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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0, 6-0 B1G), ranked No. 3 within the newest InterMat Tournament Power Index, shut out visiting Maryland (0-8, 0-8 B1G) within the crew’s lone house twin of the season.  Penn State gained all ten bouts to roll to a 44-0 victory and completed the common season with a 6-0 twin meet report, all within the Big Ten. All crew and particular person rankings listed are InterMat (2/16/21).
 
Penn State gained eight of the ten bouts for bonus factors. The younger Nittany Lions featured a line-up that included six freshmen and a sophomore, seven underclassmen.
 
The twin started at 285.  Freshman Greg Kerkvliet (Grove Heights, Minn.) made his season and Penn State debut at 285 and made brief work of his Terrapin opponent.  Kerkvliet picked up two takedowns on Garrett Kappes within the first :30 to steer 4-1 early. He then locked up a cradle and ended his Lion debut early with a fall on the 1:12 mark.  True freshman Robert Howard (Cranford, N.J.) made his Rec Hall debut at 125 and adopted swimsuit.  Howard opened up an enormous early lead after which pinned Maryland’s Zach Spence within the second interval, getting the autumn on the 3:38 mark. Junior Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked No. 3 at 133, saved Penn State rolling by majoring Jackson Cockrell 24-13.  Bravo-Young tallied 10 takedowns within the bout and gave Penn State a 16-0 lead.
 
Senior Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 2 at 141, made it 4 straight bonus wins for the Lions with a powerful 14-2 main determination over Maryland’s Danny Bertoni.  Lee constructed up 4:18 in driving time within the win. True freshman Beau Bartlett (Tempe, Ariz.) made his Rec Hall twin debut up at 149 and rolled to a 9-3 win for Penn State’s fifth straight win out of the gates.  The Nittany Lions led 23-0 at halftime.
 
Being Senior Night, senior Luke Gardner (Pottsville, Pa.) took to the mat at 157 and junior Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 8 at 157, bought the evening off. Gardner used a takedown and 4 again factors within the third interval to put up an 8-2 victory. Freshman Joe Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 14 at 165, dominated the motion as effectively, build up an enormous lead over Jonathan Spadafora earlier than pinning him on the 5:56 mark within the third interval.  Freshman Carter Starocci (Erie, Pa.), ranked No. 5 at 174, continued his scorching wrestling, rolling to a 15-6 main with 2:22 in driving time.  Starocci’s win put Penn State up 36-0.
 
Sophomore Aaron Brooks (Hagerstown, Md.), ranked No. 2 at 184, remained unbeaten on the yr as effectively. Brooks dominated Phillip Spadafora in a 17-5 main determination with 1:57 in driving time.  Freshman Michael Beard (Pottstown, Pa.), ranked No.  16 at 197, completed off the right evening with a powerful 13-3 main determination over Maryland’s Jaron Smith.  Beard’s win closed out Penn State’s 44-0 shutout victory. 
 
The Nittany Lions gave up solely two takedowns within the twin, posting a 47-2 margin over Maryland.  The Lions gave up solely 5 throughout their two ultimate duals (Ohio State solely had three on Friday). Penn State’s final shutout victory was the season opener final yr, a 45-0 win over Navy on Nov. 10, 2019, right here in Rec Hall.  The Nittany Lions posted their fifth unbeaten twin meet season below Cael Sanderson.
 
Four further matches have been carried out throughout the twin meet on a separate mat.  This yr, with condensed schedules, these further matches, whereas not counting in the direction of twin meet scores, are official varsity bouts and depend in the direction of NCAA competitors minimums.
 
Starters Bartlett and Kerkvliet every bought further matches.  Bartlett started the additional bouts by posting a 15-7 main over Lucas Cordio at 149.  Senior Bo Pipher (Paonia, Colo.) adopted that up by pinning Garrett Fisk on the 3:35 mark.  Freshman Donovon Ball (New Cumberland, Pa.) used a final second takedown in further time to put up a 7-5 (sv) win over Kevin Makosy at 197.  Kerkvliet closed out further bouts and the evening with a second first interval cradle, this time pinning Brian Bowes on the 1:18 mark.
 
Penn State finishes its twin meet schedule with an ideal 6-0 mark, 6-0 within the Big Ten.  Maryland falls to 0-8, 0-8 B1G. The Nittany Lions will host the 2021 Big Ten Wrestling Championship on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, within the Bryce Jordan Center.  While no public tickets shall be made out there for the occasion as a consequence of virus mitigation restrictions, the Big Ten Network will air motion on Saturday, Saturday evening’s semifinals and Sunday’s finals reside nationally and the Big Ten Network+ will reside stream each mat.
 
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 #3 Penn State 44, Maryland 0
February 22, 2021 – Rec Hall – University Park, Pa.
 
285: Greg Kerkvliet PSU pinned Garrett Kappes MD, WBF (1:12)                        6-0
125: Robert Howard PSU pinned Zach Spence MD, WBF (3:38)                          12-0
133: #3 Roman Bravo-Young PSU maj. dec. Jackson Cockrell MD, 24-13 16-0
141: #2 Nick Lee PSU maj. dec. Danny Bertoni MD, 14-2                                    20-0
149: Beau Bartlett PSU dec. Hunter Baxter MD, 9-3                                            23-0
157: Luke Gardner PSU dec. Michael Doetsch MD, 8-2                                       26-0
165: #14 Joe Lee PSU pinned Jonathan Spadafora MD, WBF (5:56)                    32-0
174: #5 Carter Starocci PSU maj. dec. Phillip Spadafora MD, 15-6                       36-0
184: #2 Aaron Brooks PSU maj. dec. Kyle Cochran MD, 17-5                              40-0
197: #16 Michael Beard PSU maj. dec. Jaron Smith MD, 13-3                             44-0
Records: Penn State (6-0, 6-0 B1G); Maryland (0-8, 0-8 B1G)
Up Next for Penn State: hosts Big Ten Championships, March 6-7, 2021
 Extra Matches:
149: Beau Bartlett PSU maj. dec. Lucas Cordio MD, 15-7
157: Bo Pipher PSU pinned Garrett Fisk MD, WBF (3:35)
197: Donovon Ball PSU dec. Kevin Makosy MD, 7-5 (sv)
285: Greg Kerkvliet PSU pinned Brian Bowes MD, WBF (1:18)
 
 DUAL MEET BOUT-BY-BOUT:
 
285: Greg Kerkvliet (Grove Heights, Minn.) made his season and Penn State twin debut at 285.  The Minnesota-native took on Garrett Kappes. Kerkvliet labored the middle circle, scored two takedowns within the opening :25 and led 4-2 simply :30 into the match.  The Lion freshman added a 3rd takedown, then labored his manner into management of the Terrapin and locked up a cradle.  He completed off the pin on the 1:12 mark for a quick fall in his Lion debut.
 
125: True freshman Robert Howard (Cranford, N.J.) took on Maryland’s Zach Spence. Howard labored the center of the mat and picked up his first pin simply over a minute into the bout. He then turned Spence for 4 again factors and added 4 close to fall factors to steer 6-0 with 1:22 on the clock.  Howard reset, turned Maryland wrestler for 4 extra factors and led 10-0 on the 1:00 mark.  Howard lower Spence unfastened with :35 on the clock and shortly took the Terrapin down for one more takedown and a 12-1 lead after the opening interval. Spence selected down to begin the second interval and Howard went to work on offense.  The Terrapin advert
 
133: Junior Roman Bravo-Young (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked No. 3 at 133, confronted off in opposition to Jackson Cockrell.  The Lion junior locked Cockrell up excessive on the whistle and took him down for a takedown simply :15 into the bout.  He lower Cockrell unfastened and took him down once more to steer 4-2.  Cockrell notched Maryland’s first takedown to tie the bout at 4-4 with 1:54 on the clock.  Bravo-Young shortly escaped to a 5-4 lead, fought off a Cockrell shot and countered for one more takedown and a 7-4 lead.  The Lion All-American added three extra takedowns within the ultimate :45 of the interval to steer 13-8 after one interval. Bravo-Young selected down to begin the second interval and shortly escaped to a 14-8 lead.  He tacked on two extra takedowns within the subsequent :20 to steer 18-9 with 1:10 on the clock.  Bravo-Young led 19-10 after two intervals due to a penalty level on cautions. Cockrell selected down to begin the third interval and Bravo-Young clinched the driving time level with a powerful trip.  Cockrell escaped to a 19-11 rating however Bravo-Young used two extra takedowns to roll to the 24-13 main with 2:55 in driving time.
 
141: Senior Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 2 at 141, met Danny Bertoni. Lee scored shortly, taking Bertoni down for a 2-0 lead proper out of the gates.  He constructed up over 1:00 in driving time whereas making an attempt to show the Terrapin for again factors.  Lee picked up a four-point flip  with 1:22 on the clock to up his result in 6-0. The Lion All-American labored to tug Bertoni into the middle circle however the Terrapin labored the skin effectively sufficient to maintain from giving up one other flip.  Lee led 6-0 with 2:26 in time after one interval. Lee selected down to begin the second interval and shortly escaped to a 7-0 lead.  He labored to struggle off a strong Bertoni shot with 1:30 on the clock and returned to his ft to go on assault.  Lee scrambled his manner for one more takedown with :42 left within the interval to up his result in 9-0.  Trailing 9-0, Bertoni selected down to begin the third interval.  Lee lower him unfastened and took an 11-1 lead with one other takedown. Lee countered a Bertoni shot for takedown and a 13-2 lead.  He completed the interval on prime and posted the 14-2 main with 4:18 in driving time.
 
149: True freshman Beau Bartlett, making his Penn State twin debut up at 149, battled Hunter Baxter. Bartlett fought off a slight Baxter shot within the opening seconds then went to work on offense.  The Lion freshman labored the center of the mat for the subsequent minute, searching for a scoring alternative.  The Lion’s strain paid off with a primary takedown with 1:00 on the clock.  Bartlett lower Baxter unfastened and used a excessive double for a fast second takedown to steer 4-1 within the opening interval’s minute.  Leading 4-1, Bartlett selected impartial to begin the second interval.  Bartlett used a quick low single to take Baxter down in the course of the mat with 1:10 on the clock.  He allowed an escape and went again to work in impartial.  Bartlett compelled Baxter right into a stall warning because the interval ended and led 6-2 with 1:00 in time after two intervals. Trailing 6-2, Baxter selected prime to begin the third interval.  Bartlett deftly rolled via Baxter’s offense and reversed him to maneuver out to an 8-2 lead.  He spent the subsequent minute plus making an attempt to show Baxter then lower him to an 8-3 rating with :25 left.  Bartlett scrambled for a late takedown to get bonus factors however Baxter fought him off and Bartlett posted the 9-3 win with 2:23 in time.
 
157: Being senior evening, senior Luke Gardner (Pottsville, Pa.) bought the decision at 157 and junior Brady Berge (Mantorville, Minn.), ranked No. 8 at 157, bought the night off. Gardner took on Maryland’s Michael Doetsch. Gardner labored the center of the mat for the opening minute, forcing Doetsch’s head to the mat whereas making an attempt to scramble round for a takedown.  Doetsch was in a position to power a stalemate for a reset with 1:40 on the clock.  Gardner took a low shot that Doetsch countered, forcing a scramble because the clock moved to :40.  The Lion senior completed off the takedown for 2 factors and a 2-1 lead after the opening interval. Gardner selected down to begin the second interval however Doetsch was in a position to management the Lion for your entire interval. Trailing by one however with almost 2:00 driving time, Doetsch selected down to begin the third interval and escaped to a 2-2 tie.  Gardner took a excessive shot, locked up a cradle and, after securing the takedown, rolled Doetsch for 4 again factors.  He completed with the cradle locked and posted an 8-2 win.
 
165: Freshman Joe Lee (Evansville, Ind.), ranked No. 14 at 165, met Jonathan Spadafora. Lee scored shortly, taking a 2-0 lead off the opening whistle.  He constructed up :26 in driving time earlier than slicing Spadafora unfastened to a 2-1 rating.  He countered a slight Maryland shot for a second takedown and a 4-1 lead. Lee dominated the motion from the highest place, build up over 1:00 in time earlier than turning Spadafora for 4 again factors and an 8-1 lead.  He added one other two-point flip to maneuver out to a 10-1 margin earlier than Spadafora scrambled for an escape.  Lee completed off the interval with one other takedown and led 12-2 with over 2:00 in driving time after the opening interval. Spadafora selected down to begin the second interval and Lee clinched his driving time level earlier than Spadafora escaped to a 12-3 rating.  Lee bought in on a excessive single, gained management of Spadafora’s different leg and rolled via for a takedown and a 14-3 margin with :40 on the clock.  Lee completed the interval on prime and carried that lead with almost 4:00 in time into the third stanza. Lee selected impartial to begin the third interval. Lee countered a Spadafora shot, rolled across the Terrapin, and took a 16-3 lead with 1:15 left.  He faked a lower, shortly locked up a cradle and turned Spadafora for a fall on the 5:56 mark.
 
174: Freshman Carter Starocci (Erie, Pa.), ranked No. 5 at 174, confronted off in opposition to Phillip Spadafora. Starocci fell behind early, with Spadafora notching the bout’s first takedown on the 2:35 mark.  The Lion freshman shortly escaped to a 2-1 rating, then turned in on a low double and rolled via for a takedown and a 3-2 lead with 1:45 on the clock. Starocci managed the motion on offense for the subsequent :30 earlier than slicing Spadafora unfastened to a 3-3 rating.  The Lion freshman used a powerful excessive double to open up a 5-3 lead on the :55 mark and labored his driving time edge as much as close to one minute.  Starocci completed the interval on prime to steer 5-3 with 1:18 in time. Spadafora selected down to begin the second interval. Starocci broke the Terrapin down for :30 earlier than Spadafora escaped to a 5-4 rating.  Starocci took a 7-4 lead off one other excessive shot, allowed the escape, and moved in on assault once more.  Spadafora was in a position to transfer out of bounds to maintain the bout shut however picked up a stall warning within the course of.  Starocci completed the interval off with a takedown on the sting of the mat and led 9-5 with over 2:00 in time after two intervals. Starocci selected down to begin the third interval and escaped to a 10-5 lead with 1:36 left to wrestle.  Spadafora took a excessive shot that Starocci shortly countered for one more takedown and a 12-5 lead.  He completed off the bout with one other takedown with :30 left and completed on prime. Starocci’s ended the bout with 2:22 in driving time and rolled to the 15-6 main.
 
184: Sophomore Aaron Brooks (Hagerstown, Md.), ranked No. 2 at 184, met Kyle Cochran.  Brooks took a 2-0 lead with a takedown early within the opening interval after which added a second halfway via the primary to steer 4-1 with 1:12 on the clock.  Cochran escaped to a 4-2 rating because the clock moved to the ultimate minute and Brooks went to work in impartial.  The Lion All-American compelled a stall warning, linked on a single leg and picked up a 3rd takedown with :20 left to steer 6-2 with :48 in driving time after one. Cochran selected down to begin the second interval and escaped to a 6-3 rating.  Brooks continued to set a quick tempo, working the center of the mat and forcing Cochran backwards.  He moved out to an 8-3 lead with a powerful excessive shot via Cochran’s waist with 1:00 left within the interval.  Brooks picked up one other takedown and a stall level to steer 9-4 with :28 left within the center stanza.  Brooks ended the interval with one other takedown and led 11-4 with 1:33 in time after two. Brooks selected impartial to begin the third interval.  He upped his result in 13-4 with a scrambling takedown.  Brooks picked up one other stall level and completed with at takedown to put up a 17-5 main with 1:58 in driving time.
 
197: Freshman Michael Beard (Pottstown, Pa.), ranked No. 16 at 197, took on Jaron Smith. Beard scored shortly, connecting on a quick shot off the whistle and dealing Smith to the mat for a takedown and a 2-0 lead.  Smith scrambled his option to a reversal and a 2-2 tie with 2:30 left.  Beard scrambled his option to an escaped and 3-2 lead with 1:40 left within the interval and motion resumed in impartial.  Beard shot low off the reset and compelled a scramble in the course of the mat.  He steadily labored his manner into management and led 5-2 with :50 left within the opening interval.  The Lion completed the interval on prime and led 5-2 after the opening interval.  Beard selected down to begin the second stanza and shortly escaped to a 6-2 lead.  The freshman countered a Smith shot and rolled his manner across the Terrapin for one more takedown and an 8-2 lead with 1:10 left on the clock.  Beard put collectively a powerful trip, working offensive management because the clock moved beneath the :30 mark.  He completed the interval in management and led 8-2 with 1:11 in driving time after two intervals.  Smith selected impartial to begin the third interval.  Beard upped his result in 10-2 with a takedown on the 1:10 mark, lower Smith unfastened and went again to work on offense.  He took a low shot that compelled a scramble and a stalemate with :25 left.  Beard ended the interval with a ultimate takedown and posted the sturdy 13-3 main with 1:42 in driving time.