So get this: Penn State's flight to Indiana was ruined yesterday, and they had to travel by bus instead. All the bleeping way to Bloomington, via bus, for a dual meet tonight at 7pm ET. What's the big deal about that, you ask? Well, they have to be back in State College for a second dual meet on Sunday, at 2pm ET, against Northwestern. Oh - and these guys go to school, by the way. In fact, the team's GPA for fall was 3.13 - among the best for all sports at PSU. Hulk Hands put up a perfect 4.0, while true frosh phenom Zpain turned in a 3.82 in Bidness, and Nico ho-hummed his way to a 3.61 in Finance. Borrrrrr-ingggg.
When: Friday 7pm ET
Video: only the absolutely horrendous PSU All-Access, which, despite being just $10/month, is still a terrific screw job.
#2 Nico vs. JR Joe Duca
Line: Nico minus 10
#15 Jimmy Gulibon vs. FR Chris Caton
Line: Jimmy minus 10
#2 Zpain vs. FR Kyle Springer
Welp, it's two freshma-hahaha, no.
Line: Zpain minus 12
#7 Andrew (OR Zach Beats) vs. SO Eric Roach
Both Andrew and Dylan are registered for the Shorty Hitchcock - so they may not even make the trip to Bloomington. Did anyone see them get on the bus?
Line: Andrew by fall; Beats by dec.
157 LBS - Match of the Meet #1
#4 Dylan (OR Jim Vollrath) vs. #5 JR Taylor Walsh
Walsh is a pinning machine, but hasn't faced the greatest competition to date. St. John worked him pretty good at Midlands.
Line: Dylan minus 5; Jim minus 1.5
#1 Magic Man vs. SR Ryan LeBlanc
Taylor continues his march toward the Penn State all-time pins record.
#3 Hulk Hands vs. FR Matt Irick
Line: Hulk minus 12
#2 So Fresh, So Clean vs. #18 JR Luke Sheridan
Hey! Another ranked IU wrestler. Well, how about that.
Line: Fresh minus 14
#7 Morg vs. SO Garret Goldman
Line: Morg minus 8
285 LBS - Match of the Meet #2
#12 Law Dog vs. #8 SR Adam Chalfant
Here. We. Go. Chalfant knocked off Jimmy at Big Tens last year. But Jimmy has looked like a different man all year long. I think the Law Dog takes him.
Line: Pick 'Em
Overall at Indiana
Blowed out. Penn State minus 39. I think we shut out the Hoosiers.
When: Sunday, 2pm ET
Video: PSU Half-Assed Access
#2 Nico vs. SO Garrison White
Another cake walk for Nico.
Line: Nico minus 12
#15 Jimmy vs. SO Dominic Malone
Malone lands at 133 after wrestling 125 last year. Malone isn't a stiff, but I like this matchup for Jimmy.
Line: Jimmy minus 5
#2 Zpain vs. JR Pat Greco
Zpain is too much.
Line: Zpain minus 6
149 LBS - Match of the Meet #1
#7 Andrew OR Beats vs. #4 Jason Tsirtsis
Man, I'm looking forward to this match no matter who Cael runs out onto the Resilite.
Line: Pick 'Em. Either of 'Em, vs. T-shirt.
#4 Dylan OR Rath of Voll vs. JR Dylan Marriott
I mean, you gotta like either of our guys here, right?
Line: Yes, minus 8
#1 (soon-to-be 2x Hodge Winner) David Taylor vs. #9 JR Pierce Harger
Fun fact - at least I think it might be - I believe Harger may have beaten Taylor in freestyle 5 years ago, one time.
174 LBS - Match of the Meet #2
#3 Hulk Hands vs. #9 JR LeeRoy Munster
Is there a less likely Northwestern name than Lee Roy? Please submit your proposals in the comments below.
Line: Hulk minus 6
#2 Ed vs. SO Jacob Berkowitz
Ed gets a relatively easy weekend.
Line: So much Fresh, and So darn Clean
#7 Morg vs. #17 JR Alex Polizzi
Here's a chance for Morg to separate himself, and show he'll be standing on the podium in March.
Line: Morg minus 5
285 LBS - Match of the Meet #3
#12 Law Dog vs. #4 Mike McMullen
Unlike Ed, Jimmy has a full weekend. Let's hope Friday's match with Chalfant, and 12 hours on a bus, don't ruin his Sunday afternoon. McMullen will shoot, and I think Jimmy could capitalize.
Line: Law Dog plus 2
Overall vs. Nerdwestern
Penn State's winning this dual. Everyone already knows that. But could the Lions actually finish the bus tour having shut out two Big Ten opponents? If everyone wrestles well, it's a possibility. And that is just plain nuts. Line: Penn State minus 26