In a world where cosmic justice and karma are nonexistent, one team shines through like a light in the dark.
As they always seem do, the Penn State wrestling team came away victorious on Sunday, toppling host Maryland 47-3 in what some folks (most folks?) would deem a rout.
But hey, let’s get down to brass tacks, shall we?
Starting at 125, Devin Schnupp was in the lineup for perhaps the final time this season for the Nittany Lions as Carson Kuhn supposedly registered at the weight this weekend. Schnupp, as he has often of late, fought hard but eventually dropped a 4-2 decision to Maryland’s Brandon Cray.
The fun stopped there for the Terps.
Up at 133, Corey Keener took on Jhared Simmons and it really wasn’t very fair. Keener racked up two sets of four nearfall points before sticking Simmons at the 3:48 mark to put Penn State up 6-3 in the dual.
Nick Lee continued the onslaught at 141. After almost being taken to his back by Ryan Diehl, Lee dominated Diehl en route to a 22-10 major decision that could’ve been worse had someone decided to make Diehl actually wrestle in the third period.
Zain Retherford nearly took Alfred “Baby J” Bannister’s head off on his way to a pin at the 1:19 mark and suddenly the cracks in Maryland’s lineup had become gaping holes.
Jason Nolf followed with a fall over Kyle Cochran at the 1:43 mark. Not to be outdone, Vincenzo Joseph stuck Brendan Burnham at 1:23 of the first period. Jahi Jones of Maryland decided he wanted no more of Mark Hall at the 2:44 mark, basically rolling over and pinning himself. Bo Nickal wrapped up the streak of five consecutive pins as he used a simple but brutal half nelson to turn and pin Nico Capello at the 2:23 mark.
Penn State continued to rotate its 197-pound starters, as Anthony Cassar got the green light against noted serial killer David-Brian Whisler. Cassar cruised to a 14-5 major decision, though at this point it seems like Shakur Rasheed should be the easy choice from this point on for Cael Sanderson.
In the most highly anticipated match of the dual, Nick Nevills reminded everyone that he’s still really good at wrestling and didn’t suddenly forget how to be really good at wrestling.
The eighth-ranked Nevills took on No. 6 Youssif Hemida and after staving off and early deep shot by Hemida, converted a single leg of his own to take a 2-1 lead into the second period. Nevills then chose down and was up and out quick in the second to take a 3-1 lead. The Nittany Lions big man then almost converted another low single at the end of the period but the clock expired. Hemida then chose down in the third period and as we’ve seen time and again, that was a bad choice as Nevills rode out the duration of the period, earning himself a nice, shiny riding time point and a statement 4-1 win.
Outstanding Wrestler: Nick Nevills
Was there ever a doubt? Nevills was the only wrestler facing a ranked Terps opponent and after weeks of scrutiny (including some from certain writer for Black Shoe Diaries dot com), he comes up with a big win. Not only did Nevills beat Hemida, he looked like he could’ve gotten to his shot whenever he needed. Waita be, Nicky.