RON JOHN’S WRESTLING ROUND-UP #1 Penn State vs #3 Ohio State BIG10 Dual Preview

By Ron John Rinaldi
Feb. 08, 2019


#1 Penn State vs #3 Ohio State

BIG10 Dual Preview

No. 1 Penn State vs No. 3 Ohio State

125- Devin Schnupp (So., Lititz, PA] vs Malik Heinselman (Fr., Castle Rock, CO)

133-#15 - Roman Bravo-Young (Fr., Tucson, AZ) vs #6 - Luke Pletcher (Jr., Latrobe, PA)

141- #5 - Nick Lee (So., Evansville, IN] vs #2 - Joey McKenna (Sr., Towaco, NJ)

149- #11 - Brady Berge (Fr., Mantorville, MN) OR Jerod Verkleeren (Fr., Greensburg, PA) vs #3 - Micah Jordan (Sr., St Paris, OH)

157- #1 - Jason Nolf (Sr., Yatesboro, PA] vs #6 - Ke-Shawn Hayes (Jr., Kansas City, MO]

165-#1 - Vincenzo Joseph (Jr., Pittsburgh, PA) vs Kaleb Romero (Fr., Mechanicsburg, OH) OR #12 - Te'Shan Campbell (Sr., Pittsburgh, PA)

174-#1 - Mark Hall (Jr., Apple Valley, MN] vs #18 - Ethan Smith (Fr., Latrobe, PA)

184- #2 - Shakur Rasheed (Sr., Coram, NY) vs #1 - Myles Martin (Sr., Penns Grove, NJ)

197- #1 - Bo Nickal (Sr., Allen, TX) vs #2 - Kollin Moore (Jr., Burbank, OH)

HWT- #3 - Anthony Cassar (Sr., Rocky Hill, NJ) OR Nick Nevills (Sr., Clovis, CA] #19 - Chase Singletary (Fr., Naples, FL)

The Nittany Lions come hailing into Columbus backing a 55-consecutive match win streak, yet Ron John breaks this down and boils this battle down in the Buckeyes favor!


125 LBS

Do not put Schupp past you here. The match could be over after this first bout this evening if Ohio State drops this opener. However, Heinselman has the home momentum. Let the bells ring in favor for the Buckeye.

Prediction: Heinselman by decision

Score: PSU 0, OSU 3

133 LBS

Pletcher dropped a blowout defeat two weeks home against #1 Micic. I feel Pletcher racking up points tonight!

Now, if Bravo-Young is Wrestling, Pletcher will not be able to keep up with RBY’s speed. Therefore, if RBY lines up against Pletcher-Penn State will knot it up at 3. However, if Bravo-Young remains side-lined-We will see Pletcher pick up +3 regular decision, but do not count bonus points out for Pletch-daddy flex.

Prediction: Pletcher by decision

Score: PSU 0, OSU 6

141 LBS

McKenna is on a mission. After a week off from competition-I see McKenna coming back without skipping a beat. BANG BANG!!

Prediction: McKenna by decision

Score: PSU 0, OSU 9

149 LBS

Micah Jordan-who cut to this weight to avoid the Nolf matchup, will need to rack up Bonus Points for the Buckeyes for any chance at an upset victory here at the St.John’s Arena!

Prediction: Micah by major decision

Score: PSU 0, OSU 13

157 LBS

Ke-Shawn will have a game plan to slow down Nolf’s offense. I predict this match closer than you think. Bonus Points in this match could be the swing factor. Nonetheless, Nolf will end up with his hand raised.

Prediction: Nolf by major decision

Score: PSU 4, OSU 13

165 LBS

Cenzo will run a clinic on Romero. Te’Shan, on the other hand, will have Cenzo dealing with contrasting styles.

Prediction: Joseph by decision

Score: PSU 7, OSU 13

174 LBS

Hall is a tough son of a gun. However, be prepared for Hall to struggle scoring against the PA native-Smith. Smith has been impressive thus far this year and holding this match to just a regular decision; if not a big upset, will help the Buckeyes win this dual. Hall’s grit will win this bout.

Prediction: Hall by decision

Score: PSU 10, OSU 13

184 LBS – Marquee Match

Martin is on one this year. No one is getting in his way. MyMar by bonus!! BANG BANG!!!

Prediction: MyMar by major decision

Score: PSU 10, OSU 17

197 LBS - Match of the Meet #2

Moore’s last 7 dual matches, Pin, Major, decision, Pin, Pin, Decision, Pin, Tech fall = 36 team points-Lets keep that streak going!! Nickal is one of the best wrestlers in the NCAAs this year, and Moore is very solid.

Yet.. Bo will simply out funk Moore. The match will be a head-banger, but with Bo running off the conqueror.

Prediction: Nickal by decision

Score: PSU 13, OSU 17

285 LBS

Singletary will have to show some medal this match. Cassar is going to try and Bully the young former Blair Buc.

Prediction: Cassar by major decision

Score: PSU 17, OSU 17


5 to 5 Split?!?