Penn State’s David Taylor cruised and Matt Brown lost a tight match at the NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday night.
Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165, took on No. 4 Michael Moreno of Iowa State. Taylor, a, three-time NCAA finalist and 2012 champion, had a quick take down and tacked on two two-point turns for a 6-0 lead. Moreno escaped at the 1:40 mark, but Taylor quickly took him down to lead 8-1 after the first period.
Moreno chose down to start the second period and Taylor continued to dominate action on top, building up over three minutes in riding time while looking for another tilt. After an escape, Taylor added another takedown to lead 10-2 heading into the third period. Taylor chose down and Moreno put together a solid ride. Taylor worked his way to a late reversal. With 3:06 in riding time, Taylor posted a 13-2 major decision.
Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, took on No. 1 Andrew Howe of Oklahoma. Brown, a NCAA finalist last year, met Howe, a former NCAA champ, for the first time. Howe struck first with a takedown early in the first period, but Brown escaped and trailed 2-1 after the period.
Brown chose down to start the second period and Howe then started to work on a long ride. The Sooner was not generating any offense and was his hit with three straight stall calls, giving Brown a 3-2 lead after two periods. Howe did build up more than two minutes in riding time with a ride-out. Howe then chose down to start the third period and worked his way to an escape and a 3-3 tie. With a riding time point against him, Brown put together a furious close, but Howe won 4-3 win on riding time.