Top-ranked Penn State (13-0) defeated Ohio State (9-3), 24-14, before 15,983 fans at the sold out Bryce Jordan Arena on the campus of Penn State University. The Nittany Lions were paced by four No. #1 wrestlers; Zain Rutherford (24-0), Jason Nolf (25-0), Bo Nickal (25-1) and unbeaten Morgan McIntosh who upped his record to 23-0 on the season. Rutherford clamped his opponent at the end of the first period at 149 and Nolf used a barrage of takedowns and coasted to a major decision over Buckeye head coach Tommy Ryan's son, Jake, in the 157-pound bout. Texas native Nickal won an entertaining bout as he rallied for a 11-5 win at 174 and California product Morgan McIntosh turned in an impressive 24-9 tech fall in the 197-pound class.
The Buckeyes took an early 3-0 team lead behind undefeated and defending NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello (19-0), who edged rival and 2014 NCAA finalist Nico Megaludis (21-2) with a third period snap-spin takedown en route to a 3-1 decision at 125 pounds. Another top performance for Ohio State was turned in by unbeaten Kyle Snyder, the youngest US World Champion ever, as he rolled to a 25-9 tech fall at 285 pounds.
Ohio State head coach Tommy Ryan (Wantagh HS) has an impressive 122-45 dual record over the past ten years. Cael Sanderson has an overall dual mark of 122-24-2 and 83-14-2 at Penn State. Last year, the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes won 22-15, but Penn State now leads the all-time series 18-12.
PENN STATE 24 OHIO STATE 14
125- Nathan Tomasello (Ohio St) dec. Nico Megaludis 3-1
133- Jordan Conaway (Penn St) dec. Johnni DiJulius 8-4
141- Micah Jordan (Ohio St) dec. Jimmy Gulibon 6-3
149- Zain Rutherford (Penn St) pinned Sal Marandino 2:31
157- Jason Nolf (Penn St) maj.dec. Jake Ryan 19-6
165- Bo Jordan (Ohio St) dec. Geno Morelli 3-2
174- Bo Nickal (Penn St) dec. Myles Martin 11-5
184- Matt McCutcheon (Penn St) dec. Kenny Courts 4-0
197- Morgan McIntosh (Penn St) tech fall Mark Martin 24-9
285- Kyle Snyder (Ohio St) tech fall Jan Johnson 25-9