It was a tough weekend for No. 22 Rutgers wrestling. After dropping a disappointing home match to No. 19 Cornell, the Scarlet Knights traveled to State College for a Sunday tilt with one of the nation’s best teams, No. 2 Penn State.
Penn State won eight out of ten matches en route to a 38-6 beatdown. Rutgers only winners were Nico Aguilar at 125 and Mike Van Brill at 157.
No. 15 Aguilar continued to wrestle really well, picking up a 10-4 decision over Brandon Meredith. Aguilar has now won six matches in a row.
The Scarlet Knights other victory came from Mike Van Brill, who snapped out of his two match losing streak to defeat Penn State’s Bo Pipher in overtime, winning 1-0 in the second tiebreaker.
At 133 pounds, No. 11 Sammy Alvarez continued his streak of wrestling ranked opponents, this time against Penn State’s Roman Bravo Young, who checks into FloWrestling’s latest rankings at No. 4. The freshman Alvarez wrestled extremely tough yet again, but ultimately lost the match on a takedown in overtime.
The way Alvarez has been wrestling has been extremely promising looking ahead to the National Tournament. Bravo-Young was a true freshman All-American last season for the Nittany Lions, and Alvarez will surely be competing come March for a spot on the eight man podium in Minneapolis.
Elsewhere, Penn State’s hammers took care of business. No. 2 Nick Lee earned a tech fall over JoJo Aragona at 141 pounds, No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph pinned Brett Donner at 165 pounds, and No. 9 Aaron Brooks pinned No. 25 Billy Janzer at 184 pounds. Janzer hung in the match tightly before getting caught and ultimately pinned in a cradle.
At 174, Joe Grello had to injury default to his opponent, No. 1 Mark Hall. Grello left the mat with an apparent leg injury.
In the final bout of the night, Penn State heavyweight Seth Nevills picked up the Nittany Lions’ fourth pin of the evening by sticking Alex Esposito.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action this weekend, with a pair of home duals vs. Indiana on Friday and Purdue on Sunday.