Penn State Wrestling Extends Winning Streak Against Michigan Wolverines to 12 in a Dominant Fashion

Published 01/19/2024, 8:43 PM EST

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Before arriving on the Big Ten road in wrestling in the ongoing session, Penn State‘s legendary coach, Cael Sanderson, faced his test. The purpose of this test wasn’t to assess the wrestling skills of Cael Sanderson, the former Olympic champion. But it was his penultimate decision to fill up the spaces in the 125 and 149 categories. The rookies Braeden Davis and Tyler Kasak raised enormous hope through their Redshift avatars on the mat. Even so, Cael Sanderson needed a tournament like B1G to unfurl the high school wrestling spearheads. 

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Ann Arbor created that chance for the 44-year-old wrestling veteran. Moreover, the extension of the record against the No. 13 team felt sweeter this time. 

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It took a defiant Penn State Wrestling bunch to defeat the Michigan Wolverines on their home turf with a whiplash. In the Friday night match, Penn State swept a 27-9 scoreline against the Wolverines to continue their winning streak. However, the top-seeded team’s victory was on the card expectedly. In the last 14 appearances against the PSU, the Michigan Wolverines had to digest 11 defeats. But the fans had to wait for David Evans’ overcome against Wolverines’ Fidel Mayora in the 149 category. Soon after, the X handle of Penn State Wrestling posted the emphatic record with a caption, “A B1G Road Win in Ann Arbor!”

Mitchell Mesenbrink came out as the precursor of the NLWC pack as he handed the biggest wrestling defeat to the Wolverines. In the 165 category, he landed his victory against the Wolverines’ wrestling veteran Cameron Amine, also, with a 12-1 result. However, the moment was still succulent to check Cael Sanderson’s mentioned decisions. On that estimate, the result was astonishing. 

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The winning decisions of Penn State coach 

Sanderson had two options to fill in the void places in the 125 and 149-categories. The rookie Braeden Davis jumped on the occasion in the 125-category. But the undefeated freshman Kasak missed the boat, with an untimely omission. So, in that place, David Evans appeared in the lineup. In both cases, the result was in the parley of PSU. Evans took the better of Mayora in a 5-2 scoreline. On the other hand, Braeden Davis defeated (5-1) Michael DeAugustino, the No. 5 in the Michigan’s lineup. 

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The Wolverines camp had their share of fun as well, in the victory of Dylan Ragusin. The No. 6 of the Wolverines defeated Aaron Nagao, even after the latter’s lead in the second round. This time a vehement comeback saved Ragusin, which was missing in other matches of the Wolverines. 

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Prasun Chakrabarty

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Hello there! I am Prasun Chakrabarty, an Olympics sports writer at EssentiallySports. Being an adrenaline junkie, I take a keen interest in creating insights about various avenues of the sporting realm. As an ardent swimming enthusiast, I take inspiration from the Baltimore Bullet Michael Phelps and love to create insights on various nooks and crannies around the turquoise turf.
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