Can the Star-Studded Penn State Wrestling Team Take Revenge for The 15YO Humiliation Against Ohio State?

Published 02/01/2024, 12:29 AM EST

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Back in 2009, Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Wrestling teams locked horns with each other. Soon after entering the wrestling mat, both teams tried to dominate and take over. However, the battle concluded in Ohio State’s favor as Penn State lost the match against its arch-rival, offering them a triumphant victory. 

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Once again, history has repeated itself as the Penn State wrestling team is looking forward to competing with the opponent Ohio State in the upcoming dual meet. However, this time, the Penn State vs. Ohio State wrestling match is truly a spectacle.

Penn State was not the same as it is now

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The Penn State Wrestling team seems to be determined not to let history repeat itself. Nittany Lions took it to its official X account recenly with an interesting post. They put up the probable lineup of both teams in each weight category. Alongside, with a tacit reference to the fierce competition, they captioned it, “The final score of PSU vs tOSU will be ___,” leaving the spectators anticipating.

Interestingly, Penn State does not have an awe-inspiring past as a wrestling team. They won their first National Wrestling Championship title in 1953. After that, it was a struggle for more than half a century for them. Penn State was ranked 22nd while Ohio State was ranked No.6 at the time of the epic showdown 15 years back. However, a couple of years later, after this upset from Ohio State, Penn State underwent a complete makeover. 

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A paradigm shift for Penn State wrestling 

In 2009, Carl Sanderson joined Penn State as a head coach for the team. Sanderson started providing Penn State with the right guidance and the wrestling skills he learned as a wrestler on the Iowa Wrestling team. Eventually, this turned out to be a boon for Penn State, and the team once again clinched its NCAA Championship title in 2011. After this, there was no stoppage for them.

As of 2023, Penn State accumulated a total collection of 10 NCAA Division 1 team titles. Besides this, Sanderson also helped 34 of his wrestlers secure their individual NCAA Division 1 titles. Impressively, the team that was placed at the 22nd position in 2009 stands atop the podium at the 2024 NCAA Coaches Poll released earlier this year. However, despite ranking above Ohio State, Penn State is cautious about their upcoming battle. 

The invincible opposition brought by the Ohio State 

Penn State is coming up on the mat after defeating Maryland last Sunday. Interestingly, the team moved forward after tallying four pins and two majors led by elite wrestler Aaron Brooks. On the other hand, Ohio State will be entering the mat after a win over Michigan Wolverines Friday night that led Nick Feldman to clinch his first “Wrestler of the Week” title.

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The primary threat Penn State is facing from Ohio State is from its last performance against Michigan Wolverines, where the team showcased wrestling moves in a nail-biting showdown. Even though Ohio State was trailing initially during that battle, two of its wrestlers changed the game in the last bouts. 

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Therefore, Penn State is threatened by history repeating itself, be it the unexpected upset faced by Michigan last Friday or a defeat Penn State bore fifteen years back. The sporting realm is ruled by unexpected moments. Therefore, only the upcoming days hold the winner in question.

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Yashika Dutta

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I come from a family of dedicated civil servants, where a passion for sports runs deep. My journey into the world of sports began at the age of 11 when I first picked up a basketball. My love for basketball was unwavering, and I even secured the second position at the state basketball tournament, marking a significant achievement.
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BHUJAYA RAY CHOWDHURY

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