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Penn State Wrestling Wins 40th Straight Dual Meet

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Photo by NCAA: Roman Bravo-Young

Penn State wrestling did what Penn State wrestling does Friday night in Columbus with a 29-9 win over No. 4 Ohio State.

The win was Penn State’s (12-0, 5-0 Big Ten) 40th straight Big Ten duel meet win, with its last loss coming in February of 2015.


Ohio State (11-2, 5-1) drew first blood with a win in the 125-pound weight class.

Penn State’s Gary Steen fell to No. 10 Malik Heinselman, getting pinned in less than two minutes, taking a 6-0 lead.

The man with the nation’s second longest win streak wrestled for Penn State the 133-pound class. Roman Bravo-Young lived up to his ranking by taking care of No. 9 Jesse Mendez with an 8-2 decision.

The win was RBY’s 47th straight. Only Lee has a has a longer winning streak.

In the next match, 141-pounder Beau Bartlett bounced back from last week’a loss to Iowa’s Real Woods by beating No. 19 Dylan D’Emolio with a 4-2 decision, tying the score at six.

Ohio State got back in the win column at 149. No. 3 Sammy Sasso took care of Penn State freshman Shayne Van Ness with a 13-3 decision.

Penn State ended the first half of the dual meet on a high note in the 157-pound class. Levi Haines took care of Paddy Gallagher with a 14-2 major decision. Haines burned his redshirt last week against Iowa, and he’s looking to be a major player down the stretch in Penn State’s quest for another national championship.

In the next match, Penn State’s Alex Facudo, ranked No. 8 at 165, had a challenge in No. 12 Carson Kharchla. He passed the test, beating Kharchala 4-1. Facuando got a point in the second period after Kharchla got called for illegally grabbing Facuando’s face.

No. 1 Carter Starocci took care of business for Penn State at 174. He beat No. 7 Ethan Smith, 10-5.

At 184 pounds, another No. 1, Aaron Brooks, grinded out a 3-2 win over No. 5 Kaleb Romero.

Romero made it interesting in the final minute of the third period by getting an escape point, but Brooks held on. Ohio State challenged for a pulled singlet toward the end of the match, but to no avail.

At 195, No. 4 Max Dean took care of No. 17 Gavin Hoffman with a fall in the second period.

Heavyweight Greg Kerkvliet (No. 2) finished it off with a 7-0 win over No. 18 Tate Orndorff.

Penn State is next in action again Sunday at No. 24 Indiana. The meet is scheduled to start at 2.

Here are the full results for Penn State-Ohio State

125: No. 10 Malik Heinselman (19-2) d. Gary Steen (5-10) (Fall) 

6-0 OSU

133: No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young (11-0) d. No. 9 Jesse Mendez (11-2) (8-2 DEC)

6-3 OSU

141: No. 5 Beau Bartlett (15-1) d. No. 19 Dylan D’Emilio  (12-8) (4-2 DEC)


149: No. 3 Sammy Sasso (19-3) d. No. 13 Shayne Van Ness (11-4) (6-3 DEC)

9-6 OSU

157: No. 9 Levi Haines (14-1) d. Paddy Gallagher (8-5) (14-2 MD)

10-9 PSU

165: No. 8 Alex Facundo (12-2) d. No. 12 Carson Kharchla (8-4) (4-1 DEC)

13-9 PSU

174: No. 1 Carter Starocci (12-0) d. No. 7 Ethan Smith (14-5) (10-5 DEC)

16-9 PSU

184: No. 1 Aaron Brooks (8-1) d. No. 5 Kaleb Romano (19-4) 3-2 DEC)

19-9 PSU

197: No. 4 Max Dean (14-2) d. No. 17 Gavin Hoffman (15-5) (Fall)

25-9 PSU

Heavyweight: No. 2 Greg Kerkvliet (10-1) d. No. 18 Tate Orndorff (9-5) (9-0 MD)

29-9 PSU



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