No. 1 Penn State extended their dual win streak to 57 matches after downing a feisty, but ultimately overwhelmed Michigan State squad. The Nittany Lions won all seven of their matches by bonus points and finished the dual with three pins. Penn State was without true freshman sensation No. 11 Roman Bravo-Young due to him flying back to Arizona for a funeral. No. 2 Shakur Rasheed also did not wrestle, and Mason Manville wrestled in his place.
|Weight||Match Result||Team Points|
|125||No. 7 Rayvon Foley maj. dec. Devin Schnupp 14-5||Michigan State 4 - Penn State 0|
|133||Anthony Tutolo dec. Scott Stossel 4-1||Michigan State 7 - Penn State 0|
|141||No. 2 Nick Lee maj. dec. Austin Eicher 19-7||Michigan State 7 - Penn State 4|
|149||Jarod Verkleeren maj. dec. Jaden Enriquez 12-3||Penn State 8 - Michigan State 7|
|157||No. 1 Jason Nolf pin Jake Tucker (WBF 3:50)||Penn State 14 - Michigan State 7|
|165||No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph pin Austin Hiles (WBF 3:48)||Penn State 20 - Michigan State 7|
|174||No. 1 Mark Hall by disqualification Drew Hughes*||Penn State 26 - Michigan State 7|
|184||No. 15 Cameron Caffey dec. Mason Manville 6-4||Penn State 26 - Michigan State 10|
|197||No. 1 Bo Nickal pin Brad Wilton (WBF :35)||Penn State 32 - Michigan State 10|
|285||No. 3 Anthony Cassar tech fall Chase Beard 21-6 (TF 6:46)||Penn State 37 - Michigan State 10|
- * - Drew Hughes was disqualified after receiving his fifth stall warning. Hall was up 14-1 at the time of the disqualification.
Bo Nickal is now sporting blue hair, but it seems that his hair color has little impact on his dominant wrestling ability. He won by fall in just 35 seconds when he locked up a cross-face cradle to lift Rec Hall out of their seats.
Could you, would you, with blue hair. @NoBickal does not care.
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) February 16, 2019
The other pinners for Penn State on the day were No. 1 Jason Nolf and No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph. Nolf and Joseph both got theirs in the 2nd period. Nolf continued his quiet domination of this NCAA season, and he's still become almost an afterthought in the Hodge Trophy race as Bo Nickal has made the race his. Nolf is an all-time great at Penn State, and seeing him dominate the NCAA as he has is a complete treat.
The dual wasn't completely rosy for Penn State, Michigan State got off to a very strong start with No. 7 Rayvon Foley racking up a major decision over Devin Schnupp. Foley is a very strong All-American contender and has improved a lot from last season. He could make some noise at nationals. Schnupp was fighting hard, but he just didn't have enough in his locker to beat Foley. Scott Stossel subbed in for No. 11 Roman Bravo-Young and ended up dropping a 4-1 decision to Anthony Tutolo. Stossel was very game, but the senior Tutolo was just too much for him.
No. 2 Nick Lee got Penn State going with a 19-7 major decision in a takedown clinic against Austin Eicher. Lee's top game was on display here too as he posted 3:45 in riding time by the end of the match. His next matchup will be against No. 5 Michael Carr (Illinois), who Lee lost to at Big Tens last year. It will be interesting to see if Lee can get revenge, and if he wins, Lee will earn the 1-seed at the Big Ten Tournament.
Jarod Verkleeren was subbed in again for No. 11 Brady Berge, and he posted a major decision victory over Jaden Enriquez. Verkleeren was never in any danger here, and this was a comfortable and deserved win after a strong performance last weekend against Micah Jordan. It's still unclear what the situation is at 149 pounds with the Nittany Lions. Verkleeren has featured recently, but Cael Sanderson said that Berge was ready to go on the coaches' show this week.
No. 1 Mark Hall ended up winning by disqualification over Drew Hughes for stalling. Hughes got hit for stalling five times, and his efforts were worthwhile considering he was only down 14-1 in the third period.
Mason Manville ended up dropping a very tough 6-4 decision to No. 15 Cameron Caffey. This was one of Manville's most impressive performances of the season. He's been down at 165 and wrestled up at 184 replacing the injured Shakur Rasheed. Manville was very active in this match, and constantly put Caffey under pressure. However, two takedowns in the 2nd period allowed Caffey to hang on despite a late flurry from Manville. It will be interesting to see how Manville develops because he's improved a lot as this season has progressed.
No. 4 Anthony Cassar rounded out the dual with a dominating 21-6 technical fall victory over Chase Beard. Cassar nearly notched a fourth pin for Penn State, but Beard was able to fight off of his back. Cassar's seed for Big Tens should be very interesting to follow. He's going to end the conference season undefeated, but No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) will as well. He'll probably end up the 2-seed, but he's had an excellent season, and it will be fun to see him take on the true freshman.
Penn State will face Illinois on Sunday, with Nick Lee vs. Mike Carr and Emery Parker vs. Shakur Rasheed as the featured bouts.