Penn State Football Coaches Wear Singlets to Congratulate Wrestling Team
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 22:31
Gallagher-Iba Arena hosted 14,059 spectators Sunday, as Oklahoma State went head-to-head with Penn State in what some deemed the "dual of the year". I think if you entertain people, they'll show up. "We've had to wrestle and scrap", Cowboy coach John Smith said.
"It didn't appear that when things got critical we had the confidence that we were going to get it done". "It didn't quite look like we believed we could win". Penn State scores 72.2 points per game (209th-best) and gives up 71.8 per game (tied for 171st).
Before this past season, Penn State coach James Franklin didn't want his team to talk about the possibility of winning a Big Ten Conference championship. "You can't wait to steal the match". But don't downplay an opportunity to pair No. 1 vs. No. 2.
Oklahoma State was heavily favored at 141 pounds, as well, with No. 1-ranked Dean Heil facing 10th-ranked Jimmy Gulibon. He didn't stop shooting and Heil had to hang on to counter Gulibon's patented high outside single-leg shot. "Right now college wrestling has a very good product". The building trembled with noise for each of the Cowboys' first three match victories. If anyone holds Nolf to just a regular-decision loss the rest of the season, he will be credited with a moral victory. But Sunday's win over Chandler Rogers was clutch. The Nittany Lions beat the Cowboys 29-18 in Rec Hall on February 21, 2016.
He was the first to don a wrestling singlet and had posted this video to garner support for the big match, which was in Stillwater.
For him, it's no coincidence that the year the team began openly declaring its end goal is the same year it achieved it.
"You need to be the one that strikes", Smith said.
184: Straying off course here, know that Cornell's top-ranked Gabe Dean beat Ohio State's Myles Martin 9-5 on Sunday. It was Nickal's 13th pin of the year. Nickal on Sunday cradled Nolan Boyd in 38 seconds off a counter and that was the death knell for the Cowboys. The Penn State heavyweight won by 10-5 decision - losing out on a chance at a major decision when White scored a takedown in the final minute. His five-point win set the final 14-point margin.
Penn State has defeated each of the last four Top 25-ranked teams to play in the Jordan Center: No. 21 Maryland (2/7/2017), No. 24 Minnesota (1/14/2017), No. 4 Iowa (2/17/16) and No. 22 in (2/6/2016). "Either we get better or there's a bunch of us wrestling for second". One of those was Penn State-Oklahoma State and another was Rutgers-Lehigh.
Not this time. Not with this team.
"We won the Big Ten championship past year, just missed the playoffs by that much". The next seven had to step up.