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Cael Leads On

The Big Ten Championships had alluded Cael and Company three of the last four years, but the 2019 version was nothing but Penn State. They will bring home four titles to Happy Valley and will be the overwhelming favorites to win a title in Pittsburgh making it eight out of the last nine.

Spencer Lee had the 3-0 lead and riding time halfway through the second period, but Rivera stormed back to win. Lee faded and earned a costly hands to the face call to force overtime. Lee had a great shot but a hip in and snatch single gave Rivera the sudden victory takedown. Oliver wrestled really well after a down season. Moisey (Nebraska) unfortunately appeared to not be able to battle through a shoulder injury to earn a qualification.

1st: Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) dec. Spencer Lee (Iowa), 6-4 SV
3rd: Sean Russell (Minnesota) dec. Elijah Oliver (Indiana), 6-0
5th: Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) by medical forfeit over RayVon Foley (Michigan State)
7th: Drew Mattin (Michigan) pinned Devin Schroder (Purdue), 2:11
9th: Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) dec. Ethan Rotondo (Wisconsin), 8-5

Micic (Michigan) won his first match to put himself in the semis, but defaulted to 6th. He had a bulky knee brace on for the first time this season which is certainly cause for concern. Suriano and Lizak both got revenge on DeSanto. It wasn’t too surprising for the Rutgers representative, but Lizak had not had great results this season.

1st: Nick Suriano (Rutgers) dec. Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), 4-1
3rd: Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) dec. Austin DeSanto (Iowa), 6-2
5th: Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) by medical forfeit over Stevan Micic (Michigan)
7th: Ben Thornton (Purdue) dec. Dylan Duncan (Illinois), 3-1 SV
9th: Jevon Parrish (Nebraska) dec. Colin Valdiviez (Northwestern), 7-4

McKenna got revenge on Lee in the semis, and took out the surprising Red in the finals. Red is a returning All-American, but was the 8 seed with a pretty ho hum win/loss record this season. However, he beat Carr and Storr on the way to a runner-up finish. Carr was the top seed and a returning All-American, but ended up a disappointing 8th. This Big Ten bracket result will not be appreciated by the seeding committee in many avenues.

1st: Joey McKenna (Ohio State) dec. Chad Red (Nebraska), 9-2
3rd: Nick Lee (Penn State) maj. dec. Mitch McKee (Minnesota), 12-4
5th: Kanen Storr (Michigan) dec. Tristan Moran (Wisconsin), 7-4
7th: Max Murin (Iowa) dec. Michael Carr (Illinois), 3-1
9th: Pete Lipari (Rutgers) dec. Nate Limmex (Purdue), 8-6

Jordan appeared to be storming back to make it a one takedown match but the veteran Ashnault grabbed the Buckeye’s leg off the optional start and got a reversal. Berge went two and one on Saturday with a nice win over Lugo, but defaulted on Sunday all the way to 6th.

1st: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) dec. Micah Jordan (Ohio State), 8-6
3rd: Pat Lugo (Iowa) dec. Cole Martin (Wisconsin), 11-6
5th: Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) by medical forfeit over Brady Berge (Penn State)
7th: Shayne Oster (Northwestern) dec. Malik Amine (Michigan), 8-6

Nolf continued his dominance. Pantaleo got revenge on Deakin and Bleise upset him in the quarterfinals, but then Deakin beat him for 5th.

1st: Jason Nolf (Penn State) maj. dec. Tyler Berger (Nebraska), 12-4
3rd: Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) dec. Kaleb Young (Iowa), 5-3
5th: Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) maj. dec. Steve Bleise (Minnesota), 10-1
7th: Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) dec. John Van Brill (Rutgers), 5-3
9th: Griffin Parriott (Purdue) dec. Eric Barrone (Illinois), 5-2

Marinelli had two well-timed attacks that Joseph tried to counter by going upper body. Both times the bull was able to lower his body, one of the times was a bear hug for six. Wick had always had Massa’s number, but the Wolverine was able to avoid danger and grind out a win. He also avenged a loss over White.

1st: Alex Marinelli (Iowa) dec. Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State), 9-3
3rd: Logan Massa (Michigan) dec. Evan Wick (Wisconsin), 2-1
5th: Isaiah White (Nebraska) dec. Te`Shan Campbell (Ohio State), 3-2
7th: Bryce Martin (Indiana) dec. Tyler Morland (Northwestern), 8-3
9th: Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) dec. Joseph Gunther (Illinois), 3-1

Hall beat Amine by one……again. Skatzka had to beat Labriola twice, whom he had lost to in the dual. Amine was unable to get by Hall again, making you wonder if the seeding committee will punish Amine down to the 4 seed with Valencia being pinned by Lewis earlier this year.

1st: Mark Hall (Penn State) dec. Myles Amine (Michigan), 3-2
3rd: Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) dec. Mikey Labriola (Nebraska), 4-2
5th: Dylan Lydy (Purdue) dec. Ethan Smith (Ohio State), 5-3
7th: Drew Hughes (Michigan State) by medical forfeit over Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin)
9th: Joe Grello (Rutgers) pinned Mitch Bowman (Iowa), 2:18

Cael, staying consistent with not caring about his popularity, had Rasheed default to Martin in the finals. Gravina had only a few matches needing to place to qualify, and ground out a couple tough wins to take 6th. Embree’s surprisingly poor showing and limited matches could have him without a berth to Pittsburgh.

1st: Myles Martin (Ohio State) by medical forfeit over Skakur Rasheed (Penn State)
3rd: Emery Parker (Illinois) dec. Tyler Venz (Nebraska), 5-1
5th: Cash Wilcke (Iowa) by medical forfeit over Nick Gravina (Rutgers)
7th: Max Lyon (Purdue) dec. Mason Reinhardt (Wisconsin), 8-1
9th: Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) dec. Brandon Krone (Minnesota), 7-2

In the weakest of Big Ten weights, nothing too surprising happened. Breske was able to storm from unseeded to qualifier taking 6th.

1st: Bo Nickal (Penn State) dec. Kollin Moore (Ohio State), 10-3
3rd: Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 7-5 SV
5th: Christian Brunner (Purdue) dec. Beau Breske (Wisconsin), 6-0
7th: Brad Wilton (Michigan State) dec. Jake Kleimola (Indiana), 9-5

Cassar knocks the phenom Steveson from the rank of the unbeaten in a hell of a match. Hemida went from unseeded to 3rd after injuries kept him out most of the season despite being a returning All-American. Parris had a rough go this weekend, but 7th gives him an automatic berth for Pittsburgh looking for revenge. It will just be interesting to see where he is seeded. In seeding, White (Oklahoma State) may benefit from the Steveson loss and get the #1 seed setting up a possible semi-final rematch of the Big Ten final.

1st: Anthony Cassar (Penn State) dec. Gable Steveson (Minnesota), 4-3
3rd: Youssif Hemida (Maryland) dec. Trent Hilger (Wisconsin), 3-2
5th: Conan Jennings (Northwestern) by injury default over David Jensen (Nebraska)
7th: Mason Parris (Michigan) dec. Jacob Aven (Purdue), 7-3