UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The sold out Rec Hall crowd of 6,588 let out a chorus of boos shortly after it was announced to the Penn State wrestling faithful top-ranked 149-pounder Zain Retherford would win on Friday night by forfeit.
It was one less impressive individual display for the rowdy White Out crowd, a group spoiled by Penn State dismantling one opponent after the other. No. 16 Minnesota (7-6, 2-3 Big Ten) was the latest to succumb to the top-ranked Nittany Lions, this time, 35-8. Penn State (10-0, 6-0), sported its white singlets to kick off potentially the toughest stretch of its season, but passed this first test of the weekend with flying colors.
"We had some close matches in the middle, but our guys for the most part found a way to score some points and the matches we lost, I thought we fought hard," Cael Sanderson said.
The Lions won eight of 10 bouts, but there were quite a few in the crowd agitated by what they weren't able to see. Retherford, the two-time NCAA champion who improved to 19-0 with the forfeit, wouldn't get to put on another show for the crowd. As Rec Hall grew quiet at the beginning of the match, an onlooker from the far corner left the crowd in stitches.
"James Franklin tweeted he'll wrestle Zain tonight," the fan shouted. Franklin, seated next to the mat with athletic director Sandy Barbour laughed and quickly signaled no way.