The Big Ten Powers from on high hath released unto us the finalized conference tournament brackets (click here to download a PDF). The fighting starts tomorrow morning at 10am Eastern. Here are our Nittany Lion first round opponents.
- 125: #14 Carson Kuhn vs #3 Nate Tomasello (OSU, 7-1)
- 133: #6 Corey Keener vs BYE
- 141: #2 Nick Lee vs UN Mikey Van Brill (RUT, 13-11)
- 149: #1 Zain Retherford vs BYE
- 157: #2 Jason Nolf vs UN Jake Tucker (MSU, 18-15)
- 165: #3 Vincenzo Joseph vs #14 Michael Sepke (JNW, 9-19)
- 174: #1 Mark Hall vs UN Logan Ritchie (MSU, 10-20)
- 184: #1 Bo Nickal vs BYE
- 197: #2 Shakur Rasheed vs UN Jake Kleimola (IND, 0-12)
- 285: #3 Nick Nevills vs UN Deuce Rachal (ILL, 10-10)
Overall, not horrible. Certainly better than last year, when Penn State received 6 BYEs in the first round. On the other hand, you always wish Zain and Bo had openers.
Ohio State? The Buckeyes received just two BYEs - Mickey Jordan at 157, and Kollin Moore at 197. No word on whether Tom Ryan plans to medically default one of his wrestlers in the opener so that he gets a layup in the first round of consolations. Stay tuned, though. Anything is possible.
Most Recent Champions By Skool
|WT||Penn State||Iowa||Ohio State|
|125||Jeremy Hunter (1999)||Thomas Gilman (2017)||Nate Tomasello (2016)|
|133||Andrew Long (2011)||Cory Clark (2016)||Nate Tomasello (2017)|
|141||Scott Moore (2003)||Cliff Moore (2004)||Logan Stieber (2015)|
|149||Zain Retherford (2017)||Brent Metcalf (2009)||Lance Palmer (2010)|
|157||Jason Nolf (2017)||Derek St.John (2012)||N/A|
|165||David Taylor (2014)||Mark Perry (2007)||N/A|
|174||Bo Nickal (2016)||Jay Borschel (2010)||Bo Jordan (2017)|
|184||Ed Ruth (2014)||Sammy Brooks (2017)||Mike Pucillo (2008)|
|197||Morgan McIntosh (2016)||Joel Sharrett (1995)||Kollin Moore (2017)|
|285||Kerry McCoy (1997)||Blake Rasing (2011)||Kyle Snyder (2017)|
Note to self: it’s hard to win a Big Ten title.