It was only a matter of time until Nick Lee’s redshirt came off.
Lee, who is 16-3, took on the Wolverines’ Sal Profaci and showed no signs of being a true freshman.
He earned the first takedown of the match 33 seconds in. He tacked on two other takedowns to hold a 6-2 first-period lead.
He stayed poised in the third period. Following a Profaci takedown and just a 7-5 edge, Lee settled in, hit a sitting switch for a reversal and the 9-5 victory.
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“I think he was a little bit tight. I know he was a little nervous and excited,” associate head coach Cody Sanderson told the Penn State Sports Network, referring to Lee. “I don’t think that was the best performance we are going to see from him.
“He’s only going to go up from here. He put a lot of points on the board and that’s all we can ask for right away.”
Lee replaces an injured Jered Cortez, who was seen in a walking boot just last weekend and during the Southern Scuffle.