#2 Penn State Steals the Spotlight from #4 Buckeyes

By Ron John Rinaldi
Feb. 04, 2017

Schott-Value City Arena-Columbus,OH

The Ohio State Buckeyes record breaking crowd arrived in force, yet that did not stop Penn State from punishing the Buckeyes right out of the gate. At 125 pounds, Nick Suriano,  4X NJ State Champion out of Bergan Catholic High School ran a clinic on the floundering Jose Rodriquez, racking up points after points to start Penn State off with 5 on the board from a Technical Fall victory. 

A short spark for the Buckeyes was ignited with Nathan Tomasello at the 133 pound match after he bursts down the red carpet to Van Halen's classic, "Right Now". While the crowd roared for one of their Buckeye favorites, Nate didn't wait until tomorrow on beating up on Penn States, George Carpenter. Tomasello seemed to rush his technique a little bit at the start of the bout, however he stayed consistent to his single leg attacks and merely pinned Carpenter at the edge of the mat in a tight cradle. Seconds later, he answered back for Ohio State with a Tech Fall, which tied the dual up at 5. Tomasello has impressively won his last 55 out of his last 56 bouts. 

One of the first marquee match ups of the night landed at the 141 pound weight class as La Trobe, Pennsylvania natives #11 Sr. Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State faced off against the Buckeyes #14 Fr. Luke Pletcher. Guilbon, a former All-American in 2015, displayed glimpses of experience in advantage to edge out the powerful frosh Pletcher 5-3. The next match which featured another pair of ranked wrestlers, #1 Zain Retherford of the Nittany Lions against Ohio States #5 Micah Jordan, started out in the Buckeyes favor as Jordan reached in for a quick ankle pick and finished for a takedown to get the OSU record breaking crowd of 15,400 on their feet. Zain then put his hard hat on and went to work distancing his lead to  eventually demoralize the Buckeye to earn another Technical Fall victory, and deflate the home fans. Retherford is 16-0 with 11 pins, a forfeit, two techs and a major.

# 5 Micah Jordan (OSU) slickly snags an ankle pick takedown on #1 Zain Retherford (PSU) [Photo By: Ron John Rinaldi]

Competing at 157 pounds, #1 Jason Nolf of Penn State was scheduled to wrestle Ohio State's Head Coach Tom Ryan's boy Jake, however out ran Anthony DeCarlo from Springfield,OH. DeCarlo ran out of gas quick, but put up a tough effort before getting pinned in 1:35, to officially silence the Schott heading into Intermission. Penn State ahead 19-5 at Half.

WORLD CHAMPIONS HONORED- Kyle Snyder and Logan Stieber [PHOTO BY: Ron John Rinaldi

Following intermission, a Pittsburgh yinzer #4 Vincenzo Joseph at 165 pounds, who has victories over 3 ranked competitors this season already and brought Issac Jordan of Wisconsin into SV, barreled through Burcher of OSU for the Major Decision, to dig the Buckeyes graveyard plot feet deeper and extend Penn States lead even further. At the next weight, wrestling fans were disappointed to see a no go for #1 BoJo, and in place Sr. Justin Kresevic for the Buckeyes faced off against the Freshman Phenom #7 Fr. Mark Hall of Penn State.  The 6X Minnesota State Champ Hall still looks stiff in his D1 shoes and will need to open up his offense a little more in order to be the high ranked guys in the BIG 10 Tourny and possibly St.Louis. Nevertheless, the stud racked up a 13-3 lead and then Gator Rolled Kresevic to his back for a flashy pin and an arm flex for the traveling Penn State posse. 

The next match highlighted a rematch of the 2016 NCAA Finals at 174 pounds, as  Nittany Lion #2 Bo Nickal squared up to face off returning National Champion # 10 Myles Martin of the Buckeyes at 184 pounds, the next weight up. Martin was in on a quick shot but the funky defense of Nickal avoided Martin of the finish. In turn, Bo scored the first points of the match which routed out a solid victory over the boy whole stole his belt last March. 

Buckeye fans were finally treated after 6 straight losses in the dual, with the relentless effort of #4 Kollin Moore powering out a 3 point decision over the Penn State veteran #9 Matt McCutcheon for the victory of the 197 pound bout. Finally in the Main Event of the evening at Heavyweight, Ohio State's #1 Kyle Synder fresh off a Yarygin Grand Prix World Title, dominated #3 Nick Nevills of Penn State-a Cali boy with an 8th grade body figure, in a 19-9 major decision win.  

"I love wrestling and I like to score points," he said. "I want people, Buckeye Nation, to know how hard I work and kind of paint them an image of the suffering that I put myself through and the coaches put me through." - Synder

Penn State returns to Rec Hall for two home duals next weekend. Action begins with a meeting with Illinois on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions then host Maryland on Sunday at 2 p.m. in their home finale, which will also serve as Senior Day. As for Ohio State, the Buckeyes welcome in 14th-ranked Rutgers to St. John Arena. The match gets underway at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on BTN.

125: #2 Nick Suriano PSU TF #18 Jose Rodriguez OSU, 19-4 (TF; 7:00) / 5-0
133: #1 Nathan Tomasello OSU TF George Carpenter PSU, 22-7 (TF; 6:01) / 5-5
141: #11 Jimmy Gulibon PSU dec. #15 Luke Pletcher OSU, 5-3 / 8-5
149: #1 Zain Retherford PSU TF #5 Micah Jordan OSU, 20-5 (TF; 7:00) / 13-5
157: #1 Jason Nolf PSU pinned Anthony DeCarlo OSU, WBF (1:36) / 19-5
165: #4 Vincenzo Joseph PSU maj. dec. Cody Burcher OSU, 11-1 / 23-5
174: #7 Mark Hall PSU pinned Justin Kresevic OSU, WBF (5:21) / 29-5
184: #2 Bo Nickal PSU dec. #10 Myles Martin OSU, 8-2 / 32-5
197: #54 Kollin Moore OSU dec. #9 Matt McCutcheon PSU, 9-6 / 32-8
285: #1 Kyle Snyder OSU maj. dec. #3 Nick Nevills PSU, 19-9 / 32-12
Attendance: 15,338
Records: Penn State 11-0, 7-0 B1G; Ohio State 8-2, 4-2 B1G











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