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Penn State Wrestling Beats Rutgers 33-8, Wins 42nd Straight Dual Meet

Penn State wrestling is looking to win another national championship
Photo by Penn State Athletics: Cael Sanderson

Penn State wrestling did what Penn State wrestling does Friday night.

Cael Sanderson’s empire took care of No. 23 Rutgers 33-8 in Piscataway, New Jersey, to stay undefeated on the season and win its 42nd straight duel meet.

No. 1 Penn State (14-0, 7-0 Big Ten) started with a loss at 125 pounds. Gary Steen fell to No. 16 Dean Peterson via tech fall at 6:11.

No. 23 Rutgers (10-6, 2-5 Big Ten) went up 8-0 after the 133-pound match when No. 15 Joe Heilmann beat Penn State’s Baylor Shunk in a 7-2 decision. Penn State likely would have gotten a win at 133, but No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young had the night off. Young didn’t wrestle in Penn State’s win at Indiana this past Sunday, either.

Penn State got it going in the next match. Beau Bartlett, ranked No. 6 in the 141-pound class, took care of No. 19 Joseph Olivieri in a 12-1 major decision.

The No. 1 team in the land got another major decision in the next bout. At 149 pounds, No. 13 Shayne Van Ness took care of Tony White, 21-9, tying the dual meet at eight.

Penn State took the lead after the next match. Star freshman Levi Haines, ranked No. 8 in the 157-pound class, stayed hot and beat Rutgers’ Andrew Clark, 8-2, to send Penn State into the break up 11-8.

Another freshman stud shone for Penn State in the first match after the break.

165-pounder Alex Facundo, ranked ninth, did his job against Luke Gayer and got a 25-12 major to push Penn State’s lead to 15-8.

In the 174-pound bout, No. 1 Carter Starocci did what he does and handled Jackson Turley, winning a 16-3 major decision. Penn State now led 19-8.

Penn State’s domination continued in the next match. America’s No. 1 184-pounder, Aaron Brooks, tech-falled No. 18 Brian Solando to win, 18-3, and push Penn State’s advantage to 25-8.

197-pounder Max Dean, ranked No. 4, followed in line with an 11-1 major over Billy Janzer.

Finally, No. 2 heavyweight Greg Kerkvliet tech-falled Kyle Epperly at 2:06 to put Rutgers out of its misery

Penn State will look to keep dominating Sunday back home at Rec Hall. The team takes on Maryland in its last Big Ten meet of the season.

The dual meet is scheduled to start at 1.



125: No. 16 Dean Peterson (RU) d. Gary Steen (PSU) 21-6 (tech fall)

Rutgers 5, Penn State 0

133: No. 15 Joe Heilmann (RU) d. Baylor Shunk (PSU) 7-2 (D)

Rutgers 8, Penn State 0

141: No. 5 Beau Bartlett (PSU) d. No. 19 Joseph Olivieri (RU) 12-1 (MD)

Rutgers 8, Penn State 4

149: No. 13 Shayne Van Ness (PSU) d. Tony White (RU) 21-9 (MD)

Rutgers 8, Penn State 8

157: No. 8 Levi Haines (PSU) d. Andrew Clark (RU) 8-2 (D)

Penn State 11, Rutgers 8

165: No. 9 Alex Facundo (PSU) d. Luke Gayer (RU) 8-2 (MD)

Penn State 15, Rutgers 8

174: No. 1 Carter Starocci (PSU) d. Jackson Turley (RU) 16-3 (MD)

Penn State 19, Rutgers 8

184: No. 1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) d. No. 18 Brian Solando (RU) 18-3 (Tech fall)

Penn State 25, Rutgers 8

197: No. 4 Max Dean (PSU) d. Billy Janzer (RU) 11-1 (MD)

Penn State 29, Rutgers 8

285: No. 2 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU) d. Kyle Epperly (RU) 16-0 (tech fall)

Penn State 33, Rutgers 8

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