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Penn State Wrestling HC Cael Sanderson Explains What Happened With Lack of Video Review

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Cael Sanderson

Correction: The disputed call took place at the end of regulation, not during sudden victory. 

Penn State wrestling has had some controversy in each of its last two home dual meets. 

Against Ohio State at Rec Hall two Fridays ago, Braedan Davis beat Ohio State’s Vinny Kilkeary 4-3. 

But many felt that win deserved an * because of the match’s final few seconds. 

It appeared to many that Kilkeary earned a takedown, which would have given him a 6-4 win. But the refs didn’t rule it a takedown on the mat and didn’t overturn the decision after video review. Fast forward to Monday, Feb. 12, and again, Davis’ match got people talking. Similarly to Ohio State, Davis won. A big difference, however, is that the Ohio State match at Rec Hall had video review. 

This match, despite being at the Bryce Jordan Center, which is about 70 years younger than Penn State’s regular home, didn’t have video replay.

The third period was seconds away from ending with the score tied at 1. Then, the Rutgers coaching staff threw a challenge brick.

Rutgers was challenging for a neutral danger call that would have given Peterson the win

But one of the officials said “We don’t have it” to the Rutgers coaching staff, with “it” being replay, and Davis ended up winning 4-1 in sudden victory.

The Big Ten Network’s broadcast also said it had not been given an explanation.

For what it’s worth, here’s what levelchanger.com has to say about the replay rules. It can be found in article five

After the match, Penn State coach Cael Sanderson was asked about the situation.

“I think we just didn’t have it available,” Sanderson said.

“They knew we were working on it,” Penn State wrestling SID Pat Donghia interjected, referring to Rutgers. 

“Yeah, so that was just an error,” Sanderson said. “It happens every once in a while, unfortunately. It’s not good, but, yeah. We just didn’t have the video available.”

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Davis would have lost his match had the ruling been changed after review.

But Penn State surely would have still won the dual meet. It ended up pounding Rutgers 35-3. Next up is No. 3 Nebraska Sunday at Rec Hall. 

The meet is scheduled to begin at 4. 

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