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Wrestling Open Thread: Big Ten Tourney, Session 3 & 4, Consolation Semifinals & Championship Finals

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Anthony Cassar shows gratitude after capturing the 2019 Heavyweight National Championship.
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As the Injury Bug continued to gnaw away at Penn State’s postseason aspirations, the Nittany Lions still went 5 for 6 in the Semifinals and have left themselves an opportunity to crown 5 Big Ten Champions in today’s Finals.

Penn State is in an uncharacteristic 4th place after Day 1 of the Big Ten Tournament. Full scores and weight class brackets available at Flo Arena.

On the PSU radio broadcast yesterday, Jeff Byers reported that 285-pound Seth “Big Snacks” Nevills, who was unable to finish his first round bout, had medically forfeited out of the tournament and that his brief Greyshirt Freshman season is now over.

125-pound Brandon Meredith went 1-3 and is also out of the tournament, as is Bo Pipher, who went 0-2 at 157. Neither is likely to receive an at-large bid to NCAAs in two weeks.

At 149, Jarod Verkleeren also went 0-2, but is still alive in the non-team-scoring 9th place bracket. If he wins one match, he will qualify for one of the Big Ten’s 10 automatic placements at this weight, but if he does not, an at-large bid would be an extremely tough ask after going 0-3 in the conference tourney.

Shakur Rasheed dropped a close 4-3 decision at 197, and will wrestle in the Consolation Semifinals starting soon after 11a today.

Roman Bravo-Young, Nick Lee, Vincenzo Joseph, Mark Hall and Aaron Brooks have all advanced to the finals that begin at 3:30p.

Session 3

Session 4

  • 3:30p.m.
  • Championship Finals
  • 3rd, 5th place matches? (not sure yet how they’ll split these up in the 6800 capacity RAC)
  • Video Cable: BTN Norm
  • Video Stream: BTN on FoxSports
  • Audio: Dulcet Raspy Screams of Jeff Byers
  • Text: BSD Living Room (scroll down)