It’s fitting that the three Nittany Lion seniors notched pins in their last dual meet in Rec Hall. No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph, No. 2 Mark Hall and No. 18 Shakur Rasheed all had falls in four minutes or less.
No. 2 Roman Bravo Young also pinned his American opponent in 1 minute and ten seconds and No. 17 Seth Nevills had a major to round up Penn State’s bonus point wins of the day.
The marquee match came at 149 with PSU’s No. 17 Jarod Verkleeren on the rise, he met with AU’s No. 8 Kizhan Clarke. After a scoreless first period, Clarke chose down to start the second and quickly escaped to a 1-0 lead. Verkleeren fought off a Clarke shot and countered, but Clarke was able to get away. Moving to the third, Verkleeren chose down and quickly tied things up with an escape, 1-1. As the clock wound down to the thirty-second mark, Verkleeren fought off a shot and got control of Clarke’s upper body. He swung to the outside circle and finished off the takedown with just three seconds left to secure the victory.
No. 1 Nick Lee, No. 6 Aaron Brooks and Luke Gardner also had decision wins. Brandon Meredith continues to struggle at 125, giving up the team’s only three points in a sudden victory loss.
Penn State closes out the regular season at 12-2 and 8-1 in the Big Ten.
Now, it’s time for championship season. Penn State gets ready for the 2020 Big Ten Championship at Rutgers on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 and will be the national qualifier for the conference. We’ll see how Penn State matches up to the powerhouse of Iowa in tournament wrestling.
BOUT BY BOUT:
PSU-40, AU- 3
141: PSU No. 1 Nick Lee dec. AU Sal Profaci, 7-3
149: PSU No. 17 Jarod Verkleeren dec. AU No. 8 Kizhan Clarke, 3-1
157: PSU Luke Gardner dec. AU Ethan Karsten, 7-5
165: PSU No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph pinned AU Tim Fitzpatrick, WBF (4:00)
174: PSU No. 2 Mark Hall pinned AU Anthony Wokasch, WBF (2:33)
184: PSU No. 6 Aaron Brooks dec. AU Tanner Harvey, 8-5
197: PSU No. 18 Shakur Rasheed pinned AU William Jarrell, WBF (1:04)
285: PSU No. 17 Seth Nevills maj. dec. AU Niko Camacho, 10-2
125: AU Gage Curry dec. PSU Brandon Meredith, 3-1 (SV)
133: PSU No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young pinned AU Joshua Vega, WBF (1:10)