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Penn State beats Boston U. in first-ever sellout for program slated to be cut

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It was a night of firsts as defending NCAA team champs Penn State defeated Boston University, 34-6, in Boston Friday night.

It was the first sellout for a wrestling event at Boston’s Case Center (attendance: 1,664), and the first time the Nittany Lions and Terriers had faced each other in a dual meet… and, sadly, in both cases, those firsts may well be lasts, as Boston University had announced that this would be the last season for its wrestling program.

These dynamics were instrumental in Penn State coach Cael Sanderson scheduling a dual meet with Boston in the Terriers’ home gym.

After Sanderson learned the Boston University wrestling program would be cut after the 2013-2014 wrestling season, he asked Terriers’ head coach — and fellow Iowa State alumnus — Carl Adams if there was anything he could do to help, according to Onward State, a Penn State-oriented website.

Penn State won eight of ten matches, scoring bonus points in six bouts. While the home team forfeited one match, Boston got two wins -- 133-pounder Dane Harlowe, and, at 157, 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic participant Nestor Taffur -- and none of the Terriers were pinned, an accomplishment noted by Sanderson.

“You have to give Boston some credit,’’ Sanderson told the Penn State Radio Network. “We have a pretty good pinning team so it’s a credit to them and their attitude.’’

The 2004 Olympic gold medalist-turned-coach also commented on Boston U’s sellout.

“Dual meets are very big and people are getting out there and supporting their team,’’ he said.

Sanderson, who was mobbed for autographs by Boston fans after the dual, earned his 60th victory as the Penn State head coach.

Match Results

  • 125: No. 3 Nico Megaludis (PSU) maj. dec. Bubba McGinley (BU), 15-3
  • 133: Dane Harlowe (BU) dec. No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon (PSU), 1-0 (rt)
  • 141: No. 11 Zain Retherford (PSU) tech. fall Peter Ishiguro (BU), 17-2 (4:48)
  • 149: Zack Beitz (PSU) dec. Nick Tourville (BU), 9-3
  • 157: No. 13 Nestor Taffur (BU) dec. James Vollrath (PSU), 5-4
  • 165: No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) tech. fall Mitchell Wightman (BU), 21-5 (6:57)
  • 174: No. 3 Matt Brown (PSU) tech. fall-4 Eric Des Lauriers (BU), 22-7 (6:04)
  • 184: Wes Phipps (PSU) maj. dec. Aaron Conrad (BU), 9-1
  • 197: No. 4 Morgan McIntosh (PSU) wins by forfeit
  • Hwt: No. 10 Jimmy Lawson (PSU) dec. Kevin Innis (BU), 10-3

Get both sides now: Check out the official websites for Penn State wrestling and Boston University for coverage of the dual meet. (PSU's article has bout-by-bout details).

Want to know more about the demise of Boston U wrestling? Take a look at College Wrestling Examiner's announcement of the school's decision to axe the program... and an article about the documentary "It Hurts to Win" chronicling the program's last season.

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