No. 2 Penn State (10-2, 7-1 B1G) went into Minneapolis and beat up the Golden Gophers on Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions finished their final Big Ten road dual of the season in style, as they won seven of 10 matches on their way to a 31-10 victory.
|125 pounds||Brandon Meredith||No One||Forfeit, PSU 6-0|
|133 pounds||No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young||Boo Dryden||TF 23-8, PSU 11-0|
|141 pounds||No. 2 Nick Lee||No. 4 Mitch McKee||Fall (1:56), PSU 17-0|
|149 pounds||No. 6 Brayton Lee||Jarod Verkleeren||SV-1 7-5, PSU 17-3|
|157 pounds||Ryan Thomas||Luke Gardner||Dec. 5-4, PSU 17-6|
|165 pounds||No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph||Bailee O'Reilly||Maj. Dec. 14-5, PSU 21-6|
|174 pounds||No. 2 Mark Hall||No. 8 Devin Skatska||Dec. 7-4, PSU 24-6|
|184 pounds||No. 7 Aaron Brooks||Owen Webster||Maj. Dec. 13-3, PSU 28-6|
|197 pounds||No. 18 Shakur Rasheed||Garrett Joles||Dec. 7-5, PSU 31-6|
|285 pounds||No. 1 Gable Steveson||No. 15 Seth Nevills||Maj. Dec. 13-5, PSU 31-10|
No. 2 Nick Lee was the standout performer of the dual yet again. He pinned No. 4 Mitch McKee in the first period. McKee went for a big throw against Lee, but Lee was able to counter, create a scramble and get the takedown. He then locked up a cradle and got the pin.
This upcoming Saturday will feature a titanic showdown at 141 pounds between No. 1 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) and Lee at the Bryce Jordan Center. It's one of the most anticipated matchups of the year. Cael Sanderson and Tom Ryan typically like to start at 125 pounds, but it would be awesome if they could agree to let this match be the main event on Saturday night.
Jarod Verkleeren wrestled very well against No. 6 Brayton Lee, but ultimately fell in sudden victory 7-5. In the third period, Verkleeren was leading 3-0, but Lee kept attacking and ultimately ended up tying the match 5-5. He then was able to score the match winning takedown in sudden victory. This was one of Verkleeren's best performances of the season, but it was not quite enough to get over the hump against a top-10 opponent.
No. 2 Mark Hall defeated No. 8 Devin Skatska by a 7-4 decision, but the scoreline ended up looking more favorably for Skatska. Hall was up 7-1 in the third period after scoring his third takedown of the match. Skatska got in a low shot late trailing 7-2, and Hall eventually decided to give up the takedown instead of risking to expose his back.
No. 1 Gable Steveson picked up a 13-5 major decision over No. 15 Seth Nevills. Nevills was just not quite able to cope with the pace brought by Steveson. Nevills had a solid first two periods, and was only trailing 4-2 early in the third, but Steveson's relentless pressure eventually wore the freshman down. Steveson scored four takedowns in the third period to earn the major.
Brandon Meredith picked up a forfeit win at 125 pounds since No. 13 Pat McKee is currently injured. No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young picked up a 23-8 technical fall win at 133 pounds. Luke Gardner filled in at 157 pounds but lost a 5-4 decision to Ryan Thomas. No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph and No. 7 Aaron Brooks both picked up major decisions, and No. 18 Shakur Rasheed picked up a 7-5 win over Garrett Joles.
Penn State will finish their Big Ten season live on the Big Ten Network this Saturday, Feb. 15th at 7:30 p.m. EST, against No. 3 Ohio State in the Bryce Jordan Center.