UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State proved why it's the best wrestling program in the country as the top-ranked Nittany Lions shut out Buffalo, 55-0, at Rec Hall on Sunday afternoon. The loss capped one of Buffalo's most difficult schedules in recent memory as Penn State was the fifth nationally-ranked program the Bulls faced this season.
It was a raucous scene as a sell-out crowd of 6,431 fans packed Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions rolled out six top-ten nationally-ranked wrestlers, four of which ranked in the top three. Penn State dominated the dual, winning seven of the 10 matches by pin to improve to a perfect 14-0 on the season.
Buffalo finished the regular season with a dual record of 5-12. The Bulls will next begin their preparation for the Mid-American Conference Championships which begin on March 3 at Central Michigan. Redshirt-junior Jake Gunning will look to repeat as MAC champion at 285 lbs. and Bryan Lantry, ranked 15th in the nation, is pursuing his first MAC title.
PENN STATE 55, BUFFALO 0
125: Carson Kuhn (PSU) won by forfeit
133: Corey Keener (PSU) won by decision over Justin Patrick (UB), 8-3
141: #8 Nick Lee (PSU) won by fall over Nick Cassella (UB), 4:37
149: #1 Zain Retherford (PSU) won by fall over Nick Palumbo (UB), 4:10
157: Bo Pipher (PSU) won by fall over Eric Fasnacht (UB) 1:53
165: #3 Vincenzo Joseph (PSU) won by major decision over Noah Grover (UB), 16-8
174: #2 Mark Hall (PSU) won by fall over Derek Holcomb (UB), 0:56
184: #1 Bo Nickal (PSU) won by fall over Brett Perry (UB), 0:11
197: #5 Shakur Rasheed (PSU) won by fall over Joe Ariola (UB), 1:57
285: #4 Nick Nevills (PSU) won by fall over Nolan Terrance UB, 2:48