BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Morgan McIntosh wasted little time and quickly set the tone for No. 1 Penn State’s demolition of No. 19 Indiana.
The Penn State sophomore earned the opening takedown at 197 pounds just seconds into his bout with Garret Goldman and coasted to a 14-4 major decision to start Penn State’s 36-6 win.
Jimmy Gulibon, David Taylor and Ed Ruth picked up technical falls while Zain Retherford and Matt Brown added major decisions. Penn State (9-0, 3-0) dropped bouts at 157 and 285 pounds while Nico Megaludis picked up a forfeit win at 125.
For the most part, Penn State wrestlers showed no ill effects following a long travel day on Thursday.
“We talk about adversity a lot with our guys and up and down the lineup our guys scored points tonight and that’s fun to watch,” assistant coach Casey Cunningham told the Penn State Radio Network.
McIntosh, who is usually the second-to-last to wrestle, was prepared to kick off the dual. He turned in two takedowns in each period despite wrestling with his right elbow heavily wrapped to trounce Goldman and give Penn State a 4-0 lead it would never relinquish.
“It’s kind of fun to start at different places from time to time and he came out and was ready and scored points until the end there,” Cunningham said.
Unfortunately for Penn State, heavyweight Jimmy Lawson couldn’t score until the end of his bout with No. 8 Adam Chalfant.
Lawson tried to work for the opening takedown moments into their bout but Chalfant gained the upper hand and the two points that went with it. The Indiana wrestler tilted Lawson for three nearfall points and added a second-period escape. Lawson came alive in the third.
The Penn State junior started down and reversed Chalfant to cut the Hoosier’s lead to 6-2. Chalfant was able to escape but Lawson brought him down for another takedown. Time expired as Lawson was working for his third takedown and Chalfant survived, 9-4.
“I think he was confident coming in. I think he expected to win,” Cunningham said. “He didn’t really get after it until the third. ... That’s really got to happen a little sooner. I think he’s getting better and better at that.”
Gulibon snapped an 0-5 skid in dual-meet bouts and didn’t need much time to do so.
The redshirt freshman got the opening takedown against Chris Caton right off the whistle and cruised to a 15-0 technical fall in just 2:57 at 133 pounds.
“He looked fast. He looked strong,” Cunningham said. “There was pep in his step that was fun to watch for sure.”
Retherford added a 15-5 major decision over Trevor Moody at 141 pounds and Zack Beitz followed with a 2-0 win over Eric Roach at 149. Indiana’s No. 5-ranked Taylor Walsh edged James Vollrath 5-4 at 157 for Indiana’s only other win.
Beitz and Vollrath filled in for Andrew and Dylan Alton respectively. The Altons are expected to wrestle in the Shorty Hitchcock Open this weekend.
Taylor regained the momentum for Penn State and clinched the win with a methodical 15-0 technical fall over Ryan LeBlanc at 165 pounds. At 174 Brown added a 12-3 major over Matt Irick.
Ruth nearly ended the dual with his first dual-meet pin this season. But Ruth couldn’t finish off a cradle against No. 18 Luke Sheridan who rolled through. Instead, Ruth rolled to an 18-3 technical fall in 5:12.
Notes: Gulibon won the Ernie Lucas Award for most outstanding wrestler in a road dual. ... About 1,300 fans attended the dual. ... Penn State returns to Rec Hall on Sunday for a 2 p.m. dual against No. 14 Northwestern.