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Penn State vs. Ohio State Preview

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Feb. 5, 2019 -- No. 1 Penn State (10-0, 6-0 B1G) travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 2 Ohio State (9-1, 5-1 B1G) in Big Ten road action on Friday, Feb. 8.  The dual begins at 8:30 p.m. and will air live nationally on the Big Ten Network. All rankings listed and used are InterMat Tournament Power Index (TPI) and InterMat individual as of Feb. 5.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a rousing 25-11 win over previously unbeaten and fifth-ranked Michigan on Friday in the annual BJC Dual.  Penn State won seven of ten bouts in front of the sell-out crowd of nearly 16,000 to stay unbeaten on the year.  The Lions won every match-up featuring ranked foes, getting ranked wins at 141, 157, 165, 174 and 285. The Lions improved to 10-0 overall, 6-0 in the Big Ten.

The Nittany Lions feature a talented line-up.  Sophomore Devin Schnupp is 6-11 at 125 with half those wins coming in dual meets.  True freshman Roman Bravo-Young is ranked No. 15 at 133 with a 15-2 record.  Sophomore Nick Lee is 20-1 overall and ranked No. 5 at 141.  Redshirt freshman Brady Berge is 14-2 and ranked No. 11 at 149.  Senior Jason Nolf is 19-0 and ranked No. 1 at 157.  Junior Vincenzo Joseph is 17-0 and ranked No. 1 at 165.  Junior Mark Hall is 19-0 and ranked No. 1 at 174.  Senior Shakur Rasheed is 15-0 and ranked No. 2 at 184.  Senior Bo Nickal is 18-0 and ranked No. 1 at 197. Senior Anthony Cassar is 17-1 and ranked No. 3 at 285.

Ohio State enters the dual with a 9-1 record, 5-1 in the Big Ten.  The Buckeyes won two road duals last weekend, beating Illinois 23-14 on Friday and Northwestern 27-15 on Sunday.  The Buckeyes have a line-up that features nine ranked wrestlers.  Luke Pletcher is 18-2 and No. 6 at 133. Joey McKenna is 14-0 and No. 2 at 141. Micah Jordan is 18-1 and No. 3 at 149. Ke-Shawn Hayes is 15-5 and No. 6 at 157. Te'Shan Campbell is 9-2 and No. 12 at 165. Ethan Smith is 14-5 and No. 18 at 174. Myles Martin is 13-0 and No. 1 at 197. Kollin Moore is 13-0 and No. 2 at 197. Chase Singletary is 15-4 and No. 19 at 285.

The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series with Ohio State 20-12, including the last three meetings.  Penn State won 19-18 last year in Rec Hall on Feb. 3, 2019.  The Nittany Lions won the last meeting in Columbus as well, winning 32-12 on Feb. 3, 2017.

Penn State loses out Big Ten action with a split weekend next weekend.  The Lions host Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.  Penn State then visits Illinois for a Sunday, Feb. 17, dual at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

The 2018-19 Penn State wrestling season is sponsored by The Family Clothesline. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.

#1 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (10-0, 6-0 B1G)
125    Devin Schnupp    So.    Lititz, Pa./Warwick        6-11
133    #15 Roman Bravo-Young    Fr.    Tucson, Ariz./Sunny Side    15-2
141    #5 Nick Lee    So.    Evansville, Ind./Homeschool    20-1
149    #11 Brady Berge    Fr.    Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville    14-2
    Jarod Verkleeren    Fr.    Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield    14-5
157    #1 Jason Nolf    Sr.    Yatesboro, Pa./Kittanning    19-0
165    #1 Vincenzo Joseph    Jr.    Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic    17-0
174    #1 Mark Hall    Jr.    Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley    19-0
184    #2 Shakur Rasheed    Sr.    Coram, N.Y./Longwood        15-0
197    #1 Bo Nickal    Sr.    Allen, Texas/Allen        18-0
285    #3 Anthony Cassar    Sr.    Rocky Hill, N.J./Montgomery    17-1
    Nick Nevills    Sr.    Clovis, Calif./Clovis        8-2

#2 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (9-1, 5-1 B1G)
125    Malik Heinselman    Fr.    Castle Rock, Colo./Castle View    18-5
133    #6 Luke Pletcher    Jr.    Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe    18-2
141    #2 Joey McKenna    Sr.    Towaco, N.J./Blair Academy    14-0
149    #3 Micah Jordan    Sr.    St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham    18-1
157    #6 Ke-Shawn Hayes    Jr.    Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill    15-5
165    Kaleb Romero    Fr.    Mechanicsburg, Ohio/Mechanicsburg    7-6
    #12 Te'Shan Campbell    Sr.    Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills    9-2
174    #18 Ethan Smith    Fr.    Latrobe, Pa./Sparrows Point (Md.)    14-5
184    #1 Myles Martin    Sr.    Penns Grove, N.J./McDonogh School    13-0
197    #2 Kollin Moore    Jr.    Burbank, Ohio/Norwayne    13-0
285    #19 Chase Singletary    Fr.    Naples, Fla./Blair Academy    15-4

Rankings listed are InterMat TPI/InterMat Individual as of 2/5/19


"Any man who can safely drive a car while kissing a pretty girl, simply isn't giving the kiss the attention it deserves"... Albert Einstein

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I've been waiting for this match-up. Unfortunately Ohio State is no longer undefeated have lost to Michigan 2 weeks ago. Michigan then lost to Penn State last Friday. It will still be an exciting match. The Big10 championships will be fun to see how Penn State wrestlers fare against Iowa wrestlers. Then the National Champioships we will see how they do against second ranked Oklahoma State.

BTW the National Championships are in Pittsburgh this year and tickets are selling fast They run from Mar 21 to the 23rd.


"Any man who can safely drive a car while kissing a pretty girl, simply isn't giving the kiss the attention it deserves"... Albert Einstein

"And how can we win, when fools be king?"

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