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Penn State vs Central Michigan Wrestling Collegiate Duals Preview


The reigning National Champions Penn State will be back in action at the collegiate duals taking on Central Michigan in their first dual of the day.

There is a solid chance that this dual ends up as a shutout but with a rematch of the Black Knight Invite final at 149 and a toss up at 157 there might be some interesting moments for Central Michigan.

Full Projected Matchups:

125- Gary Steen vs Sean Spidle

Steen has showed a lot of improvement after getting thrown into the fire this season due to Howard’s injury. This should be a close match on paper but Steen should be able to grab a win here.

133- Roman Bravo-Young vs Vince Perez

This match should not be too competitive given Perez’ results against Dylan Ragusin and Austin Desanto where he was tech falled. RBY is always exciting to watch and this should be no exception so either a tech or pin in this bout is reasonable.

141- Beau Bartlett vs Ja’Kerion Merrit

Bartlett has been looking phenomenal this season steadily climbing up the rankings. With 141 not having a real strong looking top of the field Bartlett is one of those guys who after dropping down a weight might have a solid chance to contend should things work out. He should be looking at a strong major here at the least.

149- Shayne Van Ness vs Johnny Lovett

This match was 5-3 in favor of Van Ness almost exactly a month ago by the time it happens. Van Ness again is one of the newer guys getting their chance at the lineup and should be able to widen the gap a bit here. Most likely won’t be anything outrageous 7-3 seems like a solid score line.

157- Terrell Barraclough vs Corbyn Munson

Barraclough has historically been the weak link in the Penn State lineup along with 125, and with him breaking into the rankings this year and winning matches this could be massive for Penn State. Munson is good however and most likely gets a win here, this could be another big stepping stone for Barraclough and help pitch the shut out should he win.

165- Alex Facundo vs Tracy Hubbard

Facundo has been looking solid so far this year and climbing steadily as expected. Should have no problem getting the win here and looking for a major.

174- Carter Starocci vs Alex Cramer

Starocci has looked great already getting a win over Lewis this season and this should not really be close. Starocci should be able to grab a major here and maybe a tech.

184- Aaron Brooks vs Ben Cushman

Cushman is one of the weaker guys on the lineup and Brooks should have no problem getting the tech or pin here looking at Cushman’s prior results.

197- Max Dean vs Cameron Wood

Dean should be looking for a fall here against Wood. They have never meet before but looking at their only common matchup Dean should not be in any trouble.

285- Greg Kerkvliet vs Bryan Caves

At this point in the season Kerkvliet has proved himself as the unanimous number one wrestler in the country. His ability in the neutral position hasn’t been matches by anyone else in the weight class and he has been tech falling guys left and right. He really should not have any problem doing the same thing here.

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation

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