Penn State got off to a better-than expected start at the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, courtesy of Bryan Pearsall...
We're blogging live from press row at Mackey Arena, the famous basketball arena on the campus of Purdue University.
Because of the structure of tournament scoring, bonus points are significantly more important than they are for dual meets. Thus Bryan Pearsoll's quick pin of Wisconsin's Thomas Glenn at 141 gave the Nittany Lions an unexpected boost in team score.
Complete First-Round results for Penn State...
125: #3 Nico Megaludis Major Decision (12-3) over Grant Pizzo (Michigan). Nico dominated, racking up 4:45 in riding time, but wasn't able to get the turn needed for back points and a possible Technical Fall. Next opponent is #6 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State).
133: #8 Frank Martellotti had a bye. Next opponent is #1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State).
141: #8 Bryan Pearsall pinned Thomas Glenn (Wisconsin) in 1:39. Next opponent is #1 Kellen Russell (Michigan).
149 #1 Frank Molinaro had a bye. Next opponent is #8 Kaleb Friedley (Northwestern).
157 #2 Dylan Alton defeated Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) 4-2. Dylan took a 4-1 lead after one period. Zilverberg rode the entire second period and picked neutral for the third. No scoring, Zilverberg earned a point for riding time. Next opponent is #7 Tommy Churchard (Purdue).
165 #1 David Taylor Technical Fall (20-5) over Derek Garcia (Ohio State). Taylor completely dominated Garcia and secured the Tech Fall with a flurry of takedowns and cuts, with the deciding point being a massive edge in riding time. Next opponent is #8 Pierce Harger (Northwestern).
174 #1 Ed Ruth had a bye. Next opponent is #8 Jordan Blanton (Illinois).
184 #2 Quentin Wright pinned Luke Sheridan (Indiana) in 2:17. Wright nailed Sheridan with a spectacular split scissors move. Next opponent is #7 Tony Dallago (Illinois).
197 #3 Morgan McIntosh had a bye. Next opponent is #6 Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State).
Heavyweight #2 Cameron Wade had a bye. Next opponent is #10 Steve Andrus (Michigan State).