IOWA CITY, Iowa — Defending national champion Penn State (13-0, 9-0 Big Ten) won its 44th consecutive dual in a 28-13 victory against No. 7 Iowa (11-3, 6-3) at Bryce Jordan Arena on Saturday.
The sold-out dual with secondary-market prices soaring past $100 a ticket set an indoor dual-meet record with 15,998 fans in attendance. Penn State clinched its fifth regular-season duals title in the last seven seasons.
“It unraveled in a hurry,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said afterward. “We have to do a better job in those situations that are mismatches on paper that our guys don’t believe that. We can tell them that all day long and they can tell themselves that all day long, but if they don’t have a presence when they walk out there we are in trouble. We have to have a presence and battle in there. You need to go out there and represent yourself the way you need to represent yourself. It doesn’t matter what it says on paper. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.”
The Hawkeyes battled early in the dual with a Spencer Lee pin and a Michael Kemerer major decision. Then at 165 pounds, freshman Alex Marinelli scored a 9-6 upset over top-ranked and defending national champion Vincenzo Joseph. But that’s where the positivity stopped for Iowa.
The Nittany Lions’ power duo of Mark Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (184) won by fall. Then in even matches at 197 and heavyweight, Iowa suffered a pair of losses.
The Hawkeyes have one more dual left on Feb. 18 at instate rival Iowa State.
Iowa-Penn State wrestling results
No. 1 Penn State 28, No. 7 Iowa 13
125 — No. 3 Spencer Lee (IA) pinned Devin Schnupp (PSU), 2:05; 6-0
133 — Corey Keener (PSU) dec. Paul Glynn (IA), 5-2; 6-3
141 — No. 8 Nick Lee (PSU) dec. Vince Turk (IA), 11-8; 6-6
149 — No. 1 Zain Retherford (PSU) dec. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (IA), 6-2; 6-9
157 — No. 2 Michael Kemerer (IA) major dec. Bo Phipher (PSU), 14-4; 10-9
165 — No. 7 Alex Marinelli (IA) dec. No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (PSU), 9-6; 13-9
174 — No. 2 Mark Hall (PSU) pinned Joey Gunther (IA), 1:00; 13-15
184 —No. 1 Bo Nickal (PSU) pinned No. 20 Mitch Bowman (IA), 0:50; 13-21
197 – Shakur Rasheed (PSU) major dec. No. 7 Cash Wilcke (IA), 11-2; 13-25
285 — No. 6 Nick Nevills (PSU) dec. No. 3 Sam Stoll (IA), 3-2; 13-28
Records: No. 7 Iowa (11-3, 6-3), No. 1 Penn State (13-0, 9-0)
Attendance: 15,998 (Bryce Jordan Center record, third-highest attendance in NCAA history)
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Iowa-Penn State wrestling updates
HWT — Good match for national seeding here. Iowa’s No. 3 Sam Stoll against Penn State’s No. 6 Nick Nevills. After the first period without a score, Stoll takes down to start the second. Stoll escaped just 11 seconds into the period to lead 1-0. Without a score, Nevills went down to start the third. Nevills escaped quickly and then circled Stoll for a takedown when Stoll tried to pull in a single. Stoll escaped but trails 3-2. Stoll tried to score but Nevills backed away the rest of the match without as much of a stalling warning. Nevills wins 3-2.
197 — Iowa’s No. 8 Cash Wilcke gets taken down almost immediately by Shakur Rasheed (15-2). Wilcke escapes but this is one Wilcke absolutely needs to do something. But like all year, Wilcke was caught flat-footed and Rasheed grabbed a lower ankle and pulled it in for a takedown to lead 4-1. Wilcke has a shot at being good but it’s getting a little late in the season. Rasheed goes down and escapes to lead 5-1. Wilcke couldn’t score and it remains 5-1. Wilcke takes neutral to start the third. Instead, Rasheed blasted Wilcke off the whistle and took him down again to lead 7-1. Plus, Rasheed as a ton of riding time. Wilcke was dinged for stalling, but escaped to fall behind 8-2. Rasheed scored on a double leg in the final five seconds to secure a major decision at 11-2. Penn State has locked it up 25-13.
184 — In another tough one for Iowa, Mitch Bowman faces No. 1 Bo Nickal. In 48 seconds, Nickal stuck Bowman with a cradle. Second straight loss by fall for Iowa. Penn State leads 21-13.
174 — Iowa’s Joey Gunther with a tough match here against Penn State’s Mark Hall, a defending national champ and ranked No. 2. Hall stuck Gunther in 59 seconds with a cradle. Penn State now up 15-13.
165 — A big-time match between Iowa freshman Alex Marinelli (12-0) and defending NCAA champion Vincenzo Joseph (16-0). Marinelli is ranked anywhere from seventh to third. Joseph, who is ranked No. 1, drove through Marinelli for a takedown. Marinelli escaped 17 seconds later to cut his deficit to 2-1. Joseph took down to start the second. Marinelli let him go and was taken down. Marinelli nearly was taken to his back but broke away. Joseph leads 5-2 entering the third. Marinelli chooses down and escapes. He trails 5-3 early in the third. Joseph tried to throw Marinelli and instead was taken straight to his back. It was a six-point move for Marinelli to take a 9-5 lead. Joseph escapes but Marinelli pulls out the shocking upset 9-6. Iowa up 13-9.
INTERMISSION — Iowa holds a tenuous 10-9 lead through five matches. The Hawkeyes have an opportunity at 165 for an upset as well as a win at heavyweight. But if Penn State wrestles its heavy hitters, the other three matches will be awfully difficult for Iowa.
157 — Iowa’s No. 2-ranked Michael Kemerer returns home to battle Bo Pipher (7-10). He scores a quick takedown and Pipher escaped. Kemerer took him down again, gained 1:02 in riding time before letting Pipher go. Kemerer leads 4-2. Kemerer took Pipher down again later in the first to lead 6-2 entering the second. Kemerer chose down and broke out to lead 7-2. Kemerer scored another takedown, and Pipher escaped. Kemerer put Pipher down again and leads 11-3 entering the third. Pipher chose down and escaped. Kemerer took an ankle shot to score and go up by nine points. With riding time, Kemerer won 14-4. Iowa leads 10-9 at the intermission.
149 — Best match of the night: No. 1 Zain Retherford (21-0) of Penn State vs. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (18-0) of Iowa. Retherford has beaten Sorensen four times. Retherford faked a double got in on a single-leg and pulled it in for the match’s first takedown with about 1:15 left in the first. Sorensen finally broke out with six seconds left to cut his deficit to 2-1. Sorensen starts down to start the second. Retherford now with more than two minutes of riding time. Retherford starts on the bottom and escapes to lead 3-1. It’s basically 4-1 with riding time. Retherford scored again and Sorensen escaped. It’s 5-2 Retherford with riding time. Nobody scored in the final minute and Retherford won 6-2. Penn State now up 9-6.
141 — Important match for Iowa’s Vince Turk against No. 8 Nick Lee. Turk attacked right away and scored a takedown. Lee escaped, thwarted another Turk attack and scored a single. Turk broke out and it’s 3-3 a minute in the match. Lee pulled in another takedown with a single to lead 5-3. Turk escaped to cut his deficit to 5-4 and held off a late Lee attack. Turk started on the bottom and was warned for stalling. Turk finally escaped after a minute and ties the match. But he also gave up 1:44 in riding time. Lee pulled in another takedown to lead 7-5. Lee chose down. Turk was hit for stalling again and lost a point. Lee escaped and with the stalling point, leads Turk 9-5. He scored another takedown and let Turk up to lead 11-6 with 31 seconds left. Turk attacked Lee with a double leg and scored. Turk prevented a riding time point, but Lee won 11-8. The dual is tied 8-8.
133 — Iowa’s Paul Glynn (7-8) battles Corey Keener (12-6) and gave up a takedown about 90 seconds in. Glynn escaped after 12 seconds and Keener leads 2-1. With 20 seconds left in the first, Keener converted a double-leg and drove through and took a 4-1 lead going into the second. Glynn escaped about 30 seconds into the second to cut his deficit to 4-2. Glynn hasn’t done anything offensively. Keener is much more aggressive and leads 4-2 entering the third. Keener chooses down. Keener broke free with 44 seconds left in the match and that was it. Keener wins 5-2. Iowa still up 6-3.
125 — Iowa phenom Spencer Lee (121) returns to his home state to face senior Carson Kuhn (0-1). Lee started with a carry and picked up a takedown. Lee worked Kuhn on top and had the left arm cranked but it was called potentially dangerous. Lee ran Kuhn with a half-nelson and stuck him in 2 minutes, 6 seconds. Iowa up 6-0.
Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State meet time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa.
Rankings: Iowa (11-2, 6-2) is ranked No. 7; Penn State (12-0, 8-0) is ranked No. 1
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State on TV?
BTN will air the dual live from Bryce Jordan Center.
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State online?
BTN will stream the meet on BTN-Plus and the BTN2GO app.
How can I listen to Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State on the radio?
For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station. For Penn State wrestling, 1390 AM (WRSC-State College) is the flagship affiliate.
Who is calling the Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State meet?
Steven Grace handles play-by-play while two-time NCAA champion Mark Ironside adds analysis for KXIC. Jeff Byers calls the action for WRSC.
How can I buy tickets for Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State?
The dual at Bryce Jordan Center is sold out. Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.
Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State key matchup
149: No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) vs. No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State)
These wrestlers have battled four times previously with Retherford winning all four. Two were decisive, including in last year’s semifinals (fall, 2:37) and in the 2016 NCAA championship (10-1 major decision). But two regular-season matches were tight, including last season’s 9-8 double-overtime victory for Retherford in Iowa City.
Sorensen is 18-0 this year, and Retherford is 21-0. This is the first of three possible meetings between the foes this year.
“You’ve got to stay on the attack, you’ve got stay in there focused, and know who your opponent is and do what Sorensen does best,” Brands said.
Iowa wrestling vs. Penn State probable lineups
Weight: Penn State vs. Iowa
125: Carson Kuhn (0-1)/Devin Schnupp (1-14) vs. No. 3 Spencer Lee (12-1)
133: Corey Keener (12-6) vs. Paul Glynn (7-8)
141: No. 8 Nick Lee (20-4)/Jered Cortez (11-1) vs. Vince Turk (8-5)/Carter Happel (11-7)
149: No. 1 Zain Retherford (21-0) vs. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (18-0)
157: No. 1 Jason Nolf (19-1)/Luke Gardiner (6-4)/Bo Pipher (7-10) vs. No. 2 Michael Kemerer (18-0)
165: No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (16-0) vs. No. 7 Alex Marinelli (12-0)
174: No. 2 Mark Hall (22-0) vs. Joey Gunther (12-3)/Kaleb Young (9-7)
184: No. 1 Bo Nickal (21-0) vs. No. 20 Mitch Bowman (10-7)
197: No. 8 Anthony Cassar (16-2)/Shakur Rasheed (15-2)/Matt McCutcheon (5-3) vs. No. 7 Cash Wilcke (15-3)
HWT: No. 6 Nick Nevills (20-4) vs. No. 3 Sam Stoll (15-1)