More than 15,000 watch Penn State wrestlers top Lehigh

  • A big crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center watched No. 3 Penn State top No. 9 Lehigh 30-10 in wrestling.
  • Penn State improved to 3-0 on the season, while Lehigh fell to 3-1.
  • The Nittany Lions have won 20 straight duals dating back to the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

UNIVERSITY PARK — A packed house at the Bryce Jordan Center watched No. 3 Penn State roll past No. 9 Lehigh 30-10 in a battle of longtime wrestling rivals on Sunday afternoon.

Penn State improved to 3-0 overall, while Lehigh fell to 3-1.

Penn State coach Cael Sanderson recently coached his team in the national dual-meet title match. Unfortunately, there was no network TV coverage of the event.

Cael Sanderson's Nittany Lions won seven of 10 bouts, including a marquee triumph by true freshman Nick Suriano at 125 pounds. The dual was wrestled in front of one of the nation's top-10 all-time dual-meet crowds, with more than 15,000 filling the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions have won 20 straight duals dating back to the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

The crowd of 15,424 is the eighth-largest wrestling dual meet in NCAA history and the sixth largest indoors. Penn State owns four of the top six NCAA indoor wrestling attendance figures, including the top three. Penn State has wrestled in front of 33 sellouts in its last 35 home duals including four in the near-16,000 seat Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions are riding a streak of 30 straight sellouts in Rec Hall. Penn State roared to a 27-7 edge in takedowns.

Suriano, ranked No. 6, dominated Lehigh junior Darian Cruz, ranked No. 4, 7-0. Cruz is a returning All-American.

Lehigh junior Scott Parker upset PSU sophomore Jered Cortez, ranked No. 12 at 133, rolling to a 12-4 major decision.

At 141, PSU senior Jimmy Gulibon, ranked No. 15, battled No. 3 Randy Cruz tough, but ultimately fell, 2-0, which put Lehigh up 7-3.

PSU junior Zain Retherford, ranked No. 1 at 149, stayed perfect on the year with another pin. Retherford got the fall over Lehigh's Laike Gardner, ranked No. 9, at the 3:55 mark to put Penn State up 9-7. The pin was Retherford's seventh in eight matches this year and the 26th of his career, 16th all-time at Penn State. Gardner is a Biglerville High School graduate.

PSU Sophomore Jason Nolf, ranked No. 1 at 157, put Penn State up 14-7 at the halftime break with a dominant 25-9 technical fall (6:39) over Kent Lane.

Red-shirt freshman Vincenzo Joseph, ranked No. 10 at 165, extended Penn State's lead to 17-7 with a 10-5 win over Lehigh junior Drew Longo.

Lehigh's Ryan Preisch., ranked No. 19, upset No. 12 Shakur Rasheed at 174, posting a 6-3 win to cut Penn State's lead to 17-10.

Sophomore Bo Nickal, ranked No. 3 at 184, clinched the dual with a pin of Kyle Gentile at the 2:35 mark. The pin improved Nickal to 7-0 on the year with seven pins.

PSU Junior Matt McCutcheon, ranked no. 13 at 197, then took care of Lehigh senior Ben Haas, 12-2. McCutcheon stayed unbeaten on the year.

PSU sophomore Nick Nevills, ranked No. 7 at 285, then closed out the dual with an 8-4 win over No. 11 Doug Vollaro.

Penn State hosts Binghamton in Rec Hall next Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. All Rec Hall dual meets are sold out, but a very limited number of standing-room-only tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

Information for this story was provided by Penn State athletics.