In addition to holding Rutgers to 60 points, IL forced 25 turnovers and scored 37 points off those errors in the rout.
The Lions won four of five bouts in the second half, highlighted by sophomore Anthony Cassar (Rocky Hill, N.J.) taking care of No. 1 Kollin Moore at 197. Ohio State now sits at second place in the Big Ten, sitting pretty between the first place Purdue Boilermakers and the third place Michigan State Spartans. The Nittany Lions can clinch the title outright with a win Saturday against Iowa. The public betting is strongly behind Ohio State as well.
With a crowd that had filled the stands almost 30 minutes ahead of the start of the meet teeming with anticipation, Boise State transfer Carson Kuhn finally made his debut for Penn State.
Williams is Ohio State's fifth-leading scorer at 8 points per game, and leads the Big Ten in 3-point shooting during conference play. 149: No. 1 Zain Retherford, PSU, won by tech. fall over Ke-Shawn Hayes, 20-4 (7:00). Lambdin and David Keefer set up Zach Osburn at the point where he let a wrister go that got through traffic and past Sean Romeo to make it 3-2.
At 157, OSU's Micah Jordan put on a takedown show with a 24-9 technical fall of Bo Pipher, and it led, 15-5, at the intermission.
Trailing by ten at the half, the Nittany Lions embarked on an epic comeback to keep their win streak alive.
Despite all that went wrong, Sunday's game was tied 63-63 when the Buckeyes called timeout with 3:50 to go.
The Buckeyes increased that lead to 10 after 141.
Penn State's Corey Keener, a Blue Mountain graduate, lost 5-4 to Ohio State's Luke Pletcher, ranked second nationally at 133.
But some fans, such as Joseph Garnett, who runs game day operations for Penn State's student section - "The RECKoning" - were glad for the more intimate atmosphere. No. 2 Myles Martin, 10-2. The New Jersey native lifted the roof of yet another Rec Hall sellout by controlling the top-ranked Buckeye over the final two periods and rolling to a 6-3 victory. While the Illini have struggled with finishing close games and are looking at an under.500 season, the Buckeyes have rolled to seven double-digit wins in Big ten play, the only blemish being a home loss to Penn State.
Ohio State entered the heavyweight bout needing a major decision to win the dual on criteria.
The hype brought out people from all cross-sections of the fandom, from usher Lefty McIntyre, who's been involved with the Penn State wrestling program since his freshman year of college in 1950, to Deontay Wabley, a senior attending his first match.
Penn State rebounded with its second victory at 165. The 6-foot-7 junior out of Tennessee has averaged 14.5 points and 5.2 rebounds on the season. Outside the one hiccup, OSU has dominated the rest of the Big Ten, including a 16-point win over then-No.
It makes sense then that Wesson was the pick over Ohio State's No. 2 point guard.