Penn State Wrestling Sends Six to Big Ten Finals

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Penn State wrestling will have a school-record six wrestlers competing for Big Ten Championships Sunday.

Below is a list of all the finalists:

157 lbs: Jason Nolf

165 lbs: Vincenzo Joseph

174 lbs: Mark Hall

184 lbs: Shakur Rasheed

197 lbs: Bo Nickal

285 lbs: Anthony Cassar

Nine Penn State wrestlers have earned automatic berths into the NCAA Tournament. Below is a list of results of all 10 Penn State wrestlers and the team standings courtesy of PSU Athletics:

2019 Big Ten Championships – Team Scores, Session 2 (top 3):

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Williams Arena – Minneapolis, Minn.

Top 5 Teams after session 2

1: PENN STATE – 131.0

2: Ohio State – 111.5

3: Nebraska – 84.0

4: Iowa – 83.5

5: Minnesota – 76.5

Penn State’s individual bout by bout agate:

All rankings listed InterMat as of 2/26/19

125: Devin Schnupp, So. (14th seed)

Rd. 1: #12 Travis Piotrowski, Illinois – L, 17-0 (TF; 4:39)

Cn. 1: Shane Metzler, Rutgers – L, 6-1 dec.

Cn. S1: Shane Metzler, Rutgers – L, 6-4 dec.

Schnupp made his first ever appearance at the Big Ten Championship at 125. Schnupp took on fifth seed and 12th-ranked Travis Piotrowski of Illinois in his first match and dropped a 17-0 technical fall.  He then took on Rutgers’ Shane Metzler in his first consolation bout and lost a 6-1 decision.

For this session’s recap, see story above

133: #12 Roman Bravo-Young, Fr. (4th seed)

Rd. 1: Jevon Parrish, Nebraska – W, 18-5 maj. dec.

Qtrs: #7 Luke Pletcher, Ohio State – L, 8-5 dec.

Cn. 2: Jens Lantz, Wisconsin – W, 14-5 maj.  dec.

Cn. Q: Dylan Duncan, Illinois – W, 3-2 dec.

Cn. S: #3 Austin DeSanto, Iowa – tomorrow

Bravo-Young, ranked No. 12 nationally at 133 and the fourth seed, made his Big Ten tournament debut against Nebraska’s Jevon Parrish.  Bravo-Young took an early 6-2 lead with three first period takedowns, added three more in the second and rolled to an 18-5 major with 2:26 in riding time. Bravo-Young then met No. 7 Luke Pletcher of Ohio State in the quarterfinals.  Bravo-Young drew first blood and led 2-1 after the opening period.  Pletcher answered with a takedown and two back points to lead 6-3 after two periods. The Buckeye added another takedown in the third and posted the hard-fought 8-5 win.

For this session’s recap, see story above

141: #2 Nick Lee, So. (2nd seed)

Rd. 1: bye

Qtrs: #16 Max Murin, Iowa – W, 8-3 dec.

Semis: #3 Joey McKenna, Ohio State – L, 5-4 dec.

Cn. S: tomorrow

Lee, ranked No. 2 at 141 and the second seed at the tournament, had a first round bye. He met No. 16 Max Murin of Iowa in the quarterfinals and opened up an early lead with two first period takedowns.  Murin cut the lead to 4-3 with an escape in the second period, but Lee got an escape, a penalty point and a takedown in the third to roll to the 8-3 victory. Lee’s win moved him into the semifinals.

For this session’s recap, see story above

149: #13 Brady Berge, Fr. (6th seed)

Rd. 1: Parker Filius, Purdue – W, 12-3 maj. dec.

Qtrs: #9 Pat Lugo, Iowa – W, 4-2 (sv2)

Semis: #2 Micah Jordan, Ohio State – L, 13-4 maj. dec.

Cn. S: tomorrow

Berge, ranked No. 13 nationally at 149 and the sixth seed, took on Purdue’s Parker Filius in his Big Ten tournament debut.  Berge notched two first period takedowns to open up an early lead, picked up another two points in the second period and poured it on in the third to roll to a 12-3 major with 1:43 in riding time.  Berge took on No. 9 Pat Lugo of Iowa in the quarterfinals.  Berge battled the third seed through a scoreless first period and then took a lead with an escape to start the second and Lugo escaped to start the third, tying the match at 1-1 with less than 1:40 to wrestle.   The duo wrestled through one sudden victory period and both escaped in the first tiebreaker.  With just :33 left in the second sudden victory minute, Berge deftly slid around Lugo for a takedown and posted the thrilling 4-2 (sv2) win, advancing to the semifinals.

For this session’s recap, see story above

157: #1 Jason Nolf, Sr. (1st seed)

Rd. 1: bye

Qtrs: #12 Eric Barone, Illinois – WBF (2:13)

Semis: #5 Alex Pantaleo, Michigan – W, 7-1 dec.

Finals: tomorrow

Nolf, ranked No. 1 at 157 and the top seed, had a first round bye.  Nolf met No. 12 Eric Barone of Illinois in the quarterfinals and opened up an early lead with three takedowns and then locked up a cradle on the third.  Nolf settled in and picked up the fall at the 2:13 mark to move into the semifinals.

For this session’s recap, see story above

165: #1 Vincenzo Joseph, Jr. (1st seed)

Rd. 1: bye

Qtrs: Joey Gunther, Illinois – W, 21-6 (TF; 5:59)

Semis: #7 Logan Massa, Michigan – WBF (6:41)

Finals: tomorrow

Joseph, ranked No. 1 at 165 and the top, had a first round bye.  Joseph took on Joey Gunther of Illinois in the quarterfinals and opened up a big lead early with five takedowns in the first period.  The Lion junior picked up an escape to start the second and tacked on two more takedowns to lead by ten after two.  Joseph added four near fall points and a final takedown to post the dominating 21-6 tech fall at the 5:59 mark, moving in to the semis.

For this session’s recap, see story above

174: #1 Mark Hall, Jr. (1st seed)

Rd. 1: bye

Qtrs: Drew Hughes, Michigan State – WBF (2:38)

Semis: #12 Devin Skatzka, Minnesota – W, 4-2 dec.

Finals: tomorrow

Hall, ranked No. 1 at 174 and the top seed, had a first round bye.  Hall faced off against Drew Hughes off Michigan State in the quarterfinals and opened up a big early lead with two quick first period takedowns.  Hall then locked Hughes up at the shoulders, took him took the mat and quickly pinned him at the 2:38 mark. Halls dazzling move moved him into the semifinals.

For this session’s recap, see story above

184: #2 Shakur Rasheed, Sr. (2nd seed)

Rd. 1: bye

Qtrs: #20 Cameron Caffey, Michigan State – WBF (5:17)

Semis: #6 Taylor Venz, Nebraska – W, 6-5 dec.

Finals: tomorrow

Rasheed, ranked No. 2 nationally at 184 and the second seed, had a first round bye.  He met No. 20 Cameron Caffey of Michigan State in the quarterfinals and took a big early lead with a takedown and four back points.  He dominated the first period on top, keeping Caffey down for the bulk of the period to collect over 2:00 of riding time after one period.  Rasheed added a takedown in the second, chose top to start the third and quickly locked up a cradle to pin Caffey at the 5:17 mark.  Rasheed’s win moved him into the semifinals.

For this session’s recap, see story above

197: #1 Bo Nickal, Sr. (1st seed)

Rd. 1: bye

Qtrs: Brad Wilton, Michigan State – W, 19-4 (TF; 5:34)

Semis: #13 Eric Schultz, Nebraska – W, 10-2 maj. dec.

Finals: tomorrow

Nickal, ranked No. 1 at 197 and the top seed, drew a first round bye.  He took on Michigan State’s Brad Wilton in the quarterfinals and blew the match open early.  Nickal notched two takedowns, picking up four near fall on the second.  After a reset out of bounds, the Lion spent the rest of the period working on top and had nearly 3:00 of riding time and a seven-point lead after one period. Nickal picked up two more takedowns and two back points in the second and then finished bout early in the third with two more takedowns.  Nickal posted the 19-4 tech fall at the 5:34 mark and moved into the semifinals.

For this session’s recap, see story above

285: #3 Anthony Cassar, Sr. (2nd seed)

Rd. 1: Jacob Aven, Purdue – W, 12-4 maj. dec.

Qtrs: #13 David Jensen, Nebraska – W, 8-4 dec.

Semis: #14 Conan Jennings, Northwestern – W, 10-2 maj. dec.

Finals: tomorrow

Cassar, ranked No. 3 at 285 and the second seed, met Purdue’s Jacob Aven in the opening round of his first Big Ten tournament. He picked up three first period takedowns, one in the second and then a final one in the third period.  The Lion added 2:25 in riding time and posted the 12-4 major.  He took on No. 13 David Jensen of Nebraska in the quarterfinals and opened up an early lead with a first period takedown.  He picked up an escape and a takedown in the second and then added a final takedown and 3:48 in riding to roll to an 8-4 win.  The victory moved Cassar through to the semifinals.

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