Ohio State and Penn State faced tough match ups in every weight class, and the individual rankings were clearly in Ohio State’s favor. Seven out of the ten match-ups favored the Buckeyes and regardless of Penn State’s two upsets based on those rankings, the 197 lbs. match was a big blow. Add on the major decision win for Ohio State in the 125 lbs. dual and that’s where the Buckeyes captured the win.
At 197 lbs., Penn State junior Morgan McIntosh is ranked No. 4 and Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder is ranked No. 7, so it wasn’t a groundbreaking upset but still, a McIntosh win looked likely. Granted, going into the 197 match Penn State was down by seven, so the team still would’ve needed at least a major decision win to tie.
McIntosh shot quickly in the first only to end in a stalemate and battle out the rest of the first. After a scoreless first period, Snyder chose down to start the second and successfully escaped, 1-0. With :45 left in the second, Snyder scored a takedown from an ankle shot and McIntosh failed to escape before time ran out, 3-0. McIntosh chose down to start the third but was unable to break for the escape. Snyder kept control on McIntosh long enough to up his riding time then cut him loose, 3-1. One more Snyder takedown, tack on his riding time and that was it, 6-1.
Ohio State’s powerhouse team only gives Penn State all the more reason to work harder until they meet again. I have a feeling next time these wrestlers see each other the scores will be a bit different.
125: OSU Nathan Tomasello maj. dec. PSU Jordan Conaway, 11-2
133: PSU Jimmy Gulibon dec. OSU Johnni DiJulius, 5-4
141: OSU Logan Stieber pinned PSU Kade Moss, 2:51
149: OSU Hunter Stieber dec. PSU Zack Beitz, 7-2
157: PSU Dylan Alton dec. OSU Josh Demas, 3-1
165: OSU Bo Jordan dec. PSU Garett Hammond, 10-6
174: PSU Matt Brown pinned OSU Dominic Prezzia, 4:27
184: OSU Kenny Courts dec. PSU Matt McCutcheon, 4-2
197: OSU Kyle Snyder dec. PSU Morgan McIntosh, 6-1
285: PSU Jimmy Lawson dec. OSU Nick Tavanello, 3-1
The loss puts Penn State with a record of 6-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Lions continue conference play as they head to New Jersey on Friday to face Rutgers. The match starts at 7 p.m. and sadly there is no TV coverage. But no worries, the team returns home Sunday to face Purdue in Rec Hall at 1 p.m.
(All statistics courtesy of www.gopsusports.com)