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Big Ten Wrestling Tournament: Penn State Wrestlers’ First Round Matchups Revealed

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In advance of this weekend’s conference tournament at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, the Big Ten Wrestling has posted brackets for each of the ten weight classes. Pre-seeds were released on Monday, but they weren’t official. Everything is all in place for Saturday morning’s 10 a.m. ET commencement of Session I.

Lions coach Cael Sanderson stated last week, “It’s the same for us every year; we just want to want our kids to be happy and want to help them just reach their goals.” Just remember to pay attention to the tiny things. You know, the huge things happen because of the little, straightforward things. Thus, just take things easy and enjoy yourself.

Who is the first person each Nittany Lion has?

Here’s the detailed overview. Each wrestler’s Big Ten tournament seed is indicated by the number that appears before him.

125 pounds: No. 6 Braeden Davis, Penn State vs. No. 11 Justin Cardani of Illinois

133 pounds: No. 5 Aaron Nagao, PSU vs. No. 12 Andrew Hampton of Michigan State

141 pounds: No. 1 Beau Bartlett, Penn State vs. winner of No. 9 Danny Fongaro (Indiana) vs. No. 8 Jordan Hamdan (MSU)

149 pounds: No. 4 Tyler Kasak, PSU vs. No. 13 Aiden Vandenbush of Northwestern

157 pounds: No. 1 Levi Haines, Penn State vs. winner of No. 8 Joey Blaze of Purdue and No. 9 Trevor Chumbley of Northwestern

165 pounds: No. 2 Mitchell Mesenbrink, PSU vs. winner of No. 7 Stoney Burell (Purdue) vs. No. 10 Blaine Brenner (Minnesota)

174 pound: No. 1 Carter Starocci, Penn State vs. winner of No. 8 DJ Washington (Indiana) vs. No. 9 Andrew Sparks (Minnesota)

184 pounds: No. 3 Bernie Truax, PSU vs. No. 14 Chase Mielnik of Maryland

197 pounds: No. 1 Aaron Brooks, Penn State vs. winner of  No. 8 Evan Bates (Northwestern) vs. No. 9 Ben Vanadia (Purdue)

285 pounds: No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet, PSU vs. winner of No. 8 Bennett Tabor (Minnesota) vs. No. 9 Josh Terrill (Maryland)

Bracket takeaways

It should come as no surprise that the bracket after the coaches’ meeting on Friday afternoon ended up reflecting the pre-seeds. That’s typically how things work out. Starocci and Washington have already engaged in several intense games. Thus, there might be some fireworks if Starocci plays well and advances to the quarterfinals and Washington pulls off the upset. Everything else appears to be how it should be, and in our tournament preview, we went into more detail about each weight class.

How to follow Penn State wrestling at the Big Ten tournament

There will be both live television coverage and streaming of the Big Ten tournament. Sessions one, three, and five of the Big Ten Network‘s over-the-air broadcast will include Penn State matchups. Every session will have matside coverage shown on BTN+. Additionally, it is the only place where sessions two and four may be seen.

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