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OSU beats Iowa, 18-12

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Wrestlingnerd,

 

Perry's match wasn't as close as the score indicates. He got a takedown when he needed it, was out from bottom in under five seconds, and only gave up a late takedown at the very end when he already had riding time secured. It was a typical Perry match ---controlled. He doesn't win big, but he's won 49 out of the last 50 he's wrestled.

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After attending the OSU-Iowa Match, it is very evident to me that programs like this are always going to be close because these kids have as many defensive skills as offensive. There were numberous takedownas that were avoided by great athletic ability (for both schools). For true wrestling fans the dual was exciting with virtually every match extremely close. Oliver was dominating against a kid that was tough but tried to hand tie Oliver up for the major part of the match. He still could not avoid being taken down 3-4 times. Samer thing with McDonough versus the OSU freshman. The goals was to avoid being taken down and staying on defense the entire match. Again, unless it is an unusual situation, these kids are good enough to avoid many points if that is the goal.

 

Saying all of this, the match made me realize these two great wrestyling aschools have little or no chance to beat Penn State in March. Even possibly for the next couple of years (we lose Oliver and iowa loses McDonough). Both schools have some great freshmen being redshirted but they will not peak in time to derail PSU for the next couple of years.

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