*Photo above by Sam Janicki
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Four bonus points were the difference between victory and defeat for the No. 6/3 Ohio State wrestling team (10-4, 6-3 B1G) at No. 2/2 Penn State (11-2, 8-1 B1G), dropping the dual 20-16. The 10 bouts were split with five wins going each way, but a streak of three consecutive bonus point garnering performances (165-184 pounds) pushed Penn State on top.
‘Gas Tank’ Gary Traub did it again, pulling off another come-from-behind triumph in the third period (or later in some cases). Trailing 4-3 and facing a 1:07 riding time deficit, Traub fired off a shot with 27 seconds to go. He snagged a leg and elevated to slam Seth Nevills to the mat. Traub then rode him out for the remainder of the bout, erasing the riding time point in the process, and securing the legitimizing 5-4 decision over the 13th-ranked heavyweight in the country. Thirty-plus pounds separated the two combatants, but it was the smaller Traub’s one-point separation which prevailed. He is now 20-6 overall this season.
Kollin Moore gave way to Traub moments earlier after majoring No. 18 Shakur Rasheed, 14-6, in the 197-pound bout. He registered six takedowns in total, including three in the final period when successfully chasing down the major decision. Moore concludes the regular season at 24-0 with a 75% bonus rate (8 MD, 6 TF, 4 PIN).
Malik Heinselman, Quinn Kinner and Sammy Sasso were Buckeye victors earlier in the dual. Heinselman started off the night by handing Brandon Meredith a 5-3 loss.
Two bouts later, Sasso grinded out a 3-1 sudden victory to get past Jarod Verkleeren. An escape for each wrestler represented the only tallies in regulation before Sasso closed it out with an overtime takedown.
Kinner ruined Brady Berge’s return to the lineup, snagging a third-period takedown to notch a 4-3 win over the 2019 NCAA Qualifier.
No. 2 Penn State 20, No. 6 Ohio State 16
125 lbs | Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. Brandon Meredith (PSU) | D, 5-3; Team Score: 0-3
133 lbs | No. 4 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) def. Jordan Decatur (OSU) | D, 10-4; TS: 3-3
141 lbs | No. 2 Nick Lee (PSU) def. No. 1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) | D, 8-4; TS: 6-3
149 lbs | No. 1 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Jarod Verkleeren (PSU) | SV-1, 3-1; TS: 6-6
157 lbs | Quinn Kinner (OSU) def. Brady Berge (PSU) | D, 4-3; TS: 6-9
165 lbs | No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (PSU) def. No. 14 Ethan Smith (OSU) | MD, 13-5; TS: 10-9
174 lbs | No. 2 Mark Hall (PSU) def. No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) | PIN, 0:46; TS: 16-9
184 lbs | No. 7 Aaron Brooks (PSU) def. No. 12 Rocky Jordan (OSU) | MD, 15-4; TS: 20-9
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 18 Shakur Rasheed (PSU) | MD, 14-6; TS: 20-13
285 lbs | No. 23 Gary Traub (OSU) def. No. 13 Seth Nevills (PSU) | D, 5-4; TS: 20-16
Three weeks of training await the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s regular season is officially in the books and tournament action begins at the Big Ten Championships (March 7-8).