On the heels of taking down the nation’s top-ranked 197-pound wrestler, Penn State’s Anthony Cassar was named the Big Ten’s Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday.
The sophomore handed Kollin Moore of Ohio State a 6-3 decision, the first loss of the season for Moore. Cassar scored takedowns of Moore in the second and third periods, did not give up a takedown and also racked up 1:16 of riding time on the Buckeye.
The upset win helped the No. 1 Nittany Lions complete a comeback from 10 points down and beat the No. 2 Buckeyes 19-18 at a sold-out Rec Hall, clinching the regular-season, dual-meet Big Ten title. It was also the team’s 43rd consecutive dual meet victory.
Cassar improved his record to 16-2 on the season, including a 4-0 record against opponents ranked in the top 15, en route to his first career weekly conference honor. He is the second Lion to earn a Big Ten weekly award this season, with Vincenzo Joseph earning co-Wrestler of the Week honors on Jan. 16.
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Penn State returns to the mat Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center, hosting No. 7 Iowa at 8 p.m.