No. 3 Penn State beats No. 2 Michigan; Cael Sanderson picks up 200th win as college coach

Cael Sanderson

Carter Starocci posted the biggest victory of his young college wrestling career Sunday while helping Penn State to an 18-13 victory over Michigan.

By virtue of the dual-meet win, Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson grabbed his 200th dual-meet victory as a collegiate head coach. Sanderson is now 200-26-2 overall in this, his 15th season as head coach, including a 44-10 mark in three years at Iowa State. He is 156-16-2 in this, his 12th season at Penn State. Sanderson is also 86-11-1 in Big Ten dual meets. 

Starocci used a four-point move to beat No. 2-ranked Logan Massa 7-1 in tiebreaker time at 174 pounds as the No. 3 Nittany Lions defeated the No. 2 Wolverines. Starocci, a redshirt freshman, entered the match ranked No. 8 in the nation at 174. After going 18-0 as an unattached wrestler in 2019-20, he lost his first match of this season but has now won four in a row.

He was tied with Massa 1-1 through three periods and an overtime period. In the tiebreaker period, Massa tried to for an escape, but Starocci sent him to his back for four near-fall points.

PSU true freshman Robert Howard made his collegiate debut, winning at 125, 6-5.The Lions' other wins came from third-ranked Roman Bravo-Young at 133, 6-0; second-ranked Nick Lee at 141, 10-4; ninth-ranked Brady Berge at 157, 12-3; and third-ranked Aaron Brooks at 184, 18-6.