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Lions to host top 3 battle in nation Saturday

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — In a battle of two of the top three teams in the country, the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team will host Ohio State Saturday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions, ranked No. 2, are 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Buckeyes, ranked third, are 10-3 overall, 6-2 in the league.

Penn State is coming off two road wins last weekend, downing No. 4 Wisconsin 29-10 in Madison before taking care of No. 6 Minnesota 31-10 on Sunday in Minneapolis. The Nittany Lions won 14 of 20 bouts in the two dual road weekend.

Nittany Lion freshman Brandon Meredith is 12-11 at 125 while sophomore Roman Bravo-Young is 15-1 at 133 and ranked No. 2 nationally. Junior Nick Lee is 16-0 at 141 and ranked No. 2 nationally. Sophomore Jarod Verkleeren is 14-5 at 149 and ranked No. 17 by InterMat.

Junior Bo Pipher sports a 9-11 record at 157 and classmate Luke Gardner, a 149-pounder, is 6-2 overall having wrestled at both 149 and 157.

Senior Vincenzo Joseph sports an 11-0 mark at 165 and is ranked No. 1 in the country while senior Mark Hall is ranked No. 2 at 174 with an 18-1 overall record.

True freshman Aaron Brooks, one of two true freshmen in the Penn State line-up, is 10-1 overall and ranked No. 6 at 184. Senior Shakur Rasheed is 4-3 on the year and ranked No. 17 at 197. True freshman Seth Nevills is 12-2 overall and ranked No. 15 at 285.

Ohio State enters the dual with a 10-3 overall record, 6-2 in conference action. The Buckeyes are led by senior Luke Pletcher, who is 23-0 on the year and ranked No. 1 at 141; and senior Kollin Moore, who is 23-0 at 197 and ranked No. 1 as well.

Freshman Sammy Sasso is 21-2 at 149 and ranked No. 1 as well. Sophomore Kaleb Romero is 15-4 at 174 and ranked No. 7, freshman Rocky Jordan is 25-6 and ranked No. 12 at 184, and sophomore Ethan Smith is 15-10 and ranked No. 16 at 165.

Penn State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 21-12, including a string of four straight. Penn State won 28-9 last year in Columbus. The Lions won the last meeting at home, a 19-18 victory, on Feb. 3, 2018, in Rec Hall.

The match will air live on The Big Ten Network beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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