It’s time! Time for perhaps the biggest dual of the regular season. If both teams start their usual ten, there will only be one weight class where ranked wrestlers are not slated to clash. However, both teams, especially Penn State have been nicked up as of late so in all likelihood we will not see their normal lineup. Even so, there are plenty of intriguing matchups that are bound to shake-up the rankings next week.
Penn State comes into this dual with a 10-0 record, 6-0 against Big Ten foes, and is fresh off of a 25-11 win over previously unbeaten Michigan, the same team that handed Ohio State their only loss of the year. Nine of the ten Nittany Lion starters are ranked and six of which are in the top-five of their respective weight class. Five Penn State starters are still undefeated. Head coach Cael Sanderson is looking to win his eighth title in the past nine years. Of course, title number seven came last season as the Nittany Lions edged a great Ohio State team, who ended up with 134.5 points.
Last season when the schools met at Rec Hall in State College, Pennsylvania; it was the home team that shocked the Buckeyes 19-18. This year’s Ohio State squad is not quite as great in a dual setting, but very formidable in tournaments. That can happen when you lose three four-time All-Americans to graduation. This year’s OSU squad features three undefeated wrestlers and four that ranked in the top-five at their respective weight classes.
This match will be shown live on the Big Ten network Friday at 8:30 pm Eastern.
Here’s a breakdown of the probable matchups and TOM’s predictions, along with projections from WrestleStat.
125 - Devin Schnupp (Penn State) vs. Malik Heinselman (Ohio State)
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