Penn State wrestling has a chance to finish Big Ten conference play undefeated for the second consecutive season this weekend.
The Nittany Lions (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) have a top-10 showdown at Rec Hall with Illinois (8-2, 5-2) on Friday and then finish the conference slate against last-place Maryland (2-12, 0-7) on Sunday afternoon.
Illinois lost two of its first three conference meets, to No. 11 Rutgers and No. 4 Ohio State. The Illini have won six straight, including four in conference action.
Penn State wrestling vs. Illinois meet time, details
Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
Date: Friday, Feb. 10
Location: Rec Hall, State College, Pa.
Rankings: Penn State (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) is No. 2 in the nation. Illinois (8-2, 5-2) is ranked No. 11.
Which TV channel broadcasts Penn State wrestling vs. Iliinois?
No television station will broadcast the meet.
How can I watch Penn State wrestling vs. Illinois online?
BTN will stream the meet both from its BTN2GO app and with a BTN Plus subscription.
How can I listen to Penn State wrestling vs. Illinois on the radio?
The meet will be on the Penn State Wrestling Radio Network. WRSC-AM 1390 in State College is the flagship station. It will also be available online at gopsusports.com.
Who is calling the Penn State wrestling vs. Illinois meet?
Jeff Byers will handle play-by-play for the Nittany Lions.
Penn State wrestling vs. Illinois key matchup
165: No. 1 Isaiah Martinez, Illinois (21-0) vs. No. 4 Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State (12-2)
The top four wrestlers in the nation at 165 pounds are all in the Big Ten, but there hasn’t been many matchups between the quartet. Martinez beat Michigan’s Logan Massa, who is ranked No. 2. Issac Jordan, who is No. 3 and from Wisconsin, defeated Joseph two weeks ago. Massa knocked off Jordan at the Las Vegas Invitational in December, and they’ll see each other again this weekend.
Joseph, a freshman from Pittsburgh, lost his second match of the season to No. 19 Keaton Subjeck from Stanford, but has prevailed in 11 of 12 since.
Penn State wrestling vs. Illinois probable matchups
Weight: Illinois vs. Penn State
125: Travis Piotrowski vs. (13-10) No. 2 Nick Suriano (14-1)
133: No. 6 Zane Richards (19-2) vs. George Carpenter (1-9) OR Triston Law (0-1)
141: Mousa Jodeh (11-13) vs. No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon (11-6)
149: No. 19 Eric Barone (8-5) vs. No. 1 Zain Retherford (16-0)
157: No. 12 Kyle Langenderfer (20-4) vs. No. 1 Jason Nolf (16-0)
165: No. 1 Isaiah Martinez (21-0) vs. No. 4 Vincenzo Joseph (12-2)
174: No. 12 Zac Brunson (24-5) vs. No. 7 Mark Hall (21-2)
184: No. 12 Emery Parker (24-4) vs. No. 2 Bo Nickal (15-0)
197: Andre Lee (9-12) vs. No. 9 Matt McCutcheon (12-3)
285: No. 15 Brooks Black (10-4) vs. No. 3 Nick Nevills (13-2)