As the best-ranked Nittany Lions’ (11-, Huge 10 7-) common time attracts ever closer to the conclusion, the Lions will return to the highway the moment additional to encounter the No. 19 Illinois Preventing Illini (2-7, Huge 10 1-6). The match will be held Sunday afternoon in Huff Corridor at 1 p.m. CT.
Illinois is coming off a hard, 16-17, loss to the Wisconsin Badgers (8-5, Big 10 3-5) and a 6-match shedding streak total. With the match versus Penn State currently being their past of the common time, the Illini will absolutely want to go out with a bang.
It is going to be hard for Illinois, and it will probably verify to be an uphill battle. While Illinois is only ranked No. 20, they do hold some best 10 and 20 wrestlers. The ranked wrestlers involve No. 5, pink-shirt sophomore Mike Carr at 141 lbs., No. 5, pink-shirt senior Emery Parker at 184 lbs. and No. 9, pink-shirt junior Eric Barone at 157 lbs. Barone has the swiftest slide of 1:55, and features an total record of 16-9. On the other hand, Parker has an total record of 12-2. Both equally will verify to be hard opponents in their respective bodyweight lessons.
Wherever Illinois is coming off a shedding streak, Penn State’s functionality reflects the reverse. Penn State is coming in with a substantial win streak, and has remained undefeated for the complete common time.
The Nittany Lions also have best 10 and 20 wrestlers. Some noteworthy wrestlers the Lions hold are No. 1 senior Jason Nolf at 157 lbs., No. 7 senior Shakur Rasheed at 184 lbs. and No. 2 sophomore Nick Lee at 141 lbs. Lee retains a overall of 21 wins—with Nolf just powering at 20. Rasheed stays undefeated and retains a daunting :31 swiftest slide. The Lions will undoubtedly deliver some heat to the mat.
Be well prepared to see a possible lineup of Nolf and Barone, Rasheed and Parker as well as Lee and Carr. These best-10 matchups will not be kinds to miss.
Both equally teams are bound to crank up the heat, with the Preventing Illini harboring proficient players and with the Nittany Lions’ undefeated standing. Be all set for some breathtaking bouts of wrestling.
While Illinois will pack a punch, they have been having difficulties—as found with their 6 match shedding streak. The Preventing Illini will stay up to their names and set up a battle, but in the conclusion, it will not be adequate to halt the domineering Lions.
The Lions will in the end pull through in the conclusion with the win.
Official score prediction: 36-3 Penn State
Graphic courtesy of Brad Shafer