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No. 1 Wrestling Rolls Over No. 3 Ohio State 32-12

Penn State (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) traveled to a hostile environment at the Value City Arena in Columbus to face Ohio State. The Buckeyes (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) hoped to rebound from its first loss of the season last weekend against Iowa, but even a home crowd of more than 15,000 couldn’t help Ohio State give the Nittany Lions their first loss in almost two years.

Penn State won six-consecutive bouts starting with a crucial Jimmy Gulibon tight decision at 141 to win its 28th straight 32-12.

How It Happened

No. 2 Nick Suriano helped Penn State get off to a quick start against No. 18 Jose Rodriguez at 125. In a battle of freshmen, Suriano prevailed in dominant fashion via technical fall to put the Nittany Lions ahead 5-0 after the opening bout.

With Jered Cortez missing due to a season-ending injury, George Carpenter continued his fill-in duties against No. 1 Nathan Tomasello. The Buckeye cruised in the bout to a technical fall in the third as Ohio State equalized 5-5 with the win.

The packed Value City Arena finally saw a close match at 141, but the Buckeye couldn’t prevail in front of his home crowd. Penn State senior No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon battled from behind to earn a 5-3 decision over No. 15 Luke Pletcher.

Penn State started to pull away with its next two bouts that both featured the No. 1 wrestler in each weight class.

Zain Retherford took his 51st consecutive win with an impressive technical fall over No. 5 Micah Jordan. The defending National Champion continued his reign despite falling behind early to earn the 15-point win on riding points at the end of the third.

Jason Nolf increased Penn State’s lead with a first round pin over a struggling Anthony DeCarlo. In the first round of the bout, Nolf earned the pin and took the Nittany Lions into intermission with a 19-5 lead.

No.4 Vincenzo Joseph glided to a major decision victory over Cody Burcher to make it four-straight wins for the Nittany Lions. Then with the No. 1 at 174, Ohio State’s Bo Jordan, missing, No. 7 Mark Hall won by fall over fill-in Justin Kresevic.

In a rematch of the national title bout in 2016 at 184, No. 2 Bo Nickal battled Ohio State’s National Champion Myles Martin. Nickal won via decision 8-2 over Martin to all but seal victory for the Nittany Lions.

Ohio State’s No. 4 Kollin Moore snapped Penn State’s six-bout winning streak with a 9-6 decision over No. 9 Matt McCutcheon. No. 1 Kyle Snyder also helped the Buckeyes make the result a little more respectable with a major decision over No. 3 Nick Nevills in the final bout of the night, but the last two wrestlers couldn’t do anything to make the dual tight as Penn State earned its 32-12 win.

Player Of The Dual

Jason Nolf | 157 lbs | Sophomore

Nolf stayed undefeated this season with a quick pin over Anthony DeCarlo.

What’s Next

Penn State is back at Rec Hall on Friday against Illinois at 7 p.m.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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