Penn State, loss of Bo Nickal pin on Spartans


Bo Nickal of Penn State. (Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY Sports)

No. 1 Penn State sent a statement to the rest of the wrestling world, winning two consecutive wins over No. 5 Michigan (25-11) and No. 2 Ohio State (28-9) to open the month from February. That does not bode well for a Big Ten group, like the unregistered Michigan State, as it prepares to face the Nittany Lions at a sold-out night on Friday night.

If you're waiting for a dramatic turn here, forget that. As expected, Cael Sanderson's power continued on, dominating the Spartans 37-10 despite the absence of two ranked wrestlers. In doing so, the Nittany Lions extended their record winning streak to 57 games in the NCAA.

Three PSU wrestlers scored bowling, led – of course – by Bo Nickal's 35-second effort (197 lbs) that sealed the game. A MSU wrestler became so frustrated that he seemed to deliberately "pick up" or continue to pull stall calls until he was disqualified. And the match included a standing ovation (deserved) for a lost Lion Nittany. The seven victories of PSU gave rise to bonus points.

Penn State improved to 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference with the win. Sparty slipped to 9-7 and 3-5.

The Lions are closing their schedule for the regular Big Ten 2018-19 season at No. 19 Illinois (2-7, 1-6 B1G) on Sunday at 2 pm. Is. Before considering this, here's our weight-by-weight summary of the state of Michigan match.

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