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Wrestling Preview: No. 1 Penn State vs Indiana

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The swing through the Hoosier state finishes up with a dual in Bloomington.

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After losing three bouts in an otherwise solid thumping of Purdue on Friday, the Lions travel to Bloomington to the brand-new Wilkinson Hall (dedicated earlier this month) on the campus of Indiana University.

The Hoosiers do have a solid win under their belt this season, having defeated the ranked UNC Tarheels in late December as part of the South Beach Duals - but they’ve only won once since, with their latest defeat coming against the rival Boilermakers in West Lafayette last weekend.

With PSU 133 pounder Roman Bravo-Young tweaking his knee on a flip en route to a loss on Friday evening, the Lions will probably find themselves in a hole early - but should be able to rebound quickly in their last tune up before the toughest test of the dual season next week.

How To Watch

What: #1 Penn State vs Indiana

Where: Wilkinson Hall, Bloomington, IN

When: Sunday, January 27, 1 pm

Audio: Free, Jeff “Ironhead” Byers, via GoPSUSports

Video: BTN+

Lineup

No. 1 Penn State WT Indiana
No. 1 Penn State WT Indiana
Devin Schnupp (So., Lititz, PA) 125 Liam Cronin (So., Orange, CA) OR Elijah Oliver (Sr., Washington, IL)
#13 - Roman Bravo-Young (Fr., Tucson, AZ) 133 Garrett Pepple (Jr., Kendalville, IN)
#7 - Nick Lee (So., Evansville, IN) 141 Kyle Luigs (Fr., Evansville, IN) OR Cole Weaver (Sr., Hudson, MI)
#11 - Brady Berge (Fr., Mantorville, MN) OR Jerod Verkleeren (Fr., Greensburg, PA) 149 Fernando Silva (Jr., Rockton, IL) OR Breyden Bailey (Fr., Fishers, IN)
#1 - Jason Nolf (Sr., Yatesboro, PA) 157 Jake Danishek (Sr., Lebanon, OH)
#1 - Vincenzo Joseph (Jr., Pittsburgh, PA) 165 Bryce Martin (Sr., Bakersfield, CA)
#1 - Mark Hall (Jr., Apple Valley, MN) 174 Jake Covaciu (So., Merrillville, IN)
#3 - Shakur Rasheed (Sr., Coram, NY) 184 Norman Conley (Jr., St Louis, MO)
#1 - Bo Nickal (Sr., Allen, TX) 197 Jake Kleimola (So., Scherville, IN)
#4 - Anthony Cassar (Sr., Rocky Hill, NJ) OR Nick Nevills (Sr., Clovis, CA) 285 Fletcher Miller (Sr., Kokomo, IN)

125 LBS

Prediction: Oliver/Cronin by decision

Score: PSU 0, Indiana 3

133 LBS

RBY was in so much pain on Friday that he wasn’t first back to the center of the match—an extreme rarity for PSU wrestlers, even those who don’t win consistently. I’m not sure they brought anyone who could fill in on this trip except for Brody Teske - and I am sure they wouldn’t burn Teske’s redshirt just for this dual.

Prediction: Pepple by injury default

Score: PSU 0, Indiana 9

141 LBS

Lee picked up his third straight major decision over Nate Limmex on Friday, and he looked much more in his zone in the domination on the mat. He’ll continue that this week against either a freshman wrestler from his hometown, or the formerly ranked Weaver, whom Jered Cortez beat last year before Lee’s redshirt was pulled. I’m not sure it matters too much.

Prediction: Lee by major decision.

Score: PSU 4, Indiana 9

149 LBS

Berge’s getting a weekend off and this is the weight (along with heavy) that we won’t miss our starter that much if the backup fills in. Verkleeren easily won on Friday, and his competition on Sunday is much the same. I think he gains confidence and goes out an dominates from the first whistle.

Prediction: Verk by major decision

Score: PSU 8, Indiana 9

157 LBS

On Friday, Purdue didn’t even send out their normal backup to ranked Parriott at this weight to face Nolf - they sent out a redshirt freshman who wasn’t on the lineup pre-match, and made his dual meet debut. Welp. Nolf, who may or may not have seen Tyler Berger’s ridiculous call-out earlier in the day, made them pay for the decision - in under a minute, no less. I’m not sure this one will be so quick, but if the last time these two met is any indicator, it won’t last the entire seven minutes.

Prediction: Nolf by pin

Score: PSU 14, Indiana 9

165 LBS

Prediction: Joseph by major decision

Score: PSU 18, Indiana 9

174 LBS

Hall is due for some bonus points here. I almost picked him to pin, but I think he’ll find himself just short - on Friday he was very close to some good back points, but his ranked opponent fought them off. Covaciu won’t be that lucky.

Prediction: Hall by tech fall

Score: PSU 23, Indiana 9

184 LBS

With Manville at a tourney this weekend, this’ll likely be Brisono again with Shak resting for next week’s big dual against Michigan. Franny was close to keeping it out of bonus, and he should be able to do the same this week - but will still come up just short.

Prediction: Conley by decision

Score: PSU 24, Indiana 12

197 LBS

It’s been far too long since we’ve got a Bo pin. I’m going to keep calling for it until it happens (and, let’s face it, probably long after as well).

Prediction: Nickal by pin

Score: PSU 29, Indiana 12

285 LBS

Cassar actually was the heavier guy on Friday, and it worked just as well for him. He won’t be that lucky this week, but the win should be - this one won’t be a major by one or two points, with Cassar putting his freight train double on display.

Prediction: Cassar by major decision

Score: PSU 33, Indiana 12