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Penn State Wrestling: Predictions for Big Ten Championships

It’s that time of year again, Penn State wrestling fans. Let’s see how well I can do with my predictions for Big Ten wrestling champions.

Here we go:


Matt Ramos, Purdue: It wouldn’t be all that surprising if Iowa’s Drake Ayala had something to say about this. After all, Ramos and Ayala are Nos. 1 and 2 in the InterMat rankings. I’m going to give the edge to Ramos.


Dylan Ragusin, Michigan: I know Penn State wrestling fans are hoping Aaron Nagao will make a run from the fifth seed to the title, but he’s struggled a little more than I thought he would this season. It’s still possible any of the top-5 seeds could win. I’ll go with Ragusin by default as the top seed.


 Real Woods, Iowa: It’s probably the first one that PSU fans won’t like because I’m not picking Beau Bartlett, but Woods has the most talent out of everyone in the 141-pound weight class. It probably should be Bartlett and Woods in the finals.


Ridge Lovett, Nebraska: Michigan’s Austin Gomez looked like an upset candidate over Lovett, but Lovett beat Gomez in the dual meet, 11-4. It’s hard to go against Lovett with that score.


 Levi Haines, Penn State: My first champion for PSU sounds like a no-brainer, but it would be interesting to see a matchup between Haines and Minnesota’s Michael Blockhus. It would be nice to see a Penn State-Minnesota dual meet again.


Mitchell Mesenbrink, Penn State: I’ve thought all season that Mesenbrink isn’t ranked high enough. He’s up to No. 5 in the InterMat rankings, and I’m not sure that’s high enough, either. Wisconsin’s Dean Hamiti will present his biggest challenge of the season in the Big Ten finals.


Shane Griffith, Michigan: How are you supposed to pick this bracket? If we knew Carter Starocci was 100 percent healthy, he would be a slam dunk pick. But we don’t know that for sure, and there’s always the possibility Starocci could forfeit a match or two once he’s qualified for nationals. Since that’s the case, I’ll go with Griffith.


Lenny Pinto, Nebraska: There’s quite a bit of talent in this bracket. Pinto has been impressive all season, but Minnesota’s Isaiah Salazar and PSU’s Bernie Truax could both make a run at the title.


Aaron Brooks, Penn State: This is the pick that I’m most confident in. Brooks has been locked in all season, and I don’t think anyone else is going to make it close with him.


Greg Kerkvliet, Penn State: I kind of feel the same way about Kerkvliet as I do about Brooks. It’s his bracket for the first time, especially now that Gable Steveson is no longer part of the equation.

Team champion – Penn State: The question here should be how many points will the margin be from second place. The over/under is set at 45.5 points.

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