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Penn State vs Rider Wrestling Dual Meet Preview


Penn State will be taking on Rider December 2nd at 7:30pm EST. The dual meet will be at Rider and streamed live on Flowrestling.

Penn State as expected are the massive favorites to win the dual and it will probably remain that way throughout with Rider projected to win only one match which is still somewhat of a toss up.

Projected Matches:

125- Gary Steen vs Tyler Klinsky

Steen is just starting his college career so there is not really much to judge off but he should be improving consistently throughout the season. This match against Klinsky will be a big one to get him started.

Both Steen and Klinksy got majored by Noto of Lock Haven with similar score lines so this match looks like it will be a close one with Steen being a slight favorite.

133- Roman Bravo-Young vs Richie Koehler

RBY should have no trouble here and will most likely get the tech fall victory again like he did last year against Koehler. This season becomes very interesting for a guy like Bravo-Young being that Yianni has lost and Lee’s status is still somewhat unknown. With Yianni technically being out of the running for the Hodge trophy it might be up for grabs for one of Penn State’s 4 champs.

141- Beau Bartlett vs McKenzie Bell

Bartlett has looked great after the move to 141 and looks like he can grab a spot on the podium this year. Bell is going to be looking to qualify for the tournament this year, he should definitely be able to keep it to a decision with Bartlett.

149- Shayne Van Ness vs Quinn Kinner

This one becomes interesting as Van Ness has not lost yet but Kinner did hold Nick Lee and Sebastian Rivera to a decision last year. Does that really mean anything? I guess we will find out here, but for the time being Kinner probably takes a close one although it could go either way.

157- Terrell Barraclough vs Jake Silverstein

Barraclough has looked much better this season even though he lost to teammate Levi Haines at the Black Knight Invite. He should have no problem getting the win over Silverstein here.

165- Alex Facundo vs Hunter Mays

Facundo should have no problem with Mays here and will possibly even be looking for a major. He has looked solid so far this season but has not faced real competition in his schedule just yet.

174- Carter Starocci vs Shane Reitsma

Starocci is a man on a mission this year already picking up a win over Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech who he beat in the national finals last year.

He is another one of the Penn State guys that could be possibly looking to snag the hodge if it is somehow up for the taking. He has been very consistent and is looking dominant in his matches.

He should have no trouble with Reitsma here and will probably be looking for a tech or a fall here in this bout depending on what he does.

184- Aaron Brooks vs Asa Terrell

Brooks will dominate this match against Terrell here without issue. These weight classes are a big what is in the sense of PSU possibly throwing out a backup here and letting Brooks rest which is a very solid possibility.

197- Max Dean vs Ethan Laird

Laird was actually up at heavyweight not too long ago and is a solid competitor so this match will be closer than a lot of people expect.

Dean has looked to be coming into his own at 197 looking a bit small for the weight class last year so if he does it will be a fun year to watch.

285- Greg Kerkvliet vs David Szuba

Kerkvliet is healthy now which is going to be big for Penn State especially when they wrestle Iowa and Michigan in January where his two main foes are at.

Kerk pinned Szuba in a little over a minute last time they wrestled and I would expect pretty much the same result this time around.

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation

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