Donovan Ball took on No. 25 Layne Malczewski of Michigan State. Malczewski won the decision 6-0 for Michigan State.

Penn State 26, Michigan State 6 after eight matches.

In the 197-pound match, No. 4 Max Dean for Penn State took on No. 14 Cameron Caffey. Dean won the match by decision 4-0.

In the 285-pound heavyweight match, top-ranked Greg Kerkliet of Penn State took on Ryan Vasbinder of Michigan State. Kerkfliet won with a technical fall 19-4 in the second period.

Penn State recorded 28 takedowns to Michigan State’s 3.

Penn State will have its next dual meet on Friday when they take on Iowa back at Rec Hall.

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