Penn State took to the mat Saturday night for the second session of the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Bloomington, Indiana and
promptly threw up all over itself didn’t have the best of times.
Things start out tamely enough as Jimmy Gulibon topped Sal Profaci of Michigan in his first wrestleback match.
Then things got really, really not good. Gulibon returned to the mat to take on Ryan Diehl of Maryland and
stared at the lights was pinned inside of 30 seconds.
Zain Retherford and Jason Nolf did their thing like good boys do and earned victories via fall to advance to the finals.
Cenzo Joseph ran into the best wrestler in the country at 165 pounds in Isaiah Martinez and was promptly dispatched of by decision.
Things returned somewhat to normalcy as Mark Hall topped Zac Brunson to move into the finals against Bo Jordan of Ohio State.
Then Penn State decided it was going to
slam its fingers in a car door stop winning for the night.
At 184 pounds Bo Nickal lost to
clearly inferior wrestler Myles Martin for the second consecutive year in a very important match, so that was neat!
Up at 197 Matt McCutcheon gave me a glimmer of hope, taking a 2-1 lead over Brett Pfarr, before I was reminded that
life is meaningless and we’re all just waiting for death Pfarr is the far superior (see what I did there?!) wrestler when the Minnesota grappler grabbed an 8-3 win.
Nick Nevills did the thing against where he came very close to topping Connor Medbery of Wisconsin but instead
ripped my heart out like a monster dropped a tight 3-2 decision to fall into the wrestle backs.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Ohio State took a commanding 18.5 point lead in the team race while placing six wrestlers into the finals and now
I want to go jump in a well look the favorites to take home the team title tomorrow barring some Penn State heroics.
So tune in tomorrow to BTN and BTNPlus to
be reminded of how awful everything always is see if Cael Sanderson and co. can pull off a comeback for the ages.